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Video: Is The War on Drugs "All About the Money"?

Stephen Downing,a retired deputy chief of police for the Los Angeles Police Department and Terry Nelson, retired from Department of Homeland Security on ... Via...
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Video: 'Bush, Reagan let drugs flow free to US from Nicaragua' – ex-dealer

"Freeway" Ricky Ross, a former US street legend, who as a drug dealer was once responsible for flooding California's streets with most of its...
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Video: "Fire in the Blood": Millions Die in Africa After Big Pharma Blocks Imports...

DemocracyNow.org - The new documentary, "Fire in the Blood," examines how millions have died from AIDS because big pharmaceutical companies and the ... Via Youtube
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Video: Angela Davis on Prison Abolition, the War on Drugs and Why Social Movements...

http://www.democracynow.org - For more than four decades, the world-renowned author, activist and scholar Angela Davis has been one of most influential ... Via Youtube

US deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide hit record high: Study

Deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide in the United States hit an all-time high in 2017, a new study says. Read more

Police banned from Facebook after sharing photo of seized drugs — RT UK News

Even the long arm of the law must obey the rules laid down by the...
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Video: Trial of El Chapo Highlights Failure of U.S. War on Drugs, But Will...

https://democracynow.org - Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the notorious Mexican drug kingpin, has been on trial in New York City for 11 weeks. A federal...

Trial of El Chapo Highlights Failure of War on Drugs

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the notorious Mexican drug kingpin, has been on trial in New York City for 11 weeks. A federal jury headed...

FBI runs out of money for drugs & informants, shutdown-triggered report warns — RT...

The FBI agents are ringing alarm bells over being unable to afford drug bust operations, pay...

Rebate Trap Keeps Generic Diabetes Drugs Out of Reach

Lisa Crook was lucky. She saved $800 last year after her insurance company started covering a new, less expensive insulin called Basaglar that was...

Health Insurers Want You to Try Cheaper Drugs First, But That Can Hurt You

Few people are familiar with the term “step therapy,” but most Americans have health insurance policies that adopt it. Step therapy programs, also known...
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Video: Guns, drugs, cash: How to prove you need the wall

Donald Trump has travelled to the Mexican border in the US state of Texas to make the case for his controversial border wall. While...
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Video: Sanctions on Iran may result in ‘deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs &...

US sanctions against Iran may lead to 'a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorists in the West'. That's the warning coming from...

FDA lists psychedelic drugs as ‘breakthrough therapy’ for depression — RT US News

Psychedelic drug researchers can now begin providing psychiatric patients with psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic...

Legalize it? Tough-on-drugs ex-Met Police chief calls for review of UK cannabis laws —...

A former Met Police chief, who enforced tough anti-drug laws, is the latest voice in...

The War On Drugs – Live on KEXP

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University to ask students to sign ‘no drugs’ contract — RT UK News

A university is to ask its students to sign a no drugs contract in a...
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Video: Space for drugs in Paris: Locals say new safe rooms for drugs addicts...

Authorities in Paris are increasing the number of special safe houses for drug addicts. But those that live close by, say it's turning their...
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Video: 20 tons of drugs destroyed by police in Afghanistan

Afghan anti-narcotics police burned around 20 TONS of drugs following a massive anti-narcotics operation RT LIVE ... Via Youtube

‘Highly medicalized culture’ in US leads to high risk of multiple drugs fatally interacting...

One in 12 of US children who use prescription drugs on a regular basis is at...
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Video: Forced to carry drugs in rectum’: Ex-cop on UK child informants

RT's Going Undergound speaks to a former police officer, who spent 14 years undercover, about the dangers of Britain's so called 'juvenile covert human...

Brazen woman accused of selling drugs in courtroom right before her court appearance —...

A Kentucky woman hauled before a judge for making a series of threats has been accused...
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Video: Sex, Drugs & Refugees. Syrian teenagers in Athens resort to prostitution to survive...

As night falls in Athens, the city's squares turn seedy, and middle-aged European men can be seen chatting with teenage Syrian boys – a...

FDA Repays Industry by Rushing Risky Drugs to Market

Nuplazid, a drug for hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease, failed two clinical trials. In a third trial, under a revised standard for...
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Video: Lawsuit Claims Detained Migrant Children Have Been Forcibly Injected With Powerful Psychiatric Drugs

https://democracynow.org - Shocking reports have revealed that immigrant children were subdued and incapacitated with powerful psychiatric drugs at a ... Via Youtube

Drugs gang led by not-so-Super ‘Mario’ boss jailed for smuggling £63m of heroin into...

A drugs gang headed by ‘kingpin’ Fikiri Yarasir, known as “Mario” due to his uncanny...

UK inmates smoking ‘solicitor letters’ dipped in mind-altering drugs — RT UK News

Violence in UK jails is being fueled by smuggled psychoactive drugs like Spice, according to...

Sex change drugs put kids at risk of infertility, heart disease, baldness, doctor warns...

Sex change drugs are harming children, a leading NHS psychiatrist has warned. Dr. Lucy Griffin...
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Video: Sex, Drugs & Refugees. Syrian teenagers in Athens resort to prostitution to survive...

As night falls in Athens, the city's squares turn seedy, and middle-aged European men can be seen chatting with teenage Syrian boys – a...

Dylann Roof’s Sister Arrested for Having Drugs and Weapons at School

The sister of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was arrested Wednesday on charges of bringing weapons and drugs to her South Carolina...

Nebraska Is Illegally Obtaining and Storing Execution Drugs in Defiance of Federal Law

For years, the state of Nebraska has had a troubled history of cutting corners in its zealous pursuit of lethal-injection drugs to keep its...
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Video: Sex, Drugs & Refugees: Syrian boys resort to prostitution to survive in Athens...

Full documentary premieres on Wednesday, February 28 – watch it on air and via our social platforms. As night falls in Athens, the city's...

UK ‘complicit’ in Duterte’s war on drugs – anti arms-trade group — RT UK...

The UK is “complicit” in human rights abuses in the Philippines as it has emerged...

Tory MP tasked with regulating drugs has husband that grows 45 acres of cannabis...

A Tory MP and drugs minister has been accused of “deception” by a pro-legalization pressure...

London Bridge terrorists pumped up on drugs before attack – court hears — RT...

Terrorists who killed eight people on London Bridge had pumped themselves full of steroids before...
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Video: Johann Hari: To Treat Depression, Provide Meaningful Work, Housing & a Basic Income,...

https://democracynow.org - Extended conversation with Johann Hari, author of a controversial new book, “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions.... Via...

Illegal Chinese-made drugs entering US via regular mail — RT US News

The highly addictive drug known as opioid fentanyl is arriving in the US via the postal...

Meet the CIA: Guns, Drugs and Money

Photo by Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs | CC BY 2.0 On November 22, 1996, the US Justice Department indicted General Ramón Guillén Davila...

Baltimore cop indicted for planting drugs — RT US News

As crime-ridden Baltimore continues its mission to “rebuild community trust” in law enforcement, a police officer...

Philadelphia approves ‘supervised injection’ of heroin, other drugs amid opioid epidemic — RT US...

Officials in Philadelphia are moving to open safe-injection sites for drugs like fentanyl and heroin as...

UK inmates spend all day on phones, drugs & Facebook (VIDEO) — RT UK...

Prisoners are running riot in UK jails in an embarrassing – and very public –...

Tory posters ‘stigmatize all homeless,’ suggest beggars want money for drugs — RT UK...

A Tory council is facing a backlash for “demonizing” rough sleepers by urging the public...

Statin Drugs Erase the Benefits

Jamie Lowe on Her Experience With Bipolar Disorder and the Drugs That Manage It

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh. NERMEEN SHAIKH: "Everyone has a brain, which plays a major role in mental...
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Video: Lithium, Love and Losing My Mind: Jamie Lowe on Her Life with Bipolar...

https://democracynow.org - We speak with journalist and author Jaime Lowe about her remarkable memoir, “Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind.” She shares and...

A Massacre of Farmers in US-Colombia “War on Drugs”

On October 5, 2017, police opened fire on unarmed farmers in Tumaco, Colombia. Eight were killed, with dozens more shot. The massacre was part...

Sex, Drugs and Rollickin’ Roles: Christmas and Our Ever-Changing Relationship with Nature

​​Traditions of the Winter Solstice Christmas is an ancient feast that has many positive associations for people around the world. While the bible places the...

Neutral Athletes: Russia, Drugs and the Olympics

Being a moralist in the Olympics doesn’t carry you very far. Turn one way, and there are enterprising drug cheats; turn another, there are...

Stop & search finds more drugs on white suspects, yet police continue to target...

Published time: 12 Dec, 2017 18:03 White suspects are more likely to be found with...
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Video: Public Defender: Body Camera Shows Cop Planting Drugs

While charges were dropped against the suspect, former Baltimore cops say the case should highlight the need to end prohibition Visit http://therealnews.com for ... Via...
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Video: Floating Guantánamos: How the Coast Guard Uses Indefinite Detention to Wage “War on...

https://democracynow.org - A shocking new exposé reveals how the U.S. Coast Guard is detaining thousands of suspected drug smugglers they arrest in ... Via Youtube

Hallucination machine lets you blow your mind without taking psychedelic drugs — RT UK...

Published time: 20 Nov, 2017 17:09 VR tech had to branch out into the world...

We Supported Their Dictators, Led the Failed ‘War on Drugs’ and Now Deny Them...

President Donald Trump has tied his executive order giving Congress six months to “fix” DACA to constructing a wall between the US and Mexico...

Drugs bust goes bad for Detroit cops — RT US News

Published time: 11 Nov, 2017 17:54 The Detroit Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after...
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Video: “Stop the Killings”: Photojournalist Raffy Lerma on Duterte’s Deadly War on Drugs in...

https://democracynow.org - As President Donald Trump is set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte when he visits the Philippines, watch our full interview with...

HMP horror! Prison footage reveals inmates running wild with drugs, phones and ‘fight clubs’...

Disturbing videos of life inside Britain’s prisons have emerged showing inmates fighting, taking drugs, and...

Drugs, Money and Political Prostitution

by Dr. Nayvin Gordon / November 6th, 2017 Since the year 2000 at least 22 pharmaceutical companies have settled criminal and civil suits for over...
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Video: ISIS-linked drugs: 24 million opiate tablets seized by Italian police

24M tablets of opiate linked to IS fighters seized in Italy. The video, filmed in October, was recently released by Italian police. Courtesy: GDF...

