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Colombian Minister of Justice Yesid Reyes concerned over rise of synthetic drugs

first_imgColombian Minister of Justice Yesid Reyes said he’s concerned the increased growth of synthetic drugs in Europe could cause larger problems in his country, where designer drug use is greater than in neighboring countries. Pink cocaine, which was first made in The Netherlands, is attractive to narco-traffickers because it can be sold for more than cocaine. The drug can be diluted into liquids, making it harder to detect. Unlike substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, synthetic drugs are made exclusively from chemicals, not plants. One such drug, 2CB – commonly known as pink cocaine – has been on the rise in Colombia. It has led to an uptick in violence among drug cartels and organized crime groups which are seeking to control the synthetic drugs market. Until the emergence of pink cocaine, other illicit substances, including MDMA, which is known as ecstasy, and LSD, have dominated the synthetic drug market in Colombia. “We must recognize that to achieve adequate and harmonized international work demanded by the appearance of synthetic drugs, it is necessary to ‘decocaine-ize’ the problem of drugs in the region,” said Bo Mathiasen, the chief of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) in Colombia The production of designer drugs is booming, Reyes said. On average, drug traffickers and their operatives create a new synthetic drug every six days. Synthetic drugs are considered much more dangerous than traditional drugs because they drastically change chemical balances in the brain, which can be lethal. Colombian Minister of Justice Yesid Reyes said he’s concerned the increased growth of synthetic drugs in Europe could cause larger problems in his country, where designer drug use is greater than in neighboring countries. The production of designer drugs is booming, Reyes said. On average, drug traffickers and their operatives create a new synthetic drug every six days. The United Nations controls 234 substances, but there are 388 new psychoactive substances that are unregulated, creating a problem, according to Reyes. “The possibilities of molecular combination are virtually endless, so the output is easier and can be changed and therefore, is more difficult to control,” he said last week at the first international meeting on the issue of synthetic drugs, which occurred in Colombia’s coastal city of Santa Marta, the capital of the department of Magdalena. By Dialogo October 22, 2014 Unlike substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, synthetic drugs are made exclusively from chemicals, not plants. One such drug, 2CB – commonly known as pink cocaine – has been on the rise in Colombia. It has led to an uptick in violence among drug cartels and organized crime groups which are seeking to control the synthetic drugs market. Until the emergence of pink cocaine, other illicit substances, including MDMA, which is known as ecstasy, and LSD, have dominated the synthetic drug market in Colombia. Héctor Largo, who was wanted in connection with several homicides in the western department of Valle de Cauca, allegedly oversaw clandestine laboratories in the city of Cali that produced synthetic drugs and trafficked them nationwide. “We must recognize that to achieve adequate and harmonized international work demanded by the appearance of synthetic drugs, it is necessary to ‘decocaine-ize’ the problem of drugs in the region,” said Bo Mathiasen, the chief of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) in Colombia “It is a challenge worldwide, producing legislation to monitor new drugs because it takes governments longer to produce legal standards than for traffickers to introduce new chemical variations that sidestep the law recently issued,” Reyes said. Criminals sell more than 230 forms of designer drugs in Colombia, according to Gen. José Roberto León Riaño, the director of the Colombian National Police (PNC). The United Nations controls 234 substances, but there are 388 new psychoactive substances that are unregulated, creating a problem, according to Reyes. Héctor Largo, who was wanted in connection with several homicides in the western department of Valle de Cauca, allegedly oversaw clandestine laboratories in the city of Cali that produced synthetic drugs and trafficked them nationwide. “It is a challenge worldwide, producing legislation to monitor new drugs because it takes governments longer to produce legal standards than for traffickers to introduce new chemical variations that sidestep the law recently issued,” Reyes said. In March, PNC agents in the city of Pereira, in the department of Risaralda arrested suspected drug trafficker Héctor Castro, who is also known aka “Héctor Largo” and “Tsar.” Until police captured him, Héctor Largo was the the alleged leader of the country’s biggest synthetic drug ring and a suspected member of Clan Úsuga, one of largest drug trafficking groups in Colombia. “The possibilities of molecular combination are virtually endless, so the output is easier and can be changed and therefore, is more difficult to control,” he said last week at the first international meeting on the issue of synthetic drugs, which occurred in Colombia’s coastal city of Santa Marta, the capital of the department of Magdalena. Criminals sell more than 230 forms of designer drugs in Colombia, according to Gen. José Roberto León Riaño, the director of the Colombian National Police (PNC). In March, PNC agents in the city of Pereira, in the department of Risaralda arrested suspected drug trafficker Héctor Castro, who is also known aka “Héctor Largo” and “Tsar.” Until police captured him, Héctor Largo was the the alleged leader of the country’s biggest synthetic drug ring and a suspected member of Clan Úsuga, one of largest drug trafficking groups in Colombia. Synthetic drugs are considered much more dangerous than traditional drugs because they drastically change chemical balances in the brain, which can be lethal. Pink cocaine, which was first made in The Netherlands, is attractive to narco-traffickers because it can be sold for more than cocaine. The drug can be diluted into liquids, making it harder to detect. last_img read more

