Drug Overdose Deaths Have Surged During the Pandemic, C.D.C. Says

The latest numbers surpass even the yearly tolls during the height of the opioid epidemic and mark a reversal of progress against addiction in recent years.

#addiction-psychology, #buprenorphine-drug, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #methamphetamines, #native-americans, #opioids-and-opiates, #your-feed-healthcare

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In My Hometown, Opioids Are Still Stealing Lives

A decade ago, it was already a crisis. But it feels like its getting worse.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #funerals-and-memorials, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #pennsylvania, #purdue-pharma

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Biden Picks Anne Milgram, Former NJ Attorney General, to Lead DEA

Anne Milgram built her reputation fighting crime in the city of Camden.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #camden-nj, #crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #manhattan-nyc, #menendez-robert, #new-jersey, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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5 Takeaways From the Second Week of the Derek Chauvin Trial

Witnesses addressed two key issues: What caused George Floyd’s death, and whether Mr. Chauvin violated police policies on the use of force.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #floyd-george-d-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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DMX, Rapper Who Dominated Billboard Charts, Dies at 50

He released a string of No. 1 albums that reflected his gritty past and featured a gruff and unmistakable lyrical style.

#deaths-obituaries, #dmx, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #rap-and-hip-hop

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Are Your Illegal Drugs Pure? New Zealand Will Check Them for You.

A law will allow controlled substances to be tested without penalty to ensure their authenticity. The goals are to reduce health risks and, perhaps, change users’ behavior.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #festivals, #law-and-legislation, #new-zealand, #politics-and-government, #tests-and-examinations

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Key Moments on Day 9 of the Derek Chauvin Trial

A pulmonologist testified that George Floyd died “from a low level of oxygen,” and that being handcuffed and having knees on his neck and back contributed to his shallow breathing.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #floyd-george-d-2020, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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A Detective Was Accused of Lying. Now 90 Convictions May Be Erased.

The Brooklyn district attorney will move to dismiss old convictions in which a former narcotics detective, accused of perjury in Manhattan, played a key role.

#brooklyn-nyc, #district-attorneys, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #franco-joseph-e, #new-york-city, #perjury, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc

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6 Takeaways From the First Week of the Derek Chauvin Trial

It began with tears and shaky voices, and ended with a stunning condemnation by a senior police officer. The trial of Mr. Chauvin, charged in the death of George Floyd, will resume on Monday.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #cup-foods-minneapolis-minn-retailer, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #floyd-george-d-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #opioids-and-opiates, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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Courteney Ross, George Floyd’s Girlfriend, Says Opioid Addiction Was a Struggle They Shared

The testimony was partly an effort by the prosecution to show that Mr. Floyd had a high tolerance for fentanyl, which could undercut any argument that he died of a drug overdose.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #floyd-george-d-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #opioids-and-opiates, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

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George Floyd’s Girlfriend Says Opioid Addiction Was a Struggle They Shared

The testimony was partly an effort by the prosecution to show that Mr. Floyd had a high tolerance for fentanyl, which could undercut the defense’s argument that he died of a drug overdose.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #floyd-george-d-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #opioids-and-opiates, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

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How to Lower Your Child’s Risk for Addiction

A strong sense of self-efficacy is one of the most powerful protective factors parents can give their children.

#alcohol-abuse, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting

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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.

#beautiful-things-a-memoir-book, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #books-and-literature, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Teenage Brains Are More Vulnerable to Marijuana, Federal Data Suggests

Teenagers are more likely to get hooked on marijuana, stimulants and other recreational drugs than college-aged or older adults.

#addiction-psychology, #age-chronological, #alcohol-abuse, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #e-cigarettes, #marijuana, #sedatives, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #youth

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Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández Faces Questions in Drug Trial’s Wake

President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras figured prominently in a U.S. drug trial, but few think it will matter in a country mired in corruption.

#corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #honduras, #politics-and-government, #rivera-maradiaga-devis-leonel

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5 Takeaways From the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race

As Andrew Yang appears to be solidifying his role as the front-runner in the contest, his Democratic rivals have begun to focus their lines of attack on him.

#adams-eric-l, #campaign-finance, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #stringer-scott-m, #yang-andrew-1975

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Lighting Up Later in Life

The number of older adults who use cannabis is on the rise, and some health experts are concerned.

