May 22, 2015

Indiana approves first U.S. needle-exchange program

The central state of Indiana approved a yearlong needle-exchange program Thursday for a rural county at the center of an HIV outbreak that spurred a new state law allowing such programs to curb the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users. State health Commissioner ...

May 19, 2015

Discovery fuels fears of homemade morphine, painkillers

Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and potential abuse. While no one has yet reported making morphine in the laboratory from scratch, some experts are calling for ...

May 15, 2015

Russia warns of 2 million HIV carriers in five years

Russia’s AIDS epidemic is worsening and at least 2 million people are likely to be infected with HIV in about five years as the virus increasingly affects the heterosexual population, the country’s top AIDS specialist said on Thursday. Russia has registered more than 930,000 ...

May 15, 2015

Japanese man gets 17 years in H.K. for drug smuggling

A Hong Kong court on Thursday sentenced a Japanese man to 17 years and four months in prison for trafficking illicit drugs, local media reported. Masaki Yamaguchi, 46, was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport in March 2013 while attempting to smuggle 5.79 kg ...

Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

Apr 28, 2015

Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia was to execute imminently eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy. The nine ...

Apr 26, 2015

Indonesia gives 72-hour execution notice to drug traffickers

Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them. Authorities also asked the four Nigerian men, two Australian men, a ...