Ashdown stands up to Whoonga crime surge

2015-10-06 10:45

The Ashdown community, west of Pietermaritzburg, is living in fear because of escalating substance abuse-related crimes, which include gang rapes and theft.

Drug smugglers in Argentina soak rice with cocaine

2015-09-28 10:24

Argentine customs agents found about 30 kg (66 lbs) of cocaine hidden in a way they had never seen before - absorbed into grains of rice headed for Europe via Africa.

Success for city’s patrol project

2015-08-11 09:22

THE Community On Patrol (COP) project had its first major success last week when two men were arrested for drug dealing near a Pietermaritzburg school.

Experts support call for lower cancer drug prices

2015-07-23 17:26

A group of cancer experts have developed proposals to reduce the cost of cancer drugs, and support protests to lobby firms to charge fairly for treatments.

Multiple busts net drugs worth R48.7m

2015-07-20 14:44

Customs officials have made four drug busts, confiscating drugs with a street value of R48.7m.

Painkillers can lead to heroin addiction

2015-07-08 15:50

The simple misuse of painkillers can lead to addiction to more serious substances such as heroin, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Legalising medical marijuana won't up teen consumption

2015-06-18 11:16

The findings of a new study provide strong evidence that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase after a state legalises medical marijuana.

Ritalin abuse runs riot in South African schools

2015-06-12 10:52

As a parent, you may never have considered that your child may be abusing prescription medication, but South African students as young as 16 are snorting and swallowing Ritalin to get high.

Ecstasy may reduce anxiety in terminal patients

2015-05-28 15:00

Cancer patients suffering from debilitating anxiety, fear or depression may find some peace during Ecstasy-influenced psychotherapy sessions.

Drug company will help to find Aids cure

2015-05-12 11:17

GlaxoSmithKline will collaborate with US scientists to develop a cure for Aids, after deciding to keep its HIV drugs business.


The easy way for employers to test if their workers are taking drugs

2015-09-30 13:35

South African organisations need to have no-drug policies in place – enforced by means of drug testing, especially saliva testing. How does this work and is it legal?

PMB woman to forfeit all assets to the state

2015-09-23 09:53

PIETERMARITZBURG woman Joyce Komane will forfeit all her assets to the state after a full bench of the KZN high court ruled yesterday that they were bought with money from “drug-dealing activities”.

Judges to rule on drug case appeal

2015-08-06 09:29

PIETERMARITZBURG businesswoman Joyce Komane will wait with bated breath for the eventual outcome of her appeal to win back her assets that were seized seven years ago as the alleged proceeds of drug trafficking.

Why meth and coke is worse for women than men

2015-07-22 11:05

Women formerly addicted to stimulant drugs such as cocaine or meth have a smaller amount of a type of brain tissue known as "grey matter", which affects their ability to think.

New formula Oxycontin won't give you a high if crushed, snorted or injected

2015-07-10 11:39

Targiniq ER contains naloxone, which blunts the euphoric effect of oxycodone when tablet is crushed, dissolved or injected, making it less likely to be misused by addicts.

The real dangers of smoking dagga

2015-06-24 09:57

The possession and use of cannabis (dagga) is illegal in South Africa, but despite this the country is ranked as one of the top cannabis producers globally and it is the commonest illicit drug abused in South Africa. Its use can lead to multiple health and psychiatric complications.

Synthetic dagga is on the rise in the US where it poisons and kills users

2015-06-12 11:28

Synthetic cannabinoid products mimic the active ingredient in marijuana and are sold in the US as herbal products.

Toddlers increasingly exposed to marijuana

2015-06-10 11:36

Kids younger than 3 may accidentally ingest marijuana when it's baked into brownies and cookies.

Flakka: why you should be terrified by this deadly new street drug

2015-05-27 14:51

The man-made drug 'flakka', which is blamed for the deaths of at least 18 people, is probably the most dangerous since the peak of cocaine, warns an epidemiologist.

Substandard drugs undermine fight against malaria

2015-04-21 15:27

Researchers found substandard malaria drugs in 12 percent of samples in Tanzania and in 31 percent in Cambodia, an epicentre of resistance to the drug artemisinin.

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