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Drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales reach record high

Charities warn of a public health emergency after data shows 4,561 deaths in 2020 – up 3.8% on previous yearDeaths due to drug poisoning in England and Wales have reached a record high, with a growing number of people dying after using cocaine and opiates, data shows.Charities warned the figures showed there was a public health emergency, with the pandemic negatively affecting those with addiction problems. In 2020, 4,561 died – the equivalent of 79.5 deaths per million people. This is 3.8% high...
Tags: Health, England, Wales, Drugs, UK News

"Kathy Griffin has revealed she attempted suicide last year as she was struggling with addiction to prescription drugs, and also announced that she has stage one lung cancer..."

"... despite never smoking cigarettes, and will have to have part of her left lung removed. Griffin, who was placed in psychiatric hold after her suicide attempt, says she developed her addiction to cope with the backlash she endured after posing with a bloody effigy of then-President Donald Trump in 2017." The Daily Mail reports.I'm sorry to hear all that and wish her well. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Drugs, Suicide, Cancer, Daily Mail, Donald Trump, Griffin, Kathy Griffin, Ann Althouse

The story of El Chapo's escape from prison in a laundry cart and his triumphant return to Sinaloa

The cover of El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World's Most Infamous Drug Lord Noah Hurowitz In 2001, the Sinaloa cartel kingpin known as El Chapo escaped from Mexico's Puente Grande maximum-security prison. He is now serving a life sentence on Colorado. This is an excerpt from El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World's Most Infamous Drug Lord, by Noah Hurowitz. The book is available now. See more stories on Insider's business page. In early 2001, Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmá...
Tags: New York, Crime, News, Prison, Colorado, Washington Post, Drugs, Mexico, Marijuana, New York City, US, Trends, Cocaine, Brooklyn, United States, Mexico City

Drugs deaths in Scotland soar to record level

Country has Europe’s worst drugs death rate, more than three-and-a-half times higher than rest of UKDrugs deaths in Scotland have hit a new record after 1,339 people died last year from drugs overdoses or the cumulative effects of years of addiction.National Records of Scotland, the statistics agency, said the figure was a 5% increase on drugs-related fatalities registered in 2019. The country continues to have the worst drug death rate in Europe, with 21.2 deaths per 1,000 of the population, m...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Drugs, Scotland, Society, UK News, Drugs policy, National Records of Scotland

I had to stop my psychoactive meds while pregnant and the withdrawal was so bad, I considered an abortion

It's incredibly difficult to wean yourself off psychoactive medication once you've begun. Kanawa_Studio/Getty Images Benzodiazepines are a psychoactive drug. They can calm symptoms associated with anxiety. The withdrawal symptoms from giving them up are considered worse than those from cocaine. Sara suffered so much with insomnia and anxiety during pregnancy, she considered having an abortion. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sara is a pseudonym but below is a true ...
Tags: UK, Science, Drugs, Life, International, Trends, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Italy, Healthcare, National Health Service, Medication, Thomson Reuters, Nordic, Sara, Psychiatrist

Barcelona cannabis clubs face closure in new legal setback

Police and city authorities agree that ‘pioneering’ model has reduced street dealing and consumptionBarcelona’s 200 cannabis clubs face closure after the supreme court shut a legal loophole that has seen the city become Spain’s marijuana capital.It is the latest in a series of setbacks for the asociaciónes, as they are popularly known. In 2017, the court overruled a law passed by the Catalan parliament which said “private consumption of cannabis by adults … is part of the exercise of the fundame...
Tags: Europe, Supreme Court, Drugs, Spain, Barcelona, Society, Cannabis

Lemurs get high by licking toxic millipedes and rubbing them on their bodies

The toxic secretions of millipedes are a real trip for Lemurs who know not to eat them, but to lick them and rub the enslobbered arthropods around their furry flanks. The ritual has an evolutionary narrative with it—the toxins kill parasites—and getting high is part of the package. — Read the rest
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Drug testing job candidates is decreasing in Southern California

