Behind the Scenes, McKinsey Guided Companies at the Center of the Opioid Crisis

The consulting firm offered clients “in-depth experience in narcotics,” from poppy fields to pills more powerful than Purdue’s OxyContin.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #appalachian-region, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #consultants, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #endo, #food-and-drug-administration, #johnsonjohnson, #mckinseyco, #opana, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #poppies, #purdue-pharma, #united-states

Colombia’s Truth Commission Is Highly Critical of U.S. Policy

Its report estimates that 450,000 people were killed in the decades-long internal conflict — more than twice the number previously thought.

#central-intelligence-agency, #colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

More Americans Are Dying of Drug Overdoses Than Ever Before

Why haven’t we solved the addiction crisis?

#addiction-psychology, #american-medical-assn, #anxiety-and-stress, #deaths-fatalities, #depression-mental, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #education-k-12, #harckham-peter-b, #law-and-legislation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-state, #office-of-alcoholism-and-substance-abuse-service-nys, #opioids-and-opiates, #research, #substance-abuse-and-mental-health-services-administration, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states, #westchester-jewish-community-services, #youth

The Researchers Who Are Resurrecting Psychedelic Therapy for Veterans

Four Veterans Affairs clinicians, frustrated with existing treatments for addiction and PTSD, have turned to drugs the government still deems illegal.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ecstasy-drug, #mental-health-and-disorders, #methamphetamines, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

How to Stop Colombia’s Surging Violence

Neither candidate has a clear plan to contain rising levels of conflict and armed violence in the countryside.

#colombia, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #elections, #hernandez-rodolfo-1945, #peace-process, #petro-gustavo, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

Violence in Rural Mexico Ensnares Doctors, Causing Worker Shortages

As criminal organizations control more territory in less-populated regions, health care workers, caught in the crossfire, grow reluctant to work in such places.

#doctors, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #medicine-and-health, #mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-autonomous-university, #organized-crime, #rural-areas

In the Philippines, a Doctor Unearths a Drug War’s True Toll

Raquel Fortun, one of only two forensic pathologists in the Philippines, is using her skills to show how other doctors falsely claimed some victims of the country’s drug war had died natural deaths.

#bones, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #duterte-rodrigo, #forensic-science, #fortun-raquel, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #philippines, #politics-and-government, #skeletons

Afghanistan Tries to Stamp Out Opium Again

The multibillion-dollar trade has survived previous bans. Now, the Taliban are going after solar-powered water pumps to try to dry up poppy crops in the middle of a national economic crisis.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #deserts, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #irrigation, #opium, #politics-and-government, #poppies, #rural-areas, #solar-energy, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-nations-office-on-drugs-and-crime, #water, #wells

A Cafe in Philippines is Devoted to Duterte’s Drug War Victims

Served along with the lattes are personal stories from the staff, who are relatives of those who died in some of the thousands of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #duterte-rodrigo, #duterte-sara, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #marcos-ferdinand-jr, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #philippines, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

A New Kind of Drug

How the country’s drug problem is changing, and why it’s growing.

#addiction-psychology, #crime-and-criminals, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #internal-storyline-no, #smuggling

What to Know About Fentanyl and Why It’s So Dangerous

Drug overdoses have reached record highs. Experts offer tips to talk about opioids with your family.

#content-type-service, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #opioids-and-opiates

Seeking Pills, Young People Head to Social Media, With Deadly Results

The soaring drug fatalities in the U.S. are being fueled partly by fentanyl-tainted pills bought by teenagers and young adults on Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok and other social media apps.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fentanyl, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #opioids-and-opiates, #snap-inc, #social-media, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Doctors Gave Her Antipsychotics. She Decided to Live With Her Voices.

A new movement wants to shift mainstream thinking away from medication and toward greater acceptance.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hallucinations, #hearing-voices-network, #mental-health-and-disorders, #national-institute-of-mental-health, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #schizophrenia, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

Overdose Deaths Continue Rising, With Fentanyl and Meth Key Culprits

New data show a surge in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and methamphetamine; overall, the nation saw a 15 percent increase in deaths from overdoses in 2021.

#addiction-psychology, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #methamphetamines, #naloxone-drug, #opioids-and-opiates, #white-house-office-of-national-drug-control-policy

With Legalized Pot in the Air, a Federal Trial Riles Advocates

Although some states have approved cannabis sales, the federal government still considers it a serious drug. That muddle was on display in a case where a man faced 10 years to life in prison.

