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Russia Is Top Heroin Consumer

March 7, 2009

Moscow Russia has become the world’s biggest heroin consumer, and the flood of the drug from Afghanistan poses a threat to national security, Russia’s drug enforcement chief said Friday. “In recent years Russia has not just become massively hooked on Afghan opiates, it has also become the world’s absolute leader in the opiate trade and the number one heroin consumer,” Viktor Ivanov, head of the Federal Drug Control Service, said in a report made public on Friday.

–Reuters

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Cocaine cheaper than lager and wine as drug price falls by half

February 14, 2009

A line of cocaine is now cheaper than a pint of lager or a glass of wine, official figures have disclosed.

Cocaine cheaper than lager and wine as drug price falls by half

45 kilos of Cocaine Photo: PA

The Home Office has admitted that the street price of both cocaine and heroin has fallen by nearly half in the last ten years, making the most dangerous illegal drugs cheaper than they have ever been.

Based on reports from police forces, the Home Office said that cocaine is now being sold for as little as £20 a gram in some parts of the country.

The most common price for the drug is £40 per gram. Home Office figures for 1998 show the average price was £77.

A gram of heroin can now be bought for as little as £25, with the average price somewhere between £40 and £50 per gram. In 1998, the average was £74.

The Home Office figures are based on data collected from police forces and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

According to DrugScope, a charity that provides research and advice on drugs policy, gram of cocaine can make between 10 and 20 lines for snorting, depending on its strength.

That means a line of cocaine can cost as little as £1, with an average price per line of between £2 and £4.

The average price of a pint of lager is around £2.75, although some pub chains have reacted to the credit crunch by cutting the price of a pint as low as 99p. A glass of wine typically costs £3.50.

The figures were uncovered by the Tories, who said they proved that Labour had failed to stem the flow of Class A drugs into the UK.

James Brokenshire, the Conservative shadow home affairs minister, called the figures “startling.”

He said: “These startling figures show the reality of drug use in Britain. Price falls of this nature indicate that the supply of hard drugs into this country has jumped. It’s a serious indictment of Labour’s failure to combat drug crime and stem the flow of drugs onto our streets.”

Less cocaine is being intercepted on Britain’s borders. The Home Office figures last year showed that the total weight of cocaine seized actually fell by 15 per cent a year, and it has halved in five years.

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/4602051/Coc
aine-cheaper-than-lager-and-wine-as-drug-price-falls-by-half.html

New Year Turns To Fire and Death At China “Party”

February 1, 2009

How many times do we have to learn that fireworks, alcohol and nightclubs don’t mix?

China experienced another unnecessary tragedy of party-fireworks-nightclub when a group celebrating a birthday during China’s New Year shot off fireworks at their table and set fire to a bar in China’s Fujian province, leading to the deaths of 15 people, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The fire was in Changle City, which translates into “lasting happiness.”

This tragedy has been played out in Bangkok where a band named “Burn” ignited destruction and death. Sixty-five people were killed in that fire in the crowded Santika nightclub exposing the dismal safety standards of Bangkok’s shady entertainment scene.

A Rhode Island club fire in 2003 killed 100.

We may never know the complete cause of death in China in this fireworks incident because China controls its media.  But it is a safe bet that fireworks, alcohol and bad safety thinking are to blame.

China fire from CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORL
D/asiapcf/01/31/china.fire/index.html

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Bangkok Club Fire On New Year’s Reveals “Host Of Safety Violations” in “Shady Entertainment World”

Policemen and rescue workers look at the bodies of victims outside Santika nightclub in Bangkok January 1, 2009. A blaze at the top Bangkok nightclub killed at least 58 people celebrating the New Year and injured more than 100 others.
 

Aftermath of the January 1 Club fire in Thailand. Photograph by: Kerek Wongsa/Reuters, Reuters

Amy Winehouse “Vacation:” Relapse, Divorce, Embarrassment and House Cleaned Out By Robbers

January 30, 2009

Amy Winehouse started the new year with a “bang.”

