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Mother of monkey dust drug addict warns of dangers

Jane Eagles has allowed a BBC film crew into her son’s flat to show the devastation the drug monkey dust can cause. Kevin Eagles from Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is currently in jail after he climbed up on a roof whilst high on the class B drug and threw roof tiles at police. He pleaded guilty to criminal damage and affray at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court last month and was sentenced to 20 months in prison. His mother told Jeremy Cooke that the drug has ruined her son’s life. Meanwhile, Staffordshire Police has…

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Mexico’s drug war: Has the tide been turned?

Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador is promising a radical transformation of his country’s policy to tackle the production of illegal drugs. The drug war in Mexico claims thousands of lives each year and parts of the country are controlled by notorious drug lords. But the most infamous, known as ‘El Chapo’, is currently on trial on the US and many other drug kingpins have either been killed or jailed. Has the tide now turned in Mexico’s brutal drug war? Reality Check investigates. Video by Nadeem Shad Animations by…

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Philippines drug war: Police found guilty of murdering Kian Delos Santos

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The killing of Kian Delos Santos was one of the most high-profile deaths in the campaign Three Philippine police officers have been found guilty of the high-profile murder of a teenager, the first such convictions since President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” began. A court sentenced them to up to 40 years in prison each for the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos in 2017. President Duterte launched the anti-narcotics campaign in 2016, to deal with a rampant drug problem. Since then 5,000 dealers…

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Punjab’s drug menace: ‘I wanted my son to die’

Image caption Lakshmi Devi’s son died due to a drug overdose The northern Indian state of Punjab has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of drug-related deaths this year. BBC Punjabi’s Arvind Chhabra investigates why the drug menace has become worse in the state. “He was my only son, but I had started wishing that he would die… And now, I cry the whole night with his photograph in my hand,” says 55-year-old Lakshmi Devi. Her son, Ricky Lahoria, recently died of a drug overdose. He was 25. His…

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British brothers held in Thailand over suspected drug offences

Image copyright Thailand Police Image caption Thai immigration police arrested the brothers on 17 November, it has emerged Two brothers wanted by police in Merseyside over suspected drug trafficking offences have been arrested in Thailand. Joseph and Gregory Mulhare from Wirral were detained on 17 November in Pattaya by Thai immigration police, it emerged. The pair, aged 43 and 38, are being held under warrants from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit. They are suspected of trafficking cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine in the UK. Image copyright Merseyside Police Image…

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Wrexham residents urged to befriend homeless to help tackle drug use

Image caption The problems of Spice in Wrexham led to it being labelled “Spice Town” Residents of a town blighted by drugs problems have been urged to speak to homeless people to help tackle the stigma surrounding the issue. Wrexham was dubbed “Spice Town” after images emerged of people under the influence of drugs at its bus station. Figures from earlier this year showed it had 44 rough sleepers – the second most in Wales after Cardiff. Project Home, started by Georgie Adams, urges residents to do their bit to…

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‘El Chapo’ Guzman: Dozen jurors picked for drug trial

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is being held in a maximum security prison in New York Jurors have been selected in the trial of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Seven women and five men will decide if Guzman is guilty of 11 charges related to trafficking, money laundering and firearms. All 12 will remain anonymous under tight security terms and be escorted to and from court by US Marshals. If convicted, the leader of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel could face life in prison.…

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Mac Miller: US rapper died from drug overdose

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rapper had more than eight million followers on Twitter US rapper Mac Miller died as a result of an accidental overdose involving cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol, a coroner has concluded. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner confirmed the star’s cause of death on Monday. The 26-year-old, who rose to fame after topping US charts with his debut album in 2011, was found dead at his California home in September. Ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande called him “an angel” in a song…

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Prison drone drug gang jailed

Image copyright PA Seven members of a gang which used drones to fly more than £500,000 worth of drugs into prisons have been jailed. The gang was responsible for 55 drone deliveries into prisons around the country between April 2016 and June 2017. Police described the drone conspiracy as the “biggest ever seen” in the UK. The men were sentenced for between three and 10 years and six other gang members were given suspended sentences at Birmingham Crown Court earlier. Increase in self-harm The gang flew an estimated £550,000 worth…

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AbbVie rheumatoid arthritis drug succeeds in late stage trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – AbbVie Inc on Tuesday said its experimental rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment showed significant improvement in physical function, pain and quality of life compared with the commonly prescribed generic drug methotrexate in a late stage clinical trial. FILE PHOTO: A screen displays the share price for pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo The U.S. drugmaker hopes the drug, upadacitinib, can help replace lost revenue from its top-selling RA treatment Humira when it starts to face…

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