Politics and Government
5 Ways to Navigate this Election Season While Being Sober
Though the election season is (thankfully) coming to a close soon, the negative news regarding political candidates continues and seems to be intensifying. And, unfortunately, we are seeing a great deal of that evidenced on our social media feeds, preferred news outlets and in our daily conversations, even within our recovery communities. The latter... [Read more of this review]
Why Cocaine is Complicating Peace Talks in Colombia
Colombia’s history is flush with cocaine-related crime and the cartels that have been terrorizing the citizens of Colombia with their rampant territorial violence for decades still exist and evoke justified fear. But Colombia’s leaders–ranging from the Vice President to notorious cartel members–have been in talks in Havana,... [Read more of this review]
Legislation Aims to Curb Drug Abuse Among Seniors
Opioid pain medication addiction is now considered an epidemic as the number of those who are addicted quadrupled in the past two decades. The highest age group plagued with this addiction are senior citizens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is set to introduce a new bill for bipartisan legislation that aims to tackle prescription drug abuse among... [Read more of this review]
Eight Drug Smugglers Killed By Firing Squad in Indonesia
Similar to the six people executed in January 2015, Indonesia has slayed eight more people via firing squad.
The April 29 execution of two members of Bali Nine, a group of heroin smugglers arrested in 2005, has led an Australian foreign diplomat in protest of the executions. Other Bali Nine members are currently being held in prison, but none are serving... [Read more of this review]
New Technology Tests Breath for Illegal Drugs
For many years, testing urine samples have been the primary method of checking for the presence of drugs and alcohol. However, this can be an invasive and challenging process, depending on circumstances. Urine samples can present problems such as the following:
Samples are easy to manipulate, those being tested can purchase drug and alcohol-free urine.
Samples... [Read more of this review]
The Current State of Marijuana: Signs of New Chemical Make-Up, Legislation
While there is a clear distinction between marijuana crops grown for recreational use and medicinal purposes, new research in Colorado may debunk any chemical differences in the two, including claims of users getting a different type of high.
Recent consumer demands for more potent marijuana have come to fruition as marijuana strains currently... [Read more of this review]
New Alcohol Detection Technology Paves Way to Safer Roads
The U.S. has long implemented ignition interlock devices (IID) or sobriety systems that lock a vehicle’s steering column if a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) tests too high. The current technology involves measuring a driver’s BAC through blowing into the device, and then automatically disabling the ignition if results... [Read more of this review]
Indiana Enacts Law Changes to Protect Drug Abusers from HIV Surge
A portion of Southern Indiana has been the site of a rapid rise in HIV cases. The focal point of the recently enacted legislation is the rural town of Austin, Indiana, with a population of about 4,200 people. Indiana’s governor has recently declared a statewide Public Health Emergency in order to bring in necessary medical aid to combat this... [Read more of this review]
Myanmar’s Heroin War Is Lost–Can America Be Next?
Myanmar (also known as Burma) has long been one of the world’s leading producers of heroin, and production of this opiate drug derived from poppies does not appear to be slowing. While the heroin export/import ration may have gone down after the 90s, that does not mean that production, import and export of the drug has stopped altogether.
Due... [Read more of this review]
Devil’s Breath: What Is It and Should We Be Afraid?
Devil’s Breath Can Be Confused with Cocaine
Scopolamine, nicknamed Devil’s Breath, is a Colombian drug known for leaving users or victims in a zombie-like trance and taking away all free-will, temporarily blocking memory receptors in the brain. The drug can take effect while being airborne, ingested by mouth, or absorbed through pores in... [Read more of this review]
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