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China says U.S. should do more to cut its ‘enormous’ opioid demand

BEIJING: The United States should take action to reduce demand for the drugs fuelling its deadly opioid crisis rather than simply accusing China of being the major source, a top Chinese drug control official said, reported Reuters. “The biggest difficulty China faces in opioid control is that such drugs are in enormous demand in the…

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Anxiety Matters

 By Zara Maqbool   In the last few months, I have come across many people who complain of suffering from anxiety. A few of my clients have a similar issue complaining about anxiety that ranges from general anxiety without any distinct manifestation, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, social anxiety or any that comes post a…

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Common painkiller could slow cancer growth

ISLAMABAD: Scientists have found that one of the most widely prescribed pain and anti-inflammation drugs has potential to slow the growth of cancer. The study, showed that the drug slows the growth rate of a specific kind of cancer in animal models and suggests the medication could have the same effect on other types of…

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Two suspects held, drugs seized in Quetta search operation

QUETTA: Police arrested two suspects and recovered 400 kilograms of drugs during a search operation in Quetta, Samaa reported. According to SSP Operations Naseebullah, the search operation was conducted near Samangli Airbase. More than 400 houses were searched in the raid. The law enforcement agency arrested took two persons into their custody and recovered 400…

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Here are some flu symptoms you need to look for

NEWS DESK: There’s a big difference between cold and flu – one is a winter annoyance, the other can floor you for days, reported The Independent. While a cold slowly builds over a few days, symptoms of the flu typically come on suddenly and you’ll start to feel ill within a few days of becoming…

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Watch: Drug dealers selling substance to students exposed in sting operation

Samaa TV conducted a sting operation in Faisalabad to expose drug dealers who are selling substances to students openly.

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Trump calls on Colombian leader for help in drugs war

US President Donald Trump said he is concerned about the “extraordinary” increase in drug crops in Colombia, in a letter to his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos made public Friday. Trump asked Santos for help in cutting down production and trafficking of drugs in Colombia to try to stop them entering the United States, according…

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The Informed Choice

By: Zara Maqbool Last week I took my 10 years old to Shifa Hospital Islamabad to consult with a gastroenterologist.  He had been suffering from some vomiting and stomach issues.  I normally take reference from some trusted source when consulting with a doctor I don’t know about but this time checking his credentials I took…

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More than half of cancer drugs may not work, study suggests

NEWS DESK: A number of cancer drugs entered the European market “without evidence of benefit on survival or quality of life”, researchers have said, reported The Independent. All new cancer drugs are given Europe-wide market approval through the European Medicines Agency (EMA). But a new study, published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ), found that…

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Bangladesh destroys boats ferrying Rohingya from Myanmar

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh: Bangladeshi authorities have destroyed about 20 boats that ferried Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, accusing smugglers of using the huge exodus to bring methamphetamine into the country, reported Reuters. Refugees told Reuters that border guards also beat and arrested passengers and crew as they landed at Shah Porir Dwip, on…

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Video: Suspects behind sale of alcohol, drugs to university students arrested

Authorities arrested criminals who used to supply alcohol and drugs to students enrolled in top universities of Islamabad.

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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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