Deep in the lush jungles of Indonesian Borneo is the remote region of Kapuas Hulu, a dizzying 12-hour drive along narrow, twisting roads from the nearest city. Until recently, most villagers eked out a living working at nearby rubber plantations or gold mines.Now, thanks to the opioid epidemic in the U.S., one of the hottest local commodities is a controversial plant called kratom that fans call a natural alternative to synthetic painkillers but U.S. regulators say isn’t safe. Demand from the U.S. has turned Kapuas Hulu into a boom town: Newly affluent residents have built additions to their houses and workers drive the latest model Honda motorcycles.Outside of the village, on a piece of land hacked out of one of the world’s oldest rain forests, entrepreneur Abdul Hamid oversees a plantation owned by villagers that grows 2.5-meter-high kratom trees. Workers pick the leaves and process them at a facility in town. Hamid sells the final product to dealers who then … [Read more...] about U.S. Hunger For Opioid Alternative Drives Boom in Borneo Jungle
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In a troubling sign that anxiety and depression are taking hold of America's youth, new research shows a doubling since 2008 in the number of kids and teens who've been hospitalized for attempted suicide or suicidal thoughts. Study author Dr. Gregory Plemmons said the findings "are not surprising," and that "colleges have also reported a dramatic increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression among students and in use of counseling services." But is the risk for teen suicide actually growing, or are more vulnerable teens going to hospitals than in the past? Plemmons said it's hard to tell. "We still know from other studies out there that less than half of young people with mental disorders seek treatment, and only a minority of teens with depression actually seek care," he said. "In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines this past February to encourage primary care doctors to begin depression screening." Plemmons is an associate professor of pediatrics with … [Read more...] about Big spike in U.S. kids, teens attempting suicide
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Americans freed from North Korea greeted by Trump as they touch down on U.S. soil "We want to thank (North Korea's leader) Kim Jong Un," Trump said, as he greeted the men during a welcoming home ceremony. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 7 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Oren Dorell, USA TODAY Published 4:57 p.m. ChT May 10, 2018 | Updated 6:44 p.m. ChT May 10, 2018 CLOSE Vice President Mike Pence arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland early Thursday. He's there to jon President Trump in welcoming home three Americans who were released by North Korea. (May 10) AP CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 7 COMMENT EMAIL MORE … [Read more...] about Americans freed from North Korea greeted by Trump as they touch down on U.S. soil
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Will North Korea 'get rid of their nukes'? Questions answered before summits with South Korea, U.S. Will North Korea "get rid of their nukes" and other questions as summit looms between the North's Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 3 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Oren Dorell, USA TODAY Published 4:54 a.m. ChT April 25, 2018 | Updated 6:57 a.m. ChT April 25, 2018 CLOSE President Donald Trump says North Korea wants to hold a high-stakes meeting "as soon as possible" and he is praising Kim Jong Un as "very open" and "very honorable." (April 24) AP CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 3 … [Read more...] about Will North Korea ‘get rid of their nukes’? Questions answered before summits with South Korea, U.S.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration's plans to end temporary protected status for Haitians, the group said Wednesday. The NAACP said that the planned endof the "temporary protected status" for Haitians who were allowed entry to the U.S. following a devastating earthquake in 2010 "discriminates against immigrants of color"and violates protections of due process and equal protection under the Fifth Amendment. "The decision by the Department of Homeland Security to rescind TPS status for Haitian immigrants was infected by racial discrimination," Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., said in a statement. Then Department of Homeland Security acting director Elaine Duke announced in November that the protections will come to an end on July 22, 2019. The department said at the time that conditions in Haiti now allow for the safe return of … [Read more...] about NAACP sues over plan to end protections for Haitians in U.S.