Archive for the ‘Heroin’ Category

How to stop the drug wars

March 6, 2009

Mar 5th 2009
From The Economist print edition

Prohibition has failed; legalisation is the least bad solution

Illustration by Noma Bar

A HUNDRED years ago a group of foreign diplomats gathered in Shanghai for the first-ever international effort to ban trade in a narcotic drug. On February 26th 1909 they agreed to set up the International Opium Commission—just a few decades after Britain had fought a war with China to assert its right to peddle the stuff. Many other bans of mood-altering drugs have followed. In 1998 the UN General Assembly committed member countries to achieving a “drug-free world” and to “eliminating or significantly reducing” the production of opium, cocaine and cannabis by 2008.

That is the kind of promise politicians love to make. It assuages the sense of moral panic that has been the handmaiden of prohibition for a century. It is intended to reassure the parents of teenagers across the world. Yet it is a hugely irresponsible promise, because it cannot be fulfilled. (more…)

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MOST HARMFUL DRUGS

January 1, 2009

Most harmful drugs

So Long Crystal Meth, Hello Cocaine!

January 1, 2009



Generational forgetting means the media’s drug coverage just stays the same.

Coke is back—according to the New York Times. The Sunday Styles section helpfully pointed users and potential users (and presumably police as well) to online advertisements and tried to give the terminally un-hip some clues about current cocaine references in pop culture. (more…)

Heroin elephant can never be freed

October 21, 2008

A Chinese elephant that spent three years in rehab after animal smugglers laced his bananas with heroin will never be able to return to the wild.

Heroin addicted elephant clean after rehab

The elephant was captured in 2005 in southwest China by illegal traders who fed him heroin-laced bananas Photo: AP

Four-year-old Xiguang and three other elephants who the smugglers also captured were taken to an animal protection centre on China’s tropical island of Hainan to recover from their ordeals and overcome their heroin addictions. (more…)

THE (EX) BIGGEST HEROIN DEALER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD

October 17, 2008

INTERVIEW BY GRAHAM JOHNSON, PHOTO BY STUART GRIFFITHS


By the time Suleyman Ergun was 21 years old, he was the world’s most prolific and powerful seller of smack. Known throughout the junkie and police communities as the North London Turk, Ergun and his gang flooded Britain and Europe with heroin for five years.

For his pains, the former factory worker got mansions filled with cash and unlimited underworld cachet. At the height of his powers he was a multimillionaire and his favorite tipple was a bottle of champagne with eight grams of cocaine dumped into it. Today, he is almost penniless and lives with his mum. He’s 39. What happened?
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Drug toxicity chart

July 8, 2008

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