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  • Oslo Accords? PA police raid Jerusalem suburb (Palestinian Authority)

    02/12/2016 1:55:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 2/12/2016, 9:14 AM | Dalit Halevi
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) Security Forces have been revealed to be actively policing in Arab suburbs of the capital city of Jerusalem, in a region classified as Area B in the 1994 Oslo Accords. The Palestinian Wafa news agency reported on Thursday that the PA's Al-Quds (Jerusalem) suburb police were active in Eizariya, a neighborhood located east of Abu Dis between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim. In the suburb, the PA force seized illegal drugs, consisting of 55 pills of Ecstasy (MDMA) as well as other drugs including crystal meth and hashish. The myriad of regions in Judea and Samaria classified...
  • What’s Really in Street-Bought Molly?

    03/12/2015 10:20:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 12, 2015
    At Wesleyan University on February 22, 11 students were sickened by psychoactive drugs sold as “molly” — the vernacular name for 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, abbreviated MDMA. The powder in question, according to police, contained a mix of other chemicals, and four students have been arrested in the case. No buyer of molly knows exactly what he or she is getting, of course. But there are ways to find out, and New York arranged to test several samples obtained in the city over the past year. Home-test kits, sold through, involve placing a couple of drops of dye on a few grains...
  • Attorney: Wesleyan students accused in drug case have ‘bright futures’

    02/26/2015 5:35:28 AM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 18 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | February 25, 2015 | unattributed AP
    MIDDLETOWN >> They were studying to be doctors and scientists, but police say four Wesleyan University students arrested this week also are known on campus as drug dealers. The four are charged in connection with the distribution of a bad batch of the party drug known as Molly. Authorities said 11 people, including 10 Wesleyan students, some of whom had attended a rave music show Saturday night, went to hospitals for medical attention last weekend. ... Witnesses said several of the victims were hanging out with Kramer during the rave Saturday night at the Eclectic Society, a co-ed social fraternity....
  • Cee Lo Green: ‘People Who Have Really Been Raped Remember’

    09/02/2014 12:04:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    Cee Lo Green, who on Friday pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman before returning to her hotel room, doesn’t seem to know what constitutes rape.
  • Yale-educated addiction psychiatrist is charged with making and selling ecstasy

    06/27/2014 7:40:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 27, 2014 | James Gordon
    Police in Maryland have charged three people in connection with manufacturing MDMA, commonly referred to as Molly or the drug ecstasy, including a doctor who has a long-standing history of drug problems. Baltimore County cops said a drug investigation led to a search warrant and the arrest of Dr. Priscilla Sheldon-Cost, 51, at a house in Towson. Detectives found chemicals that can be used to manufacture MDMA and ecstasy were being created in a lab in the basement. Some of the substances that were found had even been labelled with MDMA written on it. 'They found chemicals that, when mixed,...
  • Alexander Shulgin, 'Godfather of ecstasy', dies aged 88

    06/04/2014 1:59:59 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 June 2014 Last updated at 08:51 ET | By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online
    Alexander Shulgin earned his nickname, the Godfather of ecstasy, after honing a way to make the drug - and testing it out on himself to check it had worked. A Facebook post by his wife and research partner, Ann, said he died "surrounded by family and caretakers and Buddhist meditation music". He lived out his final years at his home in Northern California. Shulgin began his study of organic chemistry at Harvard University in his teens and, after a stint in the US Navy during World War Two, returned to Berkeley to get his PhD in biochemistry at the University...
  • Bitcoin: more than just the currency of digital vice

    05/10/2014 2:47:36 PM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 14, 2013 | Arwa Mahdawi
    Dale doesn't exactly look like an international crypto-criminal. He's soft-spoken, baby-faced, and a senior at an Ivy League college. But every couple of weeks the political science major logs onto the Silk Road, an online black market that has been described as an " of drugs" to buy wholesale quantities of "molly" (also known as MDMA, a particularly "pure" form of ecstasy), LSD and magic mushrooms. Some of these will be for his personal use, and the rest he'll flog to less tech-savvy classmates at a mark-up of up to 300%. On a good weekend, he can net a profit...
  • SC Man: Sorry I Was Naked in Walmart, But I Accidentally Took Meth Instead of Ecstasy

