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  • $7 Billion in Drug-War Spending Later, Afghan Poppy Cultivation in Full Bloom

    10/22/2014 8:33:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 10/21/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    The U.S. is losing the “war on drugs” in Afghanistan, with more than $7 billion invested in counternarcotics efforts since the fall of the Taliban yet poppy-growing at an all-time high. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction issued a report today detailing how the opium suppliers are flourishing thanks to better farm technology and more arable land, defying wipeouts from agricultural disease and interdiction programs to produce bumper crops.
  • Police: 4-year-old took heroin to day care

    10/08/2014 11:09:37 AM PDT · by illiac · 19 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 10/7/14 | YahooNews
    SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) — A 4-year-old girl mistakenly took hundreds of packets of heroin to her day care center and began passing it out to classmates, thinking it was candy, Delaware State Police said Tuesday. Several children who received the packets Monday morning went to the hospital as a precaution, police said. But no packets were opened, and all of the kids were released after being examined. Police say the child unknowingly brought the heroin to the center when her mother gave her a different backpack because the girl's regular backpack had been ruined by the family pet. Police say...
  • Delaware Mom Arrested After 4-Year-Old Daughter Gives Heroin to Kids at Daycare: Police

    10/07/2014 12:18:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 44 replies
    nbcphiladelphia.com ^ | Oct 7, 2014 | David Chang
    A Delaware mother was arrested after her 4-year-old daughter brought over 200 bags of heroin to school and passed them out to other children at a local daycare, thinking they were candy, police say.
  • Police: 4-year-old brings heroin to daycare, mom charged

    10/06/2014 8:21:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    WPVI ^ | October 06, 2014
    SELBYVILLE, Del. (WPVI) -- A mother of a 4-year-old was arrested after her daughter brought heroin into a daycare and began passing it out to other children, Delaware State Police say. Troopers were called to the Hickory Tree Child Care Center located at 2 Hickory Tree Lane in Selbyville around 11:45 a.m. Monday after daycare workers observed some children with small bags of an unknown substance.
  • Police: 19 bags of heroin found on man after violent crash in Wilmington

    10/03/2014 9:32:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WPVI ^ | 10/3/2014
    Officials say two people fleeing police crashed into another vehicle in Wilmington, Delaware Thursday night. The incident happened at the intersection of East Lea Boulevard and North Market Street. It was 9:08 p.m. when a Delaware State Trooper was dispatched to the parking lot of the Miller Road Shopping Center on the 3600 block of Miller Road. A concerned citizen reported possible drug activity taking place inside a Ford Mustang parked in the parking lot. When the Trooper arrived on the scene he exited his vehicle and approached the Mustang on foot to investigate. As he approached he observed the...
  • Sad Video: 9 Year Old Boy Slaps The Heck Out Of His Mom After Finding Her High On Heroine

    09/15/2014 9:04:55 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    http://www.bunibuni.com ^ | september 1, 2014
    A 9 year boy who found his mom high on heroine on the street, slapped the heck out of her in a shocking video that was posted on instagram. The distraught little boy can be heard screaming "Mommy, wake up. Can you talk to me? Wake up" while the woman stares blankly at him, making him slap her again and again.
  • 42 indicted in massive Camden drug bust (Mexican Cartels)

    09/13/2014 6:37:03 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 09/12/2014 | Alex Wigglesworth
    A New Jersey grand jury indicted 42 alleged drug dealers Friday in connection with a series of arrests last November that prosecutors are calling the largest drug bust in Camden in more than a decade. Prosecutors said the 56-page indictment, which stemmed from a takedown dubbed “Operation North Pole,” takes aim at a violent narcotics network with ties to Mexican cartels whose participants dealt millions of dollars in cocaine and heroin each year.
  • Decriminalize, Regulate Heroin, Cocaine, Commission Says

