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‘Don’t freak out’ about Omicron, says BioNTech CEO
Ugur Sahin said that while Omicron may infect more vaccinated people, they’re unlikely to experience severe illness.
30 Nov 2021
Six bodies found hanging in violence-ridden Mexican state
The state of Zacatecas has seen an uptick in violence this year as cartels jockey for control of drug smuggling routes.
24 Nov 2021
Walmart, CVS, Walgreens helped fuel US opioid crisis, jury finds
The pharmacies failed to create legally mandated monitoring systems to detect illegitimate prescriptions, the jury said.
23 Nov 2021
Ecuador pardons some inmates after deadly prison riots
Ecuador is seeking to ease overcrowding in its prisons after gang-linked riots killed more than 300 people this year.
23 Nov 2021
US drug overdose deaths top 100,000 in one year in 28.5% increase
US CDC figures show most fatal overdoses – at least 64,000 – are due to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.
17 Nov 2021
Singapore urged to halt execution of mentally-impaired man
Five UN experts join calls to stop hanging of convicted Malaysian drug offender Nagaenthran Dharmalingam.
9 Nov 2021
California hands pharma industry first win in US opioid case
California counties argued that drugmakers’ marketing downplayed opioids’ addictive risks but judge said ‘no evidence’.
2 Nov 2021
From: The Listening Post
Arrests and defamation: Bollywood in the dock in Modi’s India
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and the latest case of Indian authorities taking Bollywood to task. Plus, a refugee hotline.
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30 Oct 2021
Laos police net meth pills, crystal meth in record drug bust
Police in Laos seize 55 million meth pills and 1.5 million tonnes of crystal meth in Asia’s biggest drug bust.
28 Oct 2021
Merck strikes deal for global access to COVID-19 medication
The deal could pave the way for the use of antiviral drug molnupiravir in 105 low- and middle-income countries.
27 Oct 2021
Samsung chief Jay Y Lee fined $60,000
A South Korean court has fined him for his illegal use of a sedative that he said was on a doctor’s prescription.
26 Oct 2021
Colombia to extradite Otoniel to the US as soon as possible
US offered $5m bounty for Dairo Antonio Usuga, who Colombia describes as the world’s most dangerous drug trafficker.
25 Oct 2021
Colombia’s most wanted drug lord captured
President says Otoniel’s arrest is the biggest blow to drug trafficking in Colombia since Pablo Escobar’s death.
24 Oct 2021
Ecuador president declares state of emergency over drug violence
President Lasso orders mobilisation of police, military in the streets as he struggles to curb drug-related violence.
19 Oct 2021
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