    04/26/2014 10:53:48 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    A South Carolina man is feeling remorseful after his unfortunate visit to his local Walmart in Tega Cay, where he showed up wearing nothing but black running shoes.According to the Associated Press, the man, Kevin Hughes, took his naked stroll into Walmart's Health and Beauty section around midnight - and doesn't remember much from the trip.  Yes, AP says, drugs "may" have been a factor..  Hughes admits that he occasionally uses ecstasy, but accidentally took methamphetamine, which triggered the naked excursion to the retail chain:
  • Lil Za [D-bag Bieber's thug sidekick] says reporters were being racist by exaggerating drug charges

    01/16/2014 3:35:09 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 37 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | JANUARY 16, 2014 |
    Justin Bieber's rapper pal Lil Za has accused reporters of racial discrimination by exaggerating his drug possession arrest to make him "look bad". The 19 year old was taken into custody on Tuesday following a police raid on Bieber's Calabasas, California mansion in connection to an alleged neighbourhood vandalism incident. Cops claim to have discovered illegal substances in "plain view" during the property search and arrested Lil Za on suspicion of felony drug possession. The white powder allegedly found was determined to be MDMA, a form of ecstasy frequently referred to as molly, but the teenager, real name Xavier Smith,...
  • Have We Lost the Drug Wars?

    01/08/2013 10:59:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 367 replies ^ | January 8, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    Forty-odd (exceedingly odd, I might add) years ago, who would have envisioned a national war against drugs? Nobody took drugs -- nobody you knew, nobody but jazz musicians and funny foreign folk. Then, after a while, it came to seem that everybody did. Drugs became a new front in the war on an old social culture that was taking hard licks aplenty in those days. I still don't understand why people take drugs. Can't they just pour themselves a nice shot of bourbon? On the other hand, as Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy argue, in a lucid piece...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 3 - a rebuttal

    03/26/2012 11:07:14 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 35 replies · 15+ views
    (self) | March 26, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 3;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at; "Fact 2" rebutted at Claim 3: "Illegal drugs are illegal because they are harmful." Fact: The legal drugs alcohol and tobacco are legal despite being harmful. Claim: Drug use can be deadly, far more deadly than alcohol. Although alcohol is used by seven times...
  • Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail

    12/02/2009 11:22:48 PM PST · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 517+ views
    Nine News ^ | December 3, 2009 | Evan Schwarten
    A Victorian couple who gave their 10-week-old baby an ecstasy tablet have walked away from court with suspended prison sentences. The couple, who can not be named under Queensland law, pleaded guilty in Cairns Supreme Court on Thursday to charges of grievous bodily harm and drug possession. Prosecutor Jodie Woodridge told the court the baby girl's mother, now aged 23, had hidden the drug among the infant's reflux medication when they travelled to north Queensland in December 2008 to holiday with her brother. Ms Woodridge said the drug remained with the baby's medication throughout their stay, creating a "Russian roulette"...
  • Police Officers Say Seized Drugs Look Like Children's Vitamins(Obama ecstasy in South Texas)

    12/02/2009 9:43:31 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 906+ views
    KRGV ^ | 12/02/2009 | Lisa Cortez
    PALMVIEW - Police say a traffic stop yielded everything from prescription pills to ecstacy pills. Police stopped a car driven by 22-year-old Mario Guadalupe Saenz on Monday. Inside they found black tar heroin, xanax pills, cocaine, marijuana and several ecstasy pills. The ecstasy caused some concerns, because it was brightly colored and made to look like popular cartoon characters like Homer and Bart Simpson, The Smurfs, and even President Barack Obama. "It's very unusual cause of the way the ecstasy are being shaped and the way they're colorful. It looks like a vitamin for kids," says Lenny Sanchez of the...
  • Drugs chief: Alcohol more dangerous than ecstasy, LSD and cannabis

