Opium – U.S. Bombs Poppy Crop to Cut Taliban Drug Ties

updated 6:04 a.m. EDT, Tue July 21, 2009 “The U.S. military bombed about 300 tons of poppy seeds in a dusty field in southern Afghanistan Tuesday in a dramatic show of force designed to break up the Taliban’s connection to heroin.” View Article: https://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/21/afghanistan.poppy.strike/index.html

Vicodin – Using Dentists as Dope Dealers

By Thelma Gutierrez and Wayne Drash CNN “Morrison didn’t buy his drugs on a street corner or get them from a dope dealer. He got them mostly from dentists he had never met. He says he’d scroll through the phone book calling dentist after dentist until one would prescribe him pain medication. “I kind of … Read more

U.S. Increasing Counter-Narcotics Efforts in Afghanistan

With opium production soaring — and funding Taliban activities — the U.S. is sending dozens of DEA agents to help break trafficking rings, a shift in policy from crop eradication. By Josh Meyer July 20, 2009 “Reporting from Washington — The U.S. government is deploying dozens of Drug Enforcement Administration agents to Afghanistan in a … Read more

Family Ails From Meth Contamination

AOL News “When Rhonda and Jason Holt started their family in the Winchester, Tenn., home they bought in 2004, they couldn’t understand why they and their children were hit by mysterious illnesses. Rhonda started getting migraines. Her husband had problems with his kidneys. And the three children they had, now ages 4, 2 and 1, … Read more

Oxycontin – Doc Busted in Big Prescription Drug Case

“The arrest of a Las Vegas physician in a massive prescription drug investigation is shedding light on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. Prosecutors say Dr. Albert Yeh is a drug dealer hiding behind his medical degree. The DEA says the doctor was no different than a dealer peddling poison on the street corner. … Read more

Pain Relief Can Spiral Into Addiction To Prescription Drugs

Story Highlights: Non-medical use of painkillers contributed to more than 8,500 deaths in 2005 Prescription drug abuse is most prevalent among young adults, ages of 18 to 25 Older adults also get addicted to pain relief drugs View article: https://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/07/14/prescription.drug.use/index.html