I did have a brownie once. It made me sleepy.
The narrative tragedy of the addict is that we know what will happen to her.
Fifteen people have been arrested and face federal charges in connection with an Austin-based heroin distribution ring, including Amado “Mayo” Pardo, one of the owners and founders of Jovita’s Mexican restaurant on South First Street.
From the U.S. Department of Justice: “All 15 defendants are charged by a federal grand jury indictment, returned on Tuesday and unsealed today, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. According to the indictment, the defendants conspired since May 2011 to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin. Upon conviction, each defendant faces between ten years and life in federal prison.”
Women in pop culture are particularly framed with this “poor little prima donna who destroyed her talent” garbage. When great male musicians die, it’s unusual to have their substance issues splayed forth in the obit headline.
Is that what happened when George Harrison died? The Beatles, every one of them, could’ve given Whitney Houston a clinic in drug abuse. When Keith Richards dies, are they going to lead with “heroin destroyed his career”?
I believe that this could be catastrophic in terms of HIV prevention.
Michael Weinstein, president the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Weinstein was commenting on drugmaker Gilead’s application for FDA approval to market its HIV treatment medication Truvada as a HIV prevention pill. If Truvada is approved for preventive use, it “would be the first agent indicated for uninfected individuals to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV through sex,” according to a company statement at the time of the filing last month.
Gilead’s application, however, has sparked debate among public health advocates who argue that the wide availability of the drug would discourage safe sex and would, in fact, increase the incidence of HIV.
Image by STRATFOR, via Texas Tribune. [Texas Tribune: Analysts Expect Mexican Drug Violence to Continue]
Students take pictures of themselves as marijuana and other drugs are incinerated at a military base in Ciudad Juarez March 2. According to local media, the students were invited to see how 1500 kg of drugs, seized in several operations throughout the last months, were destroyed. (Gael Gonzalez/Reuters)
A traqueto match was a ticket out of poverty in a country with few opportunities for women—a reality captured by what was one of Colombia’s most popular television shows, Without Tits There Is No Paradise, a soap opera about a flat-chested poor teenager who wants to sell her virginity for a pair of implants.
Amen to this whole essay.