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2010-05-29 08:55:00

British researchers said Friday that prescribing heroin to addicts who cannot kick the habit helps them stay off street drugs. Doctors have had little success in treating the 10 percent or more of heroin users who do not respond to methadone, which is a standard medication to fight the addiction. Users often spiral downward into crime and disease spread by dirty needles and unhealthy living. Heroin clinics can at least help addicts get off the street. "What we are dealing with here is a...

2010-05-24 09:00:00

MOSCOW, May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The international forum "Drug Production in Afghanistan: A Challenge for the International Community" will be held in Moscow on June 9 and 10, 2010, at Russia's initiative. Heads of the key global drug control agencies and leading drug enforcement experts will gather in Moscow for a conference initiated by the Russian News & Information Agency RIA Novosti. The idea is supported by Russia's State Anti-Drug Committee, the Council for Foreign and...

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2010-03-15 08:28:57

University of Calgary researchers discover codeine and morphine genes Researchers at the University of Calgary have discovered the unique genes that allow the opium poppy to make codeine and morphine, thus opening doors to alternate methods of producing these effective painkillers either by manufacturing them in a lab or controlling the production of these compounds in the plant. "The enzymes encoded by these two genes have eluded plant biochemists for a half-century," says Peter Facchini,...

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2010-03-09 06:00:00

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said on Monday that developing countries might face a "health disaster" if wealthy countries fail to control drugs. "The developing world lacks the treatment facilities and law enforcement to control drugs," UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costas said at a meeting in the Austrian capital of Vienna. "This seems to have been forgotten by people in rich countries calling for loosening of drug controls," Costas said. "Why condemn the Third World, already...

2010-01-19 12:20:13

Study is first to examine how overdose risk differs by prescribed dose More and more Americans with chronic pain not caused by cancer are taking medically prescribed opioids like Oxycontin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone). The January 19 Annals of Internal Medicine features the first study to explore the risk of overdose in patients prescribed opioids for chronic noncancer pain in general health care. The study links risk of fatal and nonfatal opioid overdose to prescription...

2009-12-08 05:00:00

See http://www.mccaffreyassociates.com/pdfs/AAR_november_2009.pdf For Full Report WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four Star-Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret), a former Gulf War commander, SouthCom Commander, and U.S. National Drug Policy Director, now Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at West Point, has issued a comprehensive assessment, report, and recommendations on the situation in Afghanistan following a week long-visit. During his mission, conducted for the U.S....

2009-08-04 14:12:02

Some 12 percent of U.S. high school seniors say they have taken opioid drugs without a prescription for pain, relaxation or to get high, researchers said. Sean Esteban McCabe of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and colleagues assessed survey responses from five consecutive groups of seniors at public and private high schools nationwide from 2002-2006. The 12,441 students filled out questionnaires reporting whether they had used opioids such as morphine, opium or codeine for medical...

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2009-06-25 10:00:00

The international market for heroin, cocaine and marijuana is declining while demand for synthetic "party" drugs is on the rise, according to a new UN report. The UN Office of Drugs and Crime issued its findings on Wednesday. The report shows a 19 percent decrease in the cultivation of opium in Afghanistan, which is the source of 93 percent of the world's opium. Additionally, cocaine cultivation in Columbia fell 18 percent while production dropped 28 percent compared to 2007. "Global coca...

2009-03-05 14:07:00

High Level Meeting Convenes in Vienna to Chart Future of Drug Control Efforts NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In advance of a United Nations meeting meant to set the direction of drug policy for the next decade, the Open Society Institute today released a new report documenting the costs to health and human rights of current, repressive approaches to drug control. Country delegates gathering in Vienna next week are expected to issue a political declaration that could impact...

2008-09-05 12:00:39

Text of report by state-run Iranian radio external service from Mashhad on 4 September [Presenter] Provincial officials in northern Balkh Province have expressed concerns over increase in number of drug-addicts in this province. According to Dr Abdul Mobin Soltankhel, the head of hospital for the drug-addicts, the number of addicts in this province has doubled since last year. He said the report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes also shows a dramatic increase. He said: [Dr...