She went to St. Lucia where the British media caught her frolicking with a new beau.  Her husbad saw some pictures and filed for divorce from his jail cell.  Hotel staff says she was drugged or drunk much of the time and she threw water on another hotel guest during a disturbance in the dining room.

When she got home she found out her home had been broken into.

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Associated Press

Amy Winehouse’s spokesman says the singer’s home in north London was broken into while she was on vacation in the Caribbean.

Spokesman Chris Goodman says Winehouse has reported guitars and music-recording equipment stolen.

Goodman said Friday the home was left empty when Winehouse was on her much-publicized vacation on the island of St. Lucia.

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CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/01/30
/winehouse.crime/index.html

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Amy Winehouse Vacation With Boyfriend Could Lead to Divorce, More Relapse

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Amy Winehouse pictured on holiday in St Lucia

Amy Winehouse is spotted in the arms of an unidentified man on the beach in St.Lucia
Amy with Josh Bowman

Amy Winehouse Vacation With Boyfriend Could Lead to Divorce, More Relapse

January 12, 2009

“On the grounds of Amy’s adultery.”

“I have been instructed to commence divorce proceedings.”

Those two phrases came today from Henri Brandman, solicitor for Amy Winehouse’s husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who is himself in jail.

He is serving time for grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice.

Amy Winehouse, right, and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, ... 
Amy Winehouse, and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, arrive at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles in this June 3, 2007, file photo. A lawyer for the husband of Amy Winehouse says, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, he is seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva’s infidelity. Attorney Henri Brandman says he has been instructed by Blake Fielder-Civil ‘to commence divorce proceedings on the grounds of Amy’s adultery.’(AP Photo/Matt Sayles/FILE)

Ms. Winehouse’s very public life became even more public when she took a holiday to St. Lucia.

There she engaged in a public display of sex and merry making with Josh Bowman.

Amy Winehouse is spotted in the arms of an unidentified man on the beach in St.Lucia

Playful: The pair were inseparable as they cavorted around together

Winehouse told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “When I’m with Josh I don’t need drugs to feel good because he makes me feel so amazing.”

“Before I came out here I looked at a photo of myself in the newspaper and was horrified. My skin was a spotty mess and I was so pale and skinny. I thought to myself ‘Girl, you got to sort yourself out or you’ll be dead soon.'”

“I was depressed, doing drugs and had no life at all. Coming here has changed everything. I don’t want the holiday to end. Home is hell for me, I’ve escaped from it.”

But when Josh left so did Amy’s peace of mind, apparently.  She summoned her dad, Mitch Winehouse, to join her.  Her father has assisted her in her efforts to quit drugs and alcohol.

Fielder-Civil was quoted in a British tabloid on 28 November 2008 that he wants to end his marriage to the singer, saying, “I have to let her go to save her life”.

Winehouse was quoted in a British tabloid in January 2009 as saying about Fielder-Civil “I don’t know what’s going on with us now and for the time being I’ve just forgotten I’m even married.” She said then that she would deal her marriage when she got back from holiday.

Well, the holiday seems over now.

Now divorce may be the next life crisis for Winehouse….

Related:
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20090112/tuk-
winehouse-hubby-demands-divorce-45dbed5.html

 Drunk, Naked and Care-Free: Vacation of the Superstar

Amy Winehouse: Topless Part “Looks Healthy!”

CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Mu
sic/01/12/winehouse.divorce/index.html

Amy Winehouse: Sex, Drugs and Rock … Now less Sex?