#baltimore-md, #decisions-and-verdicts, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #mandatory-sentencing, #marijuana

Brittney Griner Was ‘Wrongfully Detained’, U.S. Government Says

The State Department went public with its push to negotiate Griner’s release from custody in Russia, where she has been held on drug charges since February.

#basketball, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #griner-brittney, #hashish, #phoenix-mercury, #political-prisoners, #richardson-bill, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Why Forced Addiction Treatment Fails

The United States needs more programs that are compassionate and inviting.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #homeless-persons, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Singapore Executes Drug Smuggler Despite Concerns Over Mental Disability

Defense lawyers had argued that the Malaysian man should not be executed because he was not fully capable of understanding his actions and had been coerced.

#capital-punishment, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #intellectual-disabilities, #singapore, #smuggling

A Rising Tally of Lonely Deaths on the Streets

More than ever it has become deadly to be homeless in America, especially for men in their 50s and 60s.

#california, #chronic-condition-health, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #homeless-persons, #los-angeles-county-calif, #men-and-boys

Son of Author Paul Auster Charged in Fatal Overdose of 10-Month-Old Daughter

Daniel Auster was charged with manslaughter after the medical examiner determined the girl’s cause of death was an overdose of fentanyl and heroin, the police said.

#auster-daniel-1977, #auster-paul, #auster-ruby-d-2021, #books-and-literature, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #park-slope-brooklyn-ny

The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #indian-springs-nev, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mental-health-and-disorders, #military-aircraft, #pilots, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #shaw-air-force-base-sc, #syria, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command, #veterans, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ed Buck Is Sentenced to 30 Years for Fatally Drugging 2 Men

Mr. Buck, 67, was once a Democratic political donor and activist who led a double life in which he lured men to parties at his apartment and drugged them with methamphetamine. Two of those parties turned fatal.

#buck-edward-1954, #dean-timothy-d-2019, #democratic-party, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #methamphetamines, #moore-gemmel

As His CNN+ Show Debuts, Rex Chapman Fears His Own Success

With 1.2 million Twitter followers and a show debuting on CNN+, the former N.B.A. player appears to have an enviable life. But he’s haunted by what happened the last time he was famous.

#basketball, #cnn, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #kentucky, #love-kevin, #manhattan-nyc, #mcconnell-mitch, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #nash-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #rex-chapman, #ruffin-amber, #social-media, #stiller-ben, #sudeikis-jason, #twitter, #university-of-kentucky

Taliban Outlaw Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan

The move will have far-reaching consequences for the many farmers who turned to the illicit crop as a brutal drought and economic crisis have gripped the country.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #opium, #poppies, #taliban

Honduran Supreme Court Ratifies U.S. Extradition Request of ex-President

The former leader of Honduras is accused of colluding with drug cartels to ship tons of cocaine to the United States in return for financial support for his political party.

#castro-xiomara, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #extradition, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #honduras, #latin-america

Where Have All the Artist-Addicts Gone?

For much of the 20th century, before the dawn of our own wellness-focused era, madness and substance abuse were often considered prerequisites for great art.

#alcohol-abuse, #art, #books-and-literature, #burroughs-william-s, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fitzgerald-f-scott, #fitzgerald-zelda, #ginsberg-allen, #hart-carl-l, #hemingway-ernest, #kerouac-jack, #laing-olivia, #mailer-norman, #oneill-eugene, #plath-sylvia, #poe-edgar-allan, #poetry-and-poets, #springdesign2022, #steinbeck-john, #wallace-david-foster, #writing-and-writers

Amanda Bynes, Former Child Star, Is Released From Conservatorship

A judge in California freed the former Nickelodeon star from the arrangement that had governed her life after highly publicized struggles with substance abuse.

#all-that-tv-program, #bynes-amanda, #conservatorships, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #mental-health-and-disorders, #music, #nickelodeon, #parenting, #spears-britney, #television, #the-amanda-show, #ventura-county-calif

Opioids, Chronic Pain and Addiction

Readers respond to a guest essay by Maia Szalavitz about the opioid crisis. Also: The Republicans and the Ukraine war.

#addiction-psychology, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain, #republican-party, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-politics-and-government

5 West Point Cadets Overdose During Spring Break in Florida, Officials Say

The cadets, along with another young man, were exposed to what is believed to be cocaine laced with fentanyl, and two were on ventilators late Friday, officials said.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #opioids-and-opiates, #united-states-military-academy, #wilton-manors-fla

‘You Murdered My Daughter’: Relatives of OxyContin Victims Confront the Sacklers

It was the first time, after years of lawsuits, that the family that owns Purdue Pharma was forced to hear directly from families who had lost loved ones to addiction.

