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Philippines’ Duterte asks head of human rights agency: ‘Are you a pedophile?’

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday asked the head of the country’s Commission on Human Rights (CHR) if he was a pedophile for focusing on the killing of teenagers in the government’s bloody war on drugs, reported Reuters. Duterte also suggested to lawmakers using CHR’s proposed 678 million pesos budget to buy the police…

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Dog eats cocaine, kills owner as he films documentary on drugs

NEWS DESK: A Staffordshire bull terrier that was suspected to have eaten crack cocaine mauled and killed its owner while he was filming a documentary on drugs, reported The Independent. Mario Perivoitos, who worked in IT, died in hospital shortly after he was attacked by “Major”. Perivoitos received serious injuries to his face and neck,…

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Boy who suffered up to 100 seizures a day has none in 300 days after being prescribed medical marijuana

NEWS DESK: An 11-year-old boy who was dying from severe epilepsy has not had any seizures for 300 days since being prescribed a medical marijuana product, reported The Independent. Billy Caldwell, whose intractable epilepsy means he cannot get help through medication or diet, began treatment with cannabis oil in the US, where medical marijuana is…

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SC takes notice of drug abuse in KP educational institutes

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday took notice of the abuse of drugs in the educational institutes of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, directing the provincial government to submit a report on the matter.  The apex court took notice of the issue during proceedings of bail request filed by a drug trafficker. A lawyer representing the…

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Watch: Women footballers raise awareness about drug use

Women footballers in Islamabad played an exhibition match to raise awareness against drug use.

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Crystal meth abuse popular in Karachi

NEWS DESK: Abuse of crystal meth as a recreational drug is increasingly becoming popular in Karachi’s elite centres. In low doses, methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth, can elevate mood, increase alertness, concentration and energy in fatigued individuals, reduce appetite and promote (initial) weight loss. At higher doses, it can induce psychosis, breakdown of skeletal…

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Almost every older person should be given cholesterol-lowering drugs, study finds

NEWS DESK: Almost every older person should be taking statins, a new study has found, reported The Independent. Millions of people in the UK are eligible for and would benefit from taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs, the research found. Almost all men over 60 and women over 75 should be taking the drugs, the research found….

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Ketamine has ‘truly remarkable’ effect on depression, reveals study

NEWS DESK: Ketamine can have a ‘truly remarkable’ effect on people with depression, researchers have said after a new study showed promising results among elderly patients, reported The Independent. Colleen Loo, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia, led the world’s first randomised control trial into the drug’s effect on people…

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Antidepressants during pregnancy linked to autism in kids: study

PARIS: Children exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to suffer autism, but the added risk is very small and may not, in fact, stem from the drugs, researchers said Wednesday.

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‘Indian students as young as 13 buying and using drugs including LSD’

At least 20 top schools in Hyderabad, India, have been informed that their students, some as young as 13, are buying and using drugs including LSD, reported NDTV. Parents of the students involved are also being informed of the worrying new trend, said government officials. Seven drug dealers arrested in the last 48 hours have…

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Drugs manufacturing: Good practice check list

ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has decided to issue new Good Manufacturing Practice check list to ensure quality of manufactured drugs. The decision was taken during the 254th meeting of Central Licensing Board of the Authority in Islamabad. The board also approved New Drug Manufacturing Licenses to three new companies, additional Manufacturing Sections…

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En route to perform Umrah, couple held for smuggling at Lahore airport

The Airport Security Force (ASF) on Monday foiled an attempt to smuggle contraband at the Lahore airport. Six kilogrammes of heroin and Ice was seized from a couple caught trying to smuggle the illegal drugs, the ASF said. “The drugs were recovered during a search before Muhammad Anwar and his wife boarded a foreign airline…

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Indian court declares actress absconder in drugs case

MUMBAI: A Special Court in India has declared actress Mamta Kulkarni and her husband Vickey Goswami proclaimed offenders in a drugs case. According to reports, Special NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Court Judge H.M Patwardhan ordered, “It is pronounced and declared that the accused Vicky Goswami and Mamta Kulkarni are the proclaimed offenders. The…

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Twenty kilograms of heroin seized from PIA aircraft

ISLAMABAD: Twenty kilograms of heroin were recovered from a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on Monday, Samaa reported. According to details, 20 kilograms of drugs were found from a London-bound PIA flight PK-785. The drugs were being smuggled into the aircraft via catering car. According to reports, Airport Security Force (ASF) and Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF)…

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All flights to London operating as per schedule: PIA spokesperson

KARACHI: All the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights to London are operating as per schedule, said PIA Spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar on Tuesday.

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IHC seeks reply from DAG on drug usage in educational institutes

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court sought reply from the Deputy Attorney General in a plea seeking stern action against elements involved or responsible for drug usage inthe educational institutes, within ten days. Justice Aamir Farooq sought reply from the respondents on the matter while hearing the plea moved by Saim ul Haq Satti Advocate. During…

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Man held for selling narcotics to students

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad police on Wednesday arrested a drug dealer allegedly involved in sale of ‘hashish’ in the educational institutions, a police spokesman said. On a tip off regarding the presence of drug pusher in H-10 parking area, a police team raided at the informed place and nabbed a drug pusher identified as Farhan Alias Lahori…

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Video: Relative of Sargodha massacre victim makes startling revelations

Brother of one of the victims of Sargodha massacre claimed that the faith healer and his companions used to consume liquor and do drugs. He also claimed that the custodian was not suffering from any mental illness.

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They Don’t Really Care About Us

By: Naumann Ansaari I used to take carrot juice daily or in alternative days of the week. Especially, in winter because I believe, I am a health conscious person who takes extra heed towards all possible ways, to keep myself away from an unhygienic life style. But when I commute; my dream of a superlative and…

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Record cocaine bust in Australia

SYDNEY; Australia has made its largest cocaine haul ever after seizing a yacht carrying 1.4 tonnes of the drug with an estimated street value of Aus$312 million (US$239 million). The boat was stopped off the New South Wales coast on February 2 and six men were arrested, police said Monday, following a two-and-a-half year joint…

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Images of homeless living in graves shock Iran

Tehran: Images of homeless drug addicts living in empty graves just outside the Iranian capital have deeply shocked the public and prompted reactions even from President Hassan Rouhani. Shahrvand newspaper on Tuesday published the images in a report on the homeless people — about 50 men and women — who dwell in a cemetery in…

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