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What next for Silk Road?

Cocaine deals gone bad, undercover informants, a hired hitman and even a faked murder. All this leads to the capture of a drug kingpin calling himself Dread Pirate Roberts. It all sounds like something out of a TV show, maybe the Wire or Breaking Bad. But this is not fiction. This is real life and it’s all part of the story of the Silk Road online drug bazaar.

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Cheap crack pipes, free heroin, and free booze: the evidence for helping addicts

A crack pipe vending machine for addicts sounds like the punch line of a bad joke—but the same kind of ridicule has been lobbed at many measures to fight drug addiction and related harm that have now proven to save lives. From needle exchange programs for HIV prevention to providing heroin to addicts, and from supervised injecting rooms to “wet houses” where homeless alcoholics are given free booze, approaches that seem to “enable” users are in fact effective in helping them to survive and recover.

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Britain must join debate on new approach to war on drugs

Nick Clegg has dragged the case for reforming the drugs laws to the centre ground of British politics, saying that blanket prohibition has seen cocaine use triple in less than 20 years, a trend that has helped perpetuate conflict and violence in South America.

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Unlimited Syringes OK’d for Baltimore Needle Exchange

The Maryland Senate has approved a measure to allow drug users to get more than one clean needle at one time in Baltimore’s needle exchange program. The Senate voted 39-5 on Thursday for the bill, which now goes to the House. The measure repeals a requirement that needles be exchanged on a one-for-one basis.

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The Tragedy of Philip Seymour Hoffman: How We Can Prevent Overdose Deaths

What makes the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman all the more tragic is that it happened in New York, a state with a wide array of policies and services designed to reduce drug overdose deaths and save the lives of people who use drugs.

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Crack Pipe Vending Machines

Crack PipesIn an effort to curb the spread of disease among drug users, Vancouver has become home to Canada's very first crackpipe vending machines. 'For us this was about increasing access to safer inhalation supplies in Downtown Eastside,' said Kailin See, the director of the DURC.

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Crack Pipe Vending Machine in Vancouver

“Crack pipes: 25 Cents,” reads the sign on a shiny vending machine, painted in bright polka dots. Decades ago, this device sold sandwiches. Now, when you put in your quarter and punch in a number, there is a click, a pause, and a little whirr. Then the spiral rotates until a crack pipe—packaged in a cardboard tube to avoid shattering—drops into a tray. Then you reach through the flap and retrieve your new stem.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Said to Be Found With Syringe

The family and friends of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman expressed shock and sadness after he was found dead on Sunday of an apparent drug overdose at an apartment in Greenwich Village.

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Crystal Meth Use in London

Meth mayhemCrystal methcreating a health "nightmare" among gay men, a leading doctor has said.

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