Oct 3, 2014

U.S. heroin deaths double in link to prescription painkillers: CDC

The over-prescribing of painkillers is fueling nearly 17,000 annual deaths from overdoses in the United States as well as a rise in heroin use, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. The CDC reviewed 2010-2012 mortality ...

Oct 2, 2014

Mexico captures most-wanted drug kingpin

Mexican soldiers have captured Hector Beltran Leyva, one of the country’s most-wanted men and a suspected drug-cartel kingpin who had a bounty of more than $7 million on his head, prosecutors said Wednesday. He had taken over the Beltran Leyva cartel in recent years ...

Marijuana legalization effort begins in California

Sep 25, 2014

Marijuana legalization effort begins in California

A U.S. marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project filed paperwork with the California secretary of state’s office registering a campaign committee to start accepting ...

Sep 17, 2014

Holy smoke: Vatican car seized with cocaine, cannabis

The Vatican was left red-faced Tuesday after it emerged that a car bearing its diplomatic plates had been stopped in France with 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of cocaine on board. The car — which also contained 200 grams (7 ounces) of cannabis — belonged ...