    09/11/2014 11:09:05 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 93 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 8, 2014 | José de Córdoba
    A commission composed mostly of former world leaders will recommend Tuesday that governments move beyond legalizing marijuana and decriminalize and regulate the use of most other illegal drugs, including heroin and cocaine. The international drug-control system is broken, says a report to be released Tuesday in New York by the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Governments should be allowed wide latitude to experiment with the regulation of drugs, except for the most lethal, says the commission, whose 21 members include former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, and former presidents such as Brazil´s...
  • Kenya: President Kenyatta Witnesses Destruction of Kshs 1b Heroin Haul

    09/01/2014 6:14:47 PM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    all Africa ^ | 8/29/2014 | chai
    Photo: Mombasa County Government Drug ship destroyed at Mombasa. By Kazungu Chai Mombasa — President Uhuru Kenyatta today sent a clear signal to drug traffickers that they will not be allowed to continue the illegal trade at the expense of the dreams of the Kenyan youth. He personally led an operation to blow up a ship and destroy heroin worth over Kshs 1 billion. The President - aboard a Kenya Air Force chopper and the Kenya Navy in their modern warship KNS Jasiri - led journalists, security personnel and anti-narcotic officials as the ship and the drugs were blown off...
  • Man Sues Starbucks And Oprah for $15M Claiming Chai Tea Spiked With Heroin

    07/28/2014 7:14:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Newsone ^ | Jul 28, 2014 | Ruth Manuel-Logan
    Why is Vernon Charles Allen Merriweather suing talk show maven Oprah Winfrey and Starbucks for discrimination and harassment to the tune of $15 million? Well, the man claims that the tea bearing Oprah’s name and sold at the famed coffee chain was not only laced with heroin but Ambien and hallucinogens as well, according to TMZ. The Buffalo, New York, resident allegedly filed a federal lawsuit stating that when he applied for a job at Starbucks, he was told in no uncertain terms, “We don’t hire ni****s!” The suit then claims the baristas referred to themselves as members of the...
  • Sheriff to investigate heroin deaths as homicides

    07/17/2014 6:24:48 AM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    springfield news sun ^ | 7/17/14 | AP
    <p>TOLEDO, Ohio — An Ohio sheriff says his office will begin investigating heroin overdose deaths as homicides and pursue murder charges against dealers who provided the drugs.</p> <p>Lucas County Sheriff John Sharp has dedicated three full-time and one part-time detective to investigate overdoses in his county, where heroin deaths have jumped from eight four years ago to 80 last year.</p>
  • Mexican Cartels Buying Afghan Heroin

    07/12/2014 11:59:39 AM PDT · by mgist · 26 replies
    Banderas News ^ | 7/12/14 | PVNN
    Mexican Cartels Buying Afghan Heroin PVNN More Sharing ServicesShareShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on googleShare on myspace Mexican cartels have established business alliances with gangs operating in places like Afganistán and Turkey, in order to obtain and smuggle drugs to supply Europe and North America, according to investigator Edgardo Buscaglia, a fellow at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, Buscaglia confirmed that Mexican narcotraffickers operate like multinational emissaries "to establish contacts and place operatives that can deal with the Turkish and Indian criminal organizations in order to facilitate the production and sale of...
  • Obama's real border issue: a heroin surge

    07/12/2014 6:54:45 AM PDT · by RC one · 11 replies
    Americans are misfocused on the surge of children crossing the US-Mexican border. The bigger border issue is the rapid rise of heroin trafficking, driven by young Americans switching from prescription painkillers.The big debate in Washington this summer is the surge of children from Central America crossing illegally into the United States. President Obama and Congress still seem far apart on a solution for this immigration crisis. But they may find it easier to agree on another surge across the US-Mexican border, one that is far more costly.Since 2008, the quantity of heroin seized along the border has jumped nearly fourfold....
  • Prostitute 'injected married Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin (Partial title)

