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Singapore: Be Firm In War On Drugs, Asean Told

Asia (MAP) - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:00
Straits Times, 25 Aug 2015 - Asean countries must continue to take a hard stance against drugs, even as societies in Europe, South America and the United States take a more liberal approach, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said yesterday . "They have begun decriminalising or even legalising drug consumption and have framed the fight against drugs as a 'failed war'," he told more than 100 delegates at the opening of the 36th Asean Senior Officials' Meeting on Drug Matters.
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Israel: Medical Cannabis To Be Available At Drugstores

Asia (MAP) - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 07:00
Jerusalem Post, 28 Jul 2015 - The Health Ministry will make it possible for patients licensed to receive medical cannabis to get it at a pharmacy, Deputy Health Minister MK Ya'acov Litzman announced on Monday at a session of the Knesset Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. The policy shift will make it easier for tens of thousands of people with pain and other chronic symptoms to get medical marijuana.
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Israel: Element in Marijuana Found to Help Heal Broken Bones

Asia (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 21 Jul 2015 - TEL AVIV - There's yet another use for marijuana: It may help to heal broken bones, according to a new study. Researchers found that cannabidiol - an element of marijuana that does not get people high improved the healing process in rats with broken leg bones after eight weeks, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research by Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University.
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Pakistan: Pak Determined To Overcome Drug Menace: Bandesha

Asia (MAP) - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 07:00
Pakistan Observer, 13 Jul 2015 - Secretary Narcotics Control spells out steps Interview Kaswar Klasra Monday, July 13, 2015 - Islamabad-Meet the man whom Nawaz Sharif led federal government picked up last year in November as federal secretary Narcotics Control tasking him to save million of Pakistanis from the brunt of Afghan drug.
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Turkey: Addicts Join Forces In Their Battle With Drugs

Asia (MAP) - Sun, 07/12/2015 - 07:00
Today's Zaman, 12 Jul 2015 - A newly established association has brought together dozens of drug addicts to continue their treatment and rehabilitation, in an effort to lend a helping hand to addicts and to combat abuse. Drug use has been dramatically on the rise in Turkey in recent years. A report released by the National Police Department last year shows that the use of illegal narcotics, particularly bonzai, a synthetic cannabinoid, is 17 times higher than it was three years ago, and that the number of deaths caused by illicit substances has increased drastically, from 162 in 2013 to 648 in 2014. The Association for Meeting with a Sober Life (AYBUDER) has been recently established to combat drug addiction. Members of this association, former and current drug addicts, share their experiences, work toward rehabilitation, and engage in efforts to curb addiction.
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Philippines: Editorial: Saving Mary Jane

Asia (MAP) - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 10 Jul 2015 - Yesterday the Department of Justice announced that it had approved the filing of criminal charges against the recruiters of Mary Jane Veloso, who is on Indonesia's death row for drug trafficking. Veloso was recruited as a domestic helper in Malaysia, but the work did not materialize. She was arrested and convicted in 2009 for bringing 2.6 kilos of heroin to Indonesia. Veloso received an eleventh-hour reprieve in April after the Philippine government argued that she was an unwitting victim of human trafficking. Jakarta, however, stressed that the stay of execution was temporary and could still push through if Manila failed to substantiate the story.
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