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America Needs to Change its Drug Laws
America needs to change its drug laws. It is criminal what the USA is doing to Mexico and other Latin American Countries, and to Afghanistan, not to mention what it’s doing to its own society.
Afghan Heroin Kills 10X More than Taliban
The war in Afghanistan continues to wage on it may not be the largest problem facing the war torn nation.
Harm Reduction Cigarettes Can Be More Harmful Than Conventional Brands, Researchers Report
To reduce the toxicity of cigarette smoke, tobacco companies have introduced "harm reduction cigarettes," often marketed as safer than conventional brands. But stem cell scientists have found that even sidestream smoke from harm reduction cigarettes impairs growth of human embryonic stem cells more than sidestream smoke from a conventional brand.
Charity Offers UK Drug Addicts £200 to Be Sterilised
Drug addicts across the UK are being offered money to be sterilised by an American charity. Project Prevention is offering to pay £200 to any drug user in London, Glasgow, Bristol, Leicester and parts of Wales who agrees to be operated on.
An Implant to Keep Heroin Addicts Off Street Drugs?
A small implant designed to help addicts steer clear of street heroin and other opioid drugs may have inched closer to market this week as U.S. researchers announced positive study findings.
Safer Texas Campaign: Disprove Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol - Win $10,000
The Safer Texas Campaign, a project of ProtectYouth.org, will pay $10,000 to anyone in Texas, who can disprove three statements of fact that demonstrate that marijuana is objectively and unquestionably safer than alcohol.
Drug That Helps Adults Addicted to Opioid Drugs Also Relieves Withdrawal Symptoms in Newborns
Thousands of infants each year have exposure to opioids before they are born. Over half of these infants are born with withdrawal symptoms severe enough to require opioid replacement treatment in the nursery.
A Wave of Addiction and Crime, with the Medicine Cabinet to Blame
US Police departments have collected thousands of handguns through buy-back programs in communities throughout the country. Now they want the contents of your medicine cabinet.
American Workers Switch From Cocaine to Prescription Opiates as Drug of Choice
The use of prescription opiates by American workers and job applicants rose 18% from 2008 to 2009 and has grown 40% since 2005, researchers say.
Why the Craving for Cocaine Won't Go Away
People who have used cocaine run a great risk of becoming addicted, even after long drug-free periods. Now researchers at Linköping University and their colleagues can point to a specific molecule in the brain as a possible target for treatment to prevent relapses.
US Report Finds Rate of Illegal Drug Use Rising to Highest Level in Nearly a Decade
The rate of illegal drug use rose last year to the highest level in nearly a decade, fueled by a sharp increase in marijuana use and a surge in ecstasy and methamphetamine abuse, the government reported Wednesday.
People Can Overcome Their Addictions, but Not Quickly, UCLA Psychologist Says
Millions of Americans suffer from severe addictions that can ruin lives and are extremely difficult to control. Nearly 2 million enter roughly 12,000 addiction treatment programs in the U.S. each year. And each month, some 15,000 people turn to Adi Jaffe's All About Addiction websites.
Legalize It: Mexico Marijuana Smokers Gather
With the nation in the throws of a violent drug war, over 200 people gathered in a central Mexico City park Sunday to smoke marijuana and demand it be legalized, an AFP reporter witnessed.
Americans Drowning in Prescription Drugs
Nearly half of all Americans now use prescription drugs on a regular basis according to a CDC report that was just released (1). Nearly a third of Americans use two or more drugs, and more than one in ten use five or more prescription drugs regularly.
United States Implements Mexican Addiction Prevention Program in Five Border States
Suzanne Stephens Waller
Mexico Binational Drug Demand Reduction Policy Meeting held on September 3, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske, announced that the US Government will begin to implement a program in five of the country's border states, adapted from the National Information Campaign for a New Life to attend and prevent addictions.
Hispanic Kids Show Greater Risk of Substance Use
Regina A. Shih
Hispanic middle school students may be more likely to smoke, drink or use marijuana than their peers of other races and ethnicities, whereas Asian students seem to have the lowest risk, according to new research in the September issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?
