Archive for the ‘cocaine’ Category

Coke a Dope: Biden’s Daughter Doing Drugs?

March 29, 2009

Biden resisted Barack’s plan to shut down the drug trade in Afghanistan.  Now we know why…

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A “friend” of Vice President Joseph Biden’s daughter, Ashley, is attempting to hawk a videotape that he claims shows her snorting cocaine at a house party this month in Delaware.

The anonymous male acquaintance of Ashley took the video, said Thomas Dunlap, a lawyer representing the seller.

By Brad Hamilton
New York Post

Dunlap and a man claiming to be a lawyer showed The Post about 90 seconds of 43-minute tape, saying it was legally obtained and that Ashley was aware she was being filmed. The Post refused to pay for the video.

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shopping_tape__161772.htm

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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.

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

Amy Winehouse: Sex Fling Meaningless, “I Want My Blake”

January 19, 2009

Amy Winehouse’s husband Blake Fielder-Civil will not succeed in his effort to divorce the singer, she has claimed.

The former studio runner – still serving a prison sentence for assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice – last week instructed his solicitor to file for divorce from the Back to Black star.

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Amy Winehouse pictured on holiday in St Lucia

“I can confirm that I have been instructed to commence divorce proceedings on the grounds of Amy’s adultery,” said a statement from Fielder-Civil’s lawyer Henri Bradman.

But according to the Sun newspaper, 25-year-old Winehouse will fight her husband’s attempt to end their marriage.

“I still love my Blake. I won’t let him divorce me,” she is quoted by the tabloid as saying.

However, Winehouse explained recent photographs of her with actor Josh Bowman in the Caribbean resort of St Lucia by saying she still wants to have “some fun” and a “good time”.

“Blake is the male version of me. We’re perfect for each other. I don’t want to go back home to England. I want to wait for Blake here,” she reportedly told the Sun.

“Josh was lovely. But it was a holiday thing. I’ve got my Blake.”

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http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/amy%20winehouse%20wont%20let%20husband%20divorce%20her_1092203

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

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: Turning Point?

December 29, 2008

Amy Winehouse will one day remember 2008 as the year in which she started to recover or the year in which she started to decline even further.

We just don’t know.

We do know that Ms. Winehouse suffers from addiction which has been, as it usually is, costly, sickening and destructive….

We pray that her addiction is behind her now and 2009 will be a better year.

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From: Bang Media International

Amy Winehouse spent £3,500 a week on drugs at the height of her addiction, it has been claimed.

The singer was often so desperate for a hit she used a screwdriver to scrape heroin remnants from her drug-taking paraphernalia according to Alex Haines, who claims he had an affair with Amy earlier this year.

Alex said: “Amy had to have a heroin or a crack pipe near her or she freaked out. She’d keep taking drugs until she passed out. I reckon she spent £3,500 a week on them.

“When Amy ran out of drugs she would cut the bottle she used to take them in half and sit there on the floor completely wired, scraping the inside to get the residue with a screwdriver.”

Alex says he began a relationship with Amy – whose husband Blake Fielder Civil is currently in prison serving a 27-month sentence for grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice – after he joined her team as a junior assistant manager in 2007.

He claims the 25-year-old singer is “addicted” to sex, adding their relationship was fuelled by lust.

He told the News of the World newspaper: “It was like having my own little porn star. Amy was so dirty – she wanted sex all the time. We did it four or five times a day and she’d even wake me up for it. She was addicted to sex like she was to drugs.”

Alex revealed Amy – who was recently pictured looking the picture of health during a festive break in St. Lucia – suffers from eating disorder Bulimia, which sees sufferers binge on food and then make themselves sick, and sometimes gorges on 10 chocolate bars a day.

He said: “Amy suffered from bulimia, which is why she looked so thin. She would have a massive McDonalds and then throw it all up in the bathroom. I found my toothbrush covered in sick, and asked her about it.

“She told me she suffered from it for a long time. Several times I went into her bathroom and saw sick all over the sink.”

