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Russia’s Anti-Alcohol Policies Good for Public, Hurts Breweries

  In recent years, Russian lawmakers have enacted legislation intended to discourage alcohol use among citizens. Although these new policies benefit the people of Russia,  they are hurting beer makers in the country. Russia has one of the highest rates of alcoholism in the world, so concerted efforts to get people to cut back on drinking are a good idea from a public health standpoint. Perhaps the United States, who invests heavily in anti-smoking campaigns, should consider following suit since we have high rates of alcohol abuse as well. The timing of the Russian legislation has caught breweries off-guard. Between 2005 and 2007  beer sales in Russia soared 30 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal. When brewers such as Heineken, Anheuser-Busch and Carlsberg noticed, they seized the opportunity to invest in the … Read entire article »

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The Global Epidemic of Addiction

  It can be easy to live in a bubble and think that the addiction problems that we see so often are confined to the Americas. Factually, this is not true – addiction is a global crisis. Whether someone is suffering from an addiction to heroin or methamphetamine, or drinks far too much, there are countries where the statistics are staggering. All in all, if you’re an addict, you may do well to avoid some of these countries for a while. Ranging from the smack-plagued Afghanistan to boozy England, the world is full of dangerous places for addicts. Countries like Iran, Afghanistan, and Russia are plagued by problems with heroin. This is not surprising, given that 90 percent of all European heroin originates in Afghanistan, as it is the world’s top producer of … Read entire article »

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Belarusian Olympian Stripped of Her Gold Medal After Testing Positive for Anabolic Steroids

  Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk became the first prominent athlete to test positive for doping in the London Olympics on Monday, August 15, 2012, and was stripped of her gold medal just hours after the 2012 games concluded. The 31 year-old Ostapchuk was awarded the gold, her first, after winning the shot put competition on Monday, August 6, with a throw measured at 21.36 meters, or 70.08 feet.  Ostapchuk was tested twice, on August 5 and August 6, and both samples came back positive for methenolone, a type of synthetic anabolic steroid banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The International Olympic Committee has ordered the Belarus Olympic committee to return the medal, which will be retroactively awarded to defending Olympic champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand, as soon as possible.  The silver … Read entire article »

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Russian Drug Czar Blames Beatles for Nation’s Drug Problems

Russian Drug Czar Blames Beatles for Nation’s Drug Problems

  Following in the grand tradition of past government leaders, Russian drug czar Yevgeny Bryun is blaming people from other countries for his nation’s problems.  In this case, the people being blamed are the members of The Beatles, the top-selling musical act of all-time, and their nation of origin is the UK.  He claims their well-documented drug use in the 1960’s was the launching point for Russia’s current immersion in heroin, crack, crystal meth, and krokodiladdiction. The … Read entire article »

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Krokodil: the grossest drug on earth

  Krokodil, or a dirty form of desomorphine, a designer drug similar to morphine or heroine that is derived by “cooking” codeine and everyday household substances like iodine, has swept across Russia leaving addicts, injuries, and deaths in its wake. While desomorphine was originally discovered in the United States and was later used in Switzerland , this desomorphine is more pure than codeine-based desomorphine. While the codeine in and of itself is not toxic, the other ingredients like paint thinner and gasoline make the krokodil highly toxic. Users inject the orange desomorphine in their veins. Desomorphine’s effects last approximately an hour and half and it takes approximately thirty minutes to an hour to prepare. Users are often caught in a cycle of continuously producing and using desomorphine so as to avoid … Read entire article »

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