#bankruptcies, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #sackler-david, #sackler-richard-1945, #sackler-theresa-1949, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-science

Chronic Pain Patients, the Other Opioid Crisis Victims

Opioid prescriptions are down, but overdose deaths remain high, and certain patients have lost relief.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain-relieving-drugs

Supreme Court Hears Case of Doctors Accused of Running Pill Mills

Drawing on childhood grammar lessons, the justices considered whether the doctors were entitled to argue that they had acted in good faith.

#doctors, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #supreme-court-us

Companies Finalize $26 Billion Deal With States and Cities to End Opioid Lawsuits

The first checks could be cut in April. The money — from the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors and Johnson & Johnson — will be used for addiction treatment and prevention.

#amerisourcebergen-corp, #cardinal-health-inc, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #janssen-pharmaceutica, #johnsonjohnson, #local-government, #mckesson-corporation, #opioids-and-opiates, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-science

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.

#addiction-psychology, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

‘Euphoria’ Is Hard to Watch. Why Can’t Viewers Look Away?

It’s one of the most popular shows on television right now. But sometimes even the fans need to calm down after an episode.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coleman-zendaya, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #euphoria-tv-program, #hbo-max, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television

Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez Detained

Police surrounded Juan Orlando Hernández’s home after the government got an extradition request from the U.S., where he has been accused of having ties to drug traffickers.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #extradition, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #tegucigalpa-honduras

U.S. Requests Extradition of Former Honduran President

Juan Orlando Hernández, who stepped down as president last month, was recently accused in a drug-trafficking case in federal court in New York.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #extradition, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #honduras, #justice-department, #state-department

‘We’re All Sort of Primed for Addiction’

The other public health crisis we’re living through right now.

#addiction-psychology, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates

Overdose Deaths in the United States Are Rising at a Troubling Rate

Overdoses are increasing at a troubling rate.

#addiction-psychology, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #internal-storyline-no, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain-relieving-drugs, #united-states

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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #health-and-human-services-department, #pipes-smoking, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-office-of-national-drug-control-policy

C.D.C. Proposes New Guidelines for Treating Pain, Including Opioid Use

The agency threw out previous recommended limits on doses but encouraged “nonopioid therapies” wherever possible.

#addiction-psychology, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain-relieving-drugs, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Can MDMA Save a Marriage?

For some couples on the brink of divorce, taking the illegal psychedelic drug was a last resort — but it ended up being the only thing that worked.

#content-type-service, #dating-and-relationships, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ecstasy-drug, #emotions, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #psychology-and-psychologists

The Complexities of Addiction Treatment

Responses to an essay about the experience of Oregon and Portugal with drug decriminalization. Also: Jeff Zucker’s ouster at CNN; displaying good news.

#addiction-psychology, #cnn, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #oregon, #portugal, #zucker-jeff

4 Are Charged in Overdose Death of Michael K. Williams

New York City detectives pieced together the fatal sale to Mr. Williams using surveillance video and license plate readers, according to court records.

#brooklyn-nyc, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #williams-michael-kenneth

Jordan’s Army Kills 27 in Drug Bust on Syrian Border

The Jordanian Army said that soldiers fired on suspected smugglers as they tried to cross the border under cover of a snowstorm.

#amphetamines, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #jordan, #jordanian-army, #smuggling, #syria

Oregon Decriminalized Drug Possession and Is Helping People With Addiction

The promise of Oregon’s drug decriminalization plan.

#addiction-psychology, #crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #oregon, #prisons-and-prisoners

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

Should Addiction Be Viewed as a Disease?

Responses to an essay by a doctor that argued that it shouldn’t. Also: Conservatives and climate change; political donations; the Covid Olympics; shooting hoops.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #basketball, #campaign-finance, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #global-warming, #mental-health-and-disorders, #olympic-games-2012, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Drugs Are Tied to the Homelessness Crisis

A conversation about meth and social decline with Sam Quinones, author of “The Least of Us.”

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mental-health-and-disorders, #methamphetamines, #news-and-news-media, #p2p, #phenyl-2-propanone-meth, #quinones-sam-1958, #the-least-of-us-true-tales-of-america-and-hope-in-the-time-of-fentanyl-and-meth-book, #united-states

‘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.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #dogs, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #organized-crime