Children should be given drugs to reduce risk of heart attacks & strokes, says...

Published time: 3 Nov, 2017 16:59 Edited time: 3 Nov, 2017 18:07 Tens of thousands...

‘It’s an epidemic’: Phones, drugs & drones in UK prisons – Tories ‘buying magic...

Speaking into the camera phone he has hidden inside his prison cell – the inmate...

The War on Some Drugs

Drugs are a charged subject everywhere. They’re a “hot button” topic. Everyone has a strong opinion, often irrational, that seems to come from deep...
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Video: $1,360,000+ worth drugs busted in FSB raid on gang near Moscow

Russian Federal Security service (FSB) and Belarusian police bust large drug lab during raid in Moscow Region, seizing over 27kg of methadone and 200kg...

Grime star Stormzy calls out Met Police for linking drugs bust to Notting Hill...

Published time: 23 Aug, 2017 13:17 Grime artist Stormzy has criticized the Metropolitan Police for...

British govt ‘squandering’ £1.6bn on ‘futile’ war on drugs

The government has been accused of “squandering” £1.6 billion in taxpayer money on failing anti-drug...
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Video: ‘It’s not about sex & drugs’: UK partiers banned from Malita, Greece resort

The Greek coastal town of Malita was a famous party resort area for young people until it banned 10000 British tourists in order to...

Black youth didn’t swallow drugs before he died in police custody – watchdog

Published time: 3 Aug, 2017 08:54 Edited time: 3 Aug, 2017 09:44 Rashan Charles, who...

Trump and Sessions Just Jump-Started the War on Drugs That's Also a War on...

President Donald Trump speaks at Suffolk Community College on July 28, 2017, in Brentwood, New York. Trump and his attorney general are escalating the...

Drugs keep blue-collar Americans from good jobs, employers say

While there is a rising number of job openings for good-paying blue-collar work across the US,...

UK festival offers to test partygoers' drugs for safe use

A music festival in the UK has begun offering on site drug testing to revelers,...

Tennessee Judge Pushes Sterilization on Those Incarcerated for Drugs

(Photo: Gatsi / iStock / Getty Images Plus) Tennessee Judge Sam Benningfield thinks he's come up with a brilliant solution to the opioid crisis: Offer...

The War On Drugs – Holding On

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Video: US police officers allegedly ‘plant drugs’ – bodycam footage

Footage released on Thursday showed Baltimore police officer Richard Pinheiro apparently planting drugs in an abandoned yard. The footage was shot in ... Via Youtube
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Video: Mafia teaming up with migrant gang in Sicily, forcing refugees to sell drugs

The Italian mafia is taking advantage of vulnerable refugees arriving in Sicily, teaming up with a migrant gang to force newcomers to sell drugs....
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Video: Anti-drug day: Illicit drugs worth $384mn destroyed in Myanmar

Myanmar police officers set fire to illicit drugs with an estimated street value of $384 million RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Troops Wrongly Prescribed Damaging Drugs Before Deployment due to Failures in IT System, Senior...

Troops preparing to deploy overseas are being wrongly prescribed damaging anti-malarial drugs due to failures in the Ministry of Defence’s medical IT...

The Left/Right Challenge to the Failed “War on Drugs”

The Left/Right Challenge to the Failed “War on Drugs”More and more conservatives and liberals, from the halls of Congress to people in communities across the...
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Video: Jeremy Scahill on Trump’s Embrace of Duterte’s Deadly War on Drugs in the...

https://democracynow.org - In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested he might impose martial law across the country, after declaring it this ... Via Youtube

Wisconsin aims to be first state to test for drugs over Medicaid

Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, is taking steps to make his state the first to require childless...

The Left/Right Challenge to the Failed “War on Drugs”

More and more conservatives and liberals, from the halls of Congress to people in communities across the country, are agreeing that the so-called “war...

Music festivals offer to test people’s drugs, police promise not to make arrests

Published time: 22 May, 2017 16:03 Festival-goers in Britain will be allowed to have their...
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Video: Michelle Alexander: We Must Respond Forcefully & Challenge Jeff Sessions’s New War on...

http://democracynow.org - Civil rights advocate and best-selling author Michelle Alexander responds to the new push by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ... Via Youtube
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Video: Neuroscientist Carl Hart: We Need to Stop Jeff Sessions from Escalating the Racist...

http://democracynow.org - In an escalation of the war on drugs, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded two Obama-era memos that encouraged ... Via Youtube

Waging War Against a Mythical Crime Wave, Sessions Ramps Up War on Drugs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about immigration, in Washington, DC, March 27, 2017. Sessions seeks to expand the failed "War on Drugs" by once...

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Blasts Sessions' Reboot of Failed 'War on Drugs’

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsWade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following...

Leaks Show Macron on Gay Mailing List, Aides Buy Drugs Online

The rumors circulated about French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s inner circle are true. The alleged video tape proving Macron’s relationship with a man in the...

Hey, teacher – Leave them kids alone! Spate of educator arrests for sex, drugs...

It’s as if Pink Floyd wrote a song about this week, but instead of another brick...

‘Our jails are in real chaos’: Anti-drone squad formed to stop drugs entering UK...

Published time: 17 Apr, 2017 18:58 A specialist unit has been formed in the UK to...
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Video: Jeff Sessions Pushes New War on Drugs While Killing Obama-Era Police Reform Measures

http://democracynow.org - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is attempting to shake up policing in the country by limiting federal oversight of police departments with ... Via...

‘In a trance’: New database to record ‘zombie’ effects of illegal designer drugs

A national database listing the effects of so-called ‘zombie’ drugs has been created for doctors...

Manufactured Opioid Crisis: a Ploy to Salvage the War on Drugs

Photo by Ryohei Noda | CC BY 2.0   In case you haven’t heard, there’s an opioid crisis in America. With majorities of Americans now clearly supportive...
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Video: North Carolina cops pull Uber driver over, falsely accusing him of buying drugs...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMS8sX--3DQ&w=580&h=385] All Jesse Bright wanted was an apology from the North Carolina police officer who told him it was against the law to record...
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Video: FavelaLive: Rio’s children caught between football, drugs & police brutality (RT Documentary PROMO)

The Favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, are slums made up of self-built houses. These communities have expanded chaotically, without government regulation. Via Youtube

Arizona lets death row inmates bring their own lethal injection drugs to executions

“BYO” is often seen on invitations asking people to bring booze, but it’s unusual for the practice to be applied to the death row...

Overprescription nation: Seniors taking multiple psychotropic drugs doubles over a decade

The number of retirement-age Americans being prescribed multiple psychiatric drugs without a recorded mental health diagnosis...

St. Louis police publicly searched for, found no drugs in woman's vagina – lawsuit

A female police officer in St. Louis publicly searched a woman's vagina in search of drugs...

Texas sues FDA over withheld execution drugs

Texas has sued the Food and Drug Administration over 1,000 vials of a barbiturate the agency...

No refills: Last remaining Arkansas death penalty drugs expire soon

After waiting 11 years to die, 35 death row inmates in Arkansas are likely to be...

'Massive disparities' in mortality rates of urban, rural counties from drugs, mental illness

A new study finds that while some parts of America are seeing improvements in their mortality...

Can test for 3-year-olds predict who’ll end up in jail or on drugs?

Scientists have developed a test for three-year-old children which they claim can determine whether kids...

Porn and Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

‘Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”—Mark Twain With recent criticism of fake news...

Legalize cannabis to end Britain’s ‘embarrassing’ drugs policy, say MPs

Cannabis should be legalized to bring British drugs policy out of the “dark ages” and put it in line with other Western countries, a...

Legalize all narcotics now: War on drugs is war on people, says BMJ

Doctors have an “ethical responsibility” to back the legalization of drugs, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has advised for the first time. An editorial in...

BBC’s Children Show ‘Just a Girl’ Is About A Transgender Child Taking Hormone Blocking...

The BBC series aimed at children as young a six describe how Ben became Amy by taking hormones to halt puberty. It is...

Is It Safe To Use Expired Prescription Drugs?

The topic of using expired prescription drugs comes up frequently in survival and preparedness circles.  Although there are many articles detailing with the efficacy...

Drug Dependence Hasn't Been Stopped by 45 Years of the War on Drugs

Janine Jackson: "Police Arrest More People for Marijuana Use than for All Violent Crimes Combined" is the headline in the Washington Post. In the New York Times,...

The War on Drugs is a Racket

Photo by Cannabis Culture | CC BY 2.0 On a recent segment of Democracy Now, Tess Borden made an impassioned plea for the U.S. –...

Sesame Street on crack? Freebase cocaine among drugs found in Maryland kids’ day care...

Two people were arrested in Pasadena, Maryland, and charged with multiple possession and reckless endangerment charges...

‘Drug Dependence Hasn’t Been Stopped by 45 Years of the War on Drugs’

Janine Jackson interviewed Tess Borden about drug criminalization for the October 14, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Tess Borden: “Every...
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Video: How the War on Drugs Thwarts Meaningful Police Reform

Neill Franklin and Adam Eidinger discuss the link between drug policy and the DOJ report on the Baltimore Police Department. Visit http://therealnews.com for ... Via...
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Video: Weapons, drugs & more available on Facebook’s MarketPlace

Facebook has launched a new tool that has reportedly turned into a sort of black market RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Sex, drugs & EDM: 400+ arrested at 3-day rave in California

Sex, drugs and electronic dance music created the perfect atmosphere for lots of arrests at the...

Monopoly & lobbyists: Research reveals why US drugs are so pricey

Mylan and Turing are not “bad apples” but par for the course in the US pharmaceutical...

The ADHD Epidemic: Smart Drugs and the Control of Bodies and Minds

(Photo: Erich Ferdinand; Edited: LW / TO) This is an excerpt from Scripted Bodies: Corporate Power, Smart Technologies, and the Undoing of Public Education (Routledge...

Drones attempting to drop drugs into London prison seized by cops

Two drones carrying drugs and mobile phones have been seized by police as they were...

‘War on drugs futile in face of dark web marketplace,’ say campaigners

Britain’s war on drugs is failing, campaigners say, with the online narcotics market soaring in...

Ibuprofen & other common drugs, supplements may cause, exacerbate heart failure – study

Commonly-prescribed and -used medications, such as Ibuprofen, and nutritional or natural supplements may trigger or worsen...
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Video: Opioid horror: Heroin abuse spikes in US as alternative to prescription drugs

Across the US around 80 people die each day from a heroin overdose. For some the deadly addiction starts from a regular visit to...

