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From dealing drugs to delivering food: Pastor Mick on Burnley's Covid crisis – video report

Pastor Mick Fleming has devoted all of his time in this lockdown to supporting the poorest communities in Burnley. But his life hasn’t always been this way. He tells us how he swapped a life of crime ​for delivering food parcels​ seven days a week, holding funerals for free and counselling people through drug relapses. He says the suffering of the poorest people in his town should make society deeply uncomfortableMick's Church on the Street charity: https://www.cots-ministries.com/In the UK and ...
Tags: UK, Australia, Drugs, US, Society, UK News, Poverty, Ireland, Social exclusion, Burnley, Mick, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Lifeline, Mick Fleming


Twenty-three tonnes of cocaine seized in Europe's biggest haul

German and Belgian joint investigation uncovers stashes in Hamburg and AntwerpGerman and Belgian authorities have seized 23 tonnes of cocaine in a record haul of the drug in Europe, German customs said on Wednesday.“The enormous amount of cocaine would have brought in several billion euros in street sales,” the customs office said. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Drugs, Germany, Society, World news, Netherlands, Paraguay, Belgium, Drugs trade, Hamburg, AntwerpGerman


Scotland drugs policy minister resolves to reduce horrific death toll

Angela Constance says she is committed to introducing full range of treatments in ‘national mission’Scotland’s new minister for drugs policy, Angela Constance, has said she is determined to see a reduction in the country’s horrific drug-related death toll and significantly more people in treatment within the year.“I’m talking about the full range [of treatment]: residential, in the community, harm reduction, recovery services, medication where it’s appropriate … I’m not punting my preferred opti...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Scotland, Society, UK News, Constance, Angela Constance


Police should carry drugs overdose antidote, says senior officer

Exclusive: NPCC’s drugs lead backs wider supply of naloxone after successful trialsThe overdose antidote naloxone should be made available to all police officers in areas where there is a clear need, the police chiefs’ drug lead has urged after successful pilot schemes.North Wales police and Police Scotland are trialling having beat officers carry naloxone nasal sprays that can be used to treat opiate overdoses, and West Midlands police have extended their pilot scheme, with a rollout due to be ...
Tags: Drugs, Scotland, Police, Society, UK News, Emergency services, West Midlands, North Wales, NPCC


"When I’m rolling, I just want to breathe deeply and enjoy it. The simple act of breathing can be extremely pleasurable."

Said Carl Hart, chair of the Columbia University psychology department, quoted in "Columbia professor: I do heroin regularly for ‘work-life balance’" (NY Post). At 54, the married father of three has snorted small amounts of heroin for as many as 10 days in a row and enjoyed it mightily – even if, as he recalls in his new book “Drug Use for Grown-ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear” (Penguin Press), he’s experienced mild withdrawal symptoms “12 to 16 hours after the last dose.... Hart, who...
Tags: Law, Drugs, America, Columbia University, Columbia, Ny Post, Hart, Penguin Press, Ann Althouse, Carl Hart


CBD will go on sale in Australia, but first manufacturers will have to prove it works

While CBD has been approved for over-the-counter sale, there are regulatory hurdles to clear before it actually appears in pharmacies“You can have as much whiskey as you like, but there’s no whiskey available,” says Prof Iain McGregor, psychopharmacologist and academic director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, when asked to describe the rules around CBD in Australia at the moment. Related: How a cannabis farm cured my fear of nature | Zoe Williams Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Australia, Drugs, Life and style, Society, Cannabis, Health & wellbeing, Pharmaceuticals industry, Zoe Williams, Iain McGregor, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, Australian lifestyle


"All that has happened is there was a peaceful transition of power from Trump to a career politician, in Joe Biden, who has done far more violence than Trump has..."

"... because he’s been … a politician for decades. We didn’t topple anything. All we did was replace one figurehead with another, we’ve done nothing about the institution. It’s not about the leader, it’s about the institutions and the structures and the systems of capitalism and white supremacy that we reside under that are the main forces of domination here." Said Joshua Briond, of the Black Alliance for Peace and co-host of the Millennials Are Killing Capitalism podcast, quoted in "Organizer...
Tags: Nbc, Law, Drugs, Joe Biden, Atlantic, Language, Barbie, Biden, Philip K. Dick, Trump, Ta Nehisi Coates, White Supremacy, Coates, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Trump to Trump


"[I]t was clear that he was getting input from people who were calling him up, I don’t know who, people he knew from business, saying, 'Hey, I heard about this drug, isn’t it great?' or..."

