West African campaigns against Ebola get creative

Aug 28, 2014

West African campaigns against Ebola get creative

A young man on camera names the person who has challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in soapy water — part of a campaign ...

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

Aug 27, 2014

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

A former hit man for Pablo Escobar, who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of the drug kingpin’s army of assassins, has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard. John Jairo Velasquez, better known by his nickname “Popeye,” was ...

Dealing with addiction: Japan's drug problem

Aug 23, 2014

Dealing with addiction: Japan's drug problem

by Masami Ito

Some kid shot up a dose again tonight Pushed back by his other self Even if you were to buy your dream You need self-control No one talks about hopes and dreams All that’s there is something better, something new, a better way The ...

Former drug addict relieved to be alive

Aug 23, 2014

Former drug addict relieved to be alive

by Masami Ito

You won’t find an air conditioner in any inmate wings at Fuchu Prison, no matter how hot it is outside. And on this sweltering, cloudless day in August, it is certainly hot. Two members from Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center (DARC) are preparing to hold ...

Aug 22, 2014

New U.S. restrictions on painkiller to take effect

The U.S. government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, a highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents will be ...

Aug 21, 2014

Two with yakuza links held over drug sales to Aska

Two men have been arrested for allegedly selling 100 tablets of illegal drugs including MDMA to pop singer Aska, who has been indicted on charges including stimulant use. Tsuneyoshi Yagyu, 64, who is unemployed, and Takahiko Yasunari, 47, a senior member of an affiliate ...

Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' after son busted for drugs

Aug 21, 2014

Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' after son busted for drugs

Kung-fu movie star Jackie Chan offered the public a “deep bow of apology” after his son, actor, singer and socialite Jaycee, was arrested in Beijing for drug use. Jackie Chan, 60, served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, ...

Aug 21, 2014

Marijuana supplier named 'Pot Playboy' gets 27 years

A Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York’s biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the “Pot Playboy” was sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said. Jimmy Cournoyer pleaded guilty in May 2013 ...