Never Take These Killer Drugs

By Dr. Mercola It is now estimated that 1 in 8 Americans are on serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants1 and a shocking 1 in 4...

Arizona says it has no more drugs left to carry out death penalty executions

The US state of Arizona says it doesn’t have any more lethal drugs left to carry...

‘War on drugs’ has failed, decriminalize now – UK health experts

Britain’s two leading health bodies are calling for the personal possession and use of drugs...

The kids are alright: US teens drop sex, drugs and smoking new reports shows

Sex, drugs and cigarettes aren’t in high demand among US teenagers these days, as fewer young...

Students resort to banned ‘brain boosting’ drugs to get through exams

Britain’s Home Office has warned against the effects of banned mental stimulant Noopept as a rising number of students turn to the ‘brain boosting’...

Europe’s War on Refugees is Repeating the Mistakes of the War on Drugs

Ververidis Vasilis | Shutterstock.com   The EU’s “war on people smuggling”, escalated last week by David Cameron, appears to be modelled on the failed “war on drugs” –...

Europe’s War on Refugees is Repeated the Mistakes of the War on Drugs

Ververidis Vasilis | Shutterstock.com The EU’s “war on people smuggling”, escalated last week by David Cameron, appears to be modelled on the failed “war on drugs” –...

Wasted: America and the ‘War on Drugs’

The 45-year “War on Drugs” has drastically increased the US prison population, swallowed up trillions of...

Guns, Drugs, & the CIA

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‘Google it’: Oklahoma execution ordered to go ahead despite wrong drugs being delivered

The governor of Oklahoma’s top lawyer is out of a job after insisting that a state execution proceed despite prison officials receiving the wrong...
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Video: Ex-head of ant-doping lab claims Sochi medalists used banned drugs

The Former head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory has made some sensational allegations over the use of performance enhancing drugs by Russian athletes ... Via Youtube

Pfizer no longer allowing its drugs to be used in executions

There is no longer a single major US drug company from which prisons can access drugs...

US hospitals lack life-saving drugs despite government measures – report

A shortage of life-saving drugs continues to challenge hospitals across the US, a new Yale study...

Erosion of the ‘War on Drugs’

Exclusive: Support for the “war on drugs” has eroded so much that anti-drug-war hoax statements from senior officials sounded plausible...

US Should Seek Bold New Approach on Drugs

The “War on Drugs” has been lost. Not only has it failed to reduce problematic drug use, it has cost more than a trillion...

Licensed to kill: Virginia seeks to protect makers of lethal drugs

Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and Virginia Republicans are applying that motto to the...

asha bandele and Laura Carlsen on the War on Drugs

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Video: “2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back”: Will Obama’s New Opioid Proposal Continue the...

http://democracynow.org - President Obama has unveiled a series of steps aimed at addressing the epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States. In 2014,...

End global war on drugs, bring in decriminalization to protect human rights, says report

The global war on drugs has failed, eroding public health and human rights, and must...
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Video: Baltimore’s Flawed War on Drugs Destroyed Lawrence Christian’s Life Without a Conviction

A drug bust that wrongly targeted Christian reveals how the city's continued investment in policing makes poverty worse and heightens the suffering and ... Via...

Among delinquent youth, Whites more likely to abuse hard drugs vs Blacks or Hispanics

Defying both stereotypes and mass incarceration demographics, a new study found that among delinquent teenagers, African-Americans...

Never combine these over-the-counter drugs – your life may be endangered

Never before in the history of the world has the general public relied so heavily on pharmaceuticals to treat pain, calm nerves, or address...
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Video: MD Delegate Wants to End the War on Drugs

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIwTXNSnbRM&w=580&h=385] Law to decriminalize possession of Heroin and Cocaine along with treatment on demand will prevent criminalizing addiction. For more videos, go to: ... Via...

Defense Department invests in ‘hibernation drugs’ to save soldiers’ lives

The Defense Department is working to develop a battlefield "hibernation" procedure for wounded troops so that the critical element of time can be mitigated...

Research on antidepressant drugs distorted by pharmaceutical industry

By Brad Dixon According to a recent study, authors of articles conducting meta-analyses of antidepressant drugs in clinical trials with links to industry were 22 times...
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Video: The Global African: How Brazil’s War on Drugs Replicates Failed U.S Policies

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLZ8uhHXS1Q&w=580&h=385] In this episode of The Global African, we hear from Dr. Carl Hart, neuroscientist at Columbia University, on how the Brazilian government has...

Prescription Drugs Are Far More Dangerous

The DEA released new drug overdose data yesterday. According to the DEA press release: DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced results from the 2015...
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Video: Biden: The War on Drugs Candidate

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARXry4wn7EM&w=580&h=385] If Vice President Joe Biden chooses to run, he'll have to face a legacy of swelling the prison population here as well as...
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Video: U.S Government Shipping In Drugs For A Good Cause

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_yj_ykkPjs&w=580&h=385] in this video Luke Rudkowski interviews Irvin Rosenfeld, one of four Americans who get medical marijuana shipped to him by the U.A federal...

‘We Could Have All These Drugs Available at Generic Prices’ – CounterSpin interview with...

Janine Jackson interviewed Dean Baker about drug prices for the September 25 CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. MP3 Link Janine Jackson: Start-up Turing Pharmaceuticals...

British patients being denied drugs because of high prices

Cancer patients in the UK are being denied drugs because of unnecessarily exorbitant prices. Patients in the UK have been told "the NHS will not...

Drug industry created "female sexual dysfunction" just to sell more high-profit drugs to women...

One of the major roadblocks to achieving wellness is the diagnosis mindset. People who seek out diagnoses for things like social anxiety or an...
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Video: Former Police Officer: The War on Drugs Needs to End

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzFu3s3GqCI&w=580&h=385] TRNN's Jaisal Noor speaks to LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin. Via Youtube

Drug-sniffing dogs are a law enforcement hoax, signaling drug alerts even when no drugs...

A recent ruling by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has brought into question the ability and effectiveness of so-called "drug-sniffing dogs" after judges...

British soldiers ‘get drunk, take drugs, start fights,’ claims council boss

So basically soldiers turn out to behave just like almost every other bloke on a night out. Just shocking. Truly shocking. But hey, let's just...

MPs to review UK’s £13m overseas ‘war on drugs’ linked to execution of non-violent...

Claims the execution of “innocent scapegoats” in Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia are funded by millions of British pounds funneled into counter-narcotics operations overseas...

Psych Drugs and Mass Murder

Here we go again. A drifter and lone wolf is somehow off his meds. His anger boils over while he has access to guns....
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Video: Drugs As Weapons Against Us: Did Jimi Hendrix’ manager Mike Jeffery work for...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mAB34v4iXM&w=580&h=385] The CIA's murderous targeting of Tupac Shakur, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, the Black Panthers and other leftist political activists is explored...
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Video: The War on Drugs is a War on Minorities: Former El Reno Prison...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsnbcLtrRHQ&w=580&h=385] http://democracynow.org - President Obama became the first sitting president in history to visit a federal prison Thursday when he toured the El Reno...

​End regressive, ‘stupid’ war on drugs, campaigners tell Cameron

Families of people who have died or been imprisoned due to UK drug legislation handed a letter to Number 10 on Tuesday, as the...

Will Obama Undo the Harms of the War on Drugs?

Reports are circulating that President Obama is preparing to commute the sentences of dozens of individuals currently imprisoned for nonviolent drug-related crimes. So far...

Same corporations that manufacture vaccines are killing half a million people annually with deadly...

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At least 10 percent of all Americans over six-years-old are on antidepressants. That’s more than 35 million people, double the number from less than two decades ago. Meanwhile, anti-psychotics have eclipsed cholesterol treatments as the country’s fastest selling and most profitable drugs, even though half the prescriptions treat disorders for which they haven’t been proven effective. At least 5 million children and adolescents use them, in part because more kids are being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

This raises some troubling alternatives: Are a growing number of people experiencing psychological troubles? Have we just become better at recognizing them? Or is some other dynamic at work?

One possibility is that the criteria for what constitutes a mental illness or disability may have expanded to the point that a vast number appear to have clinical problems. But there’s an even more insidious development: the drugs being used to treat many of the new diagnoses could cause long-term effects that persist after the original trouble has been resolved. That’s the case made by Robert Whitaker in his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.

Speaking of long-term impacts on the brain, we’re also heading toward a world where humans are directly linked with computers that profoundly influence their perceptions and ideas. Despite many potential benefits, there is danger here as well. Rather than simply augmenting our memories by providing neutral information, the brain-computer connection may lead people into separate realities based on their assumptions and politics.

Brain-altering drugs and digital “indoctrination” – a potent combination. Together, they pose a potential threat not only to the stability of many individuals but of society itself. Seduced by the promise that our brains can be managed and enhanced without serious side-effects, we may be creating a future where psychological dysfunction becomes a post-modern plague and powerful forces use cyberspace to reshape “reality” in their private interest.

Do prescription drugs create new mental problems? And if so, how could it be happening? For Whitaker the answer lies in the effects of drugs on neurotransmitters, a process he calls negative feedback. When a drug blocks neurotransmitters or increases the level of serotonin, for instance, neurons initially attempt to counteract the effects. When the drug is used over a long period, however, it can produce “substantial and long-lasting alterations in neural function,” claims Steven Hyman, former director of the National Institutes of Mental Health. The brain begins to function differently. Its ability to compensate starts to fail and side effects created by the drug emerge.

What comes next? More drugs and, along with them, new side effects, an evolving chemical mixture often accompanied by a revised diagnosis. According to Marcia Angell, former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, it can go this way: use of an antidepressant leads to mania, which leads to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which leads to the prescription of mood stabilizers. Through such a process people can end up taking several drugs daily for many years.

What may happen after that is deeply troubling. Researcher Nancy Andreasen claims the brain begins to shrink, an effect she links directly to dosage and duration. “The prefrontal cortex doesn’t get the input it needs and is being shut down by drugs,” she explained in The New York Times. “That reduces the psychotic symptoms.” But the pre-frontal cortex gradually atrophies.

Anyone who has been on the psychiatric drug roller coaster understands some of the ride’s risks and how hard it can be to get off. But the new implication is that we may be experiencing a medically-induced outbreak of brain dysfunction caused by the exploding use of drugs. One big unanswered question at the moment: What does Big Pharma really know, and when did they learn it?

