Cannabis: the healing of the nation

Apr 19, 2014

Cannabis: the healing of the nation

by Jon Mitchell

Every summer in Hokkaido and northern Honshu, platoons of police and public servants scour the countryside for cannabis. For a nation well-known for its strict drug laws, the plants are remarkably easy to find. In an average year, patrols discover between 1 million and ...

Heroin addict turns life around at age 21

Apr 8, 2014

Heroin addict turns life around at age 21

Just out of jail after being arrested with 15 bags of heroin, Cody Lewis had all of $11 in his pocket. But not for long. Almost immediately, he spent $10 on yet another bag of smack, making the buy on the Chicago streets last ...

Authorities find drug-smuggling tunnels under California-Mexico border

Apr 5, 2014

Authorities find drug-smuggling tunnels under California-Mexico border

Two drug-smuggling tunnels with rail systems stretching hundreds of meters across the U.S.-Mexico border were discovered by law enforcement officials, and a 73-year-old woman was charged with helping run one operation, federal authorities said Friday. No contraband was found in connection with the tunnels, ...

Apr 4, 2014

'Special K' could treat depression

The party drug ketamine could one day be used to help some people suffering from severe depression, according to British scientists who gave infusions of the narcotic, nicknamed “Special K,” to patients. Researchers who tested the drug on 28 people with major depressive disorder ...

Apr 3, 2014

Heads roll at Novartis over scandal

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Thursday it is replacing the top executives at its Japanese unit over allegations that the division hid the existence of serious potential side effects linked to leukemia treatments from regulators. David Epstein, head of the firm’s pharmaceutical division, told ...

Experts warn over Nigerian 'Viagra' drinks

Mar 28, 2014

Experts warn over Nigerian 'Viagra' drinks

Nike Ajibade and three of her colleagues sit on a Lagos sidewalk with small plastic bottles of liquids tucked inside weather-beaten plastic buckets. The hidden bottles of so-called Viagra drinks sell for about $2 and are much sought after for their supposed aphrodisiac qualities. ...