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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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