Drug companies are not the only ones experimenting with our brains. Bold research is also being pursued to create brain-computer interfaces that can help people overcome problems like memory loss. According to writer Michael Chorost, author of World Wide Mind and interface enthusiast who benefited from ear implants after going deaf, we may soon be directly connected to the Internet through neural implants. It sounds convenient and liberating. Ask yourself a question and, presto, there’s the answer. Google co-founder Larry Page can imagine a not-too-distant future in which you simply think about something and “your cell phone whispers the answer in your ear.”

Beyond the fact that this could become irritating, there’s an unspoken assumption that the information received is basically unbiased, like consulting an excellent encyclopedia or a great library catalog. This is where the trouble starts. As Sue Halperin noted in a New York Review of Books essay, “Mind Control and the Internet,” Search engines like Google use an algorithm to show us what’s important. But even without the manipulation of marketing companies and consultants who influence some listings, each search is increasingly shaped to fit the profile of the person asking. If you think that we both get the same results from the same inquiry, guess again.

What really happens is that you get results assembled just for you. Information is prioritized in a way that reinforces one’s previous choices, influenced by suggested assumptions and preferences. As Eli Pariser argues in The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You, environmental activists and energy executives get very different listings when they inquire about climate science. It looks and feels “objective” but they’re being fed data that fits with their existing view – and probably not seeing much that conflicts.

A study discussed in Sociological Quarterly looked at this development by following attitudes about climate science over a decade. Here’s a strange but significant finding: Although a consensus emerged among most scientists over the years, the number of Republicans who accepted their conclusion dropped. Why? Because the Republicans were getting different information than the Democrats and others who embraced the basic premise. In other words, their viewpoint was being reflected back at them.

Does this sound dangerous? Pariser thinks so, and suggests that the type of reinforcement made common by search engines is leading to inadvertent self-indoctrination. For democracy to function effectively, people need exposure to various viewpoints, “but instead we’re more and more enclosed in our own bubbles,” he writes. Rather than agreeing on a set of shared facts we’re being led deeper into our different worlds.

Whether this is a problem depends somewhat on your expectations. For some people it is merely a bump in the road, a faltering step in the inevitable evolution of human consciousness. Techno-shamen and other cosmic optimists see the potential of drug-induced enlightenment and an Internet-assisted “hive mind,” and believe that the long-term outcome will be less violence, more trust, and a better world. But others have doubts, questioning whether we’ll really end up with technological liberation and a psychic leap forward. It could go quite differently, they worry. We could instead see millions of brain-addled casualties and even deeper social polarization.

How will current trends influence democracy and basic human relations? Increased trust and participation don’t immediately come to mind. Rather, the result could be more suspicion, denial and paranoia, as if we don’t have enough. In fact, even the recent upsurge in anger and resentment may be drug and Internet-assisted, creating fertile ground for opportunists and demagogues.

In False Alarm: The truth about the epidemic of fear, New York internist Marc Siegel noted that when the amygdala — the Brain’s central station for processing emotions – detects a threatening situation, it pours out stress hormones. If the stress persists too long, however, it can malfunction, overwhelm the hippocampus (center of the "thinking" brain), and be difficult to turn off. In the long term, this "fear biology" can wear people down, inducing paralysis or making them susceptible to diseases and delusions that they might otherwise resist. Addressing this problem with drugs that change the brain’s neural functioning isn’t apt to help. Either will the Internet’s tendency to provide information that reinforces whatever one already thinks.

More than half a century ago, Aldous Huxley – who knew a bit about drugs – issued a dire prediction. He didn’t see the Internet coming, but other than that his vision remains relevant. “There will be within the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude,” he wrote in Brave New World, “and producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, brainwashing or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods."

Pretty grim, but there’s no going back. Despite any dangers posed by computer algorithms and anti-psychotic drugs, they are with us for the foreseeable future. Still, what we’ve learned about them in recent years could help us to reduce the negatives. Not every illness listed in the DMS – that constantly growing, Big Pharma-influenced psychiatric bible – requires drug treatment. And the results of your online searches will very likely tell you what you want to know, but that does not mean you’re getting a “balanced” or comprehensive picture.

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Over the long weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown chose to continue the 40 year old failed war on drugs.

Brown rejected the national ‘smart on crime’ trend and pragmatic public policy by vetoing SB649, which aimed to give judges and district attorneys  the discretion to charge possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use as a felony or a misdemeanor as the case warrants.

Brown chose to make no advance towards the federal court order to reduce prison overcrowding. The governor chose to defy supermajority public opinion on how California should deal with nonviolent drug offenders.

Drug use is a health issue, not a criminal justice one. And the last thing someone struggling with problematic drug use needs is a lifelong felony record. Felony sentences don’t reduce drug use and don’t persuade users to seek treatment, but instead, impose tremendous barriers to housing, education and employment after release – three things we know help keep people out of our criminal justice system and successfully reintegrating into their families and communities. States that currently charge drug use as a misdemeanor actually show higher rates of drug treatment use.

Locking up people for simple drug possession comes at a tremendous cost to the taxpayers, between $40,000 and $52,000/year to be precise, depending on whether they serve their time in a prison bed or a county jail.

According to  state data, there are 10,000 convictions for possession of heroin and cocaine for personal use each year in California. The majority of these 10,000 sentences are to felony probation. SB649, authored by state Sen. Mark Leno and supported in the legislature by some Republicans, as well as most Democrats would have helped reduce prison and jail overcrowding in California and provided savings to the financially-strapped courts because felony charges require setting a preliminary hearing, whereas misdemeanor offenses do not.

Brown let down the people of California, the majority of whom support going even farther than this bill would have gone. While the law enforcement lobby gained a huge win with this  veto, the public opinion that strongly favors this type of drug sentencing reform was dismissed

A statewide 2012 poll showed 75 percent of Californians favoring investment in prevention and alternatives to jail for non-violent offenders, with 62 percent agreeing that the penalty for possessing a small amount of illegal drugs for personal use should be reduced to a misdemeanor. Leno’s bill provided a safe and logical opportunity to reduce the number of people incarcerated for simple drug possession.

Two months after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the nation’s plan to scale back federal prison sentences for low-level drug crimes, California is still struggling for consensus on how to comply with a federal mandate to reduce prison overcrowding, much of which has been driven by overly harsh drug sentencing.

In fact, today the U.S Supreme Court  rejected Brown's appeal in the state's prison overcrowding case, leaving California under federal court order to reduce its prison population by nearly 8,000 inmates byJan. 27, 2014.

Not only would SB649 have helped the governor meet the federal court order, it would have brought California closer to the standard of 13 states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government, which already treat drug possession as a misdemeanor. Drug crime is not higher in those states.

Instead, California remains one of worst in the country with harsh drug sentencing standards and overcrowded prisons and jails.

This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance blog

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A young woman lights a marijuana joint in May 2012.

On a warm spring afternoon at American colleges, the intoxicating aroma of surely medicinal marijuana will be floating like a soft caress in the breeze, and hard-working students will be stocking up on amphetamine cocktails to sharpen their overstressed young minds for the coming exams.

On a warm spring afternoon at the nation’s poorer public schools, children (and I mean children) will endure a daily police presence, including drug-sniffing dogs, full-body pat-downs, searches of backpacks and lockers, stops in the hallways—all in the name of searching for contraband. 

Drugs are ubiquitous in this country, and yet we know that some people have the privilege of doctor-prescribed intoxication, while others are thrown into dungeons for seeking the same relief. We know that the war on drugs is heavily inflected with Jim Crow–ism, economic inequality, gun culture myths and political opportunism. We know that Adam Lanza’s unfortunate mother was not the sole Newtown resident stocking up on military-style weapons; plenty of suburban gun owners keep similar weapons to protect their well-kept homes against darkly imagined, drug-addled marauders from places like Bridgeport. We divert resources from mental health or rehab, and allocate millions to militarize schools.

The result: the war on drugs has metastasized into a war on children.

Best publicized, perhaps, is the plight of young people in Meridian, Mississippi, where a federal investigation is probing into why children as young as 10 are routinely taken to jail for wearing the wrong color socks or flatulence in class. Bob Herbert wrote of a situation in Florida in 2007, where police found themselves faced with the great challenge of placing a 6-year-old girl in handcuffs too big for her wrists. The child was being arrested for throwing a tantrum in her kindergarten class; the solution was to cuff her biceps, after which she was dragged to the precinct house for mug shots and charged with a felony and two misdemeanors. 

In New York City, kids who make trouble are routinely removed from school altogether and placed in suspension centers, holding cells or juvenile detention lockups. In the old days, you got a detention slip for scrawling your initials on a desk. Now a student can be given a summons by a school police officer. If the kid loses it or doesn’t want to tell his parents, it becomes a warrant—and a basis for arrest.

According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, some 
77 percent of New York’s school police interventions are for noncriminal matters like having food outside the cafeteria, having a cellphone or being late. Other minor offenses like shouting, getting into petty scuffles or being on school grounds after hours fall into the category of “disruptive behavior”—an offense that can get a student suspended. Just 4 percent of police interventions are in response to “major crimes against persons.”

But what’s a teacher to do? In New York City, police officers outnumber guidance counselors by more than 2,000.

Yet as Newtown should teach us, we love our guns as much as we love our drugs. We know that even our best efforts at gun control will not undo a simultaneous and enthusiastic installation of armed overseers in our public schools. As such forces grow exponentially across the country, we keep them busy by installing zero-tolerance policies that take disciplinary discretion out of teachers’ hands and put it in the hands of law enforcement officers with little to no training in child psychology, mediation or anger management. Indeed, the NYCLU recently filed a complaint after the NYPD arrested Mark Federman, the principal of East Side Community High School, for intervening as the in-school officers hauled away an honor student. 

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When your love hands you a gorgeous bouquet of large, red, long-stemmed roses this Valentine’s Day, as any botanist will tell you, you’re getting a bunch of sex organs. Although the roses are more beautiful, fragrant and socially acceptable than other methods that might get the same point across (just ask former Congressman Anthony Weiner), there’s a lot more to those roses than meets the eye.

Unfortunately, the romancing of women in the United States often means the exploitation of women in countries like Colombia and Ecuador.

The preference the U.S. gives Colombian and Ecuadorian flower exports has a lot to do with another export from those nations: cocaine. By 1990, South American imports already accounted for more than 40 percent of roses sold in the United States. Then, in 1991, Congress passed the Andean Trade Preference Act. The idea was simple: maybe if we help cocaine-producing nations sell us other things, like roses, they’ll be less interested in selling us cocaine.