#age-chronological, #anxiety-and-stress, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #jama-network-open, #marijuana, #national-cannabis-industry-assn, #your-feed-science

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Demi Lovato Opens Up About ‘Dancing With the Devil’ and Her Overdose

The singer is opening up about her queerness, her near fatal overdose and her journey to living her truth. “I’m ready to feel like myself,” she said.

#content-type-personal-profile, #dancing-with-the-devil-the-art-of-starting-over-album, #documentary-films-and-programs, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #lovato-demi, #mental-health-and-disorders, #pop-and-rock-music

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Mexico Passes Bill to Legalize Cannabis

Lawmakers in Mexico have approved a bill to legalize recreational cannabis, but in a country still marred by a deadly drug war, the proposal has proved divisive.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states

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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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #honduras, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Doctor Who Prescribed Pain Pills Is Charged With 5 Counts of Murder

The prosecution on Long Island is one of several across the nation that seek to hold doctors criminally accountable for opioid-related deaths.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #george-blatti, #long-island-ny, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nassau-county-ny, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #press-democrat, #singas-madeline

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T.I. and Tiny Accused of Sexual Assault; Lawyer Seeks Investigation

The Atlanta superstar rapper and his wife have denied allegations that they drugged and sexually assaulted women, and their lawyer called it a “shakedown.”

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #rap-and-hip-hop, #sex-crimes, #tameka-harris, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #ti-1980

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What Is Delta-8-THC?: The Hemp Derivative That’s a Hot Seller

A once-ignored derivative of hemp has become a hot seller for people looking for a loophole around marijuana laws.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #farm-bill-us, #georgia, #hashish, #hemp, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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This Drug Gets You High, and Is Legal (Maybe) Across the Country

A once-ignored derivative of hemp has become a hot seller for people looking for a loophole around marijuana laws.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #farm-bill-us, #georgia, #hashish, #hemp, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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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.

#cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ecuador, #organized-crime, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Marijuana Is Legal in New Jersey, but Sales Are Months Away

Legislation signed on Monday decriminalizes the use or possession of up to six ounces of cannabis, ending an era of disproportionate arrests in communities of color.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state

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U.S. Arrests El Chapo’s Wife in Connection With Drug Empire

Emma Coronel Aispuro, who had been under investigation for at least two years, was also charged with plotting to break her husband, Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpin, out of prison.

#coronel-aispuro-emma, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #guzman-loera-joaquin, #mexico

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My Mother Died When I Was 7. I’m Grieving 37 Years Later.

Delayed grief is sometimes triggered by an event later in life, experts say.

#children-and-childhood, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #funerals-and-memorials, #grief-emotion

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3 Detectives Obtained a False Murder Confession. Was It One of Dozens?

Huwe Burton was wrongly convicted because of deceptive interrogation techniques. How many more cases were “solved” the same way?

#bronx-nyc, #crime-and-criminals, #cuomo-andrew-m, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #green-haven-correctional-facility, #interrogations, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-nyc, #witnesses, #youth

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McKinsey Settles for $573 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis

The consulting firm has reached the agreement with 47 states because of its advice to drugmakers, including Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin.

#addiction-psychology, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #mckinseyco, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Mexico Arrests Police Officers Over Massacre

The arrest of government agents for the brutal killing of 19 people, including several migrants, is a rare instance of local police being charged with such a crime.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nitrous Nation: A Party Drug Endures

Hippie crack. Whippets. Laughing gas. A casual party drug endures.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hsieh-tony, #nitrous-oxide, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states, #whippets

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6 More Houston Police Officers Charged After Fatal 2019 Raid

The indictments brought the total number of officers charged after the January 2019 killing of a couple to 12. Two face murder counts.