January 12, 2009

Troubled singer AMY WINEHOUSE has reportedly begged her dad to join her on holiday in St Lucia to comfort her after reported new beau JOSHUA BOWMAN returned to the U.K.
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The Rehab hitmaker escaped to the Caribbean island in December and has since been snapped by paparazzi cuddling up to the clean-cut former rugby player and looking healthy.
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And she insists she is so happy spending time with Bowman she hasn’t been tempted to use any drugs – and is even considering staying in the Caribbean permanently, telling reporters she’s feels the best she has in years.
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In a candid interview with Britain’s News of the World newspaper, Winehouse compared handsome Bowman to her incacerated husband Blake Fielder-Civil….

Read the rest:
http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/devastated
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 Drunk, Naked and Care-Free: Vacation of the Superstar

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Drunk, Naked and Care-Free: Vacation of the Superstar

January 11, 2009

“She walks around in the same grimy bikini bottoms each day with her boobs on show, gets drunk, gropes waiters and is rude to male staff. She’s hardly the most popular guest.”

A source told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “Everyone wants Amy to disappear. Her attack on this guest was the last straw.”
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The attack?
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Amy Winehouse stunned holidaymakers in St. Lucia after throwing a glass of water over a fellow diner.

The 25-year-old singer – who is enjoying a relaxing vacation in a luxury resort on the Caribbean island – is said to have doused a female tourist in water while she was having dinner with her partner.

Following the incident, Amy refused to apologise to the 27-year-old woman but later changed her mind when the couple threatened to call the police and press assault charges.

Singer Amy Winehouse, seen here in July 2008, has decided not ... 

Explaining the reasons behind Amy’s actions, her spokesperson said: “Amy misunderstood a conversation and wrongly believed a slight was made. The matter has been resolved.”

The confrontation is the latest in a series of events which have angered staff at the resort.

From The Sun (UK)

And from:
The Herald on Sunday
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/alcohol-abuse/news
/article.cfm?c_id=115&objectid=10551272

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From BANG:

The ‘Back to Black’ singer says she’s quit drugs for good and gained a new lease of life from holidaying in the Caribbean and meeting new man Josh Bowman.

Amy, who has been at an exclusive resort in St Lucia since New Year, told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “When I’m with Josh I don’t need drugs to feel good because he makes me feel so amazing.

“Before I came out here I looked at a photo of myself in the newspaper and was horrified. My skin was a spotty mess and I was so pale and skinny. I thought to myself ‘Girl, you got to sort yourself out or you’ll be dead soon’.

“I was depressed, doing drugs and had no life at all. Coming here has changed everything. I don’t want the holiday to end. Home is hell for me, I’ve escaped from it.”

Amy – who is married to jailed Blake Fielder-Civil – met 21-year-old actor Josh Bowman while on the island and the pair quickly struck up a romance.

The 25-year-old singer added: “Josh couldn’t be more different from my husband, which is not a bad thing. Blake looks like me, a right mess, but Josh is handsome and clean and that’s what I like about him.

“Blake was rubbish in bed. Almost every time I slept with him it was like I was dead. I don’t know what’s going on with us now and for the time being I’ve just forgotten I’m even married.”

Blake has reportedly started divorce proceedings against Amy from prison – where he is being held for attempting to pervert the course of justice and Grievous Bodily Harm – hiring celebrity lawyer Henri Brandman and demanding up to £5 million of Amy’s fortune.

Speaking of Amy, he is said to have told his mother in a phone call: “We’ve reached the point of no return.”
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 Amy Winehouse: Topless Part “Looks Healthy!”
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Drink and Drug Too Much? Treatment Rarely A “Cure”
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Above: Amy Winehouse, pictured in St Lucia on just before Christmas, has piled on the pounds while recovering from addiction

Gaining a Lasting Legacy from Those that Died in 2008

December 24, 2008

Sometimes, there is a lasting good when someone passes.

Heath Ledger entertained and  enlightened me.  Mostly he enlightened.

As we near the end of this year, we often think about the rich and famous who have enlightened or entertained us.  I am thinking about Heath Ledger and Tim Russert: both enlightened me much more than they entertained.