    10/29/2009 6:03:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 913+ views
    The British Government's chief drug adviser has sparked controversy by claiming ecstasy, LSD and cannabis are less dangerous than cigarettes and alcohol. Professor David Nutt, chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, attacked the decision to make cannabis a class B drug. He accused former home secretary Jacqui Smith, who reclassified the drug, of "distorting and devaluing" scientific research. Prof Nutt said smoking cannabis created only a "relatively small risk" of psychotic illness. And he claimed advocates of moving ecstasy into class B from class A had "won the intellectual argument". All drugs, including alcohol and tobacco,...
  • Bay Area man arrested following major Ecstasy bust by ICE and local police

    03/21/2009 2:11:04 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 895+ views
    ICE.GOV - News Release ^ | March 17, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 17, 2009 Bay Area man arrested following major Ecstasy bust by ICE and local police SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A Bay Area man is facing federal charges following his arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and local detectives here over the weekend after a search of his car turned up more than 51,000 Ecstasy tablets. Ramandeep Singh Sandhu, 25, of Fremont, Calif., was taken into custody late Sunday afternoon after investigators found the Ecstasy pills in the trunk of his vehicle parked near one of the city's busy...
  • Ecstasy 'no more dangerous than horse riding'

    02/07/2009 4:51:46 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 969+ views ^ | Feb. 7, 2009 | Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor
    Taking ecstasy is no more dangerous than riding a horse, according to the head of the Government's drug advisory body. Writing in an academic journal, Professor David Nutt said taking ecstasy was no worse than the risks of "equasy", a term he invented to describe people's addiction to horse-riding. Prof Nutt is the chairman of the Home Office's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs which next week is likely to say that ecstasy should be downgraded to a Class B drug. Campaigners last night called for him to resign, suggesting that he was on a "personal crusade" to decriminalise...
  • Canada Admits It's a Top Ecstasy Supplier

    08/23/2008 7:09:50 AM PDT · by kellynla · 11 replies · 191+ views ^ | August 22, 2008 4 | staff
    OTTAWA — Canada is one of the top three world suppliers of the psychedelic drug ecstasy, and a significant supplier of marijuana to the United States, the government admitted on Friday. A survey of organized crime by Criminal Intelligence Services Canada found that Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium were the primary sources of ecstasy, an illegal drug that's popular at clubs, raves and rock concerts. "Canada continues to be a major producer for both domestic and international markets, exporting significant quantities primarily to the U.S. and to a lesser extent, Japan, Australia and New Zealand," the report said. Echoing U.S....
  • Police chief's stripper wife arrested in drug bust

    08/23/2007 9:07:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies · 1,045+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | August 22, 2007
    The police chief's wife was arrested during a drug bust at a Nevada nightclub where she works as a stripper named "Ecstasy." Sylvia Tripp, 39, was booked into the Elko County, Nev., jail on suspicion of drug distribution and possessing medication without a prescription... Tripp is the wife of Vaughn Tripp, the police chief in Wendover, a city on the Utah-Nevada border. She was one of three people arrested Friday after undercover officers made drug buys. "She was a drug store," ...
  • Child's Alleged 'Ecstasy Trip' Posted Online [Houston area]

    07/10/2007 8:25:10 PM PDT · by freespirited · 11 replies · 2,480+ views
    FOX Houston ^ | 7/10/07
    <p>HOUSTON -- It's the video that's making the rounds on the internet.</p> <p>The video shows a little girl riding without a safety seat on the floor of what appears to be a mini van in the Houston area.</p> <p>There are several teenage girls who claim the child may be on the drug ecstasy. The child's eyes are also seen rolling back in her head.</p>
  • Foreigners sentenced to death in Indonesia