    07/10/2014 7:21:35 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 102 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9 July 2014 | Lydia Warren
    A high-priced prostitute injected a married Google executive with a fatal dose of heroin before callously stepping over his dying body to finish her glass of wine, police have revealed. Alix Tichelman, 26, was arrested on Friday in the death of Forrest Hayes, a 51-year-old father-of-five and former Apple exec, aboard his yacht in Santa Cruz, California last November. Tichelman, who met her clients through a website called Seeking Arrangement, had exchanged texts and emails with Hayes and met with him a few times before the deadly November 26 encounter. That day, they met on Hayes' 50-foot yacht, Escape, at...
  • Prostitute accused of killing yacht-owning client with heroin

    07/10/2014 6:46:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kale Williams
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Police arrested a prostitute on homicide charges Friday after they say she administered a lethal dose of heroin to a client and left him to die on a yacht in Santa Cruz last year. On Nov. 23, police were called to investigate the suspicious death of an unidentified 51-year-old man on a sailboat in the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor.
  • Report Details Central Asian Governments' Involvement In Drug Trade

    07/02/2014 3:17:32 PM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    Eurasia Net ^ | 7/2/2014 | Joshua Kucera
    Report Details Central Asian Governments' Involvement In Drug Trade July 2, 2014 - 3:12pm, by Joshua Kucera The Bug Pit Afghanistan Tajikistan Uzbekistan Ties between Afghanistan and its Central Asian neighbors to the north, in spite of years of encouragement by Western officials, remain at a very low level, with the conspicuous exception being the cross-border drug trade. That's the conclusion of a comprehensive new report, Between Cooperation And Insulation: Afghanistan's Relations with the Central Asian Republics. "The trans-border narcotics trade between Afghanistan and Central Asia – supported, managed and/or protected by government officials and security forces on both sides...
  • New York Lawmakers, Gov. Cuomo Announce New Plan To Combat Heroin Use

    06/18/2014 3:30:56 PM PDT · by mgist · 24 replies
    CBS local ^ | 6/18/14 | NA
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a tough new plan Wednesday to address the heroin problem in New York. Just one day before the Legislative session ends, New York lawmakers struck a deal with Cuomo on a series of bills that take aim at the growing heroin crisis, WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman reported. New York Lawmakers, Gov. Cuomo Announce New Plan To Combat Heroin Use The governor said the first step in dealing with the drug problem “is to admit the reality, right? Denial is not an option.” And the reality is “New York has a much more...
  • A Third of Afghan Heroin Goes to Russia

    06/16/2014 10:33:05 AM PDT · by mgist · 6 replies
    RIA novosti ^ | 2/14/14 | Na
    MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti) – About a third of heroin produced in Afghanistan enters Russia, a Kremlin official said Saturday. The drugs are either sold in Russia or pass through the country en route to other destinations including Europe, Zamir Kabulov, the presidential envoy to Afghanistan, told Ekho Moskvy radio. Kabulov complained that US troops stationed in the Central Asian country as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force were not doing enough to battle the drug trade there, an accusation Russia has repeatedly made against the United States. “The Americans make excuses, saying that these tasks [of...
  • Permission to Board? Challenges to seizing drugs at sea in the Indian Ocean

    06/14/2014 9:45:59 AM PDT · by mgist · 13 replies
    global Initiative ^ | 4/2015 | NA
    In the four months to date for 2014, warships from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Task Force 150 (CTF 150) have seized in excess of 2,000 kg of heroin being trafficked in dhows via the Indian Ocean. The most recent seizure was of 1,032 kg by an Australian warship on 26 April - African’s highest drug seizure ever – and 130kg by a Canadian warship on 7 April. In 2013, warships operating with CTF 150 seized more than 2,000 kg of heroin being shipped via the Indian Ocean. The heroin appears to be of Afghan origin, and is generally of...
  • Heroin seized at YVR, two men arrested (not just coming from Mexico)

