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'World's Poorest President' Gets $1mn Offer for Old VW Beetle
Offbeat  (tags: Drugs, Politics, South America )

Ray
- 18 days ago - rt.com
An Arab sheikh seems to think the 'world's poorest president,' Uruguay's Jose Mujica, is in dire need of cash. He's offered $1 million for Mujica's iconic 1987 VW Beetle - but the pot-smoking leader says he will donate the money to the homeless instead.
Medicare's 'Drugs for the Deceased' Costing Taxpayers
Offbeat  (tags: Corruption, Drugs, Medicine, Science, USA )

Ray
- 24 days ago - rt.com
Medicare pays for medications even after a patient has died, and it is costing American taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the Health Department's inspector general.
Mother Whose Son 'Baked to Death' in Prison Is Awarded $2.25 Mn
Offbeat  (tags: Crime, Drugs, Global economy, Mass media, Military, Politics, Scandal, USA )

Ray
- 24 days ago - rt.com
The mother of a former Marine with mental health problems who died in over 100-degree heat at Rikers Island will receive $2.25 million from New York City. The family originally planned to sue for $25 million.
No Link Between Tough Penalties and Drug Use - Report
Offbeat  (tags: Laws, Drugs, Government Report, UK )

Ray
- 27 days ago - bbc.co.uk
There is "no obvious relationship" between tough laws and levels of drug use, a government report has suggested.
Less Media, More Sedatives: Oklahoma Reviews Capital Punishment Protocols After Botched Execution
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Crime, Drugs, Health, Human rights, Law, Scandal, USA )

Ray
- 55 days ago - rt.com
Oklahoma announced that more sedatives and less media, among other measures, are part of the state's new protocol for capital punishment after a botched execution in April left an inmate writhing in pain before dying 43 minutes after a lethal injection
Tobacco Giant to Pay $23bn Damages to Florida Smoker's Widow
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Drugs, Health, Law, USA )

Ray
- 128 days ago - rt.com
A jury in Florida has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer at the age of 36 punitive damages of $23 billion. RJ Reynolds, the second biggest tobacco company in the US, plans to challenge "this runaway verdict."
'Millions Denied End-of-Life Drugs'
Offbeat  (tags: Drugs, Pain Relief, Cancer, End-of-Life Drugs )

Ray
- 176 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Lack of access to pain relief for dying patients is a "public health emergency", say experts. Figures suggest almost 18 million people - mainly in developing countries - died in unnecessary pain in 2012.
Brazil Child Sex Trade Alarm as World Cup Nears
Offbeat  (tags: World Cup, Children, Sex Trade, Drugs, Brazil )

Ray
- 178 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Joana Maranhao is, by anybody's reckoning, a remarkable young woman. She is a world-class swimmer who represented Brazil at three consecutive Olympic Games and is one of the country's most successful and prominent female athletes.
Flush With Coke: UK So High on Cocaine That Users Have 'Contaminated Tap Water' - Report
Offbeat  (tags: Drugs, Health, UK )

Ray
- 199 days ago - rt.com
Experts from the drinking water inspectorate found that cocaine use in Britain is now so high it has contaminated the drinking water supply, even after it has gone through intensive purification treatments, UK media reports.
Canada's First Pot Vending Machine Starts Operation
Offbeat  (tags: Canada, Drugs, Health )

Ray
- 202 days ago - rt.com
The first cannabis-dispensing machine in Canada has begun operating in Vancouver, following on from the first machine installed recently in the US state of Colorado. The difference? The Canadian machine doesn't ID you.
Should Drug Firms Make Payments to Doctors?
Offbeat  (tags: Doctors, Drugs, Medication, Health, Drug Firms )

Ray
- 223 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Gifts and payments to US doctors from drug firms are seen by some as encouraging unnecessary prescriptions. Do such transfers make any difference and will President Obama's healthcare reform help, by forcing companies to disclose them?
Texas Executes Inmate With Drugs From Secret Source
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Crime, Drugs, Law, USA )

Ray
- 234 days ago - rt.com
Texas executed its fifth inmate this year on Thursday, one day after federal courts rejected an attempt to force the state to disclose where it purchased the drugs used in its lethal injection procedure.
Oklahoma Sparks Concerns After Unveiling New Lethal Injection Drug Combo
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Drugs, Health, Law, USA )

Ray
- 237 days ago - rt.com
The state of Oklahoma unveiled on Tuesday the controversial three-drug combination it plans to use to kill two death row inmates via lethal injection later this month.
The Rise of Drug Overdoses in the US
Offbeat  (tags: drugs, overdose, DEA, USA )

Ray
- 290 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Philip Seymour Hoffman has become the latest celebrity to die from a drugs overdose, which is a growing problem in the US.
Government Chemist Tampered With 40,000 Cases, Locking Countless Innocent Americans In Prison
Offbeat  (tags: deception, prison, innocent, tampered, lab, drugs )

Julie
- 359 days ago - filmingcops.com
BREAKING (11/30/13): Another Chemist at Dookhan's Lab Accused of Deception, More than 180,000 Cases Need Review. SHE DID NOT GET ENOUGH PRISON TIME FOR THIS! PETITION ANYONE?
 

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