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A Mystery Powder Arrived in the Mail. It Almost Killed 9

Backpackers hospitalized Tuesday in Australia in state of 'agitated delirium'

(Newser) - Nine backpackers from four countries were sent to hospitals in Australia this week, including at least three who were on life support Wednesday, after snorting a white powder sent through the mail. Seven men and two women, ages 21 to 25, snorted a white powder they assumed was cocaine around... More »

Mass Arrests at a Party Bring Controversy in Georgia

Cops nab more than 60, many of whom complain of bogus pot charges

(Newser) - Cops showed up at a party in Georgia about 2:30am Sunday to investigate a complaint of shots fired, and when all was said and done, more than 60 people were arrested, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Now, controversy has ensued over whether the officers in Cartersville overreacted. Many of those... More »

Addicts on Dr. Phil Say They Were Given Booze, Drugs

STAT/'Boston Globe' probe reveals 'callous and inexcusable exploitation,' per one critic

(Newser) - Dr. Phil McGraw prides himself for pulling people out of addiction, but a new report from STAT and the Boston Globe alleges he may have put some at-risk guests right back into it. Ex-guests on McGraw's syndicated talk show, including a former winner of TV's Survivor, say as... More »

Cops: Customers Waited in Church Lot for Unholy Delivery

California couple arrested for allegedly delivering drugs via drone

(Newser) - "Well it's new for us, at least." Such is the pronouncement of an officer with California's Riverside Police Department following the arrest of a couple who allegedly used a drone to transport drugs to waiting customers in a church parking lot. Neighbors say once the drugs... More »

This Is a Turtle on Drugs*

*Or rather trapped by a pile of cocaine, as Coast Guard saves the day in international waters

(Newser) - Coast Guard officials on a recent patrol managed to arrest 24 suspected smugglers—and save a life. While patrolling in international waters near Central America, officials came across a sea turtle entangled in ropes connected to floating contraband, later identified as 1,800 pounds of cocaine, according to a release... More »

Behind California Drug Lord's Downfall: a Beheading Video

Owen Hanson sentenced to 21 years in prison for drug operation

(Newser) - Owen "O-Dog" Hanson played on the same championship-winning USC football team as future NFL stars Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, but he would ultimately take a very different career path. The 35-year-old California man was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to racketeering... More »

WHO: Clandestine Factories Making Fake Drugs That Harm

Agency found that fake or substandard drugs are big problem worldwide

(Newser) - While some people are getting sick, others are getting rich, NPR reports—and a new World Health Organization study reveals why. It's all linked to counterfeit drugs, notes the report from the WHO, which estimates one in 10 medical products in low- and middle-income nations is either substandard (licensed... More »

'Terror on the High Seas': the Coast Guard's Floating Prisons

Fishermen carrying drugs from South America detained on US vessels for days or weeks

(Newser) - Seth Freed Wessler wrote a story last week for the New York Times that he describes to PRI as one of "real terror … on the high seas": what amounts to "floating Guantanamos" in the Pacific, Coast Guard cutters sent far from US shores to bust smugglers trying... More »

Inmate's Girlfriend Jailed Following Literal Kiss of Death

She passed meth to inmate boyfriend, who died as a result

(Newser) - An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge, reports the AP . Melissa Ann Blair passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into the mouth of Anthony Powell during a long... More »

Rose McGowan: Arrest Warrant Is Effort to Silence Me

Which she says is a 'load of horses---'

(Newser) - Rose McGowan has been among the most vocal in speaking up about Harvey Weinstein . Now she's raising her voice about some trouble she's in with the law, and she's amplifying her outspokenness with a sprinkling of profanity. "Are they trying to silence me? There is a... More »

NFL Coach Snorts Powder in Video, Loses $3M Job

Chris Foerster of Miami Dolphins resigns, says he'll get help

(Newser) - A video meant for one person's eyes has just cost one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the NFL his job, reports ESPN . Chris Foerster, the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins, resigned Monday morning after video emerged of him snorting a white powder before a team meeting.... More »

Alleged Online Drug Lord Tripped Up by Beard Contest

Gal Vallerius nabbed in Atlanta en route to beard competition

(Newser) - People in trouble with the law often grow a beard, or don a fake one, to avoid notice. In Gal Vallerius' case, his beard is what did him in. Vallerius, who authorities believe is an administrator for a dark web narcotics site, was arrested Aug. 31 at Atlanta's airport... More »

Prosecutors: Husband Bought Cocaine After Killing Teacher

Habit 'wrecked his marriage to Vanessa MacCormack'

(Newser) - Andrew MacCormack had an expensive cocaine habit that was ruining his marriage, prosecutors said as the alleged murderer appeared in court Wednesday. Prosecutors said Vanessa MacCormack, a second-grade teacher in Revere, Mass., had recently threatened to divorce MacCormack and sell their house, the Boston Globe reports. They said MacCormack had... More »

Are Energy Drinks the New Road to Cocaine?

Researchers find 'significant' link, call for further study

(Newser) - Energy drinks have been blamed for heart attacks and banned from college campuses , but they're now being studied for their potential to increase one's chances of getting hooked on drugs. And the news is not good: Writing in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence , a University of Maryland... More »

For 3 Years, Addicts Have Been Shooting Up at Secret US Site

The illegal location is all part of a 'harm reduction' strategy to help reduce OD deaths

(Newser) - Only a select few know where it is, but many more—including members of law enforcement—would like in on the secret. That secret, per the Washington Post , is a nonprofit's facility "somewhere in a US city" that for the past three years has been illegally serving as... More »

Raid on 'Cesspool' Yields Drugs, Nazi Propaganda

5 arrested in central Florida

(Newser) - A raid on a mobile home described as a "cesspool" by police in central Florida yielded drugs, guns, and propaganda from a group called the American Nazi Family. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office named the suspects as Alexander Nowokunski, 33; Gabrielle Price, 24; Steven Crumbley, 31; Melinda Zalneraitis,... More »

Girl's HIV Drugs Were Halted 8 Years Ago. It's 'Promising'

Researchers point to early treatment that can possibly lead to long-term remission

(Newser) - A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines—more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure. Her case was revealed Monday at... More »

The 'Open Secret' About Drug Expiration Dates

They may still be effective years after they expire, researchers say

(Newser) - Pharmacists who cringe when they have to toss expensive drugs once they expire may be interested to hear this drug dump may be unnecessary—and may be a contributing factor to big waste in the medical industry (estimated to be $765 billion a year), as well as the overall high... More »

Cops Secretly Seized Darknet Drug Market, Then Ran It

Expert calls move 'psychological warfare'

(Newser) - The shadowy world of online drug marketplaces has been left reeling from a one-two punch by authorities: AlphaBay and Hansa Market, two of the biggest darknet drug markets, have been shut down and their operators arrested. After AlphaBay, the biggest site of its kind, users headed to Hansa, unaware that... More »

Public Defender: Video Shows Baltimore Cop Planting Drugs

City police commissioner says officer may have been 're-creating' drug bust

(Newser) - A man in jail since January on heroin possession charges got a lucky break: bodycam footage apparently showing a Baltimore cop planting drugs. The Baltimore Sun and Washington Post report on probes now in the works after the city's public defender released the video last week, taped by the... More »

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