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Drug counsellors overdose on fentanyl while supervising addicts at Pennsylvania halfway house

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By IBT


Two counsellors overdosed on fentanyl while supervising recovering addicts at a halfway house in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on Monday 22 May.

Police said their deaths illustrated the scale of the fentanyl epidemic gripping North America.

The dead men were the only members of staff responsible for six others trying to beat drug addiction at the privately run Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge in West Brandywine.

They were found unresponsive in separate bedrooms by the residents they were supposed to be caring for on Monday (22 May) at around 2.15pm.

Police pronounced both men, who have not been named, dead at the scene.

They also found needles, syringes and bags containing fentanyl-laced heroin near their bodies in bags marked with superman logos and a skull and cross bones 'Danger' symbol.

"If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example," said District Attorney Hogan.

"Opioids are a mo…

Police issue 'plea' to find owner of $1,600 crack cocaine placed in lost and found box

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By Josh Robbins IBT


EDITORS NOTE: I haven't even read this article yet and I'm ready to call the po po for the first time in my life and claim that crack. I'm sure it can't be that easy though, I'm always tricked by that commercial for that rehab that starts off "want some crack?" I don't even watch television anymore but whenever I hear that in the background I sit up at attention. And my first though is, my God we can buy crack from the TV, this is a great country, God bless.. and before I can finish that thought that asshole comes on telling me this was a commercial for the addiction network. Now I'm depressed, got my hopes up for nothing. I hate TV, it's all fake.

A police force in Pennsylvania has issued a plea to find the owner of $1,600 (£1,250) of property left in a car park outside a shopping centre – several rocks of crack cocaine.
Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department made the unlikely announcement on their Facebook page on Wed…

Professors take same ‘smart drugs’ as students to keep up with workloads, claims academic

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By Rachael Pells


University professors are taking the same banned ‘smart’ drugs as their students to help them get through heavy workloads, a Cambridge University academic has said.

As many as one in five professors admit using drugs such as Modafinil to help them concentrate in meetings and prepare grant applications, The Times reported.

According to Dr Hannah Critchlow, a neuroscience researcher at the top-ranking institution, hundreds of students had also admitted to buying smart drugs online in the hope of being able to “expand their mind”.

Speaking at the Hay Festival, she said the drugs that were typically being bought were the same ones commonly prescribed by doctors for Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Last year, The Independent reported that more UK students were turning “brain boosting” drugs including Modafinil and Noopept than  ever before.

While it is illegal to sell either drug in the UK without a prescription, it is not illegal to buy them, and a number of community groups …

Massachusetts heroin trade crackdown leads to 30 arrests

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By Reuters


A crackdown on Massachusetts' heroin trade led to the arrests of 30 people on Tuesday on charges they were running a drug-trafficking ring that law enforcement officials said was one of the largest they had ever seen in the state.

Authorities said 27 people were arrested in early-morning raids around Lawrence and charged with running a ring that dealt heroin, cocaine and the deadly painkiller fentanyl in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Three people already had been in custody.
About 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officials were involved in the sweep, which authorities dubbed Operation Bad Company, following an investigation that began in April 2016. The operation included phones taps in a house in Lawrence that served as the ring's "stash house," according to court papers unsealed on Tuesday.
Lawrence, a former mill town, is about 30 miles north of Boston near the New Hampshire border.
The alleged leaders of the ring, Ju…

Marijuana trafficker sentenced to federal prison

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By Anthony Borrelli


For 10 years, a Delaware County man was "in and out" of the marijuana trafficking business. He handled between 20 and 30 pounds of marijuana at one point, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, using firearms to protect the drugs and thousands of dollars in proceeds.

After admitting his guilt on two charges, Willem Joosse, 37, was sentenced Thursday in Binghamton's federal courthouse to 2 ¾ years in prison. He pleaded to felony counts of possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes and conspiracy to possess and distribute a controlled substance.

According to prosecutors, Joosse used encrypted phones to place orders for marijuana and had another person deliver marijuana to a customer on Long Island.

When agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration showed up at Joosse's home in Hobart, Delaware County, in October 2011, officials informed him he was the subject of a long term investigation into marijuana t…

Medical Marijuana Could Cost Big Pharma

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By CannabisNews


Once the federal government finally allows medical marijuana to become a legitimate part of the healthcare industry, Big Pharma could suffer the loss of billions of dollars, a new report finds.

It seems the pharmaceutical trade has more than enough reasons to fear the legalization of marijuana, as an analysis conducted by the folks at New Frontier Data predicts the legal use of cannabis products for ailments ranging from chronic pain to seizures could cost marketers of modern medicine somewhere around $4 billion per year.

The report was compiled using a study released last year from the University of Georgia showing a decrease in Medicare prescriptions in states where medical marijuana is legal. The study, which was first outlined by the Washington Post, was largely responsible for stirring up the debate over how a legitimate cannabis market might be able to reduce the national opioid problem. It found that medical marijuana, at least with respect to those…

Vermont’s D.I.Y. Approach on Marijuana

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By CannabisNews


Vermont is on the verge of becoming the ninth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but, being Vermont, it is taking an earthier, grow-it-yourself approach — one that could become a model for others.

Vermont is not asking voters to approve a ballot proposal and it is not allowing for-profit businesses to grow and sell the drug, at least not right away. Instead, its lawmakers passed a bill this month that would let people 21 and older keep two flowering and four young marijuana plants at home. In addition, people 21 and older could possess up to one ounce of the drug. The bill would also create an independent commission to propose legislation that could later be used to create a regulated market for marijuana with commercial growers and retailers.

Vermont’s path resembles that of the District of Columbia, where residents voted in 2014 to let people 21 and older grow up to six marijuana plants. Proponents of the home-grow model say it represen…

A First-of-Its-Kind Recreational Marijuana Bill Was Just Introduced in New Jersey

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By FoxNews


Considering how unpopular marijuana was with the public during the mid-1990s, it's phenomenal to take a step back and witness just how rapidly pot's presence has grown in the United States over the past 21 years.

In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the use of medical cannabis for compassionate use. Since California, 27 additional states and Washington, D.C., have followed. Five new states legalized medical weed last year alone, including Pennsylvania and Ohio, which chose to do so entirely through the legislative process.

In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use. Since then, six additional states have legalized recreational pot, too. If not for Arizona's recreational weed initiative falling 2% short of passing in November, it would have been a clean sweep for pot initiatives this past election.

This expansion is founded upon a fundamental shift of opinion from the…