And both have a lasting legacy in my mind….

Cocaine is a “party drug” right? You want it after you’ve been thinking and drinking.

But that is really bad thinking.

Heath Ledger’s legacy is not “Brokeback Mountain” or “The Patriot” or family and children and happy memories.

Sadly, Actor Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose of six drugs — painkillers and sedatives.  “Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylaminediazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine,” said the medical examiner’s spokeswoman.
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Heath Ledger

This sent me on a months long journey to discover the impact of mixing so many dangerous drugs.

The results were frightening but probably completely predictable: most medical doctors say the risk of mixing so many dangerous drugs if frightening to the extreme. Even mixing a few can be and often is deadly.

“If you come in on alprazolam (Xanax) I know what to do.  If you come in using Xanax and alcohol and Ambien you have created a very difficult dilemma for me.  How much, when, what have you eaten?  If you come in with various types of drugs in you; you create, sometimes, a gordian knot the physician is ill euipped to deal with.”

That’s a quote from one of many M.D.s we interviewed.  All had experience dealing with people who had ingested several drugs over time.

“There is just no good outcome to mixing drugs.  Your friend Heath Ledger is the epitome of that,” said a doctor to me.

A friend of mine, already addicted to alcohol and cocaine, was recently hospitalized.  While there, a doctor prescribed oxycodone and hydrocodone.  We moved him to another facility after consulting other medical professionals.

And treatment, once one is hooked, will be frightening, prolonged and painful.

“If you can just get me to rehab I’ll be O.K.”

We’ve heard that time and again.  Rehab is not nirvana — the state of being free from  suffering.  Rehab is often just a way-station. 

Getting clean and sober takes time, effort, commitment and sometimes, a lot of money.

But it is worth it. If one achieves lasting recovery.

Britney Spears performing at the National Mall during the “NFL Kickoff Live 2003” Concert.

The alternative is death while you are still young.  You’ll miss the party completely.

Lots of Hollywood types and entertainers have been dealing with drugs.  This should put us all on notice that drugs and alcohol are life threatening.  Just this year we’ve seen Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Ryan O’Neil and many others in trouble with drugs.

So we write this as a caution as we all prepare to “celebrate” Christmas and New Years. Don’t mix drugs during the holidays: or at any other time.

Related:
Dangerous drug combos pose risk for elderly

Substance Abuse In America: Treatment Rarely A “Cure”

Lasting Legacy: Tim Russert Made Me Think

Video at CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/12/15/yir.20
08.passages/index.html

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Peace and Freedom

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Ryan O’Neil

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There is a huge likelihood that a teenager you know shares these following things with Heath Ledger and Britney Spears: Vicodin, Oxycontin and Xanax and the belief that since doctors prescribed these they are OK to use.

But what few grasp is this: doctors are not saints.  Several told us that they prescribe drugs quickly so they can get to the next patient faster.

Add to this people who mix drugs, take more than is prescribed, mix drugs with alcohol, mix drugs without the primary care physician’s knowdge and “doctor shop.”

You end up with addiction, other illnesses and death.

Sadly, Heath Ledger’s Dad knows this too well.

“While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy,” he said.

Intervention is that course of action that stops an abuser or an addict dead in their tracks — before death knoks on their door.

If you know someone who needs care due to drug (including alcohol) addiction or abuse: take action.  Show your love by causing an intervention.

You’ll regret looking the other way for the rest of your life.

Related:
Drug Abuse, Drug Overdose Killed Heath Ledger

Drug Abuse Usually Starts At Home

Singer Amy Winehouse: Court Ordered Rehab

Nationwide Imminent Danger Alert – Super Bowl Weekend Dangers

Heath Ledger, President Bush, The Addicted and Our Medical Professionals

Addicts Neglected, Over-Medicated Despite Vast System of “Care”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/galleries/nota
ble_deaths_of_2008/notable_deaths_of_2008.html

Amy Winehouse: Topless Part “Looks Healthy!”

