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  • Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

    02/13/2019 8:55:29 AM PST · by fishtank · 52 replies
    Imprimis ^ | Jan. 2019 | Alex Berenson
    Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence January 2019 • Volume 48, Number 1 • Alex Berenson Alex Berenson "Seventy miles northwest of New York City is a hospital that looks like a prison, its drab brick buildings wrapped in layers of fencing and barbed wire. This grim facility is called the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Institute. It’s one of three places the state of New York sends the criminally mentally ill—defendants judged not guilty by reason of insanity. Until recently, my wife Jackie­—Dr. Jacqueline Berenson—was a senior psychiatrist there. Many of Mid-Hudson’s 300 patients are killers and arsonists. At least one is...
  • Abuse of Force: Body camera video shows man tased 11 times by Glendale officers

    02/10/2019 10:02:55 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 160 replies
    ABC Channel 15 - Arizona ^ | Feb. 08, 2019 | Dave Biscobing
    On July 27, 2017, Johnny Wheatcroft was a passenger in a silver Ford Taurus when a pair of Glendale police officers pulled in front them in a Motel 6 parking lot. The stop was for an alleged turn signal violation. Minutes later, Wheatcroft was handcuffed lying face down on the hot asphalt on a 108-degree day. He'd already been tased 10 times, with one officer kneeling on his back as another, Officer Matt Schneider, kicked him in the groin and pulled down his athletic shorts to tase him a final time in his testicles, according to a federal lawsuit and...
  • CDC: Tylenol, Advil more effective than prescription opioids

    02/07/2019 7:35:43 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 118 replies
    WISN TV 12 Milwaukee ^ | 01/31/19 | WISN 12 staff
    CDC researchers found less addictive over-the-counter drugs, like Advil and Tylenol, are three times more effective than some of their opioid counterparts. No more opiates for chronic pain I guess.
  • Houston police officer connected to deadly raid, shootout relieved of duty

    02/08/2019 6:00:19 AM PST · by Max_850 · 50 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 7 Feb 2019 | By Keri Blakinger, St. John Barned-Smith, Samantha Ketterer, and Jay R. Jordan
    A Houston police officer has been relieved of duty in light of "ongoing questions" stemming from a botched drug raid that left a couple dead and five officers wounded, police said Thursday. It's not clear what role the officer played in the Jan. 28 bust at 7815 Harding, but law enforcement sources said his suspension comes amid a probe into questions over whether the sworn affidavit used to justify the no-knock warrant may have contained false information.
  • Media Portrayals of Fentanyl Aren’t Always Accurate

    02/01/2019 2:32:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Rush ^ | February 1, 2019 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There’s a little news item floating around out there that I’m hankering here to address, but I’m wondering if there’s even a reason to do it. It may be a no-win. But the story is that there was this massive drug bust at one of our ports of call, Mexico somewhere, of fentanyl. Something like 254 pounds or whatever, fentanyl. That’s not the point. The point is the accompanying story. “This is enough fentanyl to kill thousands and thousands and thousands of Americans.” There are all kinds of fentanyl. The fentanyl that these guys are catching is more powerful...
  • Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

    02/02/2019 8:52:12 AM PST · by yoe · 196 replies
    Imprims ^ | January 2019 | Alex Berenson
    [snip] So I did. The big studies, the little ones, and all the rest. I read everything I could find. I talked to every psychiatrist and brain scientist who would talk to me. And I soon realized that in all my years as a journalist I had never seen a story where the gap between insider and outsider knowledge was so great, or the stakes so high. I began to wonder why—with the stocks of cannabis companies soaring and politicians promoting legalization as a low-risk way to raise tax revenue and reduce crime—I had never heard the truth about marijuana,...
  • The Cops Were the Aggressors in This Week's Deadly Houston Drug Raid

    01/31/2019 8:38:46 AM PST · by slumber1 · 228 replies
    Reason ^ | 1-29-19 | Jacob Sullum
    On Monday evening in Houston, a dozen armed men broke into the home of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, a middle-aged couple who had lived in the house at 7815 Harding Street for at least two decades. The first man through the door, who was armed with a shotgun, used it to kill one of the couple's dogs. Tuttle responded to the home invasion by grabbing a revolver and shooting the man with the shotgun, who collapsed on a sofa in the living room. As Nicholas tried to disarm the intruder, his accomplices shot her. Tuttle returned fire, and by...
  • America Does Not Need More Opioids

