Tag: Drug Abuse and Traffic

Good News: Opioid Prescribing Fell. The Bad? Pain Patients Suffer, Doctors Say.

Three years ago this month, as alarms about the over-prescription of opioid painkillers were sounding across the country, the federal government issued course-correcting guidelines for primary care doctors. Prescriptions have fallen notably since then, and the Trump administration is pushing for them to drop by another third by 2021. But […]

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Fixes: Can Netflix Show Americans How to Cut the Cost of Drugs?

Why don’t streaming services like Hulu or Netflix go bankrupt? After all, most businesses couldn’t survive if customers paid a flat subscription fee each month for all they could eat or all the gasoline they could use. Yet you can pay Netflix $8.99 and watch one movie or all 342 […]

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The New Health Care: The Opioid Dilemma: Saving Lives in the Long Run Can Take Lives in the Short Run

The unavoidable tension in attacking the opioid crisis is which time frame you’re talking about. In the short term, many policies that would limit opioid prescriptions for the purpose of saving lives would cause people to turn to heroin or fentanyl. In fact, over a 5-to-10-year period, that would increase […]

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Ed Buck, Political Activist, Is Accused of ‘Predatory Sexual Encounters’ in Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

The mother of a man who was found dead inside the apartment of Ed Buck, a political activist and Democratic donor in Los Angeles, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against him, as the authorities continue to investigate how two men were found dead in his West Hollywood apartment in less […]

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Legalize Pot? Amid Opioid Crisis, Some New Hampshire Leaders Say No Way

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The push to legalize recreational marijuana is sweeping the Northeast: Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine have done it, and the governors of Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey say they want their states to do it, too. But in New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu and some […]

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Fact Check: Trump’s Rationale for a National Emergency Is Based on False or Misleading Claims

As President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday to bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall, he again painted a portrait of a lawless, chaotic border and cited arguments about the effectiveness of the kind of barrier he has in mind that were not rooted in facts. Illegal border […]

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El Chapo Convicted in Trial That Revealed Drug Cartel’s Brutality and Corruption

The Mexican crime lord known as El Chapo was convicted on Tuesday after a three-month drug trial in New York that exposed the inner workings of his sprawling cartel, which over decades shipped tons of drugs into the United States and plagued Mexico with relentless bloodshed and corruption. The guilty […]

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Safe Injection Site for Opioid Users Faces Trump Administration Crackdown

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is suing to stop a Philadelphia group from opening what some public health experts and mayors consider the next front in fighting the opioid epidemic: a place where people who inject fentanyl and other illicit drugs can do so under medical supervision. The nonprofit group, […]

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A Hillbilly and a Survivalist Show the Way Out of Trump Country

The two great literary bookends of President Trump’s half-term of grift and chaos have come from survivors of the most broken white communities that helped put him in office. They also show us the best way out of the basement of American despair. How J.D. Vance, the author of “Hillbilly […]

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Baltimore to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Cases

BALTIMORE — Marijuana is officially against the law in Maryland but Baltimore’s top prosecutor said on Tuesday that she would stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases within the city limits, regardless of quantity, and seek to vacate almost 5,000 convictions. The announcement by Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, follows […]

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Does Cannabis Use Cause Schizophrenia?

Nearly a century after the film “Reefer Madness” alarmed the nation, some policymakers and doctors are again becoming concerned about the dangers of marijuana, although the reefers are long gone. Experts now distinguish between the “new cannabis” — legal, highly potent, available in tabs, edibles and vapes — and the […]

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Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate

Members of the Sackler family, which owns the company that makes OxyContin, directed years of efforts to mislead doctors and patients about the dangers of the powerful opioid painkiller, a court filing citing previously undisclosed documents contends. When evidence of growing abuse of the drug became clear in the early […]

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11 Indicted in 2016 Triple Murder to Silence D.E.A. Informant

The crime scene was grisly. Three people, tied up with plastic zip ties, were shot execution style and set on fire inside a barn in a small town in rural Pennsylvania on a summer day two and a half years ago. One clung to life, but died the next day. […]

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El Chapo Trial: An I.T. Guy’s Testimony Leads to a Week of Cyber Spy Intrigue

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Though narco-trafficking has long relied on old technologies like boats, trucks and tunnels, both dealers and United States authorities have started adapting to the digital age. That became clear last week when prosecutors at […]

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Trump’s Five Craziest Arguments About the Shutdown

I’d like to apologize to all the “banana republics” I’ve offended over the decades with snarky references to their dysfunction. This is karma: I now live in a nation where a petulant president has shut down much of the most powerful government in the world — so the White House […]

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What Advocates of Legalizing Pot Don’t Want You to Know

Marijuana seems to be on an unstoppable march to legalization in the United States. New York and New Jersey are racing to join the 10 states that already allow recreational use of cannabis. Some 65 percent of Americans favor legalization, and several potential Democratic candidates for president support ending federal […]

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