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Friday, June 24, 2016
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A heroin "epidemic" is gripping the United States, where cheap supply has helped push the number of users to a 20-year high, increasing drug-related deaths, the United Nations said on Thursday.
According to the U.N.'s World Drug Report 2016, the number of heroin users in the United States reached around one million in 2014, almost three times as many as in 2003. Heroin-related deaths there have increased five-fold since 2000.
"There is really a huge epidemic (of) heroin in the U.S.," said Angela Me, the chief researcher for the report which was released on Thursday.
"It is the highest definitely in the last 20 years," Me said, adding that the trend was continuing.
The rise could be linked to U.S. legislation introduced in recent years which makes it harder to abuse prescription opioids such as oxicodone, a powerful painkiller that can have similar effects to heroin, Me said.
The law meant the texture of the pills was changed to make it more difficult to crush them and inject them into the blood stream, Me said.
"This has caused a partial shift from the misuse of these prescription opioids to heroin."
Another reason for the increase in the use of heroin, which in the United States mainly comes from Mexico and Colombia, is greater supply that has depressed prices in recent years, Me said.
The United States has also seen a spike in deaths related to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more so than morphine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fentanyl has been named as the drug that killed pop singer Prince this year.
At least 207,000 deaths globally were drug-related in 2014, with heroin use and overdose-related deaths increasing sharply also over the last two years, according to the Vienna-based U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
"Heroin continues to be the drug that kills the most people and this resurgence must be addressed urgently," Yury Fedotov, the executive director of the UNODC, said.
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-MAPPED: How Brexit would send shockwaves across Europe
The levels of Euroscpeticism vary in different countries across Europe, according to data from American think tank Pew Research Center.
The Poles and the Hungarians are among the EU’s strongest backers, while there is only tepid public support for the EU in many other nations.
The Greeks, French and British people had the most unfavourable views of the 28-member bloc overall, Pew Research Center found.
This map looks at what would happen in different European countries now Britain has voted to quit the EU in the referendum.
EXPRESSBrexit aftermath: This map looks at the levels of anti-EU feeling across Europe
BRITAIN: Brexit campaigners across the UK are celebrating their historic victory and David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister.
The UK is now set to notify the EU that it wants to go by invoking Article 50 - the legal mechanism to leave the EU.
This move would start the timer on the two-year process of Britain’s political divorce from the bloc.
Mr Cameron said the next prime minister - expected to take office by October - should decide when to invoke Article 50.
BRUSSELS: EU leaders have immediately been forced into damage control and have issued responses in a bid to defend the integrity of the European bloc.
Before the referendum, European Council boss Donald Tusk has said that Europe’s “external enemies will open a bottle of champagne” to celebrate Brexit, adding: “We should do everything to spoil that party.”
SCOTLAND: Brexit has sparked renewed calls for another referendum on Scottish independence from the UK.
SNP MP Alex Salmond previously said: “Should Brexit succeed, Cameron would embark on a two-year negotiated exit, creating a time frame for a new referendum on Scottish independence.”
IRELAND: Ireland is the country which has the most to lose now Britain has voted to leave the EU, according to Standard and Poor’s rating agency.
MEDITERRANEAN: Brexit will fuel Euroscepticism before Spain’s election this Sunday and France’s presidential election in 2017.
It could also lead to a push for Grexit, a potential Greek exit, while Italian public opinion would move in a more Eurosceptic direction.
CENTRAL EUROPE: In Germany, Brexit would stir up anti-EU feeling ahead of federal elections in 2017 as the country struggles with immigration issues.
Over in the Netherlands, Eurosceptic politicians would also seek to ride on momentum from Brexit ahead of the next Dutch election.
ExpressThis table shows the results of the survey by Pew Research Center
NORTHERN EUROPE: The Nordic EU members Denmark, Sweden and Finland will lose Britain as their pro-free trade ally in the EU.
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HOLLYWOOD MAY NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN NOW THAT THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY HAS OPENED ITS NEW MOVIE STUDIOS, WHICH THEY CLAIM HAS BIGGER AND BETTER FACILITIES THAN PARAMOUNT.
In the promotional video, the narrator tells you that Scientology wants to partner with ‘every religion in the world’ to create a new global dynamic. From the looks of their new, amazingly massive facilities, they are poised to inflict some heavy spiritual damage. If you were wondering what the broadcast control room for the Antichrist will look like, this is pretty much it.
Leader David Miscavige announced to the world that this will be an ‘uncorrupted communications line to the billions’, as Scientology promises to reach ‘virtually every person on Earth’. The colossal studio complex on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles was finally unveiled after five years of renovations at a cost of at least $50 million on May 28.
The new studio will also be used to make polished propaganda movies to recruit more followers while it’s most famous recruit, Tom Cruise, is set to film his Hollywood blockbusters at the glittering base, which has bigger studios and sound stages than Paramount, the church claims.
Scientology has had a hand in a number of Cruise films in the past, and scenes from Days of Thunder and Far And Away were all filmed at their main HQ Gold Base in Hemet, 60 miles outside Los Angeles in the desert.
It gives Cruise, who is worth $450 million, and Scientology, which has $8 billion in reserves, the opportunity to heavily influence the movie world again, which they were doing back in the day where they influenced around top Hollywood executives to get what they wanted on films such as War of the Worlds, Days of Thunder and Battlefield Earth.
THE CHURCH HAS ALSO PROMISED ROLLING 24/7 SCIENTOLOGY ‘CNN NEWS’ FOR ITS FOLLOWERS IN THE STATE-OF-THE-ART STUDIOS.
Scientology celebrities including Nancy Cartwright – the voice of Bart Simpson – and billionaire Bob Duggan, heard Miscavige tell a crowd of 10,000 people – a claim disputed by critics who say the number was nearer 1,000 – that the religion was going to rewrite history.