    05/31/2007 9:07:29 PM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 491+ views
    JAKARTA: Five Chinese nationals, a Dutchman and a Frenchman who appealed against the length of their convictions on drug charges were instead sentenced to death, Indonesia’s Supreme Court said on yesterday. A court spokesman said two Indonesians previously sentenced to death in the operation had their sentences upheld. Supreme Court spokesman Joko Sarwoko said the judges hearing an appeal on Tuesday described the drug operation as an act of international organised crime. “They are experts in ecstasy production,” he said. “The court decided to increase the sentence to death penalty.” Dutch national Nicolaas Garnick, 61, and 43-year-old Frenchman Serge Areski...
  • Police say man confesses to killing woman

    03/20/2007 4:07:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 220+ views
    The Item ^ | Mar 17, 2007 | KEN BELL
    A Sumter woman is dead after a man shot her several times in her apartment about 5:20 p.m. Friday. Police said Quanna Renee Cooper, 23, of 7 Orchard Place, just off Haynsworth Street, was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m. by Sumter County Coroner Verna Moore. Moore said Cooper's body was being sent to Newberry, where an autopsy will be performed at 9 a.m. today. Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson said Derrick Damon Harriott, 27, of 260 Windmere Drive, is suspected of shooting Cooper. Patterson said Harriott surrendered to police on the scene and admitted he was the shooter. He was...
  • Churchill's great-grandson held on £5m drug trafficking charges

    10/08/2006 7:08:29 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 9 replies · 762+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | October 09, 2006 | Staff
    Churchill's great-grandson held on £5m drug trafficking charges The Times (UK) October 09, 2006 A GREAT-GRANDSON of Sir Winston Churchill is being held in an Australian prison awaiting trial on charges of trafficking large amounts of Ecstasy. Nicholas Barton, 33, has been in Parklea prison in Sydney since June when police allegedly seized 55kg (121lb) of Ecstasy tablets with a street value of A$12.5 million (£5 million) from properties in the city, including Mr Barton’s beachside apartment in Coogee. Mr Barton appeared before a court in Sydney via video link from prison last week to seek his release on...
  • Barking Man Dies in LaPlace (La.)

    08/10/2006 5:30:51 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 14 replies · 474+ views
    L'Observateur via Dead Pelican ^ | August 9, 2006 9:31 AM | LEONARD GRAY
    LAPLACE -- A still-unidentified man was reported barking like a dog at passing cars and rolling on the ground, until he was taken to River Parishes Hospital with a high fever and died an hour later. Maj. Michael Tregre of the St. John Parish Sheriff's Office reported that the sheriff's office was notified Friday afternoon of the strange, dog-like behavior of the man, who appeared to be in his mid-20s. A deputy who arrived at the scene on La. Highway 628 found him lying in the roadside, breathing heavily but otherwise not responding. An ambulance took the man to River...
  • Underage, overindulgent teens drawn to N.Y. clubs

    07/30/2006 1:56:33 PM PDT · by Coleus · 65 replies · 4,727+ views ^ | 07.30.06 | SHAWN BOBURG and DAVID A. MICHAELS
    A bouncer at Spirit, a club on West 27th Street in Manhattan, checking young women's IDs. Many say underage patrons have no trouble getting in. The velvet rope outside one of Manhattan's trendiest nightclubs was but a gateway for Michael, a 19-year-old from Long Island.  Followed by his four male friends, all 19 or 20, he sashayed past a stagnant line of 50 people waiting outside Mood NY during the early morning hours Saturday. From a pocket inside his black sports jacket, he pulled out his Bank of America credit card and whispered to the bouncer that he planned...
  • Movie Execs Charged in Money-Laundering Case

    07/20/2006 2:26:41 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 9 replies · 469+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/20/06 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
    Limelight Films seemed from the outside like so many upstart production companies in Hollywood: It had a Sunset Boulevard address, a connection to Tinseltown royalty and deals to distribute a small slate of low-budget films. But federal authorities have alleged that the film corporation was a front for an international drug-smuggling and money-laundering operation stretching from Los Angeles to Switzerland. Limelight Chief Executive Bruno D'Esclavelles of Los Angeles and Alexandre De Basseville, an executive in a Swiss financial firm that owned the film company, were among seven men arrested June 1 as part of a two-year federal investigation dubbed "Operation...
  • Four Stony Brook students robbed at gunpoint [in dorm]