"... 'Boy, this convalescent plasma is really phenomenal.' And I would try to, you know, calmly explain that you find out if something works by doing an appropriate clinical trial; you get the information, you give it a peer review. And he’d say, 'Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, this stuff really works.' He would take just as seriously their opinion — based on no data, just anecdote — that something might really be important. It wasn’t just hydroxychloroquine, it was a variety of alternative-med...
Tags: New York, Law, Drugs, White House, New York City, Alternative Medicine, Bad Science, Anthony Fauci, Tony, Donald J Trump, Oval Office, Anthony S Fauci, Fauci, Ann Althouse, President Trump, Coronavirus


English and Scottish get drunk most often, 25-nation survey finds

Average of more than 33 times last year is more than twice the rate of several other nationalitiesThe English and Scottish have topped an international league table of how often people get so drunk that they lose their balance and slur their speech.The Global Drugs Survey (GDS) for 2020 suggests the UK’s drink problem is far more dangerous than use of any other drug. More than 5% of people under 25 in the UK reported having sought hospital treatment after getting drunk, compared with a global av...
Tags: Health, UK, Drugs, Alcohol, Society, UK News, Global Drugs Survey GDS


Spanish police seize record haul of synthetic drugs

More than 800,000 ecstasy tablets among largest such confiscation in country’s historySpanish police have seized 827,000 ecstasy tablets, 76kg of speed, 39.5kg of crystal meth and 217 litres of liquid amphetamine in the country’s largest confiscation of synthetic drugs.Eleven people – from Spain, the Netherlands, Romania, Colombia and Italy – were arrested during a joint investigation by the Guardia Civil and national police forces, according to a statement. It said specialist officers had come ...
Tags: Europe, Drugs, Spain, Society, World news, Italy, Gangs, Guardia Civil, Netherlands Romania Colombia


Dutch high hopes for legal cannabis farms hit by nimby protests

Drug supply experiment falters as Netherlands plan for greenhouses stirs anxiety among local residentsA Dutch trial of state-regulated cannabis cultivation farms to supply coffee shops risks being derailed by an outbreak of nimbyism after locals protested about the location of one of the new facilities.The plans to take over greenhouses on the outskirts of Etten-Leur, a town in north Brabant, near the Belgian border, and replace blackberries with cannabis plants, triggered large local protests a...
Tags: Europe, Drugs, Society, World news, Cannabis, Farming, Netherlands, Brabant, Etten Leur


The great opportunity: how Covid transformed global crime

2020 led to surges in everything from domestic abuse to black markets in fake vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBy the end of March, one week into the UK’s first lockdown, recorded crime in Lancashire had dropped by a startling 40% compared with the four-year average.“At first there was some mild panic,” says DCI Eric Halford, of Lancashire Constabulary. “Most senior officers expected a surge in demand.” Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Crime, Law, Drugs, Police, Society, UK News, World news, Cybercrime, Domestic Violence, Child protection, Human Trafficking, Organised Crime, Lancashire, Lancashire Constabulary, Coronavirus


Public health minister resigns over record drug-related deaths in Scotland

Joe FitzPatrick quit hours after Scottish Labour lodged a motion of no confidence in himScotland’s public health minister has resigned from the SNP government days after figures revealed the country’s drug-related death toll had risen to another grim annual record.Joe FitzPatrick said he had “agreed” to quit after discussions with first minister Nicola Sturgeon on Friday and hours after Scottish Labour lodged a motion of no confidence in him. On Tuesday, the National Records of Scotland revealed...
Tags: Politics, UK, Drugs, Scotland, Society, UK News, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour, SNP, Drugs policy, Scottish National party (SNP, Joe FitzPatrick, National Records of Scotland


"At the start of this pandemic, I recall feeling both horror at the unfolding calamity, and also a small sense of hope..."

"... that as in other times of hardship, people would find ways to change the world for the better. There was talk of community support, mutual aid and the rediscovery of the positive powers of the state to protect its citizens. Much of that has dimmed now, and it often seems that we simply want relief — to go back to the way the world was before, and as soon as possible. We have to get back to that place. Yet this may be the best chance in our lifetimes to break the hold of an industry that, un...
Tags: Law, Drugs, Capitalism, Big Pharma, Ann Althouse, Stephen Buranyi, Coronavirus


Scotland's drug-related death toll more than 3.5 times rate for whole UK

Experts condemn public health emergency as ‘national tragedy and disgrace’Scotland’s drug-related death toll has risen to another grim record, as long-delayed figures published on Tuesday revealed a death rate more than 3.5 times that of the UK as a whole and higher than those reported for all EU countries.The public health emergency, which was the subject of political deadlock between Holyrood and Westminster governments over drug legislation before the pandemic, was condemned by experts as a “...
Tags: Politics, UK, Drugs, Scotland, Eu, Society, UK News, Holyrood, Drugs policy


"He was entranced by fire — with a real-estate agent recalling seeing an estimated 1,000 candles in Hsieh’s Park City, Utah, home..."

