Michael K. Williams’ Cause of Death Was a Drug Overdose, Authorities Say

The actor known for “The Wire,” who was found dead in his apartment earlier this month, died of intoxication by a mixture of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. He had been open about his struggle with addiction.

#deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #williams-michael-kenneth

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.

#albuquerque-nm, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #balloons-aeronautics, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #federal-aviation-administration, #marijuana, #martinez-martin-d-2021, #meleski-nicholas-d-2021, #montoya-john-1959-2021, #montoya-susan-1956-2021, #national-transportation-safety-board, #pilots, #sisneros-martinez-mary-d-2021

The Pain Wouldn’t Stop — Because Her Medication Had Been Stolen

Too often, seniors who use opioids become targets for exploitation and abuse.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #home-health-care, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #robberies-and-thefts, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Our Foster Care System Is Fundamentally Broken

Group homes have to go before more youths are harmed.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #foster-care, #poverty

Betraying the Victims of the Opioid Crisis

The Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case settlement protected the wealthy and ignored those who suffered.

#bankruptcies, #compensation-for-damages-law, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #justice-department, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Spain Arrests Former Venezuela Spy Chief Accused of Drug Trafficking

Hugo Carvajal, the former intelligence chief, had been hiding in Madrid, the police said, trying to avoid extradition to the United States.

#carvajal-hugo, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #extradition, #fugitives, #guaido-juan, #international-relations, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #spain, #venezuela

The Black Recovery Stories Speaking to Individual and Collective Wellness

Long sidelined, these narratives are ascendant in the culture, and offer an elastic yet demanding view of what it might take for Americans — and their nation — to heal.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #black-people, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #holiday-billie, #laymon-kiese

Keith McCants, Football Star Laid Low by Drugs, Dies at 53

At one time the N.F.L.’s highest-paid defensive player, he left the league after six seasons and fell into a spiral of addiction, homelessness and desolation.

#deaths-obituaries, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #football, #mccants-keith, #national-football-league, #pain-relieving-drugs, #sports-injuries, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

Purdue Pharma Is Dissolved and Sacklers Pay $4.5 Billion to Settle Opioid Claims

The ruling in bankruptcy court caps a long legal battle over the fate of a company accused of fueling the opioid epidemic and the family that owns it.

#drain-robert-d, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #liability-for-products, #medicine-and-health, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare

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.

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

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

Why Mexico Is Suing U.S. Gunmakers

Mexican officials have long complained about the role that lax U.S. gun control has played in bloodshed in their nation. Now they are taking their arguments to a U.S. federal court.

#audio-neutral-informative, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #firearms, #gun-control, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states

He Guarded Haiti’s Slain President. And He’s the Target of a Drug Inquiry.

Officials are examining whether President Jovenel Moïse’s killing was tied to the drug trade. The man in charge of his safety was a suspect in a major trafficking case, they say.

#corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #haiti, #martelly-michel, #moise-jovenel-1968, #smuggling

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #friedman-michael-pharmaceutical-executive, #goldenheim-paul-d, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-richard-1945, #udell-howard

Sacklers Threaten to Pull Out of Purdue Pharma Opioids Settlement

In a rare court appearance, David Sackler said he and his family would withdraw their pledge to pay $4.5 billion, unless they are granted broad legal immunity.

#bankruptcies, #drain-robert-d, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #high-net-worth-individuals, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #sackler-david, #suits-and-litigation-civil

‘We’re Living in Hell’: Inside Fresnillo, Mexico’s Most Terrified City

Fresnillo feels to residents overrun by violence and paralyzed by fear, a testament to the failure of Mexico’s government to tackle organized crime.

#crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #jalisco-new-generation-cartel, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sinaloa-cartel, #war-and-armed-conflicts

He Hired 2 Men to Kidnap His Wife. They Ended Up Drowning.

Lawrence Handley, 53, a business executive from Lafayette, La., pleaded guilty this week to three criminal charges after a plot to kidnap his estranged wife went badly awry.

#drownings, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #lafayette-la, #lawrence-handley

Schumer Proposes Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, offered draft legislation to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and begin regulating and taxing it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Alcohol Abuse Is on the Rise. Here’s Why Doctors Fail to Treat It.

People with alcohol use disorder are often seen in clinics and hospitals, but medical professionals too often ignore the condition.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #alcoholic-beverages, #alcoholics-anonymous, #anxiety-and-stress, #blood-pressure, #deaths-fatalities, #depression-mental, #doctors, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #mental-health-and-disorders, #national-institute-on-alcohol-abuse-and-alcoholism, #telemedicine, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

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. 

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ecstasy-drug, #food-and-drug-administration, #lsd-lysergic-acid-diethylamide, #mental-health-and-disorders, #native-american-church, #opioids-and-opiates, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs

An Opioid Case Like No Other: New York vs the Entire Supply Chain

New York’s sweeping lawsuit is the first opioid case in which a jury rather than a judge will decide the outcome.

#amerisourcebergen-corp, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #johnsonjohnson, #long-island-ny, #mckesson-corporation, #new-york-state, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #teva-pharmaceutical-industries-ltd, #walgreen-co

Helping Drug Users Survive, Not Abstain: ‘Harm Reduction’ Gains Federal Support

Overdoses have surged during the pandemic. Now, for the first time, Congress has appropriated funds specifically for programs that distribute clean syringes and other supplies meant to protect users.

#addiction-psychology, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #greensboro-nc, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #naloxone-drug, #your-feed-healthcare

Residents and Revelers Clash Over Washington Square Park

As the pandemic eases, the park has attracted crowds of young people who regard it as a place to let loose. Residents say the scene is out of control.

