The number of deaths from heroin overdoses is increasing in Minneapolis,
prompting concern by police that a dangerous trend is emerging.
On Friday, police issued an alert for Minneapolis officers to gather
information on heroin suppliers.
In the first two months of 2000, at least five people have died from heroin
overdoses, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office said Friday. In
some cases, the drug was used with alcohol and other drugs.
Last year, at least 10 people died of such heroin-related overdoses in
Hennepin County. Toxicology tests are pending in other deaths this year;
those results could raise the toll.
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Marijuana: Group backing medicinal use of cannabis demonstrates near the
Reagan library, where a White House official was speaking.
SIMI VALLEY - Two dozen protesters who support the medicinal use of
marijuana picketed a Friday event featuring White House drug chief Barry R.
McCaffrey appeared at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
during a drug policy conference called "Substance Abuse in the 21st
Century: Positioning the Nation for Progress."
On Friday morning, protesters from the Ventura County Alliance for
Marijuana Patients waved signs at passersby at the base of the hill below
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SMOKING cannabis can increase the risk of having a heart attack nearly
five-fold within an hour of taking the drug, researchers said today.
The discovery was made by American scientists who obtained information on
cannabis use from 3,882 middle-aged and elderly patients who had suffered
A total of 124 patients were identified as current users, including 37 who
reported smoking the drug up to 24 hours before their attack, and nine who
had used it within an hour of experiencing symptoms.
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Senate Can Pass Reforms
I encourage all readers to support Senate bill 1931 because it would
implement six positive reforms to the United States' disastrous
The bill would put the burden of proof on the government, rather than
the current law that requires people to prove that their property is
"innocent." The bill allows for the release of property pending final
disposition of a case, as opposed to causing innocent property owners
undue hardship while their cases are dragged through the federal court
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Narcotics officers busted 22 spring breakers and others carrying illegal
drugs at a checkpoint along Interstate 185 in Columbus Friday.
Operating from a checkpoint in the southbound lanes of the interstate
between the Smith and Williams roads exits, officers from the Metro
Narcotics Task Force seized undisclosed quantities of illegal narcotics --
primarily marijuana -- and two automobiles, along with an undisclosed
amount of cash, said Columbus police Capt. J.D. Hawk, who heads the task
"We do this periodically," Hawk said. "But, this time of year, a lot of
people are traveling from the north going to the beach and spring break. It
sends the message that, if you come through here with your drugs, you stand
a good chance of going to jail."
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Plant Touted As Tobacco Replacement, But Some Wary Of Link With Marijuana
FRANKFORT Industrial hemp, a cousin to marijuana but without that plant's
psychedelic kick, might return to Kentucky farms after an absence of about
House Bill 855, filed last week, would legalize industrial hemp farming and
establish a continuing study of the crop's agricultural potential.
Critics, including Gov. Paul Patton and the Kentucky State Police, oppose
the production of hemp because of its close association with marijuana. But
hemp supporters say tobacco's rapid downfall has left Kentucky with few
other farming options.
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HEALTH: The increased risk is small,but babyboomer users with other risk
factors should take note.
SAN DIEGO - Warning to middle-age potheads: Smoking marijuana may be bad
for your middle-age hearts.
In the first study to find a link between pot and heart trouble, Harvard
researchers reported Thursday that the risk of a heart attack is five times
higher than usual in the hour after smoking a joint.
Until now, marijuana has not been much of an issue in heart disease, since
older folks do not typically smoke pot. However, this could change as baby
boomers take their pot smoking habits into middle age and beyond.
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Former inmate found document government said couldn't be located
OTTAWA - The government used "evasive" tactics to stonewall a former
inmate's lawsuit over a prison LSD experiment, says a scathing court ruling
that orders the head of Corrections Canada to testify in the case.
Ontario's Superior Court of Justice, which is hearing the case, considered
halting the action and declaring victory for the woman who launched the
lawsuit, because of the government's failure to disclose information to her
lawyers about use of the hallucinogen in Canadian prisons in the late 1950s
and early 1960s.
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Drug Ring Broken In U.S.-Canadian Effort, Police Say
A Toronto-based drug importation ring has been dismantled, according to the
RCMP, following the seizure of $40 million worth of cocaine in a high-risk
undercover takedown at a Mississauga doughnut shop.
Four members of what police say was a major organized drug operation with
South American cartel ties were arrested Wednesday by members of the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police's emergency tactical response team.
They face numerous charges in connection with the importation of 235
kilograms of high-grade cocaine destined for the streets of Greater
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Foreign Policy: A U.S-trained Battalion Conducts Live Fire
TRES ESQUINAS, Colombia-Rockets,morters and machine gun fire lit up a
patch of Colombia's southern jungles Thursday as White House drug czar
Barry McCaffrey witnessed the opening of a new chapter in the war on
McCaffrey, in Colombia to promote a $1.6 billion anti-narcotics aid
package, squinted into a green expanse where troops from a new,
U.S.-trained, anti-drug battalion conducted a live-fire exercise.
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