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Australia Seizes Drugs Worth Up To $525 Million

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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Australian police say they have seized a stash of crystal methamphetamine and heroin with a street value of up to $525 million. Authorities said Tuesday the drugs were smuggled into the country in a shipment of terracotta pots, but did not say where the shipment originated. Police arrested seven people, including four from Hong Kong […]

Benefits of HIV Drugs Show Smaller-Than-Expected Gain

Posted July 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Researchers say the proportion of HIV-positive patients in the United States whose infection with the AIDS virus are effectively controlled by drugs jumped from 45 to 72 percent during the past decade. But despite this impressive 60 percent gain in viral suppression rates, the new analysis falls short of previous estimates. The finding is important […]

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New Zealand to Crack Down on Party Pills

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 1:07 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand announced plans Monday to ban the use of party pills and fake cannabis – drugs offering so-called legal highs – unless producers can provide clinical evidence that they are safe. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said Monday that current laws are failing, because as soon as regulators ban a synthetic drug, manufacturers alter […]

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Silk Preserves Heat-Sensitive Drugs for Months without Refrigeration

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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New research suggests silk can provide a strong protective layer around medicines, eliminating the need to refrigerate them along lengthy global delivery routes. Most vaccines and other drugs must be kept cold, and currently, nearly half lose potency because of refrigeration glitches between the manufacturer and recipient. Using silk made from silkworm cacoons and sold […]

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Report: Counterfeit Anti-Malaria Drugs Common in Africa, Asia

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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A new study says a flood of fake or poor quality anti-malaria drugs throughout Africa and Asia over the last decade poses a major risk in the effort to combat the mosquito-borne disease. The report by the U.S. National Institutes of Health says an analysis of data collected from 21 sub-Saharan African nations discovered that […]

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US Agents Break Up Honduran Cocaine Ring

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. federal agents have arrested 28 people for allegedly running a cocaine smuggling ring between Honduras and northern Virginia. Officials say many of the suspects are illegal immigrants from Honduras. Investigators say that the ring used couriers to import the cocaine into the United States and that once those couriers arrived in the U.S., the […]

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US Military Says Drug Violence Spreading Through Central America

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Two high-ranking U.S. military commanders say Mexico’s violent war against drug cartels has moved into other parts of Central America. Air Force General Douglas Fraser, the head of the U.S. Southern Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that transnational organized crime rings are threatening to overwhelm law enforcement and are “seriously impacting civilian […]

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US Investigates Afghan Air Force for Drug Trafficking

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials are investigating allegations that some Afghan Air Force officers have been using official aircraft to fly drugs and illegal weapons around the country. A NATO spokesman says the investigation is still very preliminary. A U.S. newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, says investigators are also looking into whether the alleged air force drug and […]

UN Chief: Drugs Pose Severe Threat to Afghanistan’s Stability

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Afghanistan to make fighting drug trafficking a priority and said the international community must help in the effort. In his opening address Thursday to a one-day meeting of top global representatives in Vienna, Mr. Ban said narcotic production and drug trafficking undermine efforts to help Afghanistan emerge as […]

Pakistani Factory Faulted for Tainted Heart Drugs Closed

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Pakistani factory blamed for killing more than 100 people with tainted heart medication is closed. Pakistani officials shuttered the facility in Karachi Thursday after tests done in London showed the pills contained high levels of an anti-malarial chemical that poisoned the heart patients. All the victims were from Pakistan’s Punjab province. Authorities previously arrested […]

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