cocaine

Ohio Leads U.S. in Cocaine Deaths

More than 30 states have seen cocaine death rates rise since 2010, with Ohio leading the way. Overdoses from crack and powder cocaine in Ohio during 2017 killed seven times more than in 2010, says the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center. 

Biden, Booker Spar Over Marijuana, Minorities

In the Democratic presidential candidate debate in Atlanta, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tells former VP Joseph Biden he “might have been high” when he opposed marijuana legalization. Biden said he favored “decriminalization” and expungement of records in pot cases.

opioids

Judges Call for More Court Action on Opioid Crisis

State courts are the nation’s top referral source for addiction treatment. “It is crucial that judges are involved in reversing this epidemic,” says Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush, co-chair of a national task force.

Boy Hoped to Smuggle Meth With Remote-Controlled Car

U.S. Border Patrol officers arrested a 16-year-old boy at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine with the help of a remote-control car. It was another instance in a long history of smugglers using ever-evolving, often unusual methods, to get drugs over the border.