Does marriage ’cause’ teenagers to behave better …

first_imgMarriage Foundation Blog 9 September 2014It’s official. British teenagers are more likely to behave better if their parents are married.Not only that, but whatever is making the difference is above and beyond the usual explanation – that it’s not marriage per se but the type of people who marry.The EPPSE report on teenagers academic and socio-behavioural outcomes – published last week by the Department for Education – may not have got the media coverage it deserved, buried beneath frenzied speculation of whether Scotland is about to divorce England. But it was full of interesting tidbits about the factors that help children do better at secondary school. One of the key factors was whether parents were married.For those who can cope with the academic jargon, here’s what the writers said. (Note that ES means ‘Effect Size’, where all of the numbers below are considered ‘small’)There are weaker effects linked to parents’ marital status, although there is a tendency for poorer self-regulation and pro-social behaviour and increased hyperactivity and anti-social behaviour for those from single parent families (ES=-0.25 – for self-regulation; ES=-0.28 – for pro-social behaviour; ES=0.24 – for hyperactivity; ES=0.21 – for anti-social behaviour, for students with single parents versus those with married parents). (from page xviii)The marital status of parents in the early years, when children were first recruited to the study, was also a significant predictor of changes in self-regulation during secondary  education (ES=-0.25 – single parent compared to married) and pro-social behaviour (ES=-0.19 – single parent compared to married). Single parent status also predicted increases in hyperactivity (ES=0.24 – single parent versus married) and anti-social behaviour (ES=0.15). Students in lone parent families showed small but statistically significant increases in both negative behaviours and decreases in both positive behaviours. In addition, students of parents who were living with their partner but unmarried in the early years were found to show small decreases in self-regulation (ES=-0.18) and pro-social behaviour (ES=-0.14) and an increase in hyperactivity (ES=0.15). (from page xxiv)What all this means is that – regardless of pretty much every parental background factor you could think of – there’s a small but noticeable difference in behaviour between teenagers from married and lone parent families based on whether the parents are married now (first para) or were married when the children were much younger (second para).Don’t be fooled by the word ‘small’. The ‘small’ net effect of marriage is the most conservative estimate possible.http://marriagefoundationblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/does-marriage-cause-teenagers-to-behave-better/last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Virginia beats Gardner-Webb but remains motivated by critics

first_imgHunter led all scorers with 23 points and served as Virginia’s most consistent force throughout the contest. Mamadi Diakite emerged with 13 second-half points, the clear beneficiary of a halftime adjustment to attack the paint.While the Cavaliers were relieved to rid the King Kong-sized monkey off their collective backs, at the end of the day they were still just a 1-seed going out and doing what 1-seeds have always done. So Guy plans to keep his avatar for the foreseeable future, waiting for a potential national championship victory to move himself past the symbol of his darkest moment.“[The picture] is not just for that game,” he said. “That’s for everyone who has ever doubted me. Obviously, they doubted us last year, and they doubted us this year because of that loss. That chip on my shoulder will never leave, but at the same time, we’re past it. There’s more to play.” COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kyle Guy has no plans to change his Twitter picture.The image of Guy crouched in shock as UMBC players celebrated their 16-seed upset of his 1-seed Cavaliers will remain until a date to be determined. There is still unfinished business. Unlike last year, No. 1 Virginia’s season is alive after the first round, its title aspirations intact following a 71-56 win over No. 16 Gardner-Webb on Friday in South Region play. That’s not to say it was easy for the Cavaliers (30-3) to bounce back against an underdog opponent. They trailed by double digits late in the first half and entered halftime down by six a year removed from becoming the first top-seeded team to ever fall to No. 16 in the NCAA Tournament.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule”We came in knowing real well we were in for a battle,” said Virginia’s Ty Jerome. “[Gardner-Webb] punched us in the mouth, but we were punched before. It was about doing what we do and staying united.”With just over six minutes to go in the first half, Virginia faced a 14-point deficit. The pro-Gardner-Webb crowd seemingly increased in volume with every bucket.This time, though, Virginia remained level-headed.”I think this year you saw the growth of this team,” Guy said. “Nobody panicked. Last year it was like, ‘Oh, s—, this may happen.’ We all panicked. This year we were like, ‘Oh, s—, this is going to happen again,’ but nobody panicked.”Despite finishing the half strong, the Cavaliers trailed at the break. Last year, of course, they were tied with UMBC at the half before allowing 53 second-half points in a 74-54 defeat. There was no repeating that disappointment, though. Virginia went on a 25-5 run to begin the second half and forced five turnovers in five minutes. De’Andre Hunter laid down a monster dunk, and everything felt normal again, like it had before Gardner-Webb (23-12) landed haymakers in the opening 15 minutes of the game.BENDER: Cincinnati in familiar spot after first-round exit”That’s a pressure, and there’s no doubt about it,” coach Tony Bennett said. “When you’re in that spot, you feel the crowd. It’s something we had to go through. I’m glad I’m up here this year feeling differently. It’s the beauty of the tournament.”last_img read more