    06/12/2014 11:23:26 AM PDT · by mgist · 12 replies
    news 1130 ^ | 6/11/2014 | sonia Aslamq
    Heroin seized at YVR, two men arrested One of the men worked in the cargo warehouse Sonia Aslam June 11, 2014 1:03 pm RICHMOND (NEWS1130) - It’s one of the largest drug seizures at Vancouver International Airport in recent history. Two men have been arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking after 35 kilograms of heroin were seized. The drugs were hidden amongst other goods. The investigation was a coordinated effort between the RCMP, Vancouver Police, and the Canada Border Services Agency. One of the men worked in the cargo warehouse at the airport but police won’t...
  • Iraq: The New Heroin Route (It's ALL about the drug trade)

    06/12/2014 9:54:20 AM PDT · by mgist · 16 replies
    Banderas News ^ | 6/2014 | Arnaud Aubron
    Arnaud Aubron - Libération Losing war on drugs: Iran is on the heroin supply route from Asia to Europe. Opiates - and cannabis - produced in Afghanistan transit through Iraq before being distributed in Europe. Their consumption is growing in Baghdad and elsewhere. Repeat yet again. Although Washington took the lead thirty years ago in the global anti-drug war, narcotics seem to stubbornly want to surge through the wake of the American Army. Thus, in 2001, following the prohibition of poppy cultivation by the Taliban, Afghanistan had seen its opium production fall by 185 tons... to shoot up to 3,200...
  • First graders taken to hospital after classmate brings drugs to school

    06/10/2014 3:59:09 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 06/10/2014 | Kristen A. Graham
    An entire first-grade class was bused to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for monitoring Tuesday after a 6-year-old was spotted with packets that police said likely contained heroin. The incident happened when a teacher at John Barry Elementary at 59th and Race Streets in West Philadelphia noticed one of her students playing with small plastic packets she had brought to school.
  • Was Bergdahl Addicted to Heroin? Why is he Being Sequestered? Detox?

    06/10/2014 10:30:00 AM PDT · by mgist · 35 replies
    Savinggraceatguantanamobay.com ^ | 6/9/14 | MJ Granger
    Was Bergdahl Addicted to Heroin? Why is he Being Sequestered? Detox? While serving at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an Army Captain, and the ranking U.S. Army Medical Department officer with the Joint Detainee Operations Group, in February 2002, I was aware of a detainee we called “Wild Bill” who came to us from Afghanistan a drug addicted schizophrenic. It took us a while to figure out what his problems were. We were distracted by his bizarre behavior: eating his flip flops, hanging objects from his genitals, making strange, random sounds, and, like many other...
  • Gwar frontman David Brockie died of accidental heroin overdose

    06/04/2014 2:03:36 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies
    Reuters via Guardian ^ | Tuesday 3 June 2014 17.36 EDT | no byline
    David Brockie, frontman for the Grammy nominated "extraterrestrial" metal band Gwar, died of an accidental heroin overdose in March, the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office said on Tuesday. Brockie, 50, who gained an international fan base performing as a 43bn-year-old alien vocalist for the satirical band, was found by his roommate on 23 March dead in his Richmond home. Brockie died from "acute heroin toxicity and the manner of death is accident," Arkuie Williams, administrator of the medical examiner's office, said in an email. US deaths from heroin have soared as prescription painkiller abusers turn to the drug because it...
  • The Military Coup in Thailand Is Putting the U.S. in an Awkward Position

    05/24/2014 9:23:08 AM PDT · by mgist · 18 replies
    New Republic ^ | 5/23/14 | shulberg
    In 1961, Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act, Section 508 of which states that the U.S. must cut aid to countries in which a “duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup” until the resumption of civilian rule. On Thursday, in Thailand, a duly elected head of government was deposed by military coup. Two days after instituting martial law, General Prayuth Chan-ocha declared that the military was taking over the government and suspending the Constitution. That means the U.S. must cut aid to Thailand, right? Not necessarily. In a statement later Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry said:...
  • The Netherlands: Heroin Seized

