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Uruguay begins registering marijuana growers

Montevideo - Just a handful of people had registered by midday Wednesday to be private growers of marijuana in Uruguay, the first country to fully legalize the production, sale and distribution of the drug.

Top Colombian drug hitman who killed 300 is freed

Estanzuela - The head of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hitmen, a confessed murderer nicknamed "Popeye," was released from prison after helping prosecutors convict a former justice minister.

One-third of British students have tried 'legal highs'

A new report suggests that around on third of students in the U.K. have used so-termed “legal highs.” These are products manufactured from the herb Salvia. The report suggests that the students under appreciate the potential harm.

Do celebrity drug endorsements work?

New research reveals the common practice of using celebrity-endorsed drug adverts to offer treatments more credibility does not influence doctors when it comes to prescribing or strongly influencing consumers when they visit drug stores.

New drug mix 'killer heroin' spreading across United States

In recent months, a disturbing amount of fatalities are believed to be caused by heroin spiked with a powerful narcotic. The combination is extremely dangerous, and often deadly.

Mom turned in by 7-year-old son for allegedly cooking meth

Edgewater - A Florida mom faces drug and child neglect charges after her son revealed "mommy's bad stuff" in the trunk of her car to their landlord.

LatAm losing fear of legalizing drugs: Ecuador president

Guatemala City - Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said Tuesday that Latin America is "losing fear" of legalizing drugs after decades of fighting traffickers with ample US prodding but limited success.

U.S. set for record drug recalls

According to a report from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, the number of drug recalls in 2014 within the U.S. looks set to become the highest number of recalls to date.

Human LSD research resumes in UK following 40-year break

London - Lucy doesn't need to travel to the sky anymore to play with her diamonds, she'll just need an airplane ticket getting her to London's Heathrow Airport.

New research to improve tuberculosis drugs

New clues to understanding how the most important medication for tuberculosis (TB) works may lead to a new generation of medicines to fight the virulent bacterium.

Fraudulent Ebola treatments sold online

Bethesda - The U.S. FDA is advising consumers to be aware of products sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus. It seems that there are a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection.

Op-Ed: Ebola drugs are a 'long way off' from large-scale production

The announcement that World Health Organization (WHO) consultants have agreed that experimental Ebola drugs can be used to tackle the African outbreak made headlines. However drug companies cannot readily produce the medications in large supplies.

FDA to examine female sexual dysfunction

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a two-day, late-October meeting on female sexual dysfunction (FSD). The FDA has invited FSD patients, researchers, and clinicians who have experience with FSD.

CA grandparents are allegedly using lethal amounts of meth

San Diego - According to government records Southern California deaths from meth have spiked among Baby Boomers. Addiction experts believe declining health and lack of support contribute to the trend.

'Ethical' to use experimental drugs in Ebola fight: WHO panel

Geneva - A panel of medical experts has determined it is ethical to provide experimental treatments to patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as the global death toll topped 1,000.

Hospital staff say they were tricked into selling execution drugs

Lake Charles - It is clear that a local hospital sold state prison officials drugs used to execute prisoners. What is not so clear is whether the hospital staff knew what jailers were going to use them for.

Warning over 'laughing gas' drug craze

London - A health warning has been issued across the U.K., via local authorities, about the dangers of inhaling "laughing gas." The gas — mostly used in medicine — has become a popular recreational drug, known for its relaxing effects.

Ebola, experimental drugs, and human ethics

Geneva - The administration of an experimental serum to two U.S. healthcare workers treated for Ebola raises questions of safety, efficacy, access, and ethics, according to the World Health Organization.

Irish drug smuggler in Peru set for switch to N. Ireland jail

Lima - Peruvian authorities have accepted a request to transfer an Irish woman jailed for attempted cocaine smuggling to a prison back home in Northern Ireland, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Party drug proves deadly at Toronto's Veld Special

Toronto - This weekend two young people died after consuming "party drugs" at the VELD Music Festival in Toronto's Downsview Park. Many more were taken to hospital and those numbers are climbing says Toronto Police. The average age of victims is just 19.

New York Times begins running marijuana ads

New York - Administrators with the New York Times have decided to begin publishing ads for marijuana. After dozens of articles promoting the use of marijuana this is a move for them which is easy to understand.

Paris drugs cop arrested over missing cocaine

Paris - A French narcotics police officer was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing over 50 kilos of seized cocaine from the Paris police headquarters in a case that has become a major embarrassment for the force.

Woman calls police, complains her meth is 'laced'

Enid - An Oklahoma woman has been jailed on felony drug charges after calling police to complain that her methamphetamine was "laced" with something.

Reason for last week's botched Arizona execution still a mystery

Florence - An Arizona medical examiner said Monday that he could find no reason why a convicted murderer who was given a lethal injection last week took nearly two hours to die in a possible violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Aruba frees Venezuelan wanted on US drug charges

Caracas - Aruba on Sunday freed a Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges, stating that he had diplomatic immunity.

Cholesterol management drug niacin 'carries risks'

New studies show that cholesterol management drug niacin produces more side effects than previously known. On that basis, some doctors now caution against taking it.

New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

Washington - The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.

Priest arrested in Italy for allegedly selling drugs

Police officers in Italy arrested a catholic priest after he took part in a noisy cocaine party in the fashion capital of Milan.

FedEx indicted for shipping illegal online pharmacy meds

Washington - The US Justice Department announced Thursday that package-delivery giant FedEx has been indicted for allegedly facilitating the distribution of controlled substances and prescription drugs sold by illegal online pharmacies.

Video: 'F*** hammered' Charlie Sheen greets fan at Taco Bell

Charlie Sheen is well known for having some demons when it comes to drugs. A new video has surfaced in which Sheen looks a bit worse for wear when greeting a fan.
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