    05/09/2006 10:02:37 AM PDT · by syriacus · 35 replies · 1,015+ views ^ | May 9, 2006 | WIL CRUZ
    Armed burglars robbed four students at their door room in Stony Brook University Monday night, police officials said. The robbery happened at 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of an undisclosed building in the Kelly Quad at the university, Suffolk and Stony Brook University police said. Two to three masked men -- covering their faces with bandanas -- stormed the room and announced a robbery, they said.
  • Montreal girl, 13, dies after taking ecstasy during sleepover

    02/08/2006 12:15:10 AM PST · by ferri · 22 replies · 1,495+ views
    CBC ^ | Tue, 07 Feb 2006
    A 13-year-old girl from Rigaud, west of Montreal, died in hospital Monday afternoon after taking the drug ecstasy. Police say the girl and a friend were at a sleepover Saturday night in Hudson when they started talking about taking ecstasy. They say the two curious teens called a 16-year-old friend and went over to his place to get the drug. Sûreté du Québec spokeswoman Chantal Mackels said the boy's parents weren't home at the time. When the girls returned to Hudson, Mackels said in an interview Monday, the 13-year-old became very ill. "One of them really felt like nauseous and...
  • Dad Who Threw Daughter Downstairs Sentenced to 16 Years

    01/16/2006 1:52:18 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 32 replies · 890+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | January 16, 2006
    A 27-year-old man has agreed to spend more than 16 years in prison after admitting to nearly killing his 2-year-old daughter by throwing her down a flight of stairs. Timothy Lee Staten, 27, pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of second-degree attempted murder. < snip > Red Wing police were responding to reports of a domestic disturbance last March when they witnessed Staten violently shaking the toddler. When he was ordered to release the girl, Staten threw her down a flight of stairs toward the police officers, police said. Staten said during court testimony that he did not dispute...
  • "Dr. Ecstasy" laments the rave drug's notoriety

    12/02/2005 4:35:53 PM PST · by Jean S · 31 replies · 887+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 2, 2005 7:02 PM ET | Jason Szep
    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The scientist who introduced Ecstasy to the world in the 1970s fears the drug's notoriety and popularity at nightclubs is destroying any chance that it might be used to treat the mentally ill. "It's very excellent potential for being used as medicine has been badly jeopardized," Alexander Shulgin, told Reuters after defending the merits of mind-altering drugs at a symposium on the human brain at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week."It's gone out of control," lamented Shulgin, a tall Californian with a mane of white hair and a Santa Claus-like beard, who is widely known...
  • Irish man who died of overdose had kidney removed in Spain (Urban Legend Comes True??)

    11/26/2005 8:31:55 PM PST · by Murtyo · 16 replies · 917+ views
    The Sunday Tribune (Dublin, Ireland) ^ | Sunday, Nov 26, 2005 | Isabel Hayes
    A KIDNEY was removed from the body of a 27-year-old Irish man who died from a drug overdose in Ibiza last August, the Sunday Tribune has learned. The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to the family of Finbarr Kelly that one of his kidneys was removed before his body was returned home to Ireland last August. His family had not given permission for such a procedure. The report of the autopsy carried out in Spain failed to record this information. Kelly, a business graduate from Sligo town, travelled to Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza, last August with a group of 11...
  • Feds Bust New Jersey Bogus Cigarette Ring

    09/07/2005 10:52:29 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 45 replies · 1,300+ views
    1010wins ^ | Sep 7, 2005 6:38 am US/Eastern | 1010wins
    In the weeks since federal authorities said they smashed a smuggling ring that brought counterfeit cash, cigarettes, and drugs into the U.S., additional raids have netted $5 million more in bogus cigarettes and $2 million more in fake U.S. currency. Operation Royal Charm, in which 87 Asians and U.S. citizens were arrested in mid-August, netted $4.4 million in high-quality fake $100 bills, more than 1 billion counterfeit cigarettes worth $42 million, and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ecstasy, methamphetamines and Viagra, officials said. At the time of the arrests, officials said some of the cigarettes were made in...
  • Underwear Model Converts to Islam

