Repair Shop Gave Meth As Bonuses

A couple running an auto body repair shop in Minnesota gave bonuses to employees in the form of meth, writes the Huffington Post.

An employee of Clear Choice Auto Body Repair told agents Wednesday that the shop’s owner had been paying employees with methamphetamine, according to a news release by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force.

Police claim employees of Clear Choice Auto Body Repair in Mankato, Minnesota each received half a gram of the illegal drug during a meeting on Tuesday night, reports KMSP-TV.

Agents said a search of the business early Thursday turned up syringes that tested positive for methamphetamine as well as a digital scale that contained meth residue, writes twincities.com.

 

Employees at auto shop given meth as bonus, drug task force says

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/meth-bonus-minnesota-auto-repair_us_571a224de4b0d4d3f722f7b3

Mankato business gave meth as bonus pay, drug agents say

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Bio-tech Stock Value Falls

There has been a seven-day selloff of U.S. biotechnology pharmaceutical stocks in the past week.  Some in the industry say it was overdone and are already eyeing bargains such as Gilead Sciences Inc. and Amgen Inc.

Gilead has drawn negative press for it’s $84,000 Sovaldi Hepatitis C drug regimen.  In Egypt, the same thing is reportedly sold for $900.

Reuters writes that the Nasdaq Biotechnology index .NBI has fallen 18.7 percent over the last seven sessions.  Investors took flight from bio-tech stocks after Hillary Clinton vowed on September 21st to take steps to curb high drug prices. Since its July 20th high, the index has fallen around 27 percent.

The selloff was exacerbated by general market volatility as investors have been grappling with concerns over the global economy.

Bio-tech stocks had risen 31 percent this year to their July high after annual increases for the last six years.  They were also looking to be sold because they had become “richly valued,” states Reuters.

(Updated article)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/29/us-usa-biotech-idUSKCN0RT2QS20150929

http://www.dailytech.com/Hepatitis+C+Miracle+Drug+Will+Cost+Americans+84K+Egyptians+Only+900/article34653.htm

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/04/28/biotechs-hard-bargain

Acting Administrator Of DEA Says He’s ‘Not An Expert’ On Drugs


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According to U.S. News and World Report, the acting administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency, Chuck Rosenberg, said recently, “If you want me to say that marijuana’s not dangerous, I’m not going to say that because I think it is. Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Probably not. I’m not an expert.”

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/07/28/new-dea-leader-pot-probably-not-as-bad-as-heroin

http://www.gq.com/story/dea-head-not-expert-in-drugs

Drug War Backfire? Jalisco Cartel Shoots Down Mexican Gov’t Helicopter


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Six soldiers were killed when gunmen from the New Generation Jalisco Cartel used a rocket-propelled grenade to bring down an army helicopter that was pursuing a cartel convoy on Friday, the national security commissioner, Monte Alejandro Rubido, told Televisa.

At least 15 other people were killed and 19 injured in a coordinated show of strength by the cartel which included several shootouts with soldiers and police, and involved hundreds of low-level operatives who set up roadblocks with burning cars, buses and trucks in Jalisco and three neighbouring states. Eleven banks and five petrol stations were also set ablaze.

Areas of drug cartel influence are located in red.  Jalisco is a “state” in southern Mexico, the capital of which is is Guadalajara.

(Updated article)

Are Generic Drugs Regulated Differently Than Brand-Name Drugs?

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Companies who make generic drugs are not allowed to change their warning label if a new problem is found with the drug.  However, brand-name drugs are required to change their warning label if a new problem is found with the drug, states Ring of Fire Radio.

The FDA was supposed to issue new rules last year to make generic drugs safer for consumers and change their regulations.  However, so far, they’ve failed to take any action, which is leaving patients at risk and lets pharmaceutical companies go free.

Here, Farron Cousins discusses this with attorney Howard Nations.

Drug Bust In Oregon

Oregon State Police troopers made two large drug busts this month, seizing 29 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

The first and larger of the two busts began as a traffic stop April 1st near milepost 35 along Interstate 5 northbound.  40-year-old Raymundo Cota Sauceda was stopped for a traffic violation as the Washington resident drove from southern California to Seattle.

Sauceda consented to a vehicle search, and then a drug-sniffing dog found 28 pounds of meth in a cardboard box in the trunk.

Two days later in a near-identical scenario, a state trooper discovered another pound of meth inside a northbound vehicle on I-5.

A state trooper stopped Martinez Miguel Navarro, 44, of Tacoma, at milepost 13. Like Sauceda, Navarro consented to a vehicle search and the trooper found the meth underneath the front seat.

Like Sauceda, Navarro was traveling back to Washington from southern California. Both men were booked into the Jackson County Jail, and both investigations are ongoing.

The Boston Globe: ‘Thank Death Penalty Foes For Firing Squads’

The Boston Globe ran a piece ironically titled “Thank Death Penalty Foes For Firing Squads.”

In a twist of logic, the piece blames death penalty opponents for states quest for more cruel and unusual forms of putting people to death.

Boston Globe:  “This quest for substitutes to lethal injection is the result of a determined campaign by death-penalty opponents to keep pharmaceutical companies from selling the drugs used in executions to state prison systems. But it’s one thing to impede the use of a specific method of executing murderers — even a method that had widely been regarded as the most humane alternative to electrocution or hanging. It’s something quite different, something much more difficult, to overturn the longstanding American consensus that in the most terrible cases of murder, killers should pay with their lives.”

However, there’s one big reason why the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe’s fierce hostility to capital punishment, states Business Insider.

Business Insider states that the phenomenon started nine years ago when the EU banned the export of products used for execution, citing its goal to be the “leading institutional actor and largest donor to the fight against the death penalty.”

According to Amnesty International, 140 countries have abolished the death penalty.

That is the majority.

In 2013, 22 countries around the world were known to have carried out executions and at least 57 to have imposed death sentences.

The Boston Globe seems to blame Europe – and the world – for America turning to firing squads because of a lack of appropriate death penalty drugs.

The Boston Globe:

“But the last American manufacturer of the drug halted production in 2011, and a European embargo on exporting the needed drugs for use in executions made it impossible to get them from overseas. Some states, forced to improvise as their inventory dwindled, turned to unnamed compounding pharmacies, or they formulated new, largely untested, lethal-injection protocols. In some instances, such as the bungled execution of Oklahoma murderer-rapist Clayton Lockett last year, the results have been gruesome and disturbing.”

In the words of Larry Flynt, who was shot by Joseph Paul Franklin in 1978, “…a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself.”

More here:

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html#ixzz3UlvvE6AT

http://www.businessinsider.com/americas-lethal-injection-drug-crisis-starts-in-europe-2014-2#ixzz3UlteKEHc