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Recalled to Life

Christine Pagano’s drug addictions took her from a middle-class home to prostitution and homelessness on the streets of Camden, N.J., one of our poorest cities. Her journey into hell showed her the other America.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Reformulated Drug Sends Users Elsewhere

A harder-to-abuse version of OxyContin released two years ago has pushed users to other drugs that mimic the effects of opiates, including heroin.

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 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



Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge: Karzai’s Alleged Drug Problem

Peter Galbraith, the former U.N. envoy who claims he was fired for trying to confront the election fraud in Afghanistan, says of Hamid Karzai: “In fact, some of the palace insiders say that he has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports.” (video after the jump)

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Junk Food Is the New Crack

Those who have ever suspected, after apparently taking leave of their reason in the face of their favorite junk food, that their guilt-inducing pleasure contained some highly addictive substance may not be too far off the mark, according to a new study.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


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amnesty.org.uk

Supporters Hold London Vigil for British Death Row Inmate in China (Updated)

With less than a day to go before his scheduled execution in China, British supporters of Londoner Akmal Shaikh held an eleventh-hour vigil in London on Monday in an attempt to persuade the Chinese government to spare his life, arguing that Shaikh, 53, suffers from mental illness. Update after the jump.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


DRUG SHARKS
guardian.co.uk

Is the ‘War on Drugs’ Ending?

Mexico and Argentina’s recent decisions to decriminalize the personal use of drugs mark a growing trend across Latin America to reject the now-40-year-old, U.S.-led, Nixon-founded “war on drugs” as both harmful and ineffective.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


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YouTube / Al Jazeera

U.S., Britain Part Company in the Poppy Fields

The U.S. has decided to stop funding poppy field eradication in Afghanistan, declaring the policy a failure and a waste of money. Since 2003, opium production has gone up 40-fold in Afghanistan, making it the producer of 90 percent of the world’s heroin. But Britain, backed by the Afghan government, will continue destroying poppy fields as a way to stem the drug trade.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 READ MORE


Drugs
welt.de

Drugs Are Sick

U.N. drug chief Antonio Maria Costa believes drug use should be treated as an illness and not criminalized. Costa says international law enforcement should shift focus to traffickers rather than users, an intriguing (look at the U.S. prison population) but problematic (look at Mexico’s drug war death toll) strategy.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


smoking pot
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


Robert Scheer— Afghanistan: High on Opium, Not Democracy

While Bush was distracted with Iraq, the patrons of terrorism were very much in business back where the 9/11 attack was hatched, turning Afghanistan into a narco-state that provides a lucrative source of cash for the “evildoers” Bush forgot about.

Posted on Sep 5, 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



From CNN.com

Blair Advisor Urged Prescribing Free Heroin

He recommended that the prime minister try to undercut the $6-billion-per-year black market, and to free heroin users from having to commit crimes to buy their drugs. | story
Hey, at least it’s more progressive than N.Y. state’s draconian and racist Rockefeller Laws.

Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


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