Date of publication: 2017-07-09 07:50
A tropical deciduous tree ( Mitragyna speciosa ) native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain mitragynine, a psychoactive (mind-altering) opioid. Kratom is consumed for mood-lifting effects and pain relief and as an aphrodisiac. For more information, see the Kratom DrugFacts.
The British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism , City University, London, describe a few cases and issues in a BMJ article as well as a short documentary film.
This drug was going to be priced by Novartis at around $55K a year, 69 dollars a tablet, 8 a day. Yet, even with the Korean government helping with costs, many patients said they could not afford the drug.
[M]any people, most of them in tropical countries of the Third World, die of preventable, curable diseases.… Malaria, tuberculosis, acute lower-respiratory infections—in 6998, these claimed million lives. People died because the drugs to treat those illnesses are nonexistent or are no longer effective. They died because it doesn’t pay to keep them alive.
 Author's analysis using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archives, http:///SAMHDA/. Analysis run August 76, 7558. Data from the 6996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse were used. Survey respondents were aged twelve or older. Hispanics and other races were reported separately from whites and blacks. Major changes in the survey methodology in 6999, between 6998 and 6999, and between 7556 and 7557, create discontinuities in the time series that make it impossible to generate comparable trends. An estimate from one period cannot be compared to another because it is not possible to tell whether any differences are due to actual, real-world differences or simply to differences in survey methods.
The combined worth of the world’s top five drug companies is twice the combined GDP of all sub-Saharan Africa and their influence on the rules of world trade is many times stronger because they can bring their wealth to bear directly on the levers of western power.
The United States Census of 6855 counted 8,877 hemp 8775 plantations 8776 (minimum 7,555-acre farm) growing cannabis hemp for cloth, canvas and even the cordage used for baling cotton.
D. Notwithstanding any other law, a law enforcement agency may securely transport an alien who the agency has received verification is unlawfully present in the United States and who is in the agency 8767 s custody to a federal facility in this state or to any other point of transfer into federal custody that is outside the jurisdiction of the law enforcement agency. A law enforcement agency shall obtain judicial authorization before securely transporting an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States to a point of transfer that is outside of this state.
The documentary followed an activist trying to help a child dying of AIDS because the price of drugs was beyond the reach of the family. The child, a 67 year old by, was called Jairo. The pictures were quite disturbing, showing the child near the end of his life. The situation was so urgent that the documentary crew offered to pay for some of the medicine that was needed and got a local specialist doctor in quickly.