Ciudad Juárez, Mexico: The World’s Most Dangerous Place?

The light is falling, the heat is letting up and gunmen have arrived at the modest house with the concrete front yard where there is a birthday party going on. With quiet efficiency, they approach the painted wrought iron gates and begin spraying the adults with bullets. Three men crumple to the ground, dead. Two … Read more

Targeting Brain Circuits for Addiction, Relapse

WASHINGTON — Could a once-a-month alcoholism shot keep some of the highest-risk heroin addicts from relapse? A drug that wakes up narcoleptics treat cocaine addiction? An old antidepressant fight methamphetamine? This is the next frontier in substance abuse: a Better understanding of how addiction overlaps with other brain diseases is sparking a hunt to see … Read more

Deadly, Ultra-Pure Heroin Arrives in US

WINFIELD, Mo. — Mexican drug smugglers are increasingly peddling a form of ultra-potent heroin that sells for as little as $10 a bag and are so pure it can kill unsuspecting users instantly, sometimes before they even remove the syringe from their veins. An Associated Press review of drug overdose data shows that so-called “black … Read more

A Cautionary Tale: Smart People and Addiction

Rationalization and denial are key concepts in addiction treatment. To recover, addicts admit they have rationalized their habit (“I use so much less than my friends.”) and denied they have a problem (“I can handle it. It’s not affecting my job.”) Here’s another barrier to recovery from addiction: “I’m too smart for this to become … Read more

West Texas Hard Hit by Mexican Drug War

EL PASO – The threat of cartel drug violence is forcing civilians along the border to take up arms. The threat is also taking a toll on Texas law enforcement officers in West Texas. CHANNEL 5 NEWS traveled to El Paso where the violence there flared up several years ago. Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carillo … Read more

Ecstasy May Damage Brain Cells, Study Finds

The brains of ecstasy users show low levels of a certain protein, a finding that may explain why many feel they need to turn to higher doses of the drug. In Tuesday’s issue of the journal Brain, Stephen Kish of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and his colleagues confirmed that low … Read more

An Addiction Expert Reveals a Drug Habit

In this week’s “A Piece of My Mind” column in The Journal of the American Medical Association, a specialist in addiction offers a riveting tale of his own tragic drug habit. Dr. McCracken confesses to a daily, decade-long marijuana habit and three years of abusing opioids injected intravenously. But because of his extensive knowledge of … Read more

Brazil Launches War on Crack

BRASILIA – PRESIDENT Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday unveiled a national war on crack cocaine, a drug that is increasingly causing addiction, health problems and crime in Brazilian cities and towns. ‘At least in Brazil there are no big dealers. They are basically small-time. The drug is scattered everywhere, which makes it difficult … Read more