    01/26/2019 8:29:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | January 26, 2019 | Mytheos Holt
    No matter how you slice it, the opioid epidemic is poison. Literally, in the wrong hands, the drugs themselves are poison. The rash of broken homes and deaths caused by their over-prescription is social poison. The after-effects of the epidemic were so severe that they handed Democrats the House when Republicans fumbled the ball, which, for the party in power, made them political poison. And yet, somehow, not only are pharmaceutical companies making more of this poison, but the FDA is rolling over in the face of Pharma pressure and letting them come to market, sometimes without adequate safety review. In...
  • Heroin Seizures By Southwest Border Corridor

    01/25/2019 6:07:31 AM PST · by gaggs · 8 replies
    Deaths of Americans from heroin coming over the Mexico border cost the USA $14 billion per year. Spend $45 billion on a wall, upgrade border checkpoints and the wall pays for itself before President Trump leaves office. (*approximate cost takes into account everything, from medical/police costs to lost wages) Washington "Career Politicians" will never agree to anything that cuts into their profits.... huuuuge money for them in the heroin market.
  • Woman who was driving drunk with an unrestrained child sitting on a case of beer has[tr]

    01/22/2019 11:00:33 AM PST · by simpson96 · 29 replies
    Kearney Hub ^ | 1/22/2019 | Kim Schmidt
    KEARNEY — Driving under the influence of alcohol with an unrestrained child sitting on a case of beer has cost an Elm Creek woman her driver’s license. Katherine Schroder’s license was revoked for 60 days. After that time frame Judge Gerry Jorgensen ordered her to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle she drives during that time frame. Schroder, 28, of rural Elm Creek was sentenced Thursday in Buffalo County Court for child abuse, DUI-first offense and leaving an accident scene, all misdemeanors. Jorgensen also placed her on probation for 1 ½ years under the standard conditions including...
  • Chico’s mass overdose highlights severe new phase of opioid epidemic

    01/21/2019 9:42:27 AM PST · by bitt · 49 replies
    sfchronicle ^ | 1/21/2019 | erin alday
    The first victim was outside the house, sprawled on a patio beside the garage. His friends were already performing CPR when Chico police got to the scene. The others are inside, they told police. Four more victims were in the garage, a converted space with couches and coffee tables. One was in the bathroom, having collapsed while taking a shower. Six others were scattered around the house in various stages of intoxication. Drugs and alcohol and the tools to ingest them were everywhere. An officer radioed for help. Send everything, he said: All of the paramedics, all of the ambulances....
  • Accidental Opioid Overdose Kills More Americans Than Car Crashes: Here’s Some Reasons Why

    01/21/2019 9:15:50 AM PST · by bitt · 39 replies ^ | Jennie Taer
    One out of every 96 Americans will die from an opioid overdose, according to a 2017 report released by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “eliminate preventable deaths.” The odds of dying from an opioid overdose have surpassed the one in 103 chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident. America is in the midst of a opioid crisis that is responsible for more than 130 deaths a day. “It’s devastating especially when you put a face to the deaths,” said Carter. “If we hear the numbers you know that you have a one in...
  • Couple in Yosemite death plunge were intoxicated: report

    01/20/2019 8:46:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    fox news ^ | 01/20/2019 | Louis Casiano
    The couple – who were both born in India and living in the U.S. – died of “multiple injuries to the head, neck, chest and abdomen, sustained by a fall from a mountain,” Dr. Sung-Ook Baik, a forensic pathologist in the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office, wrote in a Jan. 4 report, reports said. Viswanath’s brother, Jishnu Viswanath, told the Associated Press the couple were setting up a tripod-mounted camera near the ledge of Taft Point on Oct. 23. An inquiry into how the couple fell is ongoing. “Any deaths that happen inside the park, the National Park Service rangers do...
  • The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed?