    05/20/2014 6:53:26 AM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 5/19/14 | Rick Gladstone
    Nearly 1,700 pounds of heroin was smuggled into the Netherlands last week hidden in a shipment of Iranian raisins, Dutch police investigators said Monday. The heroin, valued at about $23 million, ........ Iran is a major transit point for heroin from Afghanistan. Iran also is believed to be the world’s third-largest exporter of raisins, behind Turkey and the United States.
  • Russian Official Blames Afghan Heroin For 500,000 Deaths

    05/18/2014 2:08:30 PM PDT · by mgist · 16 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 5/18/14 | NA
    Russian Official Blames Afghan Heroin For 500,000 Deaths Print Share: Russian Federal Drug Control Service chief Viktor Ivanov has repeatedly criticized NATO and the United States for not doing enough to fight drug trafficking in Afghanistan. Related Articles Annexation Bad News For Crimea's Rehab Patients Interview: Warning Sounded Over 'Vibrant' Drug Trafficking In Afghanistan Afghan Opium Production Hits Record High Russia's Heroin Habit TEXT SIZE May 15, 2014 The director of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service says the use of Afghan heroin has killed at least 500,000 Russian citizens in the past 13 years. Viktor Ivanov made the comment at...
  • The horrific toll of America's heroin 'epidemic'

    05/16/2014 2:23:05 PM PDT · by mgist · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/21/14 | ian Pomell
    The horrific toll of America's heroin 'epidemic' BBC News, Chicago Heroin abuse in the US has been spreading beyond inner cities, resulting in a sharp rise in addiction and death. Chicago is a hub for cheap, pure and plentiful heroin, much of it supplied by Mexican drug cartels. Chicago's "L" train green line leads directly to the open-air drug markets on the city's west side. As we travel the route with one of the addicts, Jason, he phones his contact. He wants two bags of heroin, each costing just $10 (£6). The dealer meets us, and within seconds two tiny...
  • Australian warship seizes $123 million in heroin off Somali coast

    05/15/2014 5:39:56 PM PDT · by mgist · 15 replies
    SAbahi Online ^ | 5/15/14 | Na
    Australian warship seizes $123 million in heroin off Somali coast 2014-05-15 An Australian warship has seized heroin with an estimated street value of $123 million off the coast of Somalia, AFP reported Thursday (May 15th). The 449-kilogramme haul was found on a dhow, a type of sailing vessel, intercepted by HMAS Darwin 40 nautical miles off Somalia's east coast. The ship's commander Terry Morrison said the seizure "removed a major source of funding for terrorist and criminal networks which included al-Qaeda, the Taliban and al-Shabaab". The drugs were hidden in 20 bags, weighing 20 to 25 kilogrammes each. HMAS Darwin...
  • Russian Official Blames Afghan Heroin For 500,000 Deaths

    05/15/2014 5:29:25 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    Russian Times ^ | 5/15/14 | NA
    The director of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service says the use of Afghan heroin has killed at least 500,000 Russian citizens in the past 13 years. Viktor Ivanov made the comment at an international antidrug conference in Moscow on May 15. He said there had been more than 1 million deaths in the whole of Eurasia caused by the use of Afghan heroin since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001. Ivanov said the "intense transit" of drug products from Afghanistan is estimated at some $100 billion a year, contributing to instability and violence in the region. Afghan heroin...
  • Exclusive: Obama Contracting With Taliban Heroin Smugglers in Afghanistan

    05/15/2014 6:44:18 AM PDT · by mgist · 37 replies
    TCS News ^ | 5/4/14 | Randall Stevens
    Obama’s military contracting with Taliban Heroin smugglers in Afghanistan By Randall Stevens TCS NEWS Qatar, NATO, and the NLC Given the Qatari connections to al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, terrorism, and the Arab Spring (which was a deliberate program to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda), it is disturbing enough that the American military presence in the Gulf has been adopted by the ruling al-Thanis. But the clear line from Qatar to al Qaeda and the Taliban, and the incredible manifestation of corruption within the US military and NATO is even more glaring. The NLC, the same Taliban heroin...
  • FBI director: Afghanistan withdrawal to worsen heroin problem