Back then, a wholesale rose sold in San Francisco for about 52 cents. How could it compete with a rose imported to Miami from Colombia, tariff-free, that sold for as little as 6 cents? By 2007, 60 percent of all flowers sold in the U.S. – including 70 percent of all roses – came from Colombia. Simultaneously, 85 percent of Colombia’s flowers were sold to the U.S.

In Colombia, most roses are grown in an area known as the Savannah of Bogota, an area around the capital at an altitude of 8,000 feet. There, the floriculture industry has covered thousands of hectares with plastic greenhouses to grow roses and sucked up much of the groundwater to irrigate them. Nearby springs, streams and wetlands began disappearing. The majority of workers in the industry are women, and as of 2007, the flower industry represented one quarter of all rural employment for Colombian women.

Ecuador’s rose industry got a late start compared to Colombia’s, and although Colombia still leads in the U.S. market, Ecuador accounts for a sizable chunk. By 2003, Ecuador exported two-thirds of its 500 million roses to the United States. As in Colombia, the majority of floriculture workers in Ecuador are women.

Throughout the two decades South American imports have enjoyed tariff-free entry to the U.S., a host of criticisms have been repeated year after year, from excessive pesticide use and occupational health hazards to low pay and sexual harassment of workers.

Roses, which are not (usually) eaten, are not subject to the same pesticide regulations as food. According to one estimate, nearly one quarter of the cost of rose production comes from pesticides, mostly fungicides and insecticides. When grown in chemically based monocultures, roses are susceptible to fungal diseases like downy mildew and infestations from mites, tiny arachnids no larger than the period at the end of a sentence. Neither can be allowed on a rose, both because of fears of importing exotic pests into the United States from South America, and because nobody would buy a bouquet covered in bugs and fungus.

Once the negative reports began rolling in, the South American rose growers began working to clean up their acts. After all, with so much of their production going to the U.S., it would devastate them if American consumers decided they could not buy roses that were grown using child labor (a common complaint at the time) or environmentally dangerous practices.

The Colombian flower industry launched the voluntary “Florverde” (“Green Flower”) certification. It promises better water management, such as rainwater harvesting, and safer use of agrochemicals. Still, as of 2011, fewer than half of Colombia’s flower operations participated in the Florverde self-regulation scheme. A report by War on Want claims it is a mere greenwashing scheme, noting that 36 percent of the pesticides used were considered "extremely" or "highly" toxic by the World Trade Organization.

Why Are Suicides Climbing in the Military? Let’s Look at the Drugs Being Prescribed

Photo Credit: Martha Rosenberg

Why does the suicide rate among military personnel continue to climb--even among those who never saw combat? This week the Pentagon announced there were more suicides among active-duty members of the armed services in 2012 than combat deaths--a staggering 349. Eighty-five percent had not even seen combat, reported Bloomberg.

The  suicide rate rose similarly last year and also included troops who had not faced combat. There were 38 Army suicides in July of 2012 compared with 32 suicides in July of 2011. In a 2010 Army report called Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report, 36 percent of the troops who killed themselves had never even deployed. The suicide rate increased by more than 150 percent in the Army and more than 50 percent in the Marine Corps between 2001 to 2009, reported Military Times in a series of in-depth articles.

One in six service members was on a psychoactive drug in 2010 and "many troops are taking more than one kind, mixing several pills in daily 'cocktails' for example, an antidepressant with an antipsychotic to prevent nightmares, plus an anti-epileptic to reduce headaches--despite minimal clinical research testing such combinations," said Military Times.

The pills and pill cocktails many troops are prescribed are clearly linked to suicidal thoughts and behavior. Antidepressants like Prozac and Paxil, antipsychotics like Seroquel and Zyprexa and anti-seizure drugs like Lyrica and Neurontin all carry clear suicide warnings and all are widely used in the military. Almost 5,000 newspaper reports link antidepressants to suicide, homicide and bizarre behavior on the website SSRIstories.com. The malaria drug Lariam is also highly correlated with suicide and its use actually increased in the Navy and Marine Corps in 2011, according to the Associated Press.

Eighty-nine percent of troops with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are now given psychoactive drugs and between 2005 and 2009, half of all TRICARE (the military health plan) prescriptions for people between 18 and 34 were for antidepressants. During the same time period, epilepsy drugs like Topamax and Neurontin, increasingly given off-label for mental conditions, increased 56 percent, reports Military Times. In 2008 , 578,000 epilepsy pills and 89,000 antipsychotics were prescribed to deploying troops.

Both the increase in the overall suicide rate in the US (rising to 36,000 a year after falling in the 1990s according to USA Today) and in the military coincide with the debut of direct-to-consumer drug advertising in the late 1990s. They are also correlated with the FDA's approval of many drugs with suicide links and a population that is increasingly taking psychoactive drugs for minor problems and symptoms. Several powerful military psychiatrists and administrators are also consultants to Big Pharma who shamelessly enroll veterans in drug studies and promote the pills that drug companies pay them to promote. Who can say conflict of interest?

When concerns about the rise in the general suicide rate in the US surfaced last fall, US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced federal grants for suicide hotlines, more mental health workers, better depression screening and Facebook tracking of suicidal messages. Nowhere, did she mention examining the role of suicide-linked drugs on, ahem, suicide. The Pentagon is apparently in similar denial.

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AMY GOODMAN: We're broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. We had an extended break because we lost a link with the satellite. And I want to thank Jennifer Robinson for having joined us, a legal adviser to Julian Assange. As we turn now to another film about what some have described as the crime of the century. The new documentary, Fire in the Blood, explores how major pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as the United States, prevented tens of millions of people in the developing world from receiving affordable generic AIDS drugs. Millions died as a result. This is a part of the trailer of Fire in the Blood.

DR. PETER MUGYENYI: Over two million people were reported to have died in that year alone.

YUSUF HAMIED: The whole of Africa was being taken for a ride.

BILL CLINTON: It's fine for people in rich countries to say this is what it ought to be. They don't have to live in these little villages and watch people die like flies.

DR. PETER MUGYENYI: Where are the drugs? The drugs are where the disease is not.

DONALD McNEIL: "You fight our patent monopolies, we will make sure you die."

NELSON MANDELA: As long as drugs are not available to everybody, he will not take them.

JAMES LOVE: It was just kind of a crisis of humanity. People just weren't really human for a moment.

AMY GOODMAN: That's an excerpt of Fire in the Blood, the film tracing how Big Pharma refused to allow countries to break patents and allow for the importation of cheap generic AIDS drugs. The problem continues today, as the World Trade Organization continues to block the importation of generic drugs in many countries because of a trade deal known as the TRIPS Agreement. Fire in the Blood just had its North American premiere here at the Sundance Film Festival.

For more, we're joined by two guests: Dylan Mohan Gray, director of Fire in the Blood, based in Mumbai, India, and Dr. Peter Mugyenyi, a Ugandan AIDS doctor featured in the film, recognized as one of the world's foremost specialists and researchers in the field of HIV/AIDS. He played a key role in founding Uganda's HIV/AIDS Joint Clinical Research Centre, and is author of a new book, Genocide by Denial: How Profiteering from HIV/AIDS Killed Millions.

We welcome you both to Democracy Now! Dylan, let's begin with you, why you made this film.

DYLAN MOHAN GRAY: Well, basically, I think the story sort of came to me by accident, to be honest. I was working on a film in Sri Lanka in 2004, and I had a day off and just happened to read an article in The Economist, of all things, which—it struck me as very interesting, because it was about one of the characters in our film, Dr. Yusuf Hamied, who's an Indian generic drug maker, and it was talking about how he was bringing in low-cost antiretroviral medications to Africa. Yet it seemed something interesting was going on beneath the surface. It seemed like this was obviously, you know, to my mind, a very good thing that he was doing, but they were going out of their way, I felt, to attack him, but it wasn't clear why. So, it piqued my interest. And, you know, not long later, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Hamied. And through him, I met several of the other people that became contributors to the film.

And I used to be in the academic world, and, you know, the historian in me was just completely shocked and scandalized that, A, I didn't know more about the story, and, B, that there was so little written about it or, you know, there were no comprehensive accounts of what had happened—you know, something that had killed 10, 12 million people, and it seemed to have happened almost without a record. So, you know, the impetus to make the film, primarily, was actually to create a record, a memorial and a chronicle of what happened. And as you say, I mean, we consider this to be the crime of the century.

AMY GOODMAN: Dr. Mugyenyi is featured in the film. And it's an honor to have you here with us—

DR. PETER MUGYENYI: Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: —before you head back home to Uganda, where you had been imprisoned, jailed, as you tried to bring generic drugs into Uganda, to get these drugs at a cheaper amount. Explain what Dr. Hamied did, this—I mean, what Cipla, the head of Cipla did, this drug company, how he challenged the rest of the world in saying he would cut the prices of AIDS drugs from—what was it? The amount that people would have to pay for the triple cocktail, before and after Hamied?

DR. PETER MUGYENYI: Well, there was a misinformation, worldwide misinformation, that AIDS drugs were too expensive to manufacture. The second misinformation that was there was that Africans would not be able to use these drugs, that it was impossible to use these drugs in the African condition. Dr. Hamied called the bluff of all of those who were propagating this false information that cost so many lives of people.

AMY GOODMAN: How?

DR. PETER MUGYENYI: Well, he just literally announced that it is not true that these drugs can only be manufactured at such an exorbitant cost. He demonstrated that they could be demonstrated at relatively affordable cost, which would save millions of lives because of affordability. So it was the issue of affordability and access where Hamied came in and acted.

AMY GOODMAN: So before him, drug companies were charging like $15,000 for a year for one patient to get a triple cocktail for the year. And he cut that price to less than a dollar a day? $15,000 to $350 for the year?

DR. PETER MUGYENYI: Yes, and that action was incredible. For the first time, millions of people who were dying stopped dying in Africa, because they started accessing life-saving drugs.

AMY GOODMAN: Why did you end up in jail in Uganda?

DR. PETER MUGYENYI: Well, it was—I was arrested, but I was rescued because Uganda government was concerned about the plight of the citizens who were dying in such a big number. So an emergency meeting that rescued me from arrest took place in front of the government ministers, and at that meeting I made it clear: I said to the meeting that, "Look, your relatives are dying of AIDS. Your citizens are dying of AIDS. I'm a doctor working among the AIDS patients, and I have no tools to save my patients' lives. All I have done is to import affordable drugs, which will increase access. These drugs are at the airport. They are under your care. You can block them from coming in, but as far as I'm concerned, I have done my job of bringing life-saving drugs to Uganda." And I think they understood. And every one of them had relatives who were suffering from AIDS, or at least a friend whom they knew who had died from AIDS. And so, this was—it was not very difficult to convince them that this action was necessary, and I needed to be out saving lives with drugs instead of being arrested.