    08/30/2005 4:48:03 PM PDT · by abu afak · 60 replies · 7,017+ views
    AFP ^ | 8/30/2005 | Sian Powell
    MICHELLE Leslie, the Sydney underwear model facing drugs charges in Bali who made her name wearing next to nothing, has declared herself a Muslim and adopted a burqa-style Islamic outfit covering her body from head to toe. Wearing black pants, shirt and a Muslim headdress with netting covering her eyes as she was led from her police holding cell to meet with her new legal team yesterday, the 24-year-old Antz Pantz model made it clear her week in the Bali lock-up had inspired a new devotion. "Michelle as a Muslim made the decision to wear the hijab (head-covering) to find...
  • Airman loses stripes, gains bars in drug conviction (sad story)

    08/06/2005 1:29:16 AM PDT · by JRios1968 · 10 replies · 504+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 5 Aug 2005 | Senior Airman Amaani Lyle - 52 Fighter Wing Public Affairs
    SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFPN) -- People who raise their right hand in allegiance to the military know this promise inherently calls for resolute fearlessness. Last summer, however, one Airman’s involvement with narcotics made him realize there is a fine line between courage and audacity. “I just honestly thought I could never get caught,” said 20-year-old Airman Jake Hawkins, formerly a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment apprentice, now a Mannheim Correctional Facility prisoner.
  • CA: Graduate student arrested for making drugs in university lab

    06/16/2005 9:51:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 531+ views
    SAN DIEGO - A chemistry graduate student allegedly used a research lab at San Diego State University to manufacture methamphetamine, Ecstasy and an anesthetic 80 times more potent than morphine, authorities said. Matthew Finley, 26, was arrested at his home in Ocean Beach on Wednesday on drug charges and the Chemical Sciences Laboratory was shut down as investigators removed the drugs, said Misha Piastro, spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration. "He felt he could get away with it. To his disappointment today, he did not," Piastro said. "His disregard for the safety of the rest of the student body is...
  • China Appeals for Public Aid in Drug Fight(ecstasy,ketamine,heroin)

    05/27/2005 5:08:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 340+ views
    AP ^ | 05/26/05 | JOE McDONALD
    China Appeals for Public Aid in Drug Fight By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press Writer Thu May 26,11:00 PM ET BEIJING - Chinese officials issued an unusual appeal to the public on Thursday for help fighting drug trafficking, acknowledging in a nationally televised news conference that they have failed to stop surging narcotics abuse despite repeated crackdowns. Drug smuggling and the difficulty of fighting it are rising as a result of globalization and freer trade, the officials said, citing the seizure this month of 900 pounds of the party drug ketamine brought in from India via the Middle East. "Although we've...
  • Ecstasy trials for combat stress (What??!!)

    02/19/2005 5:06:54 PM PST · by SheLion · 136 replies · 1,923+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | February 17, 2005 | David Adam
    American soldiers traumatised by fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be offered the drug ecstasy to help free them of flashbacks and recurring nightmares. The US food and drug administration has given the go-ahead for the soldiers to be included in an experiment to see if MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, can treat post-traumatic stress disorder.  Scientists behind the trial in South Carolina think the feelings of emotional closeness reported by those taking the drug could help the soldiers talk about their experiences to therapists. Several victims of rape and sexual abuse with post-traumatic stress disorder, for whom...
  • Dr. Ecstasy (NYT puff piece on hallucinogenic chemist)

    01/30/2005 6:15:56 PM PST · by wagglebee · 111 replies · 1,537+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/30/05 | DRAKE BENNETT
    Alexander Shulgin, Sasha to his friends, lives with his wife, Ann, 30 minutes inland from the San Francisco Bay on a hillside dotted with valley oak, Monterey pine and hallucinogenic cactus. At 79, he stoops a little, but he is still well over six feet tall, with a mane of white hair, a matching beard and a wardrobe that runs toward sandals, slacks and short-sleeved shirts with vaguely ethnic patterns. He lives modestly, drawing income from a small stock portfolio supplemented by his Social Security and the rent that two phone companies pay him to put cell towers on his...
  • Student dies early New Year's Day after drinking (EMU - Ypsilanti)

