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No drugs, no alcohol in U.S. celebrity chef Bourdain's body when he died: prosecutor

No drugs, no alcohol in U.S. celebrity chef Bourdain's body when he died: prosecutorU.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who killed himself in a French hotel room earlier this month, had no narcotics or alcohol in his body when he died, a local prosecutor said on Friday. Bourdain, host of CNN’s food-and-travel-focused “Parts Unknown” television series, was 61. “No trace of narcotics, no trace of any toxic products, no trace of medicines, no trace of alcohol,” prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told Reuters.



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U.S. centers force migrant children to take drugs: lawsuit

U.S. centers force migrant children to take drugs: lawsuit(Reuters) – Immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit. Children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas are almost certain to be administered the drugs, irrespective of their condition, and without their parents’ consent, according to the lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law. The Shiloh center, which specializes in services for children and youths with behavioral and emotional problems, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.



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Nevada sets 1st execution since 2006 after fight over drugs

Nevada sets 1st execution since 2006 after fight over drugsLAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada plans to carry out its first execution in 12 years using a never-before-tried combination of drugs that drew a court challenge over concerns that a convicted murderer could suffer during the lethal injection.



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Rise in U.S. suicides highlights need for new depression drugs

Rise in U.S. suicides highlights need for new depression drugsBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – A spike in suicide rates in the United States has cast fresh light on the need for more effective treatments for major depression, with researchers saying it is a tricky development area that has largely been abandoned by big pharmaceutical companies. U.S. health authorities said on Thursday that there had been a sharp rise in suicide rates across the country since the beginning of the century and called for a comprehensive approach to addressing depression. The report was issued the same week as the high-profile suicides of celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.



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Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death for drugs in Malaysia

Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death for drugs in MalaysiaAn Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Thursday sentenced to death after an earlier acquittal was overturned, her lawyer said. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying. The 54-year-old was cleared in December of trafficking after a High Court judge ruled she did not know she was transporting the drugs. But prosecutors challenged the decision and an appeals court overturned the acquittal Thursday, and found her guilty, her lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said. Anyone caught with at least 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of crystal meth is considered a trafficker in Muslim-majority Malaysia, and death by hanging is mandatory in the case of a conviction. FAQ | Methamphetamine Shafee slammed the ruling as "perverse" and said Exposto would make a final appeal to the country's top court. "I thought there was an overwhelming case for the defence. I am shocked with the decision," he said. The mother of four argued she did not know about the hidden stash of "ice". She said she had been fooled into carrying the bag after travelling to China to see someone she met online called "Captain Daniel Smith", who had claimed to be a US serviceman. After engaging in a long online romance, Exposto had travelled to Shanghai to see "Smith". But she did not succeed in meeting her supposed love interest while there and ended up being given a bag by a stranger, who asked her to take it to Melbourne. When she arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to change flights, she mistakenly went through immigration as she was unfamiliar with the airport. She voluntarily offered her bags for customs inspection and the drugs were discovered. There are at least 900 people on death row in Malaysia, officials have said, but executions have been rare in recent years. Malaysian lawmakers have voted to amend legislation so that capital punishment is no longer mandatory in drug-trafficking cases. But the changes have not yet come into force as they must be passed by the upper house. Two Australians were hanged in Malaysia in 1986 for heroin trafficking – the first Westerners to be executed in the country – in a case that strained relations. In 2013 Dominic Bird, a former truck driver from Perth, was acquitted of drug trafficking charges after he was allegedly caught with 167 grams of crystal methamphetamine.



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Man facing drugs charges leaps from courthouse balcony

Man facing drugs charges leaps from courthouse balconyA man facing drug charges has survived after jumping head-first from the courthouse balcony. Christopher Clay Rudd had been scheduled to appear before a judge in Spanish Fork, Utah, on Monday after he was arrested for drug offences. Rudd reportedly suffered head and hip injuries during the fall and was later taken to hospital for treatment, although he is not thought to be in a life-threatening condition.



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Students Were Sexually Assaulted and Used Drugs Because Teachers Protested, Kentucky Governor Says

Students Were Sexually Assaulted and Used Drugs Because Teachers Protested, Kentucky Governor Says'Children were harmed'



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The Latest: Official: Inmate scream not from execution drugs

The Latest: Official: Inmate scream not from execution drugsSTARKE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida Execution (all times local):



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Police issue warning about drugs cut with 'Rizzy' after man's skin is eaten away

Police issue warning about drugs cut with 'Rizzy' after man's skin is eaten awayPolice in Alliance, Ohio, issued a warning to other law enforcement officials after a man’s skin was eaten away when he allegedly injected heroin tainted with a substance called “Rizzy” into his arms, according to WEWS. Narcotics officers who arrested the unnamed 25-year-old man last week said they immediately noticed his horrific injuries. WEWS reports that the man’s forearm skin was blackened and peeling, and some of his flesh had been completely eaten away.



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California's Marijuana Legalization Aims To Repair Damage From The War On Drugs

California's Marijuana Legalization Aims To Repair Damage From The War On DrugsLOS ANGELES ― California is now the largest state in the nation to have legal and regulated recreational marijuana.



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