    05/12/2014 3:22:26 PM PDT · by mgist · 16 replies
    TBO ^ | 5/5/14 | Howard Altman
    <p>The increasing flow of pure heroin into Tampa and other American communities will only get worse if the U.S. pulls all its troops out of Afghanistan at the end of the year, FBI Director James B. Comey said Monday afternoon at FBI headquarters in Tampa.</p>
  • Probe: Heroin-related deaths not accurately counted

    05/12/2014 1:26:20 PM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    Delconewsnetwork ^ | 5/12/14 | By MARYJO WEBSTER and JESSICA GLENZA
    Probe: Heroin-related deaths not accurately counted Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 Elected officials, law enforcement officers and others proclaim there’s a heroin “epidemic” sweeping the country, and it’s taking hold in rural and suburban communities once considered unlikely places to find illicit drugs. But nobody knows how many people have died. Nobody knows how many have overdosed and survived. Nobody even knows for certain where the problem is most severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 3,036 people died in 2010 from heroin overdoses, but due to problems with how death investigations are conducted and how those...
  • Nearly 1,000 Bags of Heroin Seized During Greenfield Traffic Stop

    05/09/2014 8:11:48 AM PDT · by mgist · 19 replies
    wggb ^ | 5/9/14 | na
    Nearly 1,000 Bags of Heroin Seized During Greenfield Traffic Stop May 9th, 2014 GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Westfield man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop overnight in Greenfield. Greenfield Police says that just after 12:00 a.m. Friday, an officer saw a car make a turn from Woodard Road to Colrain Street without making a complete stop at a stop sign. The officer pulled the car over a short time later, and identified that the passenger was a suspected Heroin dealer. Following a brief investigation, police say that officers allegedly found 967 bags containing what is suspected to...
  • Exclusive: Obama Contracting With Taliban Heroin Smugglers in Afghanistan

    05/05/2014 11:18:41 AM PDT · by Randall_S
    TCS News ^ | May 4, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Government IT projects have a tendency to fall on their rear ends more often than not. After the miserable debacle that was Healthcare.gov last October, I made the case for why the larger than life public face of Obamacare had zero chance of succeeding in original form. Fast forward six months, and after some contractor firings and a public about face consisting of a "tech surge", the website is finally working at nominal levels. That's not to say no one didn't take the fall for the mess of this bungled IT project gone haywire. The former head honcho of the...
  • CIA Falls Back in Afghanistan

    05/05/2014 6:59:28 PM PDT · by mgist · 10 replies
    daily Beast ^ | 5/4/14 | Kimberly Davier
    The intelligence agency’s irregular forces have been key to the fight against the Taliban since 2001. Now they’re being withdrawn—just as a bloody fighting season heats up. KABUL, Afghanistan—The CIA is dismantling its frontline Afghan counterterrorist forces in south and east Afghanistan, leaving a security vacuum that U.S. commanders fear the Taliban and al Qaeda will fill—and leaving the Pakistan border open to a possible deluge of fighters and weapons. “The CIA has started to end the contracts of some of those militias who were working for them,” said Aimal Faizi, spokesman for outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a longtime...
  • Our View: Opiate abuse epidemic is a national nightmare

    05/03/2014 5:47:42 PM PDT · by mgist · 23 replies
    fall River ^ | 5/3/14 | Editorial Board
    Our View: Opiate abuse epidemic is a national nightmare Beyond sharing the status of commonwealth, Massachusetts and Kentucky don't seem to have too much in common. But the commonwealths share a dubious bond that has only recently come out of the shadows: Both are epicenters of the opiate addiction epidemic sweeping the nation. Now Massachusetts and Kentucky are collaborating in efforts to fight back. Beyond sharing the status of commonwealth, Massachusetts and Kentucky don’t seem to have too much in common. But the commonwealths share a dubious bond that has only recently come out of the shadows: Both are epicenters...
  • Heroin in a Capsule? lawmakers step up fight against FDA

