Independent, 27 Aug 2015 - A US Ultimatum Demanding That Mexico Ban Previously Legal Narcotics 'Forced Addicts and Producers to Take Up Arms' Mexico's drug trade is synonymous with violence, corruption and cartel bosses battling for territory. But it could have been so different, it's claimed in a new book, had the US not issued an ultimatum 75years ago which ignited the war on drugs - leading to death and destruction on both sides of the border.
Orlando Sentinel, 27 Aug 2015 - When I was 13 years old, I decided to never touch drugs or alcohol due to my family's history of addiction. And I stuck to it. But if I trust author Johann Hari's recent TED Talk, "Everything you know about addiction is wrong," I should feel free to experiment. In the talk, Hari argues that the sole root of and cure for addiction is human connection, but there are some dangerous flaws in his argument.
The Compass, 25 Aug 2015 - Mother of 17-year-old drug addict discusses problems with system * Names have been changed to protect the identity of the youth and his family. * This story deals with graphic subject matter and may not be suitable for all readers.
Kansas City Star, 25 Aug 2015 - It's a new drug. And it's a killer. Known on the street as "flakka," the synthetic concoction is hitting hard in Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and other parts of the country. It's causing a rash of emergency room visits and overdose deaths.
Arizona Daily Star, 23 Aug 2015 - When I was 9 years old, a few older playmates from my fourth-through-sixth grade class started disappearing at lunchtime recesses. It took a long time before I found out what they were doing, somewhere off school grounds. They were smoking pot.
The Columbian, 23 Aug 2015 - Here's A Look at Marijuana's Role in Traffic Fatalities, Quality-Of-Life Issues, Crime When recreational marijuana was legalized, Washington entered the unknown, triggering questions - and predictions - about what might happen. Would drug dealers hang around the pot shops? Would it bring riffraff into the neighborhood and make shops easy crime targets? Would people abuse the drug? Or smoke and drive, putting others in harm's way?
Columbus Dispatch, 23 Aug 2015 - Words matter. As fast as we're moving in the news room to hit minute-to-minute deadlines in this digital age, we still seek precision in language. We take word choice very seriously. Words have specific meaning, and we strive to choose the best ones. Such is the case now with the battle heating up over marijuana and whether it should be legalized in Ohio.
London Free Press, 22 Aug 2015 - Poking deep into the U.S., and laced to it by six bridges, Southwestern Ontario's charmed geography for trade makes it a smuggler's alley for cocaine, more than two metric tonnes of which were seized at its borders between 2007 - 2013. How much more gets in, is anyone's guess. Emanuela Campanella reports. On the police blotters of Southwestern Ontario cities - the records of arrests made and charges laid - there's no question which illegal drug commands the most time and attention.
Boston Globe, 22 Aug 2015 - KEENE, N.H. - When Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush made their inaugural visits to New Hampshire this year as presidential candidates, the first question they were asked wasn't about their last names, the economy - or even about an e-mail server. It was about the state's opioid epidemic.
Seattle Weekly, 19 Aug 2015 - Evidence, textual and physical, about the Bard's indulgence. Wanna know how William Shakespeare was so far ahead of his time in regard to wondrous wordplay and wildly imaginative scenes and sonnets? Well, it could be that the loquacious Bard was hitting the bong! According to a recent report in The Independent, forensic analysis of 400-year-old fragments found cannabis residue on pipes and stems scattered on Shakespeare's property.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 18 Aug 2015 - Don Winslow's epic new novel, "The Cartel," about Mexican drug lord Adan Barrera's desperate moves to stay on top of a quickly changing political and competitive landscape, couldn't have been released at a better time. The book, which begins with a Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman-esque prison break, came out mere weeks before the real Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, disappeared from a Mexican prison cell through a tunnel.
Vancouver 24hours, 18 Aug 2015 - A Vancouver program at St. Paul's aims to train doctors who may not be familiar with drug addiction to recognize the signs and target harm reduction strategies like service providers in the Downtown Eastside already do. Dr. Annabel Mead is the director of the Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Program, a $3-million program funded by a local gold company, that trains up to eight health practitioners each year on drug addiction.
The Telegram, 17 Aug 2015 - Paul Roche was a young constable 26 years ago when he first patrolled the streets of St. John's. A typical shift during those early years with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary might consist of a call of a domestic disturbance, an impaired driver, petty theft or simple possession of marijuana.
The Western Star, 17 Aug 2015 - A veteran cop's perspective on how offences, policing have shifted over the years Paul Roche was a young constable 26 years ago when he first patrolled the streets of St. John's. A typical shift during those early years with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary might consist of a call of a domestic disturbance, an impaired driver, petty theft or simple possession of marijuana.
Albuquerque Journal, 17 Aug 2015 - CHICAGO - Don Winslow's epic new novel, "The Cartel," about Mexican drug lord Adan Barrera's desperate moves to stay on top of a quickly changing political and competitive landscape, couldn't have been released at a better time. The book, which begins with a Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman-esque prison break, came out mere weeks before the real Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, disappeared from a Mexican prison cell through a tunnel.