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 ...

British Somalis brace for khat ban

Sep 9, 2013

British Somalis brace for khat ban

by Judith Evans

When Britain bans the herbal stimulant khat, Mohamod Ahmed Mohamed will lose his livelihood. But he fears most for his small Somali community without the leaf that fuels its social life. “I can switch to another business, but what about the youth, where are ...

Can low-nicotine smokes end addiction?

Jul 31, 2013

Can low-nicotine smokes end addiction?

by Brady Dennis

Beverly Anusionwu, a smoker for three decades who favors Maverick menthols, was enticed to the small lab inside the University of Pittsburgh’s psychology department by an ad promising free cigarettes and a few bucks for her time. She spent a couple of hours on ...

Jul 24, 2013

U.S. regulator cites menthol cigarette risks

The Food and Drug Administration said for the first time Tuesday that menthol-flavored cigarettes appear to pose a greater risk to public health than standard smokes, largely reaffirming the findings of an agency advisory committee two years ago and potentially laying the groundwork for ...

'Winning' noises from slot machines spur gamblers

| Jul 7, 2013

'Winning' noises from slot machines spur gamblers

Whether you’re in Las Vegas or the small-town casino down the street, slot machines sound more or less the same: jangly music, the whir of spinning reels, accompanied by loud beeps and chimes. A recent study shows that some of those noises can easily ...