    05/03/2014 5:34:30 PM PDT · by mgist · 18 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/3/14 | barnini
    State and federal lawmakers are working ...painkiller Zohydro ER permanently shelved, even as the head of the Food and Drug Administration defends the agency’s decision to approve the powerful opiate some critics call “heroin in a capsule.” Since its approval in Oct.... has come under scrutiny from members of Congress, state attorneys general, doctors and addiction specialists who have worked to block the pill from being sold in the U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg strongly defends the agency’s approval, arguing that Zohydro’s benefits outweigh the negative consequences. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., say the agency should rescind its approval of the...
  • Rescuers struggle to help Afghans hit by landslide

    05/03/2014 12:57:55 PM PDT · by mgist · 3 replies
    tripes ^ | 5/3/14 | Amir Shah
    <p>As the departure date for U.S. forces in Afghanistan draws near, the number of high-profile attacks by insurgents has skyrocketed, according to a Pentagon report released Wednesday.</p> <p>A former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said Wednesday that corruption, not the Taliban, is the worst threat to the future of the war-torn country.</p>
  • Opium Production Hits Record Levels in Afghanistan

    05/02/2014 7:36:56 AM PDT · by mgist · 12 replies
    RT ^ | 5/2/14 | NA
    Heroin production hits record levels in Afghanistan - study America’s war on drugs is failing in Afghanistan, with opium production at record levels, despite spending $7.5 billion to tackle the problem. Over 200 thousand hectares is used to grow opium, an increase of 36 percent, according to a US report. The report, which was commissioned by SIGAR, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction makes grim reading, with opium poppy cultivation increasing by over a third, while the country now has about 1.3 million heroin users. This is a ten-fold increase compared to 2005, when around 130,000 people were using...
  • heroin Addiction - Meet the New Face

    05/02/2014 5:32:10 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    Abc ^ | 5/2/14 | liza Harrison
    The latest figures on heroin show the number of first time users in this country has increased by 60 percent over the last decade to 156,000. Addiction experts say once hooked, heroin addicts have a tougher time than many other addicts getting clean and sober. Are you going to pay $30.00 for an OxyContin pill or are you going to pay a couple of bucks for a bag of heroin?" Heroin can be far more dangerous than prescription pain pills. Dr. Wajda added... Heroin overdoses accounted for more than 400 calls by Fresno's American Ambulance last year. Narcan or naloxone...
  • Heroin and Alcohol Led to the Deaths of Ex-SEALs

    05/01/2014 1:48:39 PM PDT · by mgist · 88 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/30/14 | nicholas Kulish
    The authorities in the Seychelles said Tuesday that they had determined that a combination of heroin and alcohol was responsible for the deaths of two former members of the Navy SEALs working as guards on board a container ship in February. The two, Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, in their 40s, were found dead in a cabin aboard the Maersk Alabama, the cargo ship that became famous in 2009 after Somali pirates attacked it and took the captain hostage. After autopsies determined the men had died of respiratory failure and possible heart attacks, officials in the Seychelles, a small Indian...
  • The Real Winner of the Afghan War Is This Shady Military Contractor

    04/27/2014 7:37:36 PM PDT · by mgist · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4/24/14 | jacob Seigel
    by Jacob SiegelApr 24, 2014 6:13 am EDT The State Department paid out $4 billion to rebuild Afghanistan. Some $2.5 billion of that went to a single firm with a bad, bad past. The State Department paid out $4 billion to rebuild Afghanistan. Some $2.5 billion of that went to a single firm with a bad, bad past. For over a decade, the State Department gave 69% of its funding for Afghanistan to a single company—a company with a particularly checkered history. Recruits of the Afghan National Army practice to fight, near Kabul, Afghanistan. (Ulrich Ladurner/laif/Redux) DynCorp, one of the...
  • Poppies Replace Tourists in Egypt