    01/01/2005 9:31:50 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 44 replies · 1,378+ views
    AP ^ | 1-1-04
    Student dies early New Year's Day after drinking 1/1/2005, 11:03 p.m. ET The Associated Press YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — An Eastern Michigan University student died Saturday after drinking a large amount of alcohol and taking drugs, possibly ecstasy, police say. Ypsilanti Sgt. John Minzey said Huron Valley Ambulance crews contacted police about 6:15 a.m. Saturday about a possible overdose at Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. The 20-year-old man from Taylor died later at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Police withheld his name because next of kin had not been contacted, Minzey told The Ann Arbor News for a Sunday story. Witnesses said...
  • FDA OKs ecstasy study in cancer patients

    12/28/2004 6:48:28 AM PST · by bedolido · 18 replies · 515+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/28/2004 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON - The illegal club drug Ecstasy can trigger euphoria among the dance club set, but can it ease the debilitating anxiety that cancer patients feel as they face their final days? The Food and Drug Administration has approved a pilot study looking at whether the recreational hallucinogen can help terminally ill patients lessen their fears, quell thoughts of suicide and make it easier for them to deal with loved ones. "End of life issues are very important and are getting more and more attention, and yet there are very few options for patients who are facing death," Dr. John...
  • 'Ecstasy' Use Studied to Ease Fear in Terminally Ill

    12/27/2004 10:53:11 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 103 replies · 2,136+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 27 December 2004 | Rick Weiss
    For some, the diagnosis comes out of the blue. For others, it arrives after a long battle. Either way, the news that death is just a few months away poses a daunting challenge for both doctor and patient. Drugs can ease pain and reduce anxiety, but what about the more profound issues that come with impending death? The wish to resolve lingering conflicts with family members. The longing to know, before it's too late, what it means to love, or what it meant to live. There is no medicine to address such dis-ease. Or is there? This month, in a...
  • WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS, I GUARANTEE YOU.... (latest rally call from the left)**VANITY**

    11/30/2004 5:15:12 PM PST · by dascallie · 154 replies · 4,981+ views
    Posted tonight 11/30 >>WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS, I GUARANTEE YOU.... Kerry will be in the White House as long as we keep up the pace we have been at the last few weeks. We need to keep the emails going, keep the protests long as we do this more and more leaders will fall in line as they see the movement grow. I can't say this enough: 1) Protest, Protest, Protest If you have time to attend any protest in your area, DO IT. Get out there. Especially in Ohio and Florida. We did one in CO...
  • UCSD “Night Owl” Research Study Looks For Possible Genetic Causes

    11/18/2004 3:09:29 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 16 replies · 881+ views
    University of California, San Diego ^ | November 15, 2004 | Sue Pondrom
    They’re criticized by their parents because they stay up too late and can’t get up for school. They’re considered lazy by co-workers and supervisors who watch them stumble in late for work. Called “night owls” for their unusual wake and sleep patterns, these individuals either adjust by finding jobs with flexible hours, or they become depressed and at odds with family members. According to sleep expert Daniel Kripke, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, night owls can’t help it. They suffer from a lifelong biochemical malfunction within their body’s...
  • Prepare for Kerry Thugs Anger at Defeat

    10/29/2004 5:23:35 PM PDT · by JimB in Venice · 32 replies · 1,072+ views
    10/29/04 | Jim Boldebook
    Be Prepared for angry Kerry thugs and thug-ettes after Kerry's defeat.
  • More MTV Propaganda

    10/27/2004 6:10:32 PM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 14 replies · 585+ views
    Choose or Lose ^ | October 27,2004 | MTV
    Interestingly enough I can't find a description of the special MTV is airing right now entitled "20 Million Questions for George Bush". It is loaded with lies and propaganda and America's kids are watching...
  • Baby Burners (Parents bringing the kids to Burning Man desert bacchanal)