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Above: Amy Winehouse, pictured in St Lucia on just before Christmas, has piled on the pounds while recovering from addiction

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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

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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

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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

Related:
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

What We Know About Mumbai Terrorists: Mad Dogs Off The Leash

December 3, 2008

In Mumbai, it is now apparent that the terrorists that struck the hotels and other sites, killed nearly 200, tortured Jewish prisoners before putting them to death, and threw around hand grenades indiscriminately, were not your grandparents terrorists.

Because the Indian police captured one terrorist alive and a wealth of material and forensic evidence, we know several facts about the Mumbai terrorists:

–The surviving terrorist has told authorities he and the others were trained in Pakistan by the Islamist militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba.

–The terrorists were well armed with modern, first-rate automatic weapons and hand grenades.

–They used every conceivable modern technology to assist them in their deadly task: cell phones, GPS, Blackberries, text messaging and other tools were found.

–They had prepared physically and mentally for a long siege.  The dead terrorists are “beefy” well muscled men who seem to have worked out physically for months recently. There is some evidence that the terrorists used steroids.

–The susviving terrorist has spoken about mental and Islamic readiness and the fact that none of the terrorists had any fear of death.

–The terrorist, though Islamic fanatics, used cocaine, LSD and other drugs to assist them to stay awake and “one the edge.” Syringes, paraphernalia, and steroids were found on some of the terrorists.

–At least one terrorist wore a shirt bearing the Versace logo; a kind of Muslim taboo.  The use of the logo indicates that these men are unafraid to embrace what some Muslims consider “decadent.” 

The wearing of the “decadent” logo might seem a small, seemingly unimportant fact. But it could be evidence, combined with the drug use and other evidence, that these terrorist are unencumbered by any religious, cultural,  moral or other restrictions.

A criminal psychologist schooled in terrorism told Peace and Freedom, “these are mad dogs off the leash.”

Related:
Mumbai Terror Survivor Bought Cheap and Promised Pay “Dead or Alive” By Pakistan Handlers

This image taken from NDTV shows a man wearing a T-shirt with ... 
This image taken from NDTV shows a man wearing a T-shirt with a “Versace” logo carrying an automatic weapon as he enters a train station in Mumbai, late November 26. The man, Ajmal Amir Kamal, 21, is being interrogated in a safe house in Mumbai, reports said.(AFP/NDTV/File)

Mumbai Gunmen Used Cocaine to Stay Awake During Terror Siege

December 3, 2008

 

The terrorists involved in a 60-hour standoff in Mumbai used cocaine and other drugs to stay awake while they battled Indian commandos, the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper reported.

The gunmen, who reportedly received months of special marine training in Pakistan to prepare them for the attacks, also used steroids to strengthen themselves, the paper reported.
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“These men were all toned, suggesting they had been doing some heavy training for the attacks,” an official told The Telegraph. “This explains why they managed to battle the commandos for over 50 hours with no food or sleep.”

The only terrorist to be captured alive after the siege said the group were members of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taibat. At least 172 people were killed in the attacks.

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Terrorists who battled Indian commandos for 60-hours last week relied on cocaine and other stimulants to stay awake for the duration of the fight.

By Damien McElroy in Mumbai
The Telegraph (UK)
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Officials said drug paraphernalia, including syringes, was recovered from the scene of the attacks, which killed almost 200 people.

The heavily built men, who had undergone training at a special marine camp established by the Lashkar-e-Taibat (LeT) terrorist group in Pakistan, had also used steroids to build a tougher physique.

“We found injections containing traces of cocaine and LSD left behind by the terrorists and later found drugs in their blood,” said one official.

“There was also evidence of steroids, which isn’t uncommon in terrorists.

“These men were all toned, suggesting they had been doing some heavy training for the attacks. This explains why they managed to battle the commandos for over 50 hours with no food or sleep.”

One terrorist used the drugs to keep on fighting despite suffering a life-threatening injury.

Drugs are commonly used in India by workers in jobs where a lack of sleep is demanded, such as truck drivers and security guards.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/35
40964/Mumbai-attacks-Terrorists-took-cocaine-to-stay-awa
ke-during-assault.html