Getting a job these days doesn’t always involve a plastic bottle and a trip to the bathroom. With recreational marijuana use legal in California, and at least 17 other states and Washington D.C., some employers are making changes and will no longer require some job candidates to be screened for drugs and alcohol. “Instead, these employers focus on combating drug use in the workplace through enforcing their existing drug-free workplace policies and utilizing reasonable suspicion drug testing,” sa...
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Drug testing for job candidates is decreasing in Southern California

Getting a job these days doesn’t always involve a plastic bottle and a trip to the bathroom. With recreational marijuana use legal in California, and at least 17 other states and Washington D.C., some employers are making changes and will no longer require some job candidates to be screened for drugs and alcohol. “Instead, these employers focus on combating drug use in the workplace through enforcing their existing drug-free workplace policies and utilizing reasonable suspicion drug testing,” sa...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Jobs, News, California, Drugs, Washington, Mexico, Government, Marijuana, Sport, Fbi, Cannabis, Soccer, Biden, Orange County

Court Calls Bulls**t On Cop Who Claimed He Could Smell Weed In Sealed Bags In A Moving Car From His Own Moving Cruiser

From the STEAMED-HAMS-but-it's-this-cop's-story dept.
Tags: Technology, Law, Drugs, Police, Court Calls Bulls

Maine DEA agents seize a ‘cake’ that turns out to be cocaine

WBZ via CNN GARDINER, Maine (WBZ) — Authorities in Maine seized four pounds of cocaine made to look like cake on Tuesday. Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency stopped a man and woman on I-295 and said they discovered “a significant amount of cocaine in their vehicle.” The agency shared a photo of the drugs that was packaged inside a cake wrapper. A spokesperson told The Bangor Daily News that the cocaine was sprinkled in coffee grounds, which is used to disguise the scent from drug-snif...
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People Are Stealing Water in California at Record Rates for Illegal Weed Farms

Cannabis needs water to grow, but water is scarce in California right now. The state is experiencing a record-breaking megadrought which has been exacerbated by this summer’s extreme heat. Some weed growers are resorting to stealing water to make sure they have enough to tend to their farms.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Drugs, Environment, Cannabis, John Nores, Cannabis Cultivation, Water In California, Cannabis In California, Record Rates for Illegal Weed Farms

LA could receive tens of millions in national opioid settlement

LOS ANGELES — City Attorney Mike Feuer said Tuesday that Los Angeles expects to receive tens of millions of dollars over the next 18 years from a tentative $26 billion national settlement with opioid distributors McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corporation, as well as opioid manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The settlement is meant to abate the country’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis, and Feuer said he hopes Los Angeles will use the funding to address ...
Tags: Politics, News, Drugs, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Fda, City Council, Johnson, Prescription Drugs, U S Centers for Disease Control, Johnson Johnson, Feuer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Not just COVID: mortality rates are up from homicides, drug overdoses, accidents

Mortality rates from drug overdoses, homicides, and unintentional injuries increased since the pandemic began. Surprisingly, the suicide rate was below expectations.Cancer deaths may increase in coming years due to delayed diagnosis and reduced treatment.In the U.S. the COVID pandemic cost hundreds of thousands of lives. Most deaths were directly attributable to the virus, but a substantial number were caused through the exacerbation of chronic social problems. A catastrophic increase in drug ...
Tags: Death, Politics, Cdc, Drugs, Society, New York Times, Innovation, Addiction, Usc, Derek, JAMA, National Cancer Institute, COVID-19

Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life Has Even More Pretty Women

Hardcore drug-making anime Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life has persisted in showing the audience just how perfectly lovable the fluffy Noella is as the anime also introduces a new redheaded female, the series looking to bombard watchers with a multitude of unique and quirky women to obsess over. Omake:
Tags: Comedy, Drugs, Anime, Moe, Image Gallery, Kemonomimi, Noella, EMT Squared, Isekai, Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life

"Deaths from drug overdoses soared to more than 93,000 last year... The death toll jumped by more than 21,000, or nearly 30 percent, from 2019..."