"'[He] explained to me that the candles were a symbol of what life was like in a simpler time'.... The quirky entrepreneur... also liked to use a heater in his girlfriend’s shed to decrease his oxygen level, sources told the media outlet. Hsieh also inhaled nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, a k a whippets, to try to decrease his oxygen use.... But playing with his oxygen intake was only one part of Hsieh’s manipulation of his body. Hsieh would go on a 26-day alphabet diet, in which he would only e...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, Death, Law, Drugs, Happiness, Fire, Zappos, Journal, Urination, Harriet, Augustus, Shel Silverstein, Tony Hsieh, Hsieh, Ann Althouse


Murder in Mexico: journalists caught in the crosshairs

The 2012 killing of Regina Martínez, who was investigating links between organised crime and politics, began a wave of violence in the most dangerous country to be a reporterRegina Martínez Pérez was considered an enemy of the state. The 48-year-old journalist had made powerful foes investigating allegations of collusion between political leaders, security forces and narcotraffickers in the Mexican region of Veracruz.She was a source of irritation for four consecutive state governors, highlighti...
Tags: Media, Drugs, Mexico, Americas, Society, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Press freedom, Journalist safety, Drugs trade, Veracruz, Regina Martínez, Martínez Pérez, Proceso Continue


"The male is barricaded inside and not answering the door. Everyone else is outside the house. They are trying to get him to open up."

Said the dispatcher quoted in "Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was 'barricaded' in a shed when blaze broke out, as colleagues suspect his addiction to burning candles, Grey Goose vodka, and nitrous oxide whippets triggered the explosion that led to his death" (Daily Mail).  Recently... nitrous oxide had become his drug of choice, taking it in the form of 'whippets' straight from the cartridge of a whipped cream dispenser. 'He would take dozens of them a day,' the colleague said. 'He lived a crazy, eccen...
Tags: Death, Law, Drugs, Fire, Drinking, Zappos, Tony, Tony Hsieh, Grey Goose, Ann Althouse


Majority of Australian voters in favour of pill testing, election data shows

Long-running study finds 63% of voters support drug minimisation strategy shunned by governmentsNearly two-thirds of the Australian public are in favour of pill testing at music festivals, new national data shows.The findings, drawn from the Australian National University’s long-running election study, show strong public support for a drug harm minimisation strategy that has largely been shunned by governments across the country despite high-profile cases of deaths at music festivals. Continue r...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Society, Australia news, Australian politics, Australian National University


Cannabis resin now 25% more potent, global study reveals

Concentrations of intoxicating THC have risen, data from more than 80,000 street drug samples gathered over 50 years shows Cannabis resin – or “hash” – has increased in strength by nearly 25% over the past half century, a major international study has revealed.Researchers with the Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath analysed data from more than 80,000 cannabis street samples tested in the past 50 years in the US, UK, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy and New Zealand. Co...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Society, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Cannabis, Medical Research, New Zealand, University Of Bath, Addiction and Mental Health Group, US UK Netherlands France Denmark Italy


The Destructive Era Of Drug Prohibition Is Collapsing

From the Deep South to each of the coasts, the only universal American policy mandate to be found is ending the destructive war on drugs.
Tags: Law, Drugs, Government, Fourth Amendment, Tyler Broker


Oregon decriminalizes drugs: Here are 3 metrics other states will track

Oregon voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all drugs, including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.The state also legalized the therapeutic use and sale of psilocybin mushrooms.As the laws go into effect, other U.S. states will be watching to see how the experiment plays out, influencing future votes across the country. Amid the uncertainty of the unfolding U.S. 2020 presidential election, Americans decided one thing on November 3 with refreshing clarity and unity: It's time ...
Tags: Mississippi, Law, Drugs, Oregon, Marijuana, Policy, United States, South Dakota, Innovation, Portugal, Narcotics, Drug Policy Alliance, Kitzhaber, John Kitzhaber, Kassandra Frederique, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission


