St Kitts police confirm drugs in court cases stolen from headquarters

St Kitts police confirm drugs in court cases stolen from headquarters

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Police Commissioner Ian Queeley has confirmed that a quantity of drugs to be used as evidence in a pending criminal case had been stolen from the police headquarters and that law enforcement officials are “committed to identifying those responsible for this heinous act.” In a statement, Queeley gave no indication as to […]

Grenadian politician charged in connection with drug bust

Grenadian politician charged in connection with drug bust

ST.GEORGE’S, Grenada – A 34-year-old politician was one of three men jointly charged with conspiracy to import and traffic in cannabis, after a compressed quantity of the illegal drug was found inside a barrel at the Maurice Bishop International Airport last Friday. Basil Williams who contested the March 13th general elections in the St George’s […]

Belize gives nod to amendment of marijuana-related legislation

Belize gives nod to amendment of marijuana-related legislation

BELMOPAN, Belize— The Belize Parliament has given the green light to the amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Act with bipartisan support. The Dean Barrow government had in August piloted the amendment to the legislation that also provides for monetary and non-recordable penalties for possession on school premises and in specified circumstances makes smoking on […]

Brampton couple fight to keep their daughter alive

Brampton couple fight to keep their daughter alive

A Brampton couple have taken their fight to court to keep their daughter “alive” at Brampton Civic Hospital although a physician at the  hospital has issued a death certificate  declaring her brain dead. Stanley Stewart and Alyson McKitty believe that the hospital acted  too hastily in declaring that their daughter, Taquisha, 27, was dead. And […]

Jamaica lauded for being regional leader in operating drug treatment courts

Jamaica lauded for  being regional leader  in operating drug treatment courts

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica is being touted as a regional leader in its operation of drug treatment courts (DTCs) and a model for other countries implementing them. Representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Jamaica, Jeanelle van Glaanen Weygel, says experts from Jamaica have played a key role in the establishment of drug treatment […]

Research shows marijuana users have higher risk of dying from hypertension

Marijuana use is associated with a three-fold risk of death from hypertension, according to research published last month in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. “Steps are being taken towards legalisation and decriminalisation of marijuana in the United States, and rates of recreational marijuana use may increase substantially as a result,” said lead author Barbara […]

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

This week’s question: The Ontario government announced last week in its budget that it will provide free prescription drugs to young people up to age 25.The medicines will be provided to everyone in that age group regardless of their income or their parents’ income. Should  free prescriptions drugs be provided to low income people of […]

Dr. Fry voices concern about fentanyl crisis

Dr. Fry voices concern about fentanyl crisis

OTTAWA – Trinidad-born Dr. Hedy Fry, longtime  Liberal MP for Vancouver Centre, is concerned about the slow response by her own federal government to the crisis of fentanyl, a potent opioid linked to more than 500 overdose deaths last year in British Colombia and Alberta alone. “I feel it’s something we need to be doing […]

Jamaica critical in regional response to crime

Jamaica critical in regional response to crime

Declaring that transnational organised crime such as arms and drug trafficking remains a “cancer” plaguing the Caribbean, a senior United States military official has said Jamaica remains a critical partner in coordinating the regional response to the crime. “We must combat and defeat transnational organised crime, which is a cancer that plagues our region,” deputy […]