    01/15/2019 8:57:26 AM PST · by Mariner · 220 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | January 15th, 2019 | Alex Halperin
    Older people are the fastest-growing group of cannabis users, as stigma fades and some seek an alternative to prescription drugs As attitudes towards cannabis shift, the fastest-growing group of users is over 50 – and marijuana’s popularity among seniors is beginning to change the American experience of old age. Why are more seniors getting high? It might make more sense to ask: “Why not?” As adults reach retirement, they age out of drug tests and have far more time on their hands. Some feel liberated to abandon long-held proprieties. Elegant vape pens and other attractive, discreet products have helped de...
  • Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose than in a car accident

    01/14/2019 3:44:14 PM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 14th, 2019 | By Ashley Welch
    For the first time on record, Americans are more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle crash, according to a new report from the National Safety Council. The group calculates that the chance of dying from an opioid overdose has increased to 1 in 96, surpassing the odds of dying in a car accident, at 1 in 103. It's also greater than the odds of dying from a fall, a gun assault, pedestrian accident, or drowning. "The opioid crisis remains an abstract issue for many people; they still believe it will not happen to...
  • Mass Drug Overdose Shows Dangerous Fentanyl Is Spreading Throughout The Country, Police Chief Says

    01/14/2019 11:43:32 AM PST · by rktman · 54 replies ^ | 1/14/2019 | Evie Fordham
    A mass drug overdose in Chico, California, Saturday attributed to the opioid fentanyl underscored reports that the dangerous substance drove 2017 statistics showing Americans were more likely to die of drug overdoses than car crashes. One person has died and 12 people were in the hospital, some in serious condition, after overdosing on substances likely including the extremely strong synthetic opioid, Chico police said according to NBC News. Fentanyl was concentrated in eastern states when it first came to the attention of law enforcement and public health authorities, but now western states are also seeing its effects. “We were waiting,...
  • Davis officer’s killer says in note that he was being bombarded by ultrasonic waves

    01/12/2019 5:51:05 PM PST · by Mariner · 112 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 12th, 2019 | By Daniel Hunt
    Davis police investigators said they recovered evidence from the rental property of the man who shot and killed one of their officers Thursday, including a note they believe was written by the man and two guns that were not registered to him. On Saturday, police released a one-paragraph letter they believe was written by Kevin Douglas Limbaugh. Spokesman Lt. Paul Doroshov told reporters that the paper was found face up on the bed of the gunman. The letter reads: “The Davis Police department has been hitting me with ultra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking. I notified the...
  • Third suspected drug tunnel discovered near Arizona border

    01/12/2019 3:23:31 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/12/19 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    A tunnel that Mexican authorities suspect was used to transfer drugs and people across the border was discovered this week near Arizona, the third such tunnel found in the past month. The Arizona Republic first reported Friday on the tunnel near Nogales, Sonora, across from Nogales, Ariz. Mexican Federal Police posted a video of the tunnel earlier this week. The police said in the video that the tunnel was about 32 feet long, but provided limited information beyond that. It is the third tunnel to be found in a month amid the partial government shutdown and increased debate over President...
  • California pot taxes lag as illegal market flourishes

    01/11/2019 11:11:52 AM PST · by familyop · 31 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | January 11, 2019 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Industry experts say the diminished tax income reflects a somber reality: Most consumers are continuing to purchase pot in the illegal marketplace, where they avoid taxes...Newsom also recommended a sharp increase in spending for regulatory programs, although it’s an open question whether it will be enough to help steady the state pot economy. The budget recommends just over $200 million for marijuana-related activities in the fiscal year...
  • Legal Weed

    01/09/2019 10:03:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 129 replies ^ | January 9, 2019 | John Stossel
    Ten states and Washington, D.C., have now legalized adult use of marijuana.Supporters of America's long war on drugs said legalization would create disaster. Has it? No.Colorado and Washington offer the longest points of comparison because weed has been legal in those states now for five years.More people in Colorado tried marijuana after legalization, but that's not a surprise.Colorado's crime rate did rise a bit. But many things influence crime rates. Washington state's violent crime rate rose a little but slightly less than the national average.In California, people I interviewed said legalization made the streets safer. "It's cleaned up the corner,"...