#attacks-on-police, #curfews, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #washington-square-park-manhattan-ny, #youth

Ex-Mayor on Duterte’s ‘Narco Politician’ List Is Killed in the Philippines

The death came three days after the International Criminal Court’s departing chief prosecutor requested a full investigation into the bloody war on drugs in the Philippines.

#deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #duterte-rodrigo, #international-criminal-court, #mayors, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #philippines, #police

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. 

#black-people, #breyer-stephen-g, #capital-punishment, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #congressional-black-caucus, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kagan-elena, #mandatory-sentencing, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #race-and-ethnicity, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence

Truck Driver Who Killed 5 Cyclists Is Sentenced to 40 Years

Jordan A. Barson, 45, was under the influence of methamphetamine when he plowed into a group of cyclists on a Nevada highway in December, prosecutors said.

#barson-jordan-alexander, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #clark-county-nev, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #las-vegas-review-journal, #methamphetamines, #tests-sobriety, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

ICE Meant to Capture Drug Lords. Did It Snare Duped Seniors?

Operation Cocoon aimed to disrupt international drug trafficking rings, but critics say it has left unwitting elderly “mules” in foreign prisons.

#americans-abroad, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #elder-abuse, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

How a Police Chief in Wyoming’s Ranchlands Lost Her War on Drugs

A campaign over meth, money and accountability cost law enforcement officers in Guernsey, Wyo., their jobs. Now their lawsuits are prying open the town’s secrets.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #police, #wyoming

Death of QAnon Follower at Capitol Leaves a Wake of Pain

Rosanne Boyland had never voted before 2020, but she fell prey to dark conspiracy theories, family members said. She died on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and they are still not sure why.

#boyland-rosanne-1986-2021, #conspiracy-theories, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Covid-19’s Impact on America Has Just Begun

Many Americans  may never fully recover from the pandemic even if they didn’t contract the coronavirus.

#alcohol-abuse, #anxiety-and-stress, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #domestic-violence, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #income-inequality, #united-states, #yamhill-ore

Judge Clears Purdue Pharma’s Restructuring Plan for Vote by Thousands of Claimants

The ruling was a milestone in yearslong efforts to make the OxyContin manufacturer pay for its role in the opioid crisis, but some plaintiffs feel the plan doesn’t go far enough.

#bankruptcies, #drain-robert-d, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #finances, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-science

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

Mae Martin Embraces Ambiguity in ‘Feel Good,’ and in Life

In an interview, the creator and star of the Netflix comedy discusses the hazy line between fact and fiction, the value of uncertainty and the joy of finally getting to be a leading man.

#addiction-psychology, #british-academy-of-film-and-television, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #feel-good-tv-program, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kudrow-lisa, #london-england, #martin-mae, #netflix-inc, #optimism, #page-elliot-1987, #pessimism, #ritchie-charlotte-1989, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #television, #toronto-ontario

How a Former Drug Dealer Charts a Path for New York’s Renewal

After receiving a 30-year prison sentence, John Gargano won clemency, then rebuilt his career twice. Like New York City, he’s back on his game.

#bronx-nyc, #colicchio-tom, #colleges-and-universities, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #craft-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #justice-department, #mandatory-sentencing, #new-york-university, #obama-barack, #riverpark-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #union-square-manhattan-ny

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

On Parole, Staying Free Means Staying Clean and Sober

A program called Swift, Certain and Fair — a set of principles for both supporting parolees and holding them accountable — can help reduce recidivism.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

Hollywood Has a New Way to Dramatize Addiction

Recent films dive into the profound grief experienced by so many families. What do they still get wrong?

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #heroin, #kunis-mila, #movies, #naltrexone-drug, #opioids-and-opiates

‘Bro I Robbed Everyone’: 3 N.Y.P.D. Officers Charged in Bribe Scheme

The officers, one of them retired, funneled work to a tow truck company for kickbacks and sold car crash victims’ personal information, prosecutors say.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #police-department-nyc, #queens-nyc

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.”

#blow-movie, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #deaths-obituaries, #depp-johnny, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #escobar-pablo, #jung-george-1942-2021, #movies, #smuggling

Review: Going Home to Iowa With the Queen of Meth

The story of Lori Arnold, drug queenpin and sister to Tom Arnold, is a complicated lesson in Midwestern values.

#arnold-lori-1958, #content-type-personal-profile, #discovery-channel, #documentary-films-and-programs, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #iowa, #methamphetamines, #queen-of-meth-tv-program, #television

Brazil Police Raid in Rio de Janeiro Leaves at Least 25 Dead

In a state, and a country, where the police kill often and with impunity, the death toll from the operation may be one for the record books.

#brazil, #comando-vermelho-red-command, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rio-de-janeiro-brazil

Texas Lawyer Known as D.W.I. Dude Gets 15 Years in Fraud Scheme

A lawyer known as the D.W.I. Dude pocketed money that he told drug dealers would be used to bribe officials, prosecutors said.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #colombia, #dallas-morning-news, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #extradition, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #money-laundering, #texas, #united-states

A Survivor’s Perspective on San Francisco’s Drug Crisis

Monday: A poignant voice in the debate over what can be done to combat overdose deaths.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #san-francisco-calif

A Pop-Up Vaccine Site in One of Canada’s Most Impoverished Neighborhoods

In Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, health authorities have prioritized vaccinations for the homeless and other disadvantaged people to try to contain the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #homeless-persons, #trudeau-justin, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vancouver-british-columbia

San Francisco Contends With a Different Sort of Epidemic: Drug Deaths

More people died from overdoses than from the coronavirus in San Francisco last year. Some think the toll, tied to homelessness, should force the city to re-examine its approach to illicit drugs.

#deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #homeless-persons, #naloxone-drug, #san-francisco-calif, #tenderloin-san-francisco-calif

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

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

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

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

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