World News Wrapup: 9 January 2020

Pharmacy opens despite petrol bombing; US state files new charges against J&J; and legal sales of cannabis edibles about to begin in Canada

Halifax, UK: A pharmacy has opened as usual despite being attacked with petrol bombs hours earlier.

Heath Pharmacy in Halifax, West Yorkshire, was petrol bombed around 2am on Friday (January 3), but the pharmacy was still open throughout the day.

The police were called to the premises by the fire service and the attack was captured on CCTV, which can be viewed below, along with images of the damage caused, reports Chemist + Druggist.

The two suspects exited a car, smashed the window on the front door and threw two milk bottles containing petrol into the pharmacy, Heath Pharmacy manager Amanda Smith told C+D.

“Luckily our floor mat soaked most of [the petrol] up, so it didn’t cause too much damage,” she explained.

Ms Smith said most of the damage was in the store, and there was “smoke damage only” in the dispensary.

The pharmacy team had to “clean everything” on Friday morning, as the branch was “covered in soot”.

“We stayed open throughout, with customers using the side delivery door,” Ms Smith said.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed that no-one was harmed during the attack.

New Mexico, US: New Mexico state authorities have filed charges against Johnson & Johnson, accusing the company of misleading consumers, especially children and black and Hispanic women, about the safety of its talc products.

Hector Balderas, the attorney general of New Mexico said the company had, “concealed and failed to warn consumers about the dangers associated with their talc products,” which are thought to include lung disease, ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of internal organs that is associated with asbestos.

It’s the latest in a wave of legal claims against the 134-year-old consumer products company, reports the New York Times.

Johnson & Johnson faces more than 16,800 other talc-related lawsuits, most filed on behalf of individuals, as well as investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.

Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that it is reviewing the New Mexico lawsuit, adding that it “will continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder, which is supported by decades of scientific evidence showing our talc is safe and free of asbestos.”

Ontario, Canada: Canadian doctors are warning of the negative effects of over-consumption of cannabis edibles, which become available to consumers this month. 

Cannabis edibles were officially legalized in Canada in October, and the first legal products are being rolled out this month.

The edible products include soft chews, milk and dark chocolate bars, and even one type of tea, and will apparently be priced between Can$7 (A$7.84) and Can$14 (A$15.69), according to the Ontario Cannabis Store, one of the distributors.

Now a newly-released peer-reviewed article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal warns that “cannabis edibles present specific risks of overconsumption and accidental ingestion, especially among cannabis-naive individuals and children, and additional risks for youth and senior populations with regard to mental well-being and cognitive functioning.”

The article explains that edibles have “a longer latency and duration of effects than inhaled cannabis, which may increase the risk of overdosing from overconsumption.”

Effects from cannabis edibles can be delayed by up to four hours after eating the product and the effects can last more than eight hours, according to the article. This “lengthens the duration of impaired judgment and coordination experienced in comparison to inhaled cannabis,” reports Medical News Today.



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