New Zealand narrowly votes no to legalising cannabis in referendum

Yes campaign garnered 48.4% of votes, while the no vote won 50.7%, meaning the referendum does not passNew Zealanders have voted not to legalise cannabis in a referendum that painted a portrait of a country starkly divided over drug policy.The yes vote for legalising cannabis finished with 48.4% of the vote, trailing the no vote on 50.7% – or just 67,662 votes out of 2.9m. Continue reading...
Tags: Drugs, Society, World news, Cannabis, Asia Pacific, New Zealand


Spanish police seize 1.2 tonnes of cocaine on ship busted for second time in two weeks

Brazilian officers had already seized 1.5 tonnes before vessel slipped out of São SebastiãoSpanish police have seized more than 1.2 tonnes of cocaine on a ship carrying corn from Brazil, two weeks after their Brazilian counterparts confiscated 1.5 tonnes of the drug from the same vessel.A team of customs agents and Guardia Civil and national police officers intercepted the Unispirit 50 nautical miles off the island of Gran Canaria on October 16, and after escorting the vessel into port they cond...
Tags: Europe, Drugs, Americas, Spain, Society, World news, Brazil, Gran Canaria, Guardia Civil, Unispirit


Government urged to sell cocaine and ecstasy in pharmacies

Campaigners say sale of drugs should be nationalised to undermine organised crimeCocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines should be “nationalised” and sold legally in government-run pharmacies to undermine global drug-related crime, a UK drugs reform charity has recommended.In a book – with a foreword written by the former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark – the drugs liberalisation campaign group Transform has sought to set out practical ways to sell the drugs in state-run special pharmacies a...
Tags: UK, Crime, Drugs, Society, UK News, Home Office, New Zealand, Helen Clark


Spain becomes cannabis hub as criminals fill tourism void

With high profit margins and low risk of long jail time, Catalonia is now the marijuana capital of Europe, police warnThe decor is nightclub chic meets Turkish opium den. The lighting, soft pink and electric blue. And, were it not for the sweet waft of marijuana, it could be the lobby of a Las Vegas boutique hotel. In fact, it’s one of Barcelona’s 156 cannabis clubs, known as asociaciónes.The idea was a quiet place where you could buy and smoke marijuana, often grown by members, and only on the ...
Tags: Europe, Drugs, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, Society, World news, Cannabis, Las Vegas


Trump talks up drug treatments... calls his contracting of the disease a "blessing in disguise."

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT! pic.twitter.com/uhLIcknAjT— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020 ADDED: On the subject of divine intervention: The smug chuckle after she says “I just think COVID is God’s gift to the Left.” pic.twitter.com/0NvAAJjKnL— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 7, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Drugs, Jane Fonda, James Woods, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Lightweight Religion, Coronavirus


"Middle-class parents’ self-medication has long been recreationalized, even romanticized in America..."

"... think of sitcom dads pouring a drink and sinking into the BarcaLounger after a long day with Bob in accounting, or neurasthenic moms popping pink capsules while the casserole browns.... These powerful drugs were sold as a way to sedate women who didn’t fit the 1950s submissive ideal later satirized to chilling effect in 'The Stepford Wives.' In 1966, the Rolling Stones released their infamous track 'Mother’s Little Helper,' placing the blame on tranquilized mothers for needing a pill just t...
Tags: Law, Drugs, Marijuana, Advertising, America, Drinking, Bob, Jessica Grose, MSM, Stein, Ann Althouse, MSM reports what's in social media, Grose, Miltown, Tiktok, Coronavirus


Global shortage of key Covid drug leads to NHS rationing

Pressure mounts on manufacturer to allow other companies to supply remdesivirCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA global shortage of remdesivir, one of the key Covid-19 drugs given to Donald Trump since he tested positive for the virus, is leading to rationing in the UK and pressure on the manufacturer to allow other companies to supply it.Remdesivir, made by the US company Gilead, is one of only two drugs proven to work against Covid-19. It has been shown to help patien...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, Drugs, US, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Hospitals, NHS, European Commission, Donald Trump, Gilead, Coronavirus outbreak


US, Russia, China won't join global initiative to offer fair access to COVID-19 vaccines. Why not?

More than 150 countries have joined an initiative to develop, produce, and fairly distribute an effective COVID-19 vaccine.But China, Russia, and the U.S. have declined to join in a bid to win the vaccine race.The absence of these three economies risks the success of the global initiative and future collaborations. The board game "Pandemic" tasks players with stopping deadly diseases as they spread across the world. But what separates "Pandemic" from its winner-take-all peers is that it's a col...
Tags: Politics, Drugs, White House, China, Russia, Society, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Who, World Health Organization, Fda, Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, Donald Trump, Trump



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