AMY GOODMAN: Another of the heroes in the fight to bring life-saving drugs to HIV/AIDS patients is Zackie Achmat of South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign. In 1999, Achmat, who is HIV-positive, went on a treatment strike in solidarity with others who couldn't afford medication. He's featured in Fire in the Blood.

ZAKIE ACHMAT: If my sisters or brothers or cousins had HIV or had AIDS and needed medicines, they wouldn't have been able to get it. And I grew up in a house where your mom would say, "If all the kids can't have chocolate, one is not going to have it."

NARRATOR: Having made up his mind, Zackie Achmat announced that he would boycott antiretrovirals until the South African government made them available to everyone.

AMY GOODMAN: Dylan Mohan Gray, talk about the significance of Zackie Achmat and what the whole issue of patents is about in these U.S. companies.

DYLAN MOHAN GRAY: Well, Zackie Achmat, as you said, is one of the great heroes of this story. And I think the boycott that he undertook, very much with a sort of a Gandhian impetus in mind, you know, it was a very deliberate action that he took. And as he says in the film, you know, he grew up in a family where his mother said, if one child couldn't have chocolate, then none of the children were going to get it. And that's a very simple way of looking at it, but that's something I think we can all identify with. He grew up, you know, struggling against apartheid in South Africa, a very strong sense of solidarity with his fellow man. And, you know, he could easily have accessed the drugs, because he was an internationally known activist, but he said, "No, I'm not going to do it." And he came very close to death by taking that decision. And I think, you know, it had a very, very big impact on waking people, especially in the Western world, up to the reality of the situation in sub-Saharan Africa. So, you know, the gamble paid off, so to speak.

AMY GOODMAN: Say that last part.

DYLAN MOHAN GRAY: I said the gamble paid off. I feel like his gamble that he took—I mean, he risked his life—but in a sense, the gamble paid off, because the impact of what he did, you know, had repercussions throughout the world and woke a lot of people up to the situation of access to medicine in Africa.

AMY GOODMAN: Explain how the patents work.

DYLAN MOHAN GRAY: A patent is a government-granted monopoly or a grant of exclusivity which is given to companies, generally, or individuals, with the idea that by giving a period of the exclusivity, one would incentivize investment. So, what typically happens with pharmaceutical companies is they will purchase technology from others, whether it be universities or small biotech companies or other small innovative outfits, and they will then commercialize these products. And because they will have a monopoly for a period of time, usually a minimum of 20 years, they will be able to set the price at any level they wish. And we have the former vice president of Pfizer in our film, who says very openly the concept is to maximize revenue. It has nothing to do with the cost of research and development.

AMY GOODMAN: Dr. Mugyenyi, what needs to happen right now, in these last 30 seconds?

DR. PETER MUGYENYI: Well, what needs to happen is the realization that an inequitable, unethical situation exists with the related TRIPS Agreement, and that lives, millions of lives, are at stake unless this TRIPS Agreement and patents issue are addressed—not to hurt business, but to make sure that they do not hurt patients and result in a bloodbath, that we have seen in the case of HIV/AIDS.

AMY GOODMAN: I want to thank you both very much for being with us, Dr. Peter Mugyenyi from Uganda and Dylan Mohan Gray, director of the new film that has just premiered here at the Sundance Film Festival, Fire in the Blood.

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Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjari (R) meets with Russian Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Alexandrovich Kolokoltsev in Tehran, Monday, January 21, 2013.

Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar says Tehran and Moscow hold common views in the fight against international terrorism and drug trafficking.

“Tehran and Moscow share the same views on fighting international terrorism, drug smuggling and many [other] issues,” Mohammad-Najjar said in a meeting with his visiting Russian counterpart Vladimir Alexandrovich Kolokoltsev on Monday.

During the meeting, the officials discussed ways to widen the Tehran-Moscow relations, the implementation of security and border agreements between the two countries as well as regional developments.

Kolokoltsev said Iran and Russia face common challenges and reiterated, “Today’s crimes, particularly the issue of anti-drug campaigns, human trafficking and terrorism require a swift reaction.”


The Russian minister described the establishment of “legal unions” as "a first priority" for the enhancement of cooperation between Iran and Russia.

He also said that the interior ministries of Iran and Russia enjoy “multi level cooperation in various fields,” adding that signing agreements can help strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

Heading a political delegation, Kolokoltsev arrived in Tehran on Monday on a two-day official visit upon the invitation of the Iranian interior minister.

This is the first visit to Iran by a Russian minister of internal affairs since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Iran has a 900-kilometer border with Afghanistan, where narcotics production is very high. Smugglers have sought to use Iran as a main route to transfer drugs to Europe.

The Islamic Republic has spent more than USD 700 million to seal the borders and prevent the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries.

The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past 33 years.

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Obama Takes Some Good Steps on Guns, But What About the War on Drugs?

Pres. Obama came out with some sensible proposals on gun violence Wednesday.

By advocating reinstituting a ban on semi-automatic weapons and establishing a ban on high-capacity magazines, he would at least make it more difficult for mass killers such as we saw in Aurora or at Sandy Hook.

Some of his other ideas are welcome, as well, like getting armored-piercing bullets off the street, and increasing mental health services.

But not only do we need to increase mental health services; we also need a national public awareness campaign on suicide warning signs.

Let’s be real here: Of the 31,000 people killed by guns in the United States in 2010, 19,000 of them were suicides. So let’s work seriously on suicide prevention.

I also doubt this assertion by the White House: “The single most important thing we can do to prevent gun violence and mass shootings, like the one in Newtown, is to make sure those who would commit acts of violence cannot get access to guns.”

First of all, it’s unclear whether the shooters in Newtown and Aurora wouldn’t have been able to get access to some kind of guns even under Obama’s new regulations.

And secondly, is that “the single most important thing”?

I’d hazard a guess that, other than bolstering suicide prevention efforts, the single most important thing we can do is to end the war on drugs.

By legalizing or decriminalizing drugs, the rampant gun violence that is plaguing places like Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and Oakland would go way down. (And those involved in the violent gun trade will manage to get a hold of firearms somehow, even with bans and increased registration efforts in place.)

While we’re at it, we also might try solving the problem of poverty, which is closely associated with the problem of gun violence.

“Poverty is a substantial factor in gun deaths” in metro areas, according to a recent report by the Atlantic Cities.

Yes, it’s easier to place more cops in schools, which Obama now advocates, than it is to end the war on drugs or tackle poverty. (And Obama’s willingness to place more cops in school puts the lie to the hideous NRA ad about Obama carrying more about his kids, who have armed guards at their school, then everyone else’s kids.)

But we’re kidding ourselves if we think Obama’s efforts are going to make a big dent in gun violence.

© 2012 The Progressive

Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive magazine.

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Drugs ‘should be decriminalised’

The possession and use of all illegal drugs should be decriminalised and the least harmful substances should be regulated and sold in licensed shops, an inquiry by a group of cross-party peers has found.

A system for testing the safety of new drugs should be introduced with low-risk substances sold with labels detailing their risks, like cigarette packaging, members of the all-party parliamentary group for drug policy reform said.

While the supply of the most dangerous substances should remain banned, users caught with a small quantity of any drug should not be penalised, the inquiry found.

The controversial proposals are likely to irk the Prime Minister, who recently rejected calls by MPs to set up a royal commission to consider the decriminalisation of illegal drugs.

A panel of nine Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Labour and Crossbench peers from the all-party group conducted a parliamentary inquiry into new psychoactive substances. Presenting the inquiry findings, chair Baroness Meacher, who is also a chair of an NHS trust, said: "The Misuse of Drugs Act is counter-productive in attempting to reduce drug addiction and other drug harms to young people."

The Act, which has been in force for 40 years, is in desperate need of reform, the group said. The remaining sections of the act in use are causing "serious risks to the many young people who are determined to experiment with drugs", the group said.

The Act has forced thousands of young people into unemployment, homelessness and broken relationships, it added. In support of decriminalising the use of all drugs, the report alluded to the model in Portugal, where the numbers of young addicts has fallen under decriminalisation. And the proposals for regulating low-risk drugs echo those planned for New Zealand.

The group said strict regulatory controls could be introduced with an enhanced role for Trading Standards Services in the UK.

"Under these controls suppliers would, as is planned in New Zealand, be limited to certain outlets and required to label their product with a clear description of its contents, its risks and the maximum advisable dose," the group said. The licensed supplier would also be responsible for assuring that the product causes an "agreed level of limited harm".

Prevention programmes should also be promoted much more widely within schools and the community, the group said. It also recommended that that a minimum of £1.5 million be made available for a targeted pilot of Club Drug Clinics in 10 major hot spots across the UK with a duty to train front line accident and emergency and general practitioner staff.

Drugs Accused Says Her Children Were In Danger

A British woman on trial in Indonesia for drug trafficking has told a court that she became involved only because "the lives of my children were in danger". Lindsay Sandiford, 56, originally from Redcar, Teesside, was arrested in May after police in B...

Quentin Tarantino: The War on Drugs = Slavery

Writer and director Quentin Tarantino sits down with George to talk about his new movie 'Django Unchained', which opens on December 25th. In this...

Top 10 Legal Drugs Linked to Violence

Time | When people consider the connections between drugs and violence, what typically comes to mind are illegal drugs like crack cocaine. However, certain medications...

The insanity of Britain’s drugs policy

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian | Imagine the Afghan war had run for the past 40 years. Imagine 2,000 deaths a year. The enemy remains 400,000-strong, despite 40,000...

The war on drugs is a war on freedom

David Gordon |  The efforts, spurred by Mayor Bloomberg, to ban large cans of drinks deemed too sugary have been much in the news lately; and...

What to know about the Most Commonly Used Drugs and Drug Testing

by Christopher Collins from Xpress Drug Test Drug testing is a commonly performed procedure in American society as well as many other places around...

Spending on ADHD drugs ‘soars by two-thirds’

By Graeme Paton The amount of money spent on prescriptions to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has soared by almost two-thirds in just...

UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, on drugs

On Monday, Jacqui Smith, the UK Home secretary severely criticised a report by the Government’s own Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs which...

