Drug Sentencing Bill Is in Limbo as Midterm Politics Paralyze Congress

A broadly supported bipartisan measure to eliminate a racial disparity in drug sentencing faces a difficult road as Republicans seek to weaponize the issue of crime against Democrats.

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The Next Big Addiction Treatment

Several psychedelic drugs are touted as effective treatments for drug and alcohol abuse. But psilocybin combined with therapy is emerging as the most effective.

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Uproar Over ‘Crack Pipes’ Puts Biden Drug Strategy at Risk

President Biden has made “harm reduction” a central pillar of his plan to fight a record number of drug-related deaths, but a conservative backlash is threatening the effort.

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Explaining the Claim About the Biden Administration and ‘Crack Pipes’

Conservatives have homed in on a specific provision in an overdose prevention grant program to make a misleading claim about crack pipes.

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He Was in Witness Protection in Maine. But His Harlem Life Kept Calling.

In Lewiston, Maine, a man who called himself Abraham helped his neighbors with the trash and rode dirt bikes with his friend. His old life in New York City got him killed.

#cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #lewiston-me, #martinez-alpo, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-nyc, #witness-protection-program-us

‘Trainer to the Trainers’ in a Dog Fighting Ring Is Sentenced to 5 Years

Vernon Vegas trained dogs for fights hosted by a multistate cocaine trafficking and dog fighting ring, federal prosecutors said.

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Is Our Homelessness Crisis Really a Drug Problem?

A new book argues that rampant fentanyl and methamphetamine addiction is to blame, but the reality is more complex.

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Belgian Port City Grapples With a Flood of Cocaine

Antwerp has become the main port of entry into Europe for the drug, which is being blamed for a surge of violence that has prompted some Belgian officials to call for a war on drugs.

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Drug Boss Alpo Martinez Killed in Harlem

Mr. Martinez, 55, who was immortalized in the film “Paid in Full,” played a prominent role in New York’s violent cocaine wars of decades past.

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Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, Gets Extra Security

Signs of concern for the country’s leader have rattled many in the Netherlands, but experts are split on whether criminal organizations there would really risk targeting politicians.

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Five Years After Peace Deal, Colombia Is Running Out of Time, Experts Say

A treaty with rebels in 2016 called for the end of a decades-long war. But that is not the same as achieving peace, and the window for doing so may be closing.

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Pilot in Deadly Albuquerque Balloon Crash had Drugs in System, F.A.A. Says

The hot-air balloon piloted by Nicholas Meleski crashed into power lines on June 26 in Albuquerque, killing him and all four of his passengers.

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The Cocaine Was Laced With Fentanyl. Now 6 Are Dead From Overdoses.

The deaths over three days in Suffolk County reflect a dangerous shift in the street-drug marketplace, according to police and prosecutors.

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The Cocaine Was Laced With Fentanyl. Now Six Are Dead From Overdoses.

The deaths over three days in Suffolk County reflect a dangerous shift in the street-drug marketplace, according to police and prosecutors.

#cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-policy-alliance, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fentanyl, #long-island-ny, #naloxone-drug, #opioids-and-opiates, #southold-ny

Michael Pollan: How Should We Do Drugs Now?

The war on drugs is ending. Now we have to figure out what the peace looks like. 

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Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court’s Truth Teller

In her opinions, Justice Sotomayor explains how Supreme Court cases are part of a larger unfolding story of where the country finds itself. 

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Eurovision-Winning Damiano David Did Not Use Drugs, Broadcaster Says

Damiano David of the Italian rock band Maneskin hunched over a table in a sniffing motion during the show’s finale, fueling speculation of drug use.

#cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #contests-and-prizes, #damiano-david, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #european-broadcasting-union, #eurovision-song-contest, #maneskin, #music, #news-and-news-media, #pop-and-rock-music, #television, #tests-drug-use

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren’s Husband Is Arrested

Timothy Granison’s arrest was the latest crisis for the re-election campaign of Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester, N.Y., who suggested the investigation was part of a conspiracy against her.

#cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #elections-mayors, #rochester-ny, #warren-lovely-a

George Jung, Who Made Millions Smuggling Cocaine, Dies at 78

Part of the Medellín drug cartel, he was imprisoned multiple times and was later played by Johnny Depp in the 2001 movie “Blow.”

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Hunter Biden, Matt Gaetz and Nonstop Depravity

In a memoir of his vices, Hunter Biden sends a love letter to his brother.

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Hunter Biden’s Memoir: 7 Takeaways From ‘Beautiful Things’

President Biden’s son opens up about crack addiction, his romantic relationship with his sister-in-law and the new love that halted his cycle of despair.

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Honduran Leader Vowed to Help Flood U.S. With Cocaine, Prosecutor Says

The allegation against President Juan Orlando Hernández came in opening arguments at an accused drug trafficker’s trial.

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Blood Bath at Ecuador Prisons as Drug Gangs Battle for Control

More than 60 prisoners were killed in gruesome violence, some of it videotaped and posted online, that the authorities tied to the drug trade.

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When Getting High Is a Hobby, Not a Habit

In “Drug-Use for Grown-Ups,” Carl L. Hart, a drug addiction expert, argues that we misunderstand the way most people use illegal substances.

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This Addiction Treatment Works. Why Is It So Underused?

An approach called contingency management rewards drug users with money and prizes for staying abstinent. But few programs offer it, in part because of moral objections to the concept.

#addiction-psychology, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #methamphetamines, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

New York Grandparents Are Kidnapped and Taken to Canada

Their captors demanded the return of cocaine worth $3.5 million. They were freed after the authorities used cellphone data to track them to a house in Quebec.

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Law to Reduce Crack Cocaine Sentences Leaves Some Imprisoned

Critics say the First Step Act is being applied too arbitrarily by judges who are taking a hard line when it comes to revisiting nonviolent drug sentences.

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