Zimbabwe inmates cheer for rotten bread

HARARE, 11 October 2013 (PLUSNEWS) – Every couple of weeks, inmates at Harare Central and Chikurubi prisons in Zimbabwe greet the arrival of bakery trucks with roars of approval, whistles and dancing. The trucks’ arrival signals a rare few days of bread to relieve a prison diet that is sparse and monotonous.

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Compulsory detention for drug use undermines treatment in Laos

MOKCHONG KHMU, 11 October 2013 (PLUSNEWS) – Laos – located between thriving opium and methamphetamine producers in Myanmar and a reported consumer base of more than two million drug users in China – has sought to limit the impact of drug transit, use and production on its population. But the government’s policies, which harshly penalize drug use, are hampering efforts to treat addiction, say health researchers.