Tag: Drug Abuse and Traffic

2 Former Houston Police Officers Charged in Connection With Fatal Raid

Two former Houston police officers were indicted on Friday for their roles in a raid that claimed the lives of a local couple, according to prosecutors, who said the officers fabricated information to obtain a warrant that led to the raid. Prosecutors are now reviewing 14,000 cases handled by the narcotics squad involved in the […]

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Ending the War on Drugs

SEATTLE — On gritty streets where heroin, fentanyl and meth stride like Death Eaters, where for decades both drugs and the war on drugs have wrecked lives, the city of Seattle is pioneering a bold approach to narcotics that should be a model for America. Anyone caught here with a small amount of drugs — […]

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Opioid Treatment Is Used Vastly More in States That Expanded Medicaid

States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen a much bigger increase in prescriptions for a medication that treats opioid addiction than states that chose not to expand the program, a new study has found. The study, by researchers at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research group, adds to the evidence that […]

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New York’s Hottest Makeup Counter: The Port Authority Bathroom

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Lipstick in hand, women stand propped beside the counter. Every mirror is taken as mascara, eyeliner and the occasional curling iron are pulled from bags. “How you doing, my ladies?” a singsong voice asks. Sephora? A makeup counter at […]

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A Lust for Punishment

There seems to be no limit to the cruelty Donald Trump and his administration are willing to exhibit and exact when it comes to immigrants and asylum seekers from Latin America. And then conservatives in this country cheer, in much the same way that the Rome mobs in the Colosseum did as people were ripped […]

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U.S. Sanctions Chinese Nationals Over Fentanyl Trafficking

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on three Chinese nationals accused of trafficking synthetic opioids, stepping up efforts to curb the flow of fentanyl from China into the United States. The move comes just weeks after President Trump accused China of not doing enough to stop the drug from entering the United […]

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A Nun, a Doctor and a Lawyer — and Deep Regret Over the Nation’s Handling of Opioids

PENNINGTON GAP, Va. — Years before there was an opioid epidemic in America, Sister Beth Davies knew it was coming. In the late 1990s, patient after patient addicted to a new prescription painkiller called OxyContin began walking into the substance abuse clinic she ran in this worn Appalachian town. A local physician, Dr. Art Van […]

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Crack Cocaine Makes a Paris Neighborhood ‘Hell’ for Users and Residents

The bare, dusty ground is littered with rusty blades and crack pipes. The area reeks of urine and garbage. At least three times a day, Charly Roué is drawn to this neighborhood, one of the most sordid in Paris, always following the same ritual. After panhandling tens of euros at cafes not far from some […]

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A Secret Opioid Memo That Could Have Slowed an Epidemic

Episode 10: ‘The Memo’ Producer/Director John Pappas A confidential government document containing evidence so critical it had the potential to change the course of an American tragedy was kept in the dark for more than a decade. The document, known as a “prosecution memo,” details how government lawyers believed that Purdue Pharma, the maker of […]

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Screen All Adult Patients for Drug Abuse, National Panel Urges

A national panel of health experts recommended on Tuesday that doctors screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, including improper use of prescription medications. But the group, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, stopped short of endorsing such screening for teenagers, a position that puts them at odds with major adolescent health groups. […]

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As Scotland’s ‘Trainspotting’ Generation Ages, the Dead Pile Up

GLASGOW — Tony Nugent was clean for almost seven years before he relapsed. He found that heroin, cruel to the young, is even less forgiving with age. Mr. Nugent had been using the drug on and off since he was 19, but overdosed the first time he shot up again. He has overdosed three more […]

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The Stolen Car Was Going 154 M.P.H. Five People Ended Up Dead.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — On a short stretch of Route 25, which bisects most of Long Island, the stores and gas stations stop, and all that surrounds the road are trees from the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest. The McCoy family had hit that serene patch in Suffolk County, heading east in their Mazda […]

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White Supremacist Leader Escapes From Arkansas Jail

The leader of a white supremacist gang in Arkansas who is facing charges of attempted murder and illegal drug distribution escaped from a county jail, the United States Marshals Service said on Wednesday. The leader, Wesley Gullett, fled the Jefferson County Detention Center in Pine Bluff, Ark., with another inmate, Christopher Sanderson, a felon who […]

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Burst of Violence Grips Philippine Island, and Some See Duterte’s Hand

MANILA — A wave of violence has struck the central Philippine island of Negros, where at least 20 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks that rights groups have tied to President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts to suppress critics and opponents. The latest attacks occurred on Saturday, when two people, a former town mayor […]

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President Duterte’s War on Drugs Is a Pretense

MANILA — Since taking office just over three years ago, President Rodrigo Duterte has not only overseen a murderous campaign on drug users and sellers. He has also unleashed a brazen assault on the country’s democratic institutions — at times, using his so-called war on drugs as a pretense for going after his political adversaries […]

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Texas Legalized Hemp, not Marijuana, Governor Insists as Prosecutors Drop Pot Charges

Texas lawmakers thought they were clear: The bill they overwhelmingly passed allowing the growth and sale of hemp had nothing to do with legalizing pot. “This is no slippery slope toward marijuana,” Charles Perry, a Republican state senator who sponsored the bill, said in May, according to The Dallas Morning News. But since Gov. Greg […]

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Where Law-and-Order Justice Still Reigns in New York City

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Three weeks after the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, where the leading candidates are separated by 16 votes and election officials are undertaking a painstaking manual recount, the only certain outcome is change. Led for 28 years by […]

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The Four Ordinary People Who Took on Big Pharma

ROANOKE, Va. — In the beginning, there were just four: the Godfather from Philly, the Army sergeant from Georgia, the professor from California and the feisty mom from Florida. It was the early 2000s, and they usually talked over old-school computer message boards. Occasionally they gathered in person, carrying posters of their children and middle-aged […]

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Prison for Life. He Turned Himself Around. So I Freed Him.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. — In January 1999, Robert Clarence Potts III was sentenced to life in prison. He was 28, and had been convicted of drug and weapons charges. The federal judge sentencing him seemed to express some regret at the gravity of the penalty. But under the law at the time, Mr. Potts […]

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El Chapo’s Prosecution Has Fueled the Drug War in Mexico

In the bloody churn of the global drug trade, there are no fixed, permanent characters. Cartel leaders are seldom more than temporary players, rising and falling with unfailing predictability as a new cast rushes in to replace them. So it goes even with Joaquin Guzman Loera, the infamous drug lord known as El Chapo, who […]

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