    08/30/2004 9:56:25 PM PDT · by MikalM · 13 replies · 1,632+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/30/04 | Janine DeFeo
    Burning Man, infamous for its drug-fueled debauchery in the wind- whipped Nevada desert, may seem like the last place to haul the kids for a family vacation. But the annual experiment in radical self-expression, communal living and massive interactive art is becoming something of a counterculture Disneyland as increasing numbers of Burners from the Bay Area and beyond are bringing their young ones to Black Rock City. To the uninitiated, a dry lakebed in the middle of nowhere -- plagued by dust storms and extreme temperatures and inhabited by no small number of naked people -- sounds like no place...
  • Israel struggles to keep lid on crime(Mobs grow while police is busy with terrorists)

    06/08/2004 7:55:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 589+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 06/0704 | Chris Summers and Jennifer Quinn
    Israel struggles to keep lid on crime by Chris Summers and Jennifer Quinn BBC News Online In the last four years the Israeli police, struggling to stem the wave of Palestinian suicide bombings, have lost control of the country's organised criminals, who are making millions from gambling, prostitution and drugs. But the deaths of nine innocent civilians in crossfire between gangsters over the last year has forced the fight against organised crime back on the political agenda. Organised crime has become a booming industry in Israel in the last decade. One former Israeli police chief, Asaf Heretz, claimed recently $2.5bn...
  • Madrid bombers financed operation with drug sales, Spain says

    04/14/2004 8:35:49 AM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 109+ views
    MADRID, Spain (AP) — The terrorists behind the Madrid train bombings financed much of their operation with sales of hashish and Ecstasy, even bartering drugs for the explosives they used in the blasts, Spain's interior minister said Wednesday. The bombers also used money from drug sales to rent an apartment and buy a car and cell phones used as detonators in the March 11 attacks that killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800, Interior Minister Angel Acebes told a news conference. Acebes said the cell that staged the attacks "was local and autonomous, but its leaders have connections with...
  • Drug use by teenagers declines, continues its decline

    12/23/2003 9:58:02 PM PST · by bdeaner · 87 replies · 1,369+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/20/03 | AP
    Drug use by teenagers declines, continues its decline Associated Press - December 20, 2003 WASHINGTON (AP) - American teenagers are cutting back on their use of illicit drugs and cigarettes, but alcohol consumption is holding steady, the government says. An annual survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders done for the Department of Health and Human Services, found declines in many kinds of drugs for high school students, especially for Ecstasy and LSD. Overall, the Bush administration said the annual survey funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed an 11 percent drop in illegal drug use in the past...
  • Research on Ecstasy Is Clouded by Errors

    12/04/2003 10:58:37 AM PST · by freedom44 · 3 replies · 123+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/04/03 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    In September, the journal Science issued a startling retraction. A primate study it published in 2002, with heavy publicity, warned that the amount of the drug Ecstasy that a typical user consumes in a single night might cause permanent brain damage. It turned out that the $1.3 million study, led by Dr. George A. Ricaurte of Johns Hopkins University, had not used Ecstasy at all. His 10 squirrel monkeys and baboons had instead been injected with overdoses of methamphetamine, and two of them had died. The labels on two vials he bought in 2000, he said, were somehow switched. The...
  • Ecstasy May Be Used To Help Rape Victims

    11/26/2003 3:30:56 AM PST · by Wolfie · 26 replies · 361+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Nov. 24, 2003
    ECSTASY MAY BE USED TO HELP RAPE VICTIMS US Study To Look At Therapeutic Value Of Dancefloor Drug Scientists in America are set to begin a controversial study to see if the dancefloor drug ecstasy could be used as a medicine to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the Guardian has learned. In what will be the first trial of its kind, the researchers want to see if the emotional closeness reported by clubbers taking the drug can help victims of rape and sexual abuse talk to therapists. Supporters of the study, which has been approved by the US...