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Drug-resistance in farm animals threatens human health

by Sahana Ghosh • The highest levels of antimicrobial resistance in farm animals are currently found in China and India, a study has found. This finding highlights antibiotic overuse and misuse in animals in the wake of increasing meat consumption. Animals consume three times as many antibiotics as humans. In India antibiotic consumption in animals is not limited to treating ... Read More »

2 suspected drug peddlers killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfight’

Cox’s Bazar, July 24 (UNB) – Two suspected drug peddlers, including a Rohingya man, were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Teknaf upazila on early Wednesday. The deceased were identified as Mohammad Kamal, 22, son of Islam of Balukhali camp, and Habibur Rahman, 23, son of Abul Shama of Nayapara in Teknaf upazila. ... Read More »

Rights group calls Duterte’s drug war crime against humanity

Manila, Jul 9 (AP/UNB) — Amnesty International urgently called for international pressure and an immediate U.N. investigation to help end what it says are possible crimes against humanity in the Philippine president’s bloody anti-drug crackdown. The London-based rights watchdog said in a study released Monday that extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s 3-year-old campaign remain rampant and the scale of ... Read More »

Three-year-old girl latest Philippines ‘drug war’ victim

UN Human Rights Council Should Adopt Resolution to Stop Carnage On Sunday, a 3-year-old girl became the latest casualty of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs,” which has killed thousands over the past three years. Myka Ulpina died after being shot during a police raid targeting her father, Renato Dolofrina, in Rizal province, near Manila, media reports said. Police ... Read More »

Dope test to be mandatory for govt jobs: Home Minister

Dhaka, June 25 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said dope test is going to be made compulsory for government jobs. The decision has been approved in principal by the Cabinet, he told the media at the ministry on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. “Action will be taken against government officials who are drug ... Read More »

Geographical location makes BD drugs route : Minister

Dhaka, June 24 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said illegal drugs enter Bangladesh from India and Myanmar due to its geographical location. “Although Bangladesh is not a drug-producing country, it’s now facing the menace due to its geographical location,” he said while responding to a tabled starred question from Jatiya Party MP M Mujibul Huq in Parliament. ... Read More »

Two suspected Yaba traders killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfight’

Cox’s Bazar, June 1 -Two suspected Yaba traders were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Kayukhkhali in Teknaf municipality area early Saturday. The deceased were identified as Abdul Gafur, 40, son of Sultan Ahmed of Rongikhali Rohingya Camp and Mohammad Sadek, 23, son of late Sharif of Keruntoli area. Lt Col Md Faisal ... Read More »

World Health Assembly for antimicrobial resistance action

Geneva, 27 May (Heba Wanis): Member States at the 72nd World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), reiterating their commitment to urgently address AMR in recognition of the emerging public health threat of the loss of treatment options. AMR is estimated to kill 700,000 globally per year. By 2050, if AMR is not addressed, 10 million people ... Read More »

Preventing antibiotic resistance: Look to livestock industry

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, May 21 (IPS) – Antimicrobial resistance is quickly becoming a global crisis and risks reversing a century of progress in health. Some organisations have already geared up and are tackling the issue from its roots. In a new report, the United Nations Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance estimates that antibiotic resistance could cause 10 ... Read More »

2 Ansar members caught allegedly while trading yaba pills

Dhaka, Mat 19 – Two temporary members of Ansar, a government force, were caught red-handed in Yaba trading, as a drive of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Sunday morning busted the office of SA Paribahan transport line. The two Ansar members—Morshed and Kashem are temporary members of Ansar. They work for Ansar for the six months of the year ... Read More »

Chinese researchers try brain implants to treat drug addicts

Shanghai, May 8 (AP/UNB) — The sound of doctors boring through his skull to feed electrodes deep into his brain made Yan tremble. “The drill was like bzzzzzzz,” he later recalled. “The moment of drilling is the most terrible.” Yan is a methamphetamine addict. The hope is that technology will extinguish his addiction — quite literally, with the flip of ... Read More »

Zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance ring alarm bells

Data released recently by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reveal that antibiotics used to treat infections that can be transmitted between animals and humans (zoonoses) like campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis are becoming less effective. The joint report refers to 2017 data collected from 28 EU member states from humans, pigs and ... Read More »

3 held with 250000 Yaba drug pills from Ctg Bd picnic bus

Chattogram, Feb 9 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested six people along with s 2.5lakh Yaba tablets from a picnic bus near Karnaphuli Shah Amanat Bridge early Saturday. The arrestees are—Md AtiarRahman, 55, Md MasudRana, 31, Md Bablu, 47, Md Iqbal Hossain, 37, Md Jewel, 39, Md Aminur Rahman Sumon, 23, hailing from Jashore, ... Read More »

Complete drug trials proceedings in six months: HC

Dhaka, Feb 05 – The High Court on Tuesday directed the lower court concerned to complete trials proceedings of all Yaba and other drug and narcotics related cases by six months. The HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mostafizur Rahman also asked the deputy commissioners (DCs) and superintendents of police (SPs) to monitor whether the investigation officers ... Read More »

Two police constables closed for ‘drug trading’

Two police constables of Bhaberchar Highway Police camp have been closed to the district police lines for their alleged involvement in drug trading.The accused are Constable Arif, 28 and Constable Mamun, 27. Acting on secret information, a team of Rab-10 conducted a drive at a house in Bhaberchar College Road area of Gazaria upazila on Monday and arrested a woman ... Read More »

Bodi tells Yaba traders: ‘Surrender by Wednesday’

Cox’s Bazar, Jan 13 – Controversial ex-MP Abdur Rahman Bodi on Friday asked yaba traders at Teknaf and Ukhia Upazilas to surrender within five days. “If the enlisted yaba traders do not surrender within five days, they will face terrible consequences,” he said. Bodi, the twice-elected while exchanging views with the locals at his residence in Lama Bazar in Teknaf ... Read More »

Refusal to join drug peddling leads to youth’s murder?

‘Drug addict’ friend hacks him to death in Chapainawabganj Chapainawabganj, Jan 11 – A young man was hacked to death allegedly by his friend in Rohanpur municipality area of Gomastapur Upazila on Friday afternoon allegedly for refusing his proposal to get involved in drug peddling. The deceased was identified as Rajon Biswas, 22, son of Md Amin of the area. Read More »

Herbicides increase antibiotic resistance evolution in bacteria

Antibiotic resistance in our pathogens is caused by human activity and is a major challenge for public health. Recent research has found that some of the world’s most widely used herbicides like Roundup (glyphosate) and Kamba (dicamba) can increase the rate of antibiotic resistance development in bacteria by a factor of up to 100,000 times faster than occurs without the ... Read More »