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Anatomy Of Addiction: How Heroin And Opioids Hijack The Brain

When Jack O'Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines.<p>"This will fix me," O'Connor thought as he went to boot camp. "It better fix me or I'm screwed."<p>After 13 weeks of sobriety and exercise and discipline, …

Drug Addiction

Are America's painkiller policies driving patients to heroin?

A group of government researchers say no, but others say it’s complicated<p>Heroin use has spiked in the US, and some critics have charged that policy changes are to blame. Not so, say a group of government researchers, who exonerate the agencies they work for in a paper published yesterday. Outside …

Pain

NY pharmacy chain to sell drug that reverses heroin overdose without prescription

In an effort to combat a growing epidemic of heroin and opioid overdoses, the CVS pharmacy chain will begin selling an anti-overdose drug called …

Drugs mule Nathan Cook jailed over £8m heroin haul

<b>A drugs courier who was caught with £8m worth of heroin following a 33-mile chase by police on the M74 motorway has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years.</b><p>Nathan Cook, 28, from High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, had 18.5 kilos of heroin in a car on 22 March last year.<p>He ignored an attempt to stop him …

Crime

Rape ‘endemic’ by Rikers Island prison officers – lawsuit

​A lawsuit filed on behalf of two women who have been incarcerated on Rikers Island in New York City alleges they’ve been sexually abused routinely …

Twitter Sued For Helping Explosive Growth Of ISIS

A Florida woman is suing Twitter for permitting ISIS to exploit the online platform, leading to the death of her husband.<p>Tamara Fields' husband was among five people killed in a terrorist attack in Amman, Jordan, last year. And she thinks Twitter should be held responsible for his murder.<p>In a …

Social Media

Man who attacked Uber driver while drunk files $5-million lawsuit

A former Taco Bell corporate manager who was captured on video drunkenly attacking his Uber driver is now suing that driver for $5 million, claiming that the recording was made without his consent, according to court documents.<p>Benjamin Golden, 32, of Newport Beach, said the now-viral video, which …

A Lawsuit Over The Xbox 360 Is Going All The Way To The Supreme Court

When the Xbox 360 debuted, more than ten years ago now, it shipped with a lot of problems: Red rings of death, an update that bricked the console, and so on. Among those problems was a tendency to scratch up the discs, something so annoying a class-action lawsuit was brought, one that’s now being …

Voice of NCAA Football game rips former player whose lawsuit ended the series

ESPN announcer blames former UCLA standout O'Bannon<p>A longtime voice of EA Sports' NCAA Football series has spoken up about its demise, saying he was "as devastated or more devastated than anybody in the country" when he got the news it was canceled in 2013, and laid the blame for it entirely on one …

FACT CHECK: Has the Legal Drinking Age Been Raised to 23?

CLAIM<p>The legal drinking age has been raised to 23. See Example( s )<p>EXAMPLES<p>Collected via Email, December 2015<p>I saw a post that the Legal drinking age …

Mountain Dew

Two U.S. States Might Lower the Drinking Age to 18

All thanks to Obamacare.<p>Voters in California could soon decide whether to lower the state's drinking age from 21, while lawmakers in Minnesota will consider bills making it legal for 18, 19, and 20-year-olds to drink in bars and restaurants.<p>A 1984 law established the national drinking as 21, with …

Civil Rights

Mark Bittman Wants to Establish a National Drinking Age for Soda

Mark Bittman, whose feelings about sugary beverages were pretty unequivocal as a <i>Times</i> columnist, says it’s time to talk about imposing an actual …

Minimum Drinking Age On Planes?

I often receive questions from young readers asking about drinking ages on various airlines, and whether it’s okay to request a drink on a flight …

Alcohol

3 American states could soon lower drinking age to 18

Americans who ask why the legal age for going to war is lower than that for buying alcohol could finally get a break: three states are considering …

Police Chiefs Ignore Officer Sexual Misconduct

Edel Rodriguez for Al Jazeera America<p>It was 1 a.m. on a Monday in March 2013 when Bronx resident Erica Noonan, 31, saw flashing blue lights in her mirror. She was driving home and figured it had to be a mistake. She hadn’t been speeding, she says.<p>Carlos Becker, the officer who stopped her, says …

Sexual Harassment

How Philadelphia prosecutors protect police misconduct: Cops get caught lying — and then get off the hook

Officer Christopher Hulmes lied under oath, but for years never charged with perjury. Now 500 cases are at risk.<p>In Philadelphia, widespread allegations of corruption and perjury against members of the nation's fourth largest police department have in recent years shaken the criminal justice …

Corruption
Crime