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British fast-food shop owner sentenced to prison for enslaving homeless drug users
British fast-food shop owner sentenced to prison for enslaving homeless drug users
Jun 22, 2018

A 46-year-old owner of fast-food shops in England’s Northumberland County has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison for enslaving homeless drug users. Harjit Bariana was found guilty of forcing men addicted to alcohol and drugs to a life of bonded labor. According to police reports, Bariana extracted up to 13 hours of hard work

Canada legalizes marijuana; may influence US drug policy
Canada legalizes marijuana; may influence US drug policy
Jun 21, 2018

Canada became the first wealthy country across the globe to legalize the drug completely after the Canadian Senate approved Bill C-45, commonly termed as the Cannabis Act, on June 19, 2018. The legislation, already approved by the House of Commons, directs the state to provide legal access to marijuana, and to regulate and control production,

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma lays off sales workforce
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma lays off sales workforce
Jun 21, 2018

OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma laid off its entire salesforce comprising nearly 220 sales representatives on June 19, 2018 after a long period of enduring severe blows to the company’s brand name in the pharmaceuticals sector. In February this year, the $3 billion private drug maker had laid off nearly 50 percent of its 600-member sales

British boy gets back his medicinal cannabis oil after being hospitalized for seizures
British boy gets back his medicinal cannabis oil after being hospitalized for seizures
Jun 21, 2018

A 12-year-old Northern Ireland boy suffering from severe epilepsy got back his medicinal cannabis oil that was confiscated from his mother at Heathrow airport. Billy Caldwell received the oil on June 16, 2018, when he landed in a hospital after suffering from “life-threatening” seizures. Billy and his mother Charlotte traveled to Canada to purchase medical

New marijuana store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard
New marijuana store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Jun 14, 2018

The most dominant marijuana company in the United States, MedMen Enterprises, opened its latest store on Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard on June 9, 2018. At a stone’s throw distance from the famous Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is one of the most hip and happening places in Los Angeles. Now, the California-based marijuana retailer has

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who died of apparent suicide, struggled with loneliness and depression
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who died of apparent suicide, struggled with loneliness and depression
Jun 13, 2018

Celebrity chef, TV show host and author Anthony Bourdain, 61, who died recently in his hotel room in France from apparent suicide was always open about his struggles with addiction, loneliness and depression. His body was discovered by a close friend and fellow celebrity chef Eric Ripert on June 8, 2018. Bourdain was in France

Nationwide naloxone recall due to presence of loose particulate matter
Nationwide naloxone recall due to presence of loose particulate matter
Jun 08, 2018

Drug manufacturer Hospira has voluntarily recalled two batches of its opioid antagonist naloxone, citing “embedded and loose particulate matter” on the product’s syringe plunger that may cause several adverse effects. According to a release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 4, 2018, some of the side effects that users of the

Trump commutes life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson following lobbying by Kim Kardashian
Trump commutes life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson following lobbying by Kim Kardashian
Jun 08, 2018

In an unprecedented move, a week after meeting the reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, President Trump  commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-old grandmother who just completed   21 years in an Alabama prison.   Johnson was found guilty of possessing cocaine in 1996 and was sentenced to life in prison.  She was

Manchester gang sentenced to jail for smuggling 210 kg of heroin into UK
Manchester gang sentenced to jail for smuggling 210 kg of heroin into UK
Jun 06, 2018

A gang leader, along with his six accomplices, has been jailed for attempting to smuggle 210 kg of heroin worth £63 million into the United Kingdom last year. According to the Greater Manchester Police (GMP), gang leader Fikri “Mario” Yarasir and six other were imprisoned after they were found guilty of plotting to import Class

US to hire 311 prosecutors to tackle opioid crisis, violent crimes
US to hire 311 prosecutors to tackle opioid crisis, violent crimes
Jun 06, 2018

In an effort to combat the nationwide opioid menace, violent crimes and illegal immigration, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided to ramp up its resources. The decision was made public on June 4, 2018 – the 500th day of the Trump Administration – by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. As part of the plan,