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Ohio Prisoner Experiences ‘Air Hunger’ While Being Put to Death, Attorney Contends

Condemned inmate Dennis McGuire had to undergo “air hunger” before being put to death Thursday, his family and attorney allege.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Feds Target Medical Marijuana Despite Increased Popular Support

Despite the public’s increased support for the legalization of medical marijuana, the Department of Justice has renewed its crackdown, this time targeting the landlords of dispensaries under laws allowing the feds to seize the assets of traffickers.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

Dozens Arrested in Arizona Drug Bust

After a 17-month investigation led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, federal, state and local authorities cracked down on a vast drug-smuggling network in Arizona that officials tied to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, making 76 arrests in three separate raids.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



mexico.usembassy.gov

Adiós, Señor Embajador

The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, has resigned in the wake of WikiLeaked comments he made expressing doubts about Mexico’s ability to fight the country’s drug cartels.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Primera Plana

Mexican Cartel Boss Is Killed

The Bible-quoting, drug-running leader of Mexico’s notorious La Familia cartel, Nazario Moreno González, is believed to have been killed by federal troops in a two-day gunbattle in the beleaguered state of Michoacan.

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Study: Alcohol More Harmful Than Crack

Startling but true, according to one of those expert sources that make these kinds of pronouncements: Alcohol is more harmful to both users and those around them than crack cocaine. It’s worse than heroin too.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Poison at the Tea Party

The tea partyers issue dire warnings of the threat posed by government, but their movement ignores the threat from corporate America: pollution, dangerous products and banking practices that brought us the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Jesús Villaseca Pérez

Unifying Mexico’s Police

In the face of news that at least 20 tourists had just been kidnapped in Acapulco, the Mexican government has announced the preparation of a plan to alter the nation’s police structure that would essentially federalize the country’s 2,200 local police departments under a unified command.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ricardo Mazalan

Colombian Rebel Leader Killed

Jorge Briceno, aka “Mono Jojoy,” had long operated as a senior leader of the FARC rebel force in Colombia. But on Thursday news came that Briceno had been killed in a military airstrike, dealing a blow to the guerrilla movement and providing a public relations coup for newly minted President Juan Manuel Santos.

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Mexican Drug Lord Killed

Mexican troops shot and killed Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa drug cartel, in a firefight Thursday. The U.S. had offered a $5 million reward for Coronel’s capture.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010 READ MORE



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The Five-Morning-After Pill?

A European contraceptive that works as a five-day alternative to the “morning-after” pill may be coming to American shores, but a thorny debate surrounding the drug’s chemical similarity to the RU-486 abortion pill raises some politically charged questions for the FDA.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


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myalli.com

Weight Loss Drug Linked to Liver Injury

The instances in which a popular weight loss drug, orlistat, has been associated with liver damage may be rare, but said damage can also be severe. That would be Alli, as in “my Alli.” Not so much, apparently.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / PRI's The Word

23,000 Reported Dead in Mexico Drug War

A Mexican government report has been leaked, coinciding with first lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Mexico, stating that 23,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since the beginning of a government crackdown on drug gangs in late 2006.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

Mexican Reporters Run for Cover

Violence in the Mexican border town of Reynosa has endangered both the lives of its citizens as well as the quality of its journalism. Fearing violent reprisal, many journalists have left, while others are admittedly censoring themselves after being threatened by the drug cartels.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Drug Kingpin Sentenced

The head of the Gulf Cartel, the leading drug cartel in northern Mexico and southern Texas, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after cooperating with the U.S. federal government and pleading guilty to five counts that included attempted murder and money laundering.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Ragesoss

Study: Herpes Drug Can Slow HIV Progression

A study published in The Lancet has found that aciclovir, a drug frequently used to treat genital herpes, could “help people with HIV infection stay healthy for longer,” according to Dr. Jairam Lingappa, leader of the research team out of the University of Washington in Seattle.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


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cnn.com

A Next Step in Mexico’s Drug War

In the next step of the continuing battle between the Mexican government and the country’s powerful drug cartels, 5,500 police and military personnel are being sent to the state of Michoacan, where recent drug-related violence has killed 20 government security agents.

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 READ MORE


Avi Lewis Mexico

The U.S. Role in Mexico’s Drug War

Washington’s role in Mexico’s drug war, from the $400 million in annual military aid to the U.S. security contractors teaching torture techniques to Mexican police, is often ill-reported in the mainstream media. Canadian journalist Avi Lewis and the “Inside USA” television crew look critically into the conflict that has killed 1,800 people so far this year alone.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


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sciam.com

Portugal’s New Fix for Drug Users

Portugal is the latest European country to pick up on a growing trend of favoring therapy over jail for possession and use of small amounts of illegal drugs.  Critics of the new law worry that Portugal will become a hot spot for foreign drug users, but supporters believe the law will shift the focus of the government’s anti-drug efforts from users to traffickers and will give addicts a better chance to get clean.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Lost in the Lobbying

Merck raised suspicions about its cancer-fighting HPV vaccine with a cluelessly aggressive lobbying campaign, but a lifesaving drug is still a lifesaving drug.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Pot smoking
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Marijuana May Fight Alzheimer’s

THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may be better at suppressing Alzheimer’s than any currently approved drug.
Pot: Making some people forget, helping others to remember…

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Just say What?
From Time

Stoner Boom

Drug use among baby boomers is up, while use among teens is down, according to new government figures.

