Tag - drugs



JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 21, 2016
Singapore man fined for spiking Japanese colleague's drink with 'love potion'
A Singaporean man has been fined 1,500 Singapore dollars ($1,042) for spiking his Japanese colleague's drinking water with a "love potion" that contained poisonous substances in an attempt to make her fall in love with him, according to local media reports and court documents.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jan 17, 2016
Italy decriminalizes obscene acts, other minor crimes to unburden justice system
Italy decriminalized a long list of minor crimes on Friday, from obscene acts to blunders by cannabis researchers, to ease pressure on an overburdened justice system that ranks among the least efficient in the world.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 15, 2016
Motorist sentenced to eight years in prison for killing pedestrian, injuring others after taking drugs
The Tokyo District Court sentenced a 38-year-old man to eight years in prison on Friday for killing a pedestrian and injuring six others in Tokyo in 2014 after inhaling a so-called kiken (dangerous) drug.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jan 13, 2016
'El Chapo' tried to trademark name, sought biopic, was briefly in marine's sights after Penn meeting
Before his brazen jailbreak last year, notorious drug boss Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman instructed his lawyers to trademark his name, giving Mexican authorities their first clue he wanted to make a film of his life, local media said on Tuesday.
WORLD / Society
Jan 8, 2016
Vermont governor wants legislation to legalize marijuana
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said on Thursday he would seek to legalize marijuana through the legislative process, instead of through the ballot box, for the first time in the United States.
Dec 31, 2015
U.S. downplayed evidence of abuses in Chinese detention camps
After China abolished a notorious penal system based on forced labor in December 2013, the United States rewarded Beijing by removing the world's most populous country from a global blacklist of countries that are failing to combat modern-day slavery.
Japan Times
Dec 28, 2015
Cancer drugs: fact and fiction
Collusion between pharmaceutical companies and medical institutions to grab large chunks of medical spending is driving drug prices to stratospheric heights.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 25, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown pardons past 'bad boy' star Robert Downey Jr. for '90s drug, weapons conviction
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday pardoned "Iron Man" film star Robert Downey Jr. for drug and weapons offenses during the 1990s, a largely symbolic gesture that leaves the actor's criminal record intact but restores his right to serve on a jury.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 23, 2015
Iranian man identified as victim of deadly street ambush in Nagoya
A 27-year-old Iranian man has been identified as the victim of a pre-dawn street assault Sunday in central Nagoya, in which he was stabbed and bashed by several Persian-speaking men before dying of blood loss in hospital six hours later, police said Wednesday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Dec 18, 2015
Canadian man kills Brit in psychedelic ceremony in Peru's Amazon
A Canadian killed a Briton after the two men took a hallucinogenic plant brew known as ayahuasca together at a spiritual retreat in the Peruvian Amazon, authorities said Thursday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Dec 16, 2015
U.S. to charge Venezuelan National Guard chief with drug trafficking
U.S. prosecutors are preparing to unveil drug trafficking charges against the head of Venezuela's National Guard, according to people familiar with the case, as they investigate the suspected involvement of senior Venezuelan officials in the cocaine trade.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 6, 2015
Police arrest man over death of 3-month-old baby given powerful drug
Police arrested a 24-year-old man in Kumamoto Prefecture on Sunday on suspicion of killing a 3-month-old boy with powerful kakuseizai stimulant, police officials said.
JAPAN / Science & Health / FOCUS
Dec 5, 2015
Laughing gas crackdown looms over recreational use as drug
Authorities move to crack down on nitrous oxide as a recreational drug due to health dangers and the ease by which it can be obtained online.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Dec 5, 2015
Seattle man arrested for trying to snort cocaine during traffic stop
A 73-year-old man who had been pulled over for driving without his headlights was arrested by a Seattle police officer after he tried to snort cocaine in front of the stunned patrolman, authorities said on Friday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 2, 2015
Generic drugs to be priced at 10% less from April
The government plans to price generic drugs at 50 percent of brand-name drugs, down from the current 60 percent, from next April to encourage wider use of cheaper drugs and curb swelling medical spending, officials said Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 30, 2015
Expert highlights dangers of over-prescribing psychotropic dementia medication
As a massive wave of Japanese enter their twilight years, an expert is calling for prudent use of psychotropic drugs to treat dementia patients, some of whom have suffered ill health due to over-prescription.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 27, 2015
Cannabis-infused joe becoming popular drink-of-the-day
It was during an endless drive home from a camping trip in eastern Washington state that entrepreneur Adam Stites came up with his latest product. "What would happen if I infused heavy cream with cannabis, then mixed it with my coffee?" he mused. ("My van doesn't go very fast, so I have a lot of time...
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Nov 17, 2015
Prime suspect in Paris attacks a Muslim barkeep who co-owned ‘drug den’ with suicide bomber sibling
Two weeks ago, the mayor of Molenbeek ordered the closure of a neighborhood bar where Brussels police had found young men dealing drugs and smoking dope over the summer.
Japan Times
Nov 13, 2015
Energized by drug case, Venezuela opposition keeps focus on vote
Adversaries of President Nicolas Maduro can barely disguise their glee at the U.S. drug arrest of two of his family members, but they are focused on legislative elections next month as their best hope of weakening his grip on power.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 13, 2015
Five deaths, including four suicides, tied to psychotropic drug woman allegedly sold illegally
At least five people have died from apparent drug addiction after buying a psychotropic drug online from a 55-year-old Tokyo woman, the Hyogo Prefectural Police said Thursday.


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