December 22, 2008

 I find Amy Winehouse to be irrestistable.  She’s talented, beautiful and unafraid.

She is also a drug addict and she is just like a bunch of people in our modern society.  She gets into trouble and she needs help.

Help means “rehab” and rehab means doctors and a wide variety of  “cures.”  But the fact that is looming ever larger is this: there is no cure to drug and alcohol addiction, really.  There are programs and there is effort and hard work — but there is no cure….

Related:
Drunk, Naked and Care-Free: Vacation of the Superstar
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Amy Winehouse’s Addiction: Costly, Sickening, Destructive But Is It Over?

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Amy Winehouse was spotted this weekend looking healthier than she has in months as she showed off some new curves while frolicking topless on a Caribbean beach.

The “Rehab” singer, 25, who is currently receiving treatment at a London clinic after a drug overdose, seemed to be quite comfortable with herself as she relaxed and sunbathed in St. Lucia in nothing but a pair of skimpy bikini bottoms.

And according to the Daily Mail, Winehouse has not only gained a few much-needed pounds, but also hired a personal trainer to help her get back into shape.

“She’s very enthusiastic about her sessions and bounds in to work out on the bikes, weights and Power Plate,” a source told the Mail.

Perhaps it’s her separation from husband Blake Fielder Civil that has done her well. Civil was recently sent back to prison after failing a drug test and breaking the early release terms of his 27-month sentence, the Mail said.

Her family is also thrilled at Winehouse’s apparent progress in treatment. “She’s being taken care of. She’s resting and eating well, and there are no drugs there,” her mother Janis said.

From Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,470882,00.html

See Also:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1099591/Free-easy-
Amy-Winehouse-looks-picture-health-piles-pounds.html

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Curvy: Amy Winehouse, pictured in St Lucia on Sunday, has piled on the pounds as she enjoys a relaxing break in the sun

http://www.people.com/people/amy_winehouse

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 Substance Abuse In America: Treatment Rarely A “Cure”

Drink and Drug Too Much? Treatment Rarely A “Cure”

December 22, 2008

Every year, state and federal governments spend more than $15 billion, and insurers $5 billion more, on substance-abuse treatment services for some four million people. That amount may soon increase sharply: last year, Congress passed the mental health parity law, which for the first time includes addiction treatment under a federal law requiring that insurers cover mental and physical ailments at equal levels.

By Benedict Carey
The New York Times

Many clinics across the county have waiting lists, and researchers estimate that some 20 million Americans who could benefit from treatment do not get it.

Yet very few rehabilitation programs have the evidence to show that they are effective. The resort-and-spa private clinics generally do not allow outside researchers to verify their published success rates. The publicly supported programs spend their scarce resources on patient care, not costly studies.

And the field has no standard guidelines. Each program has its own philosophy; so, for that matter, do individual counselors. No one knows which approach is best for which patient, because these programs rarely if ever track clients closely after they graduate. Even Alcoholics Anonymous, the best known of all the substance-abuse programs, does not publish data on its participants’ success rate.

“What we have in this country is a washing-machine model of addiction treatment,” said A. Thomas McClellan, chief executive of the nonprofit Treatment Research Institute, based in Philadelphia. “You go to Shady Acres for 30 days, or to some clinic for 60 visits or 60 doses, whatever it is. And then you’re discharged and everyone’s crying and hugging and feeling proud — and you’re supposed to be cured.”

He added: “It doesn’t really matter if you’re a movie star going to some resort by the sea or a homeless person: The system doesn’t work well for what for many people is a chronic, recurring problem.”


Hollywood veteran of “the system”:
Gary Busey

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France abuzz over alcoholic ‘cure’

Heath Ledger’s Legacy: Thinking About Mixing Drugs Like a Movie Star During Holidays?

Read it all:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/
health/23reha.html?_r=1&hp