One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don't drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do.
Wanted: Non-Punitive Approach to Drug Policy
Experts from 13 Latin American countries called for a shift in counter-drug policies from a punitive to a public health-based approach for users, in order to reduce drug-related violence, on the argument that the current "war on drugs" has been lost in the region.
Drug Addicts Get Hooked via Prescriptions, Keep Using 'To Feel Like a Better Person,' Research Shows
University at Buffalo
If you want to know how people become addicted and why they keep using drugs, ask the people who are addicted. A study shows the close link between prescription drugs and addiction.
Mexico Debates Drug Legalization
Mexicans open the debate on legalizing drugs after a drug war has killed some 28,000 people.
Drug Purity Dips With Distance from U.S.-Mexico Border
A new study finds that the purity of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines sold illegally in the U.S. tends to decline with distance from the Mexican border - though, for heroin and methamphetamines, it rises once again in the Northeast.
US House Votes to Eliminate Cocaine Sentencing Disparity
The House of Representatives passed a historic bill Wednesday that narrows sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine convictions, which civil rights and civil liberties experts say contributed to the disproportionate imprisonment of African-Americans in recent decades.
HIV/AIDS Treatment Curbs Spread of HIV Among Drug Users
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse
Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), currently known for its therapeutic benefits against HIV, also reduced the spread of the virus among people with a history of injection drug use.
Criminalization of Injecting Drug Users (IDU) Fuels HIV Epidemic
The criminalisation of illicit drug users is fuelling the HIV epidemic and has resulted in overwhelmingly negative health and social consequences. Injection drug use (IDU) is one of the main modes of HIV transmission in parts of Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
The Price Mexico Pays for America's 'Insatiable' Demand for Drugs
The recent massacres at drug rehabilitation centers in Mexico represent yet another tragic result of what Hillary Clinton has called America's "insatiable" appetite for illegal drugs.
Mexico's a Victim of America's Addiction to Drugs
America's drug habit is killing its neighbor to the south. If the United States were to decriminalize drugs, prices would plummet. This means that the massive profits the Mexican druglords reap would literally evaporate.
Shift in Illicit Drug Use Bodes Ill for Developing World
Matthew O. Berger
While drug use has largely stabilised in industrial countries, there are signs that it may be on the rise in developing countries, says a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the impact of a rise in drug abuse could cause a lot more damage in developing countries than it has for their richer counterparts.
'Tripod' of Legalizing, Regulating Drugs Only Way to Win 'War'
Legalize them. Regulate them. Tax them. Those steps are what I refer to as the "Tripod of Victory in the War on Drugs." It is time for both the U.S. government and the American people to admit our so called "War on Drugs" is an abject failure.
Sting and Soros Hook Up for a Duet of Pro-Drug Stupidity
Apparently not content to subsidize the whining of the nonentities at Media Matters, Soros is taking a break from his adventures in currency manipulation and general scuzziness to enlist entertainment celebrities like Sting in his newest quest: The Drug Policy Alliance.
Smoke-Free Environment is a Right
Citizen News Service
Second-hand tobacco smoke is dangerous to health. It causes cancer, heart disease and many other serious life-threatening diseases in adults.
Contaminated Cocaine Can Cause Flesh to Rot
Cocaine abusers - already at risk for an abnormal heartbeat, blood pressure problems, hallucinations, convulsions and stroke - can add another potential health complication to the list: rotting flesh.
World No Tobacco Day - a Critical Point in the Year of the Lung
Citizen News Service
The World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2010, is a critical point in the 2010: Year of the Lung campaign, according to the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Studies show that 50% of all deaths from lung disease are linked to tobacco use.
Nine Out of 10 US Dollar Bills 'Have Traces of Cocaine'
In some large US cities evidence of "dirty money" is even stronger. Analysis of bank notes from Washington DC showed that 95 per cent of them carried minute amounts of the class A drug.
Media Nest Focusses on Tobacco Control
Both the use and acceptance of tobacco usage is on the increase. This is indeed a very alarming sign for society. The Indian anti-tobacco law is strong but in reality its implementation is very weak.