"The increase came as no surprise to addiction specialists, drug counselors and policy experts who have watched the steady rise in deaths throughout the pandemic.... ... 2020 brought the added complications of a worldwide viral pandemic. Health care resources were stretched and redirected toward the emergency. Anti-addiction medication was more difficult to obtain. Stress increased dramatically." WaPo reports.ADDED: From the NYT article on the subject: The death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 375,...
Tags: Death, Law, Drugs, New York Times, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, COVID

DMT: the strongest psychedelic you’ve never heard of

Psychedelic therapy shows promise where other mental health treatments have failed. DMT, an incredibly powerful drug, may be particularly useful in conjunction with therapy.The use of DMT is still highly experimental and possibly dangerous. As psychedelic research returns to the mainstream of medical science, several lesser known drugs are being seen as possible therapies for mental illness. One of these is DMT, which is the subject of a slew of new studies about its potential use in treati...
Tags: Psychology, Drugs, Mental Health, Brain, Depression, Innovation, Consciousness, Peru, South America, Routledge, James Kent, Terence McKenna, Freethink, Carol Routledge, Small Pharma, Stephen Szára

Sacha Baron Cohen sues over cannabis billboard in US featuring Borat

Massachusetts billboard features fictional Kazakh journalist promoting drug with thumbs-up signSacha Baron Cohen is taking legal action against a US cannabis dispensary after it used his Borat character on a billboard in Massachusetts.The billboard features the fictional Kazakh journalist promoting cannabis sold by Solar Therapeutics with both thumbs up alongside the words “it’s nice!” – globally recognised as the character’s catchphrase. Continue reading...
Tags: Drugs, Massachusetts, US, US news, Cannabis, Sacha Baron Cohen, Baron Cohen

"Ethically sourced" cocaine forcing posh Brits to pay out the nose

A new scheme is being dished out by Colombian drug dealers to play on the ragged environmental heartstrings of wealthy UK residents. What some are calling "woke coke" is being marketed as "ethically sourced" and "environmentally friendly", but that's far from the truth, according to Colombian aid worker Bibiana Villota: "I've never heard of woke coke but I can tell you, no one in Colombia produces cocaine 'ethically'. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, UK, News, Drugs, Cocaine, Colombia, United Kingdom, Environmentally Friendly, Ethically Sourced, Woke Coke, Bibiana Villota

Warning as man dies amid spate of drug overdoses in Swansea

Health board in south Wales calls for users to take extreme care after 12 overdose cases in four days A man has died after a spate of drug overdoses in Swansea over the last four days, a health board has said.There have been 12 overdose cases in the area in south Wales since Wednesday, prompting warnings from Swansea Bay University health board over the dangers of taking drugs. Continue reading...
Tags: Wales, Drugs, UK News, Swansea, South Wales, Swansea Bay University

The top journalist, the mafia boss and the gunman: Dutch fear the rise of ‘narco crime’

While Peter R de Vries fights for life in an Amsterdam hospital the nation reflects on how to end the grip of drug gangsFive gunshots blasted like fireworks on a sunny evening, just behind Amsterdam’s busy Leidseplein. To the horror of the Netherlands, a cold-blooded shooting has left prominent Dutch crime journalist Peter R de Vries fighting for his life in hospital.Everyone from European leaders to the Dutch king Willem-Alexander and Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema have expressed their shock at ...
Tags: Europe, Drugs, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Drugs trade, Organised Crime, Willem Alexander, De Vries, Peter R de Vries, Femke Halsema

Psilocybin and depression: “magic mushroom” drug could regrow lost brain connections

Stressed out mice have damaged neurons in their brains, and magic mushrooms can help them grow back.Neuronal damage, specifically a lack of dendritic spines, also has been observed in cases of depression in humans. So far, the findings are limited to mice, but the results hold promise for humans. Psychedelics, long demonized as substances used only by quacks and hippies, have been enjoying a renaissance in the biomedical community over the past few years. Even the FDA is getting in on the action...
Tags: Drugs, Mental Health, Brain, Depression, Innovation, Fda, Copenhagen, Yale University, Kwan, Alex Kwan

