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Killed by a pill bought on Snapchat: the counterfeit drugs poisoning US teens

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Fourteen-year-old Alondra Salinas had set out her new white sneakers and packed her backpack the night before the first day of in-person high school when police say she responded to an offer on Snapchat for blue pills...

The Tories don’t want a modern drugs strategy – they prefer outdated macho rhetoric

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For Oscar Wilde, the tragic paradox of Victorian philanthropists was that their “remedies do not cure the disease … Indeed, their remedies are part of the disease.” He could easily have been talking about the British ...

Abstinence-based recovery nearly killed me – the Tories’ ‘war on drugs’ won’t work

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I write this from a Birmingham city centre hotel, a few minutes’ walk from a doorway I slept rough in during the 1990s, near the alleyways where I injected drugs. Sadly, more than 20 years later, people are still slee...

Share your views on the new proposals to tackle drugs in the UK

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As part of a 10-year strategy to tackle drugs in the UK, the government is set to announce that “lifestyle” users, such as wealthy professionals, of class A drugs will face losing their passports or driving licences. ...

UK drugs watchdog approves new Covid treatment Xevudy

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The UK drugs watchdog has approved a new Covid treatment after trials found it cut the likelihood of hospital admission and death by 79% in high-risk adults. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MH...

Warning on tackling HIV as WHO finds rise in resistance to antiretroviral drugs

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HIV drug resistance is on the rise, according to a new report, which found that the number of people with the virus being treated with antiretrovirals had risen to 27.5 million – an annual increase of 2 million. Four ...

Cranberry juice won’t cut it: UTIs and the potential for repurposing drugs

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In May, PhD students who are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) were invited to enter the Max Perutz science writing award 2021 and write a compelling piece about their research for the non-scientific reader...

‘The new drugs’: Northern Ireland gateway for £150m illegal puppy trade

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Northern Ireland has become a gateway for an “abhorrent” multimillion-pound illegal trade in puppies in Britain in what has been called the new drugs trade by animal welfare investigators. A BBC and Ulster Society for...

Liverpool prison watchdog member suspended after drugs arrest

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A member of the watchdog that monitors conditions at HMP Liverpool has been suspended after allegedly bringing drugs and a mobile phone to a prisoner.The Guardian understands that the person, who sits on a board that ...

Coronavirus live: Brazil regulator to investigate claims Covid patients unknowingly tested with unproven drugs

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Brazil hospitals accused of testing unproven drugs on elderly Covid patients; Sweden pauses Moderna vaccine over possible rare side effects

Brazil hospital chain accused of hiding Covid deaths and giving unproven drugs

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One of Brazil’s biggest healthcare providers has been accused of covering up coronavirus deaths, pressuring doctors to prescribe ineffective treatments, and testing unproven drugs on elderly patients as part of ideolo...

Michael K Williams died from overdose of fentanyl, heroin and other drugs, medical examiner says

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The actor Michael K Williams died after overdosing on fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine, the New York chief medical examiner told reporters on Friday. Williams, 54, was found dead at his home in Brooklyn...

New Texas law bans abortion-inducing drugs after seven weeks pregnancy

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By the end of the year Texas may have even more restrictions on the ability to get an abortion after its Republican governor Greg Abbott quietly signed into law new restrictions banning the mail order provision of abo...

ICC authorises full inquiry into Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’

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The international criminal court has authorised a full investigation into the Philippine president’s “war on drugs”, saying it resembled an illegitimate and systematic attack on civilians. Judges said there was a “rea...

Former Venezuelan spymaster arrested by Madrid police on US drugs charges

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Police in Madrid have arrested a former Venezuelan spymaster on US narcotics charges nearly two years after he defied a Spanish extradition order and disappeared. Gen Hugo Carvajal, who for over a decade was Hugo Cháv...

Drugs, divorce and incessant drum takes: Metallica on making metal’s biggest ever album

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By the end of the 80s, it seemed certain that Metallica would be the biggest metal band in the world. Their 1988 album, … And Justice for All, had been in the US chart for a year and a half. Their first music video, O...

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