Pentagon warns of US military intervention in Mexico’s “war on drugs”

By Kevin Kearney The United States Joint Forces Command (USJFC), charged with anticipating global threats to US imperialism, issued a report last November entitled “Joint...

FDA Approves 18 Drugs from Pharma Company Accused of Fraud and Conspiracy

By David Gutierrez The FDA has approved 18 products for market from generic drug manufacturer Ranbaxy Laboratories, even though the company is currently being investigated...

Stealing ID more profitable than selling drugs: Privacy commissioner

By Gillian Shaw | VANCOUVER - The international drug trade is now less lucrative than identify theft, yet cybercrime is much lower on the law-enforcement...

Big Pharma’s New Mass-Drugging Agenda Pushes Statin Drugs for Healthy People

By Mike Adams | Drug companies used to sell products for the treatment of disease. But it didn't take long for Big Pharma to...

Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More Americans than Illegal Drugs

By David Gutierrez | A report by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission has concluded that prescription drugs have outstripped illegal drugs as a cause...

DRUGS: A BUSINESS FOR OUR TIMES

By Sam Smith - Progressive Review | Since there is so much bad financial news these days, we thought this might cheer you up. The drug...

Oh! What a Lovely (drugs) War

By Ron F | According to UN figures, in the 2000 growing season opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan covered 82,000 hectares. (1) Following a ban...

The War on Drugs – ’30 Years of Failure’

Radley Balko | HBO’s critically acclaimed drama The Wire wrapped up its final season in March. The show has been widely praised for its...

The Reality of the War on Drugs

Drug War Chronicle | With the Democratic Party presidential contenders offering little more than tepid reforms on the margin of drug policy and the...

A Deeper Look At Drugs In Our Tap Water

Cathy Sherman Picture this: Three guys go into a bar. The batender asks, "What'll you have?" "A beer", says the first guy. Second one says,...

The Drugs in Your Toothpaste Can Affect Your Health

One of the fastest ways to absorb anything into the body is through the mouth. Drugs such as nitroglycerine for heart conditions and natural...

How America Lost the War on Drugs

After Thirty-Five Years and $500 Billion, Drugs Are as Cheap and Plentiful as Ever: An Anatomy of a Failure  Ben Wallace-Wells 1. AFTER PABLO On the...

Police chief calls for drugs legalisation

icWales Controversial police chief Richard Brunstrom has called for the legalisation and regulation of all drugs in a report published today. Mr Brunstrom, the chief constable...

Prescription drugs cause nutritional deficiencies

All prescription drugs have unintended side effects, and many drugs deplete the body of essential nutrients. Today, most consumers are not being told about...

US intelligence agencies show ‘unprecedented’ leftward slant & anti-Trump bias – former CIA analyst...

The political Left increasingly dominates US intelligence agencies and that “bias may have crept into CIA...

60 doctors & pharmacists caught up in largest federal opioid bust in US history...

Sixty doctors and other medical professionals across seven US states are facing federal charges for illegal...

Art of the deal? Trump ups Mexico grace period for ending illegal immigration from...

President Donald Trump threatened to place tariffs on cars coming from Mexico, or close the border...

Cross-sex hormone therapy age down to 8 in US govt-funded study, doctor finds —...

Cross-sex hormones may now be given to US children as young as eight in a government-supported...

Trump’s outgoing Secret Service chief disputes reports he was ‘fired’ — RT USA News

Outgoing US Secret Service chief Randolph Alles has blamed the media for publishing misleading reports about...

Gamers RISE UP against Prince Harry after he calls to ban ‘addictive’ Fortnite —...

While smash hit survival shooter Fortnite has become the most popular computer game in the...

‘Novichok’ poisoning survivor tells Russian ambassador he got NO info from UK govt —...

Amesbury Novichok incident survivor Charlie Rowley has met with Russia’s Ambassador in London seeking answers,...

Big Political Spenders Under Scrutiny for Role in Opioid Crisis

As the opioid crisis continues to ravage the country killing more than 130 people per day in the U.S., the makers of the addictive...

Hundreds of women secretly filmed undressing for treatment at San Diego hospital — RT...

A San Diego hospital secretly filmed 1,800 women undressing, giving birth and undergoing gynaecological procedures using...

How To Play the Game of Life

Mexico border closure very likely and would be a ‘profit-making operation’ for US, Trump...

US President Donald Trump has said that there is "a very good likelihood" he will shut...

Trump unloads on Dems in post-Mueller MAGA victory lap — RT USA News

US President Donald Trump has come down heavily on Democrats for spinning the Russiagate narrative in...

OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma to Pay $270 Million Legal Settlement

AMY GOODMAN: The state of Oklahoma has reached a $270 million agreement with Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin, settling a lawsuit that claimed...

Pentagon signs off on first $1bn for border security, incl. 57 miles of 18ft-high...

The Pentagon has formally greenlighted the transfer of up to $1 billion towards the construction of...

Fentanyl deaths rose more than 1,000% since 2011 in US: Study

Deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl skyrocketed more than 1,000% from 2011 to 2016, according to a report released Thursday. Read more

US candidates joke about their drug-use while thousands face life-changing arrests over weed (VIDEO)...

Ahead of the 2020 election cycle, politicians are pulling out all the stops to seem relatable...

Black Lives on Trial

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair March 18, 2018. Sacramento, California. Two police officers, Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet, respond to a 9-1-1 call about an individual breaking car...

Senate joins House in voting against border emergency declaration, Trump says ‘Veto!’ — RT...

The US Senate has joined the House of Representatives in opposing President Donald Trump’s declaration of...

The Blindness of Empire

Unnamed photographer for US Military “The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed...

The Blindness of Empire

Unnamed photographer for US Military “The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed...

‘Time to declare victory!’ US senators seek to end ‘forever war’ in Afghanistan —...

Senators Rand Paul and Tom Udall have introduced a bill to end the ruinously expensive conflict...

“When We Say ‘Pharma Greed Kills,’ This Is What We Mean”: Critics Respond to...

After spending hundreds of millions of dollars convincing the American public that opioid painkillers are safe to use for chronic pain—and fueling a deadly,...

No charges for police officers who fatally shot unarmed black man Stephon Clark ‘in...

Two officers who shot and killed 22-year-old black man in the backyard of his grandmother's home,...

RT explores distressed black neighborhoods doomed to crime and decay — RT USA News

While segregation is an illegal thing of the past, in many US urban areas communities where...

Pedophiles are hunting children as young as 5 on Instagram as grooming triples on...

Children as young as five are being groomed and abused on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook,...

Corporate and “Progressive” Democrats Threaten Medicare Itself

Sanders, Jayapal, and more... The Democratic Party won a majority in the House of Representatives in the November 2018 elections by making health care one...

Cremated man’s ash spread radioactivity in local area – study — RT USA News

In 2017 a 69-year-old man living with pancreatic cancer was treated with nuclear medicine to shrink...

We Can’t Afford to Keep Our Failing Healthcare System. But We Absolutely Can Afford...

America’s healthcare system is a national disgrace. By almost every relevant metric, our system is the worst or nearly the worst among all rich countries....

UK gives no-deal Brexit NHS supply contract to KFC chicken fiasco company — RT...

As Brexit looms, UK ministers have decided to award a contract to transport critical medical...

‘Shocking’ Report Reveals Thousands of Migrant Children Have Been Sexually Abused While in US...

A House hearing on the Trump administration's family separation policy on Tuesday revealed that thousands of children in U.S. custody over the past five...

Facebook’s content-watch contractors cope with the dregs of the internet — RT USA News

Facebook’s growing team of human moderators spend their workdays immersed in the most violent, obscene, and...

Green New Deal Is Feasible and Affordable

There are three main ideas of the Green New Deal Resolution introduced by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey.The first is to decarbonize the US...

Venezuela Coverage Takes Us Back to Golden Age of Lying About Latin America

by Mark Cook Venezuelan pharmacy at a time when Time (5/19/16) was telling readers, “Basic medicines like aspirin are nowhere to be found” in Venezuela. I...

Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines and Civil Asset Forfeiture

In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture—a controversial practice...

Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines and Civil Asset Forfeiture

In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture—a controversial practice...

Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines and Civil Asset Forfeiture

In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture—a controversial practice...

Public Health Crisis or Powerplay?

Note: This article is published in partnership with Solitary Watch.Patricia Marshall Vickers still remembers the week in late August 2018 when she stopped hearing...

West Hollywood’s gay mayor refuses to resign over sex assault allegations — RT USA...

West Hollywood’s city council is searching for ways to oust Mayor John Duran, after the scandal-prone...

US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on ‘traitor’ Democrats & journalists — RT USA...

Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US...

Trump declares national emergency over border crisis — RT USA News

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency, allowing him to build his long-promised border wall...

31 Actual National Emergencies

A Wannabe Strongman’s Brown Menace Straw Man Everyone with five functioning gray cells knows that the aspiring fascist strongman Donald Trump’s Declaration of a National...

Did Trump just suggest the death penalty for drug dealers? Twitter freaks out —...

US President Donald Trump has praised China’s use of the death penalty for drug smugglers and...

NHS stockpiling body bags to handle ‘no-deal’ Brexit

A health minister’s letter aimed at reassuring people that the UK is all set for...

‘F*** Palestine’, ‘I am king of the Islam race’, Tommy Robinson declares in newly...

Footage has surfaced of far-right activist Tommy Robinson bragging about “scoring” drugs anywhere in the...

Parents of woman killed by ‘poison used on Skripal’ blame… UK govt, British media,...

The grieving parents of Dawn Sturgess, the only person killed in the bizarre Skripal poisoning...

Straight outta…Sussex? Brit fights bizarre town battle to get rap idol Eazy-E a statue...

In a bid to drum up more interest in his town, one British gangsta rap...

How to Legalize Cannabis Throughout US – Consortiumnews

The process that ended Prohibition provides a template, writes former Senator Mike Gravel. By Senator Mike GravelSpecial to Consortium News In the...

Number of stabbing homicides in England and Wales at highest level ever recorded —...

Knife homicides in England and Wales hit a record high during the 12 months up...

Did Trump’s speech divide or unite Americans? WATCH RT panel debate State of Union...

Was the State of the Union address a unifying pep talk, or mere partisan pandering? RT’s...

Health, and Truth About the Government

1. Sodium Bicarbonate: Nature’s Unique First Aid Remedy – Mark Sircus 2. The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting– Dr. Jason...