    04/27/2014 1:27:38 PM PDT · by mgist · 4 replies
    CSN ^ | 4/26/14 | Langdendonk
    Mohamed and his companions are nervous. The poppy field they have tended for the past six months is almost ready for harvesting, the small, bright flowers waving in the breeze. Inside the plant's pod is a sticky-white substance: raw opium. When harvested it will net each of them $2,850. Poppy cultivation takes off Opium has been consumed in Egypt since antiquity, but the growing of poppies is a recent development. Joseph Hobbs, a professor of geography at the University of Missouri and the author of the only scholarly work on the Sinai's opium culture, says that poppy cultivation there began...
  • Westmoreland Co. (PA) Woman (Patient) Sold Drugs from Hospital Room

    04/22/2014 4:54:14 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    CBS Local Pittsburgh ^ | April 21, 2014 | Ralph Ianotti
    GREENSBURG (KDKA) — Greensburg City police are expected to file charges as early as Tuesday against a woman from Youngwood who was leading two lives at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was not immediately identified by name. She was not only a patient at the hospital, but she was allegedly selling heroin from her hospital room. Jennifer Miele, Excela’s Vice President of Marketing, said staffers in the ICU saw numerous visitors coming and going, spending only a moment or two with the patient before leaving. “What the staff was noticing in our Intensive Care Unit, was that many visitors were...
  • PA Official: Israel ‘Turning Marijuana into Heroin’ to Poison Us

    04/03/2014 11:10:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    INN ^ | 4/2/2014, 8:01 PM | Tova Dvorin
    The Palestinian Authority continues to disseminate a modern form of blood libel against Israel—by claiming that Israel deliberately distributes drugs to harm Palestinian Arab society. Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, reiterated this libel in February, stating that Israel “has spit up and vomited a shocking amount of drugs onto our land,” according to Palestinian Media Watch. He explained that the PA had even seized a lab “turning marijuana into heroin.” …
  • FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

    04/03/2014 1:12:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 3:20 PM EDT | Lauren Neergaard and Mary Clare Jalonick
    Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose antidote named naloxone before an ambulance arrives. Doctors could prescribe it for family members or caregivers to keep on hand, in a pocket or a medicine cabinet. Opioids include legal prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as illegal street drugs like heroin. …
  • WH Report: Chronic Marijuana Users Up 84% in 10 Years

    04/01/2014 3:52:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 1, 2014 - 2:21 PM | Ali Meyer
    The number of chronic marijuana users—defined as those who used it on four or more days in the past month—increased 84.3% between 2000 to 2010, according to a RAND Corporation report commissioned by the White House. “In January 2012, the U.S. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked RAND to generate national estimates of the total number of users, total expenditures, and total consumption for four illicit drugs from 2000 to 2010: cocaine (including crack), heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine (or meth),” says the report, What America’s Users Spend on Illicit Drugs: 2000-2010. …
  • Why heroin is spreading in America's suburbs (+video)

    03/24/2014 6:26:18 PM PDT · by mgist · 34 replies
    CNS Monitor ^ | 3/23/14 | lindborg
    The drug has followed prescription painkillers into new neighborhoods, forcing police and parents to confront an unexpected problem. In the upper left, a nurse shows off a container of naloxone, a drug which can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. NEWBURYPORT, MASS. Ana was a good student in middle school. She got above-average grades, seemed poised and self-possessed, and, like many of her friends in her charming coastal town north of Boston, was on a probable path to college. Then, during her freshman year...One night she got very drunk with some friends and loved it. She says it made...
  • Obama's Drug Train - Hauling Tons Of Heroin Over The Border

    03/17/2014 7:00:13 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 2 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 03/17/2014 | JoeClarke.Net
    Not only has President Obama officially represented himself as "My Brother's Keeper," in his latest program to somehow encourage young Black and Hispanic Men to become more respectable in society, the President, Homeland Security, and Eric Holder have also become more protective of illegal aliens, many of whom, are  nothing more than drug mules supplying a gigantic network of heroin users in the United States. The President and Democrats have taken extraordianary (illegal) measures to add illegals to the Dem voter rolls, despite the fact that they have helped heroin use to become the latest national drug epidemic. Regardless...