Tag: Drugs

72 hours to End the War on Drugs

Posted by – 31/05/2011

In 72 hours, we could finally see the beginning of the end of the ‘war on drugs’. This expensive war has completely failed to curb the plague of drug addiction, while costing countless lives, devastating communities, and funneling trillions of dollars into violent organized crime networks.

Experts all agree that the most sensible policy is to regulate, but politicians are afraid to touch the issue. In days, a global commission including former heads of state and foreign policy chiefs of the UN, EU, US, Brazil, Mexico and more will break the taboo and publicly call for new approaches including decriminalization and regulation of drugs.

Scenes From The Drug War

Posted by – 05/05/2010

[via andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com]

Above is video from a February raid in Missouri. Balko captions:

SWAT team breaks into home, fires seven rounds at family’s pit bull and corgi (?!) as a seven-year-old looks on. They found a “small amount” of marijuana, enough for a misdemeanor charge. The parents were then charged with child endangerment.

And advocates:

‘Painless’ vaccine needle invented in Japan

Posted by – 07/03/2010

[via telegraph.co.uk]

The fear of a visit to the doctor for an injection will soon be a thing of the past thanks to a painless new vaccine delivery system that has been perfected in Japan.

Kanji Takada, a professor of pharmacokinetics – or the study of the absorption, distribution and fate of substances delivered to the human body – has developed a round vaccine “chip” measuring just 1.5 cm in diameter that contains as many as 300 micro needles. The device can deliver drugs to the body without breaking the dermis layer of skin.

Cocaine found in shuttle work area, NASA says

Posted by – 15/01/2010

[via msnbc.com]

Workers align the space shuttle Discovery's thrusters in Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in December 2009. A small amount of cocaine was found in a restricted area of the facility on Wednesday, NASA said.

NASA has launched an extensive investigation to determine how a small amount of cocaine ended up in a space shuttle hangar at the agency’s Florida spaceport.

A bag containing a small amount of white powder residue that was later confirmed to be cocaine was discovered in the space shuttle Discovery’s hangar at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The hangar, known as the Orbiter Processing Facility, is a restricted zone for shuttle workers only.

The ‘false’ pandemic: Drug firms cashed in on scare over swine flu, claims Euro health chief

Posted by – 11/01/2010

[via dailymail.co.uk]

The swine flu outbreak was a ‘false pandemic’ driven by drug companies that stood to make billions of pounds from a worldwide scare, a leading health expert has claimed.

Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, accused the makers of flu drugs and vaccines of influencing the World Health Organisation’s decision to declare a pandemic.

This led to the pharmaceutical firms ensuring ‘enormous gains’, while countries, including the UK, ‘squandered’ their meagre health budgets, with millions being vaccinated against a relatively mild disease.

Did George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grow marijuana?

Posted by – 01/01/2010

[via The Straight Dope, originally by Cecil Adams]

Racial stereotypes in the 1700s? Ridiculous.

Dear Cecil:

I have heard Thomas Jefferson traded marijuana blends with George Washington and the other founding fathers. I find this hard to believe, but the rumor is ubiquitous. Can anyone verify if it is true or false? I e-mailed the famous Jefferson scholar Clay Jenkins but got no response. However, on his podcast, The Thomas Jefferson Hour, he did admit to donning his Thomas Jefferson impersonation gear and visiting Burning Man. Should I take this as a tacit admission of our third president’s smoking habits?