#ashraf-nadeem, #bryant-steven-houston-tex-police-officer, #corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #gallegos-felipe, #goines-gerald-houston-tex-police-officer, #houston-tex, #lovings-cedell, #maxwell-griff, #medina-frank, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nicholas-rhogena, #pardo-oscar, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-houston-tex, #tuttle-dennis

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Asia’s ‘El Chapo’ Is Arrested in Amsterdam

Tse Chi Lop, said to be the leader of a multibillion-dollar drug syndicate, was arrested in Amsterdam and faces extradition to Australia.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #australia, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #methamphetamines

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Who is Jonathan Braun? Trump’s Last Minute Pardon Still Faces Accusations of Violence

Jonathan Braun’s 10-year sentence for running a drug ring was commuted by the departing president. The White House did not mention that he faces separate accusations of violence and threats.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bloomberg-news, #braun-jonathan, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #federal-trade-commission, #james-letitia, #justice-department, #new-york-city, #smuggling, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘Cannabis Factory’ Is Found in London’s Deserted Financial District

After reports of a strong smell in the area, which is largely empty because of lockdown restrictions, the police discovered more than 800 weed plants in a basement near the Bank of England.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #london-england, #marijuana

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Harry Brant Is Dead at 24

The socialite and style setter began making a name for himself as a teenager.

#brant-peter-ii, #brant-peter-m, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #your-feed-fashion

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Dante Barksdale Crusaded Against Gun Violence in Baltimore. Then He Was Shot and Killed.

Dante Barksdale helped lead Baltimore’s Safe Streets program and was a nephew of Nathan Barksdale, a drug trafficker known as Bodie who was an inspiration for the character Avon Barksdale in “The Wire.”

#baltimore-md, #barksdale-dante, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #gangs, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #the-wire-tv-program

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Mexico Frees a General, and Wounds Its Alliance With the U.S.

The Biden administration will need to rebuild drug-enforcement cooperation after Mexico exonerated Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, discounting U.S. evidence that he worked for a cartel.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #h-2-cartel, #informers, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Mexico Clears Salvador Cienfuegos, Ex-Defense Minister, in Drug Case

Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda returned to Mexico last year after the Department of Justice abruptly dropped drug-trafficking and corruption charges.

#cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states

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Italy Starts Largest Mob Trial in Decades

Prosecutors in the southern region of Calabria opened a trial of 325 defendants linked to the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate accused of murder, corruption, drug trafficking and other crimes.

#ndrangheta, #calabria-italy, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #italy, #money-laundering, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime

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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.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-use-for-grown-ups-chasing-liberty-in-the-land-of-fear-book, #hart-carl, #methamphetamines, #opioids-and-opiates

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The Road to This Wedding Was Paved With Theft, Lies, Tears, Other Marriages — and Forgiveness

Hal Karp, who overcame drug and alcohol addiction, asked forgiveness for the pain he had caused, decades ago, to Irene Sibaja. His vulnerability led to a reconnection.

#alcohol-abuse, #alcoholics-anonymous, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #jews-and-judaism, #weddings-and-engagements

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Ronnie Brunswijk: Suriname Guerrilla Leader, Drug Baron … and Social Reformer?

Suriname’s vice president, Ronnie Brunswijk, has been many things. Now, he wants to be known as the man who will spread the country’s newfound oil wealth equitably.

#brunswijk-ronnie, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #netherlands, #politics-and-government, #suriname

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‘Relapsing Left and Right’: Trying to Overcome Addiction in a Pandemic

Substance-abuse centers are shutting and relying on virtual programming, just as more and more people turn to drugs and alcohol.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #alcoholics-anonymous, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-jersey, #new-york-state

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Hit Hard by the Pandemic, Mexico’s Drug Cartels Tweaked Their Playbook

The brutal cartels, like legitimate companies, struggled as governments imposed border closures and lockdowns, and had to get creative.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #homeland-security-department, #mexico

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The Album Steve Earle Never Wanted to Make: A Tribute to His Son

Less than two months after Justin Townes Earle’s death from an accidental overdose, his father entered Electric Lady Studios to record an LP’s worth of his songs.

#content-type-personal-profile, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #earle-justin-townes, #earle-steve, #jt-album, #pop-and-rock-music

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In a Village of Widows, the Opium Trade Has Taken a Deadly Toll

Afghan men in an impoverished border settlement die trying to smuggle opium into Iran, leaving behind loved ones forced to survive on their own.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #herat-afghanistan, #iran, #smuggling, #taliban

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Michael Alig, Club Kid Who Served Prison Time for Manslaughter, Is Dead

Mr. Alig, who gained fame in the 1980s as a party promoter, was a tabloid celebrity who served 17 years in prison for manslaughter.

#alig-michael, #bars-and-nightclubs, #deaths-obituaries, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #social-media

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Modern Love: How My Father Escaped Jail for Christmas

He got out for good by (almost) dying.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hospice-care, #love-emotion

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