Phenazepam, the Soviet-Made Designer Drug, Hits North Texas

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Phenazepam comes in many forms, including a nasal spray disguised as air freshener.
In case you missed the September 2012 issue of Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience, here's a heads up: phenazepam, a powerful anti-anxiety drug sometimes sold as "Zannie" or "bonsai," is hitting the U.S. streets.

It's not exactly a new product -- it was developed in the 1970s by Soviet scientists to treat epilepsy, anxiety and sleep disorders -- but only recently has its recreational use spread, first to Western Europe and now to the United States.

See also: Denton County Police Discover That They Make Marijuana Candy and Soda Now

It's several times more potent than valium, another benzodiazepine, and has been cited as the cause of a growing number of hospitalizations and deaths. Now -- cue the Sweeps Week-style freakout -- it's arrived in North Texas.

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Dallas Police and the DEA Seized a Quarter-Ton Shipment of Xanax Over the Weekend

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William Ian Brown did not have a prescription for the single alprazolam (Xanax) pill he was allegedly carrying in his pocket when he was arrested on Sunday. A crime, to be sure, but a minor one. If prosecutors decided to pursue the case -- given that it was a single pill, they might not bother -- the worst outcome would be a short stretch in Lew Sterrett, a modest fine and a misdemeanor conviction.

But that pill wasn't his problem. It was the 550 pounds of alprazolam he and his business partner, Brandon Lynell Gardner, had allegedly just taken possession of near Interstate 35 and Northwest Highway.

According to federal court documents, Brown and Gardner, are both officers of Dynasty Global Systems LLC, a local freight-hauling company. Gardner had arranged a shipment of two pallets from Denver to be delivered to a Northeast Dallas warehouse.

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Denton County Police Discover That They Make Marijuana Candy and Soda Now

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The days when you had to actually smoke marijuana to get dosed with THC ended long ago with the discovery that the chemical can be melted into butter and baked into brownies.

Ganjapreneurs in Colorado are taking things to a completely different level. In Denver, you can get high via balms, massage oil, under-the-tongue tinctures, and, yes, soft drinks and candy.

This was news to police in Corinth, Texas, who were surprised to discover that, in addition to a half pound of marijuana, Marisol Noriega, 20, was arrested with THC-infused gummies and sodas. An alleged accomplice, 23-year-old David Ramos, was arrested on Wednesday.

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Husband of Mineral Wells Woman Found Dead in Her Freezer Arrested for Giving Her Meth

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At first, Mineral Wells police were stumped by Shannon Herrin Huddleston's death. How could a grown woman, her home and person bearing no sign that she'd been attack, wind up locked in her own freezer?

Things became clearer when the autopsy report came back in October and speculated that Huddleston "likely crawled into the freezer while under the effects of methamphetamine." The toxic effects of the drug, compounded by hypothermia, killed her.

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Why Travel for Colorado Pot When You Can Buy It From Your Friendly Neighborhood Dealer?

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In the weeks since marijuana became legal in Colorado, there have been a thick plume of stories on how to plan a pot-smoking vacation. Even The Dallas Morning News, which still blanches at the notion of fully legalized pot, offered a buyer's guide.

The pot tourism boom, however large it will prove to be, is all well and good, but what about the pot enthusiast who, through lack of time or means, can't make the trip? Will they never have the opportunity to partake of legally produced Colorado weed?

They will, thanks to entrepreneurs who, as the Houston Chronicle reported this weekend, are already shuttling the stuff into Texas.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry Is Still a Long Way From Legalizing Pot

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It's not often that Texas Governor Rick Perry has occasion to wax at length about his views on drug policy, but when you find yourself in Davos, Switzerland, on a World Economic Forum panel devoted to the "drug dilemma," there isn't much else to talk about.

This morning's discussion (it was late evening in Switzerland) focused on narcotics as a intractable global ill that stretches from the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the Latin American cartels to street-level pushers everywhere, and it featured insights from former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth.

Perry's expertise, and the apparent reason he was included on the panel, stems from the fact that he leads a U.S. state, and that states, particularly post-weed legalization in Colorado and Washington state, have established themselves as laboratories of drug policy.

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The Feds Are Cracking Down on a Mansfield Woman's Do-It-Yourself Botox Business

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via Wired
There was a brief time, not all that long ago, when discountmedspa.com was the Internet's go-to place for gray market botulinum toxin, that Mansfield's Laurie D'Alleva could call herself the Botox Queen.

Then, Wired stumbled upon her site -- and the how-to videos featuring D'Alleva injecting the product into her face -- and discovered they could buy pharmaceutical-grade cosmetics like Renova, Dysport (aka "The Freeze") without a prescription.

"20/20" followed up with a segment two months later featuring a horror story from discountmedspa.com customer "Alex," a paramedic who nearly went blind after dosing herself with an injectable facial filler labeled "Vitalift," and a plastic surgeon who was concerned by discountmedspa.com's crudely packaged, mysteriously named products.

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A North Texas Heroin Dealer Faces Life for Dealing the Drugs That Killed Two Women

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If you were in a particularly charitable mood and didn't know much about the situation, you might credit Misrael Perla with trying to save Alexandra Julia Moreno. He did, after all, rush the 20-year-old Irving woman to the hospital when he discovered her unresponsive in July 2012.

But then you learn that Perla is a drug dealer who provided the heroin Moreno overdosed on, and that he took her to Baylor Medical Center in Irving in the bed of a pickup, handing her off to emergency room personnel and fleeing, and any feeling of sympathy starts to slip away.

Those details are laid out in federal court documents filed after Perla and a suspected accomplice were arrested in December 2012.

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West Dallas Crack-Smoking Session Goes South After Attempted Meat-Thermometer Murder

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Just in case your resolve was slipping, or else that scene in The Wolf of Wall Street convinced you that crack is the gateway to fun and untold riches, we bring you the cautionary tale of Joel Flores.

Flores, 36, and another man had were "kickin' it" on Saturday night at a home in West Dallas. The man left for several hours, then came back at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday asking that Flores drive him to go score some crack. They found some crack, smoked it, parted ways, and that seemed to be that.

It wasn't. Early on Sunday afternoon, Flores' crack-smoking buddy returned, this time in a foul mood.

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The Designer Drug "N-Bomb" Has Been Linked to the Death of a Frisco Teen

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Bath salts haven't gone away. Just this week, a California smoke shop owner was arrested with half a ton of the stuff. But with a federal crackdown and heightened awareness of their face-eating side effects, their use (or at least the panicked reporting on it) is on the decline.

Now filling the void is N-Bomb, a newish, LSD-like designer drug that offers users a cheap and, until the Drug Enforcement Agency banned it last month, legal high. Like its predecessors, it's often sold at convenience stores under various product labels (e.g. "Smiles" and "251") and on the Internet. Also like its predecessors, it can have terrifying side effects.

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