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2006-07-26 16:05:47

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - The drug Suboxone may help opium addicts kick their habit, but it makes little difference whether taken once or three times a week or whether patients also receive intensive counseling, a new study shows. About 40 percent of 166 volunteers passed their urine tests in a 24-week study, regardless of which combination of counseling and Suboxone therapy they received. Without the drug, only about 5 percent would probably have had a clean urine sample,...

2006-07-11 19:21:09

By Christine Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Afghan drug lord accused of conspiring to ship $25 million worth of heroin into the United States pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge on Tuesday. "Yes, I'm guilty," Baz Mohammad, 48, told judge Denny Chin in Manhattan federal court. As part of his plea agreement, he admitted he was a major player in "the substance business" and "the powder business" of importing heroin. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison but is likely to...

2006-06-27 08:20:00

By Palash Kumar NEW DELHI -- Peace on the India-Pakistan border has kept the guns silent for years now, but it has also led to a surge in the illegal drugs trade in a region called the "golden crescent," the United Nations said on Tuesday. "Three to four years ago, when there was tension on the border, the average seizure of opium routed from Afghanistan into India, was about 50 kg (110 lb) per year," Gary Lewis, regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),...

2006-06-27 00:55:38

BEIJING (Reuters) - China police are teaching Myanmar officials kung fu and Mandarin as part of training in how to crack down on drug trafficking, state media said on Tuesday. The one-month training course, held at a police college in China's southern Yunnan province which borders Myanmar, will also teach officials about the "global anti-drug situation" and drug-testing methods, Xinhua news agency said. "We really treasure this training opportunity in China and we will work hard...

2006-05-13 20:11:17

By Chawadee Nualkhair VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Poverty-stricken Laos has some way to go to catch up with its more developed neighbors, but it has still managed to import the same problems facing far richer countries. Fresh from declaring victory in its "war on opium," Laos' communist rulers now face the threat of growing methamphetamine use among its youth. The unceremoniously named "Treatment and Vocational Training of Drug Users Center," just south of the capital, Vientiane, is a...

2006-05-03 21:54:59

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - In a surprise reversal, Mexican President Vicente Fox will not sign a widely criticized reform to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of marijuana, cocaine and heroin, his office said on Wednesday. The president's office said the law, which also toughened sentences for dealing and holding larger amounts of the intoxicants, would be sent back to Congress for revision. "In our country the possession of drugs and their...

2006-04-28 17:51:45

By Noel Randewich MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Possessing marijuana, cocaine and even heroin will no longer be a crime in Mexico if the drugs are carried in small amounts for personal use, under legislation passed by Congress. The measure given final passage by senators in a late night session on Thursday allows police to focus on their battle against major drug dealers, the government says, and President Vicente Fox is expected to sign it into law. "This law provides more judicial tools...

2006-03-20 08:15:00

By Yousuf Azimy LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan farmer Abdul Ghani looks over his field carpeted in small, green plants and knows this crop will feed his family. His field is covered in opium poppies, now only leaves about 4 inches high and yet to flower. Ghani explains his simple logic that makes him part of an illicit industry that the government says is funding terrorism and threatens to destroy the country. "We're very poor people. To feed our families we grow poppies," said...

2006-03-09 08:24:47

By Ed Cropley PHONGSALI, Laos (Reuters) - The mountains of northern Laos have changed color. In the past five years, the opium poppy fields that for the last two centuries lent splashes of color to the pervading green of the jungle have become a thing of the past. In their stead, small plantations of tea, peach trees and even asparagus are springing up in the heart of the "Golden Triangle," the lawless opium-producing region at the junction of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. "In 2001...

2006-03-01 17:21:12

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opium production and trafficking make up a third of Afghanistan's economy, and security issues and corruption hamper efforts to eradicate the drug, the State Department said on Wednesday. In its annual worldwide drugs survey, the department said Afghanistan's huge drugs trade severely damaged efforts to rebuild the country's economy and threatened regional stability overall. "Dangerous security conditions and corruption constrain government and...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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