Fish Can Get Addicted to Methamphetamine

When people consume drugs, they metabolize a good portion of them. But what isn’t metabolized can come out when people pee, and sewage treatment plants aren’t designed to filter those trace amounts of drugs out. That means these trace chemicals end up contaminating our waterways. In a study published in the Journal of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Environment, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Pavel, Stimulants, Branches Of Biology, Euphoriants, Psychoactive Drugs, Illegal Drug Trade, Fish Physiology, Anorectics, Pavel Horky, Freshwater Rivers, Phenethylamines

Tune in, SPAC on, drop LSD

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week’s deep dive, Alex and Natasha and Danny decided that it was time to talk about drugs. No, not like drugs for fun, but instead drugs that you might have considered fun, but are now being redirected to help bolster your health. Yep, that’s our theme today. As it turns out, there are a number of startups and even nascently public companies that are pursi...
Tags: Apple, Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Drugs, Tech, Equity, Alex, Cb Insights, Psychedelics, SPAC, Danny, Natasha, Equity podcast, Compass Pathways, Atai Life Sciences

My summer of love: ‘Under the spell of ecstasy, strangers went straight to limitless intimacy’

We danced in water features, stupefied with drugs. And while my big crush was unrequited, the whole season was irresistible funA summer of love is predicted when – if – we emerge from the Babylonian captivity of lockdown in a frenzy of courting. It will be the third summer of love in recent years. The first occurred, in a cloud of hashish and patchouli, around San Francisco in 1967. I was five and living on the outskirts of Kettering, untouched by those events, although I have heard it said the ...
Tags: Drugs, San Francisco, United States, Dance music, Clubbing, Kettering, Skew Bridge Ski Club

Report: Meth in waterways could turn trout into addicts

By Jack Guy | CNN Brown trout can become addicted to the illegal drug methamphetamine when it accumulates in waterways, according to new research. Researchers led by Pavel Horky, a behavioral ecologist from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, set out to investigate whether illicit drugs alter fish behavior at levels found in bodies of water, according to the study published Tuesday. The team put 40 brown trout in a tank of water, containing a level of methamphetamine that has been f...
Tags: News, Drugs, Washington, Animals, Environment, US, Sport, Cnn, Prague, Soccer, United Kingdom, Pacific Ocean, Horky, National News, Jack Guy, Pavel Horky

"The evening’s first ritual was a name-changing ceremony: The desert became the ocean; peyote became chayote squash."

"Name changing helps the pilgrims envision entering a new world. The pilgrims also underwent a public confession around midnight, during which each person listed all their past and present sexual relationships. The names were then publicly read around the bonfire; the intention was to let go of the past. Each of the relationships was tied as a knot on individual palm branches. The branches were then burned in the fire." From (NYT). From the comments: The premise of the article is that drug to...
Tags: Travel, Law, Drugs, Mexico, Religion, Journalism, Native Americans, Nytimes, Ann Althouse

Hamilton's Pharmacopeia is a docu-series about psychoactive substances

Hamilton's Pharmacopeia is a docu-series about psychoactive substances. The show is created, written, and directed by Hamilton Morris (son of the acclaimed documentarian, Errol Morris). In each episode, Morris travels around the world and studies the chemistry, history, and first-hand experiences of various substances. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Drugs, Hamilton, Morris, Errol Morris, Hamilton Morris

‘Weird and wonderful’ fans mourn Jim Morrison in Paris, 50 years on

The Doors frontman died on 3 July 1971, but to the pilgrims by his grave, his charisma remains undimmedUnder a grey and menacing sky, fans gathered at Paris’s Père Lachaise cemetery on Saturday to pay tribute to 1960s rock singer Jim Morrison on the 50th anniversary of his sudden death.They came despite the threatened – and eventually real – downpour to lay flowers on the stone grave that has been a place of pilgrimage to the Doors frontman for half a century. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Drugs, France, Culture, Paris, Pere Lachaise, Jim Morrison