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Trump to follow up on his promise of declaring opioids a national emergency
Trump to follow up on his promise of declaring opioids a national emergency
Oct 17, 2017

Almost two months after President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis as a national emergency in August 2017, he is all set to make it official next week. Although the announcement came in early August, he did not back it up by making it official. The declaration can expedite the fight against opioids, by strengthening

Melissa Etheridge arrested at US-Canada border for possession of marijuana
Melissa Etheridge arrested at US-Canada border for possession of marijuana
Oct 16, 2017

Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge was busted at the U.S.-Canada border for possession of marijuana by the Customs and Border Patrol, in August 2017. The K-9 dog squad found marijuana oil in her tour bus when she was returning to the U.S. from Canada. According to the TMZ, when the border patrol intercepted her tour bus and

WHO tells governments to stay away from smoking foundation funded by Philip Morris
WHO tells governments to stay away from smoking foundation funded by Philip Morris
Oct 16, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged governments to stay away from any tobacco-control partnership with a foundation funded by Philip Morris International (PMI), an America-based tobacco company. There is a conflict of interest in a tobacco firm funding such a foundation, the WHO said in an official release on Sept. 28, 2017. On Sept.

Developing nations suffer in pain, while US misuses painkillers, says report
Developing nations suffer in pain, while US misuses painkillers, says report
Oct 13, 2017

Popping pills has become a daily ritual for most Americans. Studies suggest that physicians prescribing opioids for painful conditions has fueled the current crisis that has ravaged the entire United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 50 percent of all fatal opioid overdoses in the country can be attributed to

Poisonous chemicals killing wildlife at illegal pot grows in California
Poisonous chemicals killing wildlife at illegal pot grows in California
Oct 13, 2017

Illegal marijuana cultivation in California is affecting humans and animals alike. California contributes to over 90 percent of illegal marijuana farming in the United States, cultivated on thousands of sites deeply seated inside forested federal land, including Lassen National Forest. While the forests help meet marijuana demand of the country, the illegal production of weed

Marijuana legalization helped increase its use in Colorado and Washington, finds study
Marijuana legalization helped increase its use in Colorado and Washington, finds study
Oct 11, 2017

A recent study which analyzed the impact of cannabis regulation on consumption, criminality and law enforcement, and health, among others has claimed that legalization of marijuana leads to an increase in its consumption. The study that focused on five countries, including the United States (Colorado and Washington State) Uruguay, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands, found

Founder of rehab center arrested for selling fentanyl and heroin
Founder of rehab center arrested for selling fentanyl and heroin
Oct 11, 2017

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents recently arrested the CEO and founder of a drug rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania on charges of selling heroin and fentanyl to its recovering patients. According to federal investigating authorities, 65-year-old David Francis distributed drugs to the clients in his center the Next Step Foundation and outside, especially in the

DEA seizes 21 kilos of heroin from tractor-trailer
DEA seizes 21 kilos of heroin from tractor-trailer
Oct 11, 2017

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized 21 kilos of fentanyl-laced heroin from a tractor-trailer and arrested the driver of the vehicle on Oct. 8, 2017, authorities said. Driver Luciano Osobampo-Armenta was arrested after agents of the DEA Strike Force stopped his truck with Maine license plates on Bruckner Boulevard in The Bronx, New York City.

World Mental Health Day: UK’s Royal Foundation announces £2 million grant to boost mental health
World Mental Health Day: UK’s Royal Foundation announces £2 million grant to boost mental health
Oct 10, 2017

In a move which reinforces their commitment to mental health, the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry has announced a £2 million grant to establish a new start-up for digital innovations to boost mental health among the people of the United Kingdom. The start-up will develop new tools and

Cocaine worth $260 million seized in Atlantic
Cocaine worth $260 million seized in Atlantic
Oct 10, 2017

The recent cocaine bust in the Atlantic by international law enforcement agencies led to the seizure of nearly 4 tons of the drug from a tugboat around 400 miles from the Spanish coast, between Azores islands and Madeira. The cocaine seized by the Spanish authorities is worth an estimated $260 million or €220 million in