  • That actually makes sense. If teens started paying as much attention to the doings of Bush & Co. as their forebears, we’d see those numbers rising in unison.

  • Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Facts: Irrelevant Nuisances in Bush’s Drug War

    With a government agency reporting that the White House has wasted $1.4 billion on an antiquated, naive anti-drug campaign, Yahoo’s health expert recommends that Bush pull his head out of the sand in his fight against America’s drug problems.

    Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


    The FDA has approved the use of certain viruses in food
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    Because Hot Dogs Didn’t Have Enough Strange Ingredients

    The FDA has approved the use of a group of viruses as a food additive for ready-to-eat meat products, such as hot dogs and cold cuts.  Companies that use the additive will not be required to inform consumers.

    Posted on Aug 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Floyd Landis
    From the BBC

    Tour de France Winner Flunks Drug Test

    Floyd Landis tested positive for high levels of testosterone, which Landis claims is either a mistake or the result of natural bodily processes. He was tested after his near-superhuman comeback win on an Alpine stage of the race, which the New York Times called perhaps the greatest single-day push in Tour history.
    If this accusation proves true, Wheaties may have to find a new cover boy.

    Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Study: Mushroom Drugs Produce Mystical Experiences

    Duh!
    In a Johns Hopkins study, many volunteers who took a single dose of psilocybin-laden “magic” mushrooms said it was “one of the most meaningful or spiritually significant experiences of their lives. Some compared it to the birth of a child or the death of a parent.”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Anti-meth ads
    ABC News

    Gritty Anti-Meth Ads Raise Eyebrows

    A huge billboard bearing harsh public service ads like these greet motorists entering Montana. They’re part of a massive anti-meth campaign funded by software billionaire Thomas Siebel to combat a drug that’s ravaging the country’s rural and gay communities (and is making headway elsewhere).

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    The Truthdig Interview: Mark Fainaru-Wada

    Mark Fainaru-Wada is one of two San Francisco Chronicle reporters who broke the Barry Bonds steroid stories. With a new book out, Fainaru-Wada discussed with Truthdig contributor James Harris whether Congress doesn’t have better things to do than hold hearings into pro sports; whether pro baseball really cares about cleaning up its image; and the federal government’s attempts to get Fainaru-Wada to disclose his confidential sources.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Meth Addict Hopes His Pain Helps Others

    A withered, wasted-away 34-year-old meth addict, who lives on a hospital bed in his father’s house, is the subject of a film about his agonies—produced as a warning to would-be speed users.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    1 in 136 U.S. Residents Behind Bars

    Let those numbers sink in for a minute. 1 in 136. According to government statistics, roughly 2.2 million U.S. residents were in prisons and jails last summer. It’s by far the highest per capita rate of any country in the world. And it’s mostly due to our unforgivably barbaric drug policies.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Fox Will NOT Decriminalize Drugs

    In a last-minute about-face, the Mexican president will not OK a bill that would have greatly loosened penalties on possession of personal amounts of drugs. It’s apparently the result of U.S. pressure.

    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Morning Glory Seeds Making Trippy Comeback

    Teenagers are rediscovering the hallucinogenic potential of the flower seeds. Internet advice sites abound, and hospital trips are up.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Mexico’s Fox Will OK Drug Decriminalization

    The Mexican president will sign a bill that drastically weakens penalties for possession of personal amounts of drugs like pot, coke, ecstasy and acid. But local judges can still detain or deport those found with the drugs.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Mexico to Allow Some Heroin, Coke and Ecstasy Use

    The all-but-passed bill would allow Mexicans to possess small amounts of hard drugs for personal use. Some U.S. observers fear this will prove a huge draw for Americans.

    Posted on Apr 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Drug Rush
    From the NY Post

    Rush Limbaugh Arrested on Prescription Drug Charges

    The radio talk show host has been arrested for concealing information in order to obtain prescription drugs. He turned himself in to Palm Beach County, Fla., authorities and was released on $3,000 bail.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Meth Prisons’ Springing Up Across Midwest

    Inmates addicted to methamphetamine are now being treated in prisons populated solely by fellow meth addicts. The recidivism rates look promising.

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    The Ultimate Mistake

    I’m against Saddam Hussein. I’m sorry it didn’t work out the way they wanted it to. Now let’s go. Because anybody who tells you it couldn’t possibly get worse is a fool.

    Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Reefer Madness, Cali Style

    Mexican drug cartels have helped make California the largest domestic supplier of pot in the nation. Seventy percent of the plants are growing in state and national parks. zReportage magazine has an eye-opening photo essay and story.

    Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE


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