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Drug News: Nov 2, 2006

GENERAL – UK
Piperazines – how to regulate an emerging recreational drug not covered by existing legislation
A new ‘family’ of drugs, the piperazines, has emerged on the recreational drugs market over the past couple of years. Some are licensed medicines but others currently have an ambiguous legal status in the UK, with some possibly covered by the Medicines Act 1968 and others awaiting decisions on their classification under the Act by the MRHA.
2006, November 2

GENERAL – SCOTLAND
Dozens of drug dealers arrested – BBC
Police have made more than 100 drug-related arrests in the latest phase of a campaign against dealers. Officers have seized drugs worth £64,000 and nearly £30,000 in cash in the six-week Scottish campaign.
2006, November 2

COCAINE – EU
UN Drugs Chief Tells Europe to Wake up to its Cocaine Problem – United Nations
At a meeting today in London to launch a campaign on shared responsibility and the global problem of illicit drugs, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, warned Europe that it was heading for a cocaine crisis.
2006, November 2

COCAINE – EU
Europe warned of cocaine crisis – United Press International
The U.N. narcotics czar warns that Europe is headed toward a cocaine crisis as many governments there continue to be in denial of the problem.
2006, November 2

COCAINE – EU
Europe facing cocaine crisis, U.N. drug chief says – International Herald Tribune
Europe is heading for a cocaine crisis, with demand for the drug rising across the continent even as it holds steady or falls elsewhere in the world, the U.N.’s drug chief said Thursday.
2006, November 2

GENERAL – AUSTRALIA
Heroin, ecstasy addicts turn to ice – Herald Sun
Heavy heroin and ecstasy abusers are increasingly adding the dangerous street drug ice to their substances of choice, new national surveys have revealed.
2006, November 2

OPIUM – AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan’s next opium crop likely to match this year’s record harvest, officials say – Sign on San Diego
Afghan farmers now planting opium poppies will probably reap a harvest comparable to this year’s record crop, in part because insurgents are preventing effective counter-narcotics work, officials said Thursday.
2006, November 2

MARIJUANA – US
Marijuana measure lacks sense
There are signs up around the state that read: Make Colorado Safer. Yes on 44. We can’t argue about safety, but we’re voting no on Amendment 44. The initiative proposes a change to the Colorado statutes that legalizes the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 years old and older.
2006, November 2

COCAINE – US
The killing power of cocaine – Benetton Talk
It is not only those who consume it who are the victims of the cocaine. Cocaine victims are local victims as well. In the producing countries like Colombia, victims range from those kidnapped to those mutilated in their fight against the production of the drug.
2006, November 2

COCAINE – US
Documentary captures Miami’s cocaine craze in the 1980s – Sun-Sentinel
During the heyday of the cocaine trade in Miami during the 1970s and early ’80s, drug smugglers and dealers fueled by Colombia’s Medellin cartel transformed the city from a sleepy retirement community into one of the country’s hot spots. The cocaine industry was a $20billion annual business in the South Florida metropolis.
2006, November 2

CANNABIS – US
Pot makes you crazy – The Exonent
Marijuana users beware. This product may cause hallucinations or psychotic behavior. Users may also experience periods where they believe they are a god. Researchers and scientists have been studying the effects of marijuana on the brain for years. Now they are asking themselves a new question. Can marijuana usage cause psychosis?
2006, November 2

METH – US
Crystal Meth Detected In Newborns’ Hair – MedPage Today
Methamphetamine can be detected in the hair of newborns whose mothers used the drug during pregnancy, researchers here have found.
2006, November 2

METH – CANADA
Jury weighs recommendations in overdose death – Sun Ottawa News
A coroner’s jury began deliberating today on how to save the lives of people like Wade Hatt, who died last year after being given a massive overdose of methadone at a Centretown clinic.
2006, November 2

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