All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Drugs’

Patient Requests Do Influence Doctors’ Prescriptions, Shows Study

Nearly every commercial break on TV now includes drug ads that list dozens of possible side effects and outcomes. No matter how different these lists may be, though, every ad includes the phrase “ask your doctor.” Now new research is showing that asking doctors about certain medications really can influence their prescription. A new study published in the journal Medical …

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Attorney General Calls For Lower Drug Sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder today testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission and endorsed less strict sentencing for most drug offenders. A proposal by the commission outlined in January and would lower the base offense matched to drug trafficking quantities by two levels. The commission is expected to vote on the proposal sometime in April. The commission estimates that the proposal …

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I-80 Drug Stops Lead To Community Debates

Thousands of dollars have been confiscated from vehicles traveling on U.S. Interstate 80 where authorities have believed that these travelers could potentially be drug traffickers. Recently, one vehicle contained $50,000 while another vehicle was pulled over with a reported $13,800. This practice has caused debates within the local community of Winnemucca where concerns focus on potentially intimidating visitors from entering …

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Cocaine Use Down, Weed Smoking Up in U.S.

The marijuana industry in the U.S. is ramping up and the legalization movement for the plant seems to have reached a tipping point. Washington and Colorado have already legalized the drug in a small way and other states appear to be following. Views on the drug are also changing and even the President has declared marijuana less dangerous than other, …

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Lea Michele Only Has Happy Memories of Cory

Popular Glee actress Lea Michele does not want her late boyfriend, Cory Monteith, to be defined by the addiction that ultimately claimed his life. In a recent interview with Seventeen magazine, Michele spoke about Cory’s unique ability to make her feel special. “I only have happy memories of Cory. He was not his addiction – unfortunately, it won. But that …

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Heavy Opioid Abusers Often Have Prescriptions, Shows Study

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today highlighted new research showing that Doctors themselves often supply patients at risk for opioid overdose. The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, shows that the patients who use opioids (for recreation) 200 or more days out of every year often get their drugs …

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Seafaring Smugglers May Pose Threats for Coast Guard

As awareness increases along the border of the U.S., smugglers have resorted to seafaring methods in order to transport drugs. The U.S. Coast Guard, which patrols 95,000 miles of coastline, has continually upheld the responsibility of keeping a watchful eye over the waters. However, recent budget cuts have made this responsibility challenging. In 2013, the Coast Guard reduced operating costs …

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FDA Implements Pilot Program For Fast-Track Drug Importation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it has begun its two-year Secure Supply Chain Pilot Program. The program is meant to streamline some drug importation for select companies so that the FDA can focus its resources on more high-risk illegal importation. Following the two-year program the FDA will evaluate its success and possibly make it permanent, …

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Nogales Drug Tunnel: Largest Ever Found Shut Down

The longest drug tunnel ever found was discovered in Nogales and shut down on Monday. Three men were arrested during the shutdown and more than 640 pounds of marijuana and a half pound of heroin were seized during the operation. The tunnel was 481-feet long and ran underground between two homes in Nogales, AZ, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, U.S. 411 …

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Heroin Happy Meals: Twice In One Month

Heroin is not exactly what you’d like to see when you open your kid’s Happy Meal box from McDonald’s, but apparently, that is what was being used to sell the drug out of a McDonald’s drive-thru in Pittsburg, PA. Shania Dennis, 26, was busted by undercover agents for selling heroin at work, where she would instruct her “customers” to say, …

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Knights Templar Drug Cartel Boss Is Caught

Mexican officials have captured one of the country’s most wanted drug lords, officials say. The government had a 30m-peso ($2.2 million) bounty on his head for drug and money-laundering crimes. The attorney general’s office said on Monday that security forces arrested Dionisio Loya Plancarte, known as “El Tio” (‘The Uncle’), the most senior member of the Knights Templar. He was …

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Snorting Smarties And Other Strange Ways Kids Get “High”

According to officials at the Portsmouth Middle School in Rhode Island, the newest way for kids to get “high” is by snorting Smarties candies. Children and teens are grinding the candies up into a powder and then making a line with the powder, similar to how cocaine users line up their drugs. The kids then snort the Smarties into their …

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