The Capitalist Adults Are in the Room

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Commercials are the State of the Union Two Sunday mornings ago, sitting in an apartment equipped with cable television, I happened upon a...

There Is a Real National Emergency in the US, It’s Just Not the Wall

President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to declare a national emergency if Congress refuses to pony up $5.7 billion to build the “great, great...

Pelosi draws line in the sand on border budget ahead of potential second shutdown...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared a pre-emptive victory in her first post-shutdown press conference, sticking to...

Record fentanyl bust on US-Mexico border used as ammunition in Wall battle — RT...

US Customs & Border Patrol agents caught a truck at the Mexican border loaded with meth...

Medical Ethics Can Only Be Restored With a Single-Payer System

It is the year 2019, and American health care is in a state of profound crisis. While oligarchic parasites from the pharmaceutical industry and...

Trump announces deal ending longest-ever government shutdown — RT USA News

US President Donald Trump has announced a deal to reopen the government after more than 34...

Giant Steps – The Next Stage in the Fight for Medicare for All

The long journey toward transforming our health care system to ensure that all our nation’s people get the care they need is entering its...

Trump prepares emergency declaration after Senate push fails – report — RT USA News

With Democrats in Congress adamantly against any funding for the border wall, US President Donald Trump...

Trump gives in to Pelosi, agrees to postpone State of Union speech until end...

The weeks-long squabble over the State of the Union speech appears to be over, after the...

The $5.7 Billion Hole in Shutdown Coverage – The arbitrary, fanciful and contradictory nature...

by Reed Richardson In the standoff between the Democratic House and President Donald Trump over the latter’s demand for border wall funding, the corporate press...

Pentagon’s secret program researched wormholes, invisibility & death-rays — RT USA News

A Pentagon program focusing on “anomalous aerospace threats” – UFOs – was also researching interdimensional travel,...

Death Penalty in US Not Dead Yet, But in Decline – Consortiumnews

Elected officials are not having a collective epiphany about capital punishment, writes John Kiriakou. But for other reasons executions are...

US Blunders have made Russia the Global Trade Pivot

The year 2019 had barely begun before news emerged that six Russian sailors were kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Benin. It was...

Opioid overdoses surpass car crashes among leading causes of death in US

Americans have a greater chance of dying from an opioid overdose than in a car accident,...

The Return of Reefer Madness

  Nationwide, marijuana legalization is becoming more normal. Colorado’s dispensaries are hailed as an economic success story, and other states are following suit—New York Gov....

Police reveal details of teen’s abduction by 21yo suspect — RT USA News

A 21-year-old man has been arrested for kidnapping Jayme Closs after the teen managed to escape...

CIA Director Gina Haspel may have run ‘black site’ at Guantánamo Bay, court docs...

CIA Director Gina Haspel, confirmed by the Senate last year amid accusations of involvement in torture,...

Democrats Propose “Technological Wall” With Expanded Border Surveillance

Progressives in recent weeks have applauded Democrats’ refusal to bend to President Donald Trump’s demands for a wall at the US-Mexico border, a key...

CNN dropped local journalist from programming after he said the wall works – report...

San Diego news station KUSI has claimed that CNN reached out to its team for help...

Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair My fellow U.S.-Americans, we stand at a moment of no small peril. Contrary to much of what one hears from liberals,...

Pastor who praised Pulse shooter resigns over ‘grievous sins’ — RT USA News

An anti-LGBT pastor who wished the Pulse nightclub victims dead has resigned after being caught engaging...

Immigrant Rights Activist Decries Trump Remarks About Southern Border

President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night in his first prime-time speech from the Oval Office. He urged Congress to approve $5.7 billion...

Trump makes case for border wall amid government shutdown — RT USA News

US President Donald Trump stopped short of invoking emergency powers, appealing instead on Democrats to approve...

An ‘accidental’ death? Protests break out outside home of Democratic donor, after body found...

Protests have broken out outside the California home of wealthy Democratic donor and LGBT activist Ed...

The Dope – LewRockwell

US man ‘possessed though Uber app’ pleads guilty to murdering 6 strangers — RT...

An Uber driver who claimed the app was controlling him has pleaded guilty to murdering six...

A Major Cause of Disease

A Tough Time to Be a Spy, NPR Reports – Current and former CIA...

by Belén Fernández NPR (1/3/19) reports on the CIA finding it harder to sneak into other countries to commit espionage. Imagine, for a moment, that a prominent...

Books the Feds Hate

1. Sodium Bicarbonate: Nature’s Unique First Aid Remedy – Mark Sircus 2. The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting– Dr....

US border agents gas ‘rock-throwing’ migrants on Mexican border, witnesses allege overreaction — RT...

US border patrol have deployed tear gas against migrants in Tijuana, just across from San Diego....

Trump & outgoing Kelly at odds over border wall plans — RT USA News

Plans for a concrete border wall were “never” dropped, US President Donald Trump has said, despite...

Trump & outgoing Kelly at odds over border wall plans — RT USA News

Plans for a concrete border wall were “never” dropped, US President Donald Trump has said, despite...

Trump says shutdown only about Democrats not letting him win — RT USA News

US President Donald Trump is accusing the Democrats of opposing funding for a border wall merely...

A Soil Microbe Saved My Life

"After nature helped me recover from cancer, I recognize the value of protecting it more than ever."Courtesy of Emily CassidyNovember 20, 2018 — Before...

Warren-Schakowsky Bill Is a Huge Step Toward Bringing Drug Costs Down

Martin Shkreli managed to make himself a household name a few years back. His claim to fame stemmed from the decision by Turing Pharmaceuticals,...

Macron and the Air France Experience

On an Air France flight from Paris to Latin America, the plane is full, mostly with working class Latinos, going home for Christmas to...

FDA Policies Kill – LewRockwell

Big Pharma Fights Proposal to Keep It From Looting Medicare

Photo by ProgressOhio | CC BY 2.0 The Trump administration has proposed that insurance plans providing drug coverage to Medicare beneficiaries will no longer be...

Big Pharma Fights Proposal to Keep It From Looting Medicare

Photo by ProgressOhio | CC BY 2.0 The Trump administration has proposed that insurance plans providing drug coverage to Medicare beneficiaries will no longer be...

Pentagon ready to ‘admit problem’ of rampant Special Forces crimes – report — RT...

After a string of horrific PR disasters saw elite US soldiers arrested for drugs, abuse, rape...

Refugee Caravan: Lots of Coverage, Little Context

  The Central American refugee “caravan” came to dominate both the liberal and conservative news cycles during the 2018 midterm elections and beyond, with President...

Name One Government Agency that Doesn’t Do the Exact Opposite of its Purpose

A DEA agent is accused of facilitating drug trafficking in the regions he oversaw in Florida and Arkansas. He allegedly traded inside information to drug runners...

Medical researchers still routinely hiding funding from Big Pharma — RT USA News

A huge proportion of scientists and doctors publishing in major medical magazines continue to conceal ties...

Declassified papers on CIA’s ‘mind control’ research — RT USA News

A renowned government secret hunter has published new documents detailing the CIA’s Cold War “behavioral modification”...

Endangered seals have an eely big problem (PHOTO) — RT USA News

A breed of endangered Hawaiian seals are facing an unexpected – and unpleasant – new threat,...

Don’t Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems

“Democrats Will Push on Climate Change,” declared the lead story on the front page of the November 27 USA Today. (The online version bore...

The Mean, Rough Legacy of George H.W. Bush

The triumphal and counter-factual celebrating of President George H.W. Bush as an “honorable” leader who evoked kindness and “civility” raises a potently crucial question:...

Don’t Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems

  USA Today (11/27/18) warns Democrats that efforts to address climate change might “whisk them out of power” again. “Democrats Will Push on Climate Change,” declared...

Marijuana Did Not Kill Your Son

Worst serial killer? Elderly man in jail for murder confesses to taking 90 lives...

A convicted killer serving three life sentences in a Texas prison has confessed to killing 90...

‘We will not pay for migrants!’ Tijuana mayor declares humanitarian crisis, seeks UN help...

The mayor of Tijuana blasted the government for leaving the city helpless as it struggles to...

The Political “Giving” by Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Today, households throughout the country are gathering to celebrate Thanksgiving and fill their plates with the holiday’s classic dishes. While everyone has their own...

White House authorizes border troops to use lethal force – report — RT US...

The White House has reportedly issued a memo authorizing troops stationed at the Mexican border to...

RTD explores how black Americans are fighting the system through music — RT US...

African Americans across the US rise above their struggles in one of the few ways available...

Facebook Aids Authoritarians Like the Philippines’ Duterte

As Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte amps up his attacks on the free press, we speak with renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa about Duterte’s deadly...

The Victims of Iran Sanctions

Originally appeared on The American Conservative. Iranians’ access to medicine is being choked off by the Trump administration’s illegitimate reimposition of sanctions: The number of European...

Drug dealer who raped dying schoolgirl gets less than 3yrs in jail — RT...

A prison sentence of 34 months given to 20-year-old drug dealer was the legal maximum, despite...

Drug dealer who raped dying schoolgirl gets less than 3yrs in jail — RT...

A prison sentence of 34 months given to 20-year-old drug dealer was the legal maximum, despite...

Drug dealer who raped dying schoolgirl gets less than 3yrs in jail — RT...

A prison sentence of 34 months given to 20-year-old drug dealer was the legal maximum, despite...

Red Flag Gun Laws – LewRockwell

El Chapo’s lawyer claims real drug lord walks free & bribes govts — RT...

Drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman had been framed by corrupt US and Mexican officials who...

Truth serum? New CIA ‘torture program’ docs shed light on post-9/11 ‘Project Medication’ —...

A CIA report obtained by the ACLU lays bare the details of the agency's "enhanced interrogation"...

Only opioid ‘crisis’ is not enough opioids? FDA approves drug 10x stronger than deadly...

The FDA has approved the rollout of a new opioid drug up to 1000 times stronger...

‘Bigger threat than terrorism’ – NCA reveal rapid rise of organized crime — RT...

Serious and organized crime “kills more of our citizens than terrorism” and any other threat...

Would-be terrorist’s lawyers deploy ‘Trump defense’ in court — RT US News

Attorneys for wannabe bomber Patrick Stein are asking a judge to consider the toxic political climate...

Immigrant Children Still Being Drugged at Shelter Despite Judge’s Order

This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area....

Stoned drivers now more common in US than drunk ones — RT US News

Stoned driving is on the rise in the US, with a new study showing that THC...