Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán makes a formal not-guilty plea, as U.S. prosecutors detailed their case against the drug lord. The U.S. says Guzmán built an international, multibillion-dollar business, protecting it with a “veritable army, ready to war with competitors and anyone Guzman deemed to be a traitor.”
Could your local drugstore be a secret weapon in curbing the epidemic of addictive drug use? An Australian study concludes that a few simple actions by druggists could frighten off traffickers shopping for precursor chemicals used for the production of methamphetamine and similar narcotics.
A task force of experts on heroin and opioid abuse recommended the nation’s first supervised injection sites as a way to reduce the wave of overdose deaths that has wracked Seattle and King County in recent years. The mayor and county executive still must approve the plan.
Massachusetts’ highest court gives prosecutors 90 days to dismiss cases they are unable to prosecute because of misconduct by former state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan, A case-by-case review so far has moved at a crawl, with only 2,000 cases addressed.
National Academy of Sciences review found enough evidence to support treatment only for three therapeutic uses: to reduce nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, to treat chronic pain, and to reduce spasms from multiple sclerosis.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announces a dozen new anti-drug initiatives for his last year in office. “I will not have the blood of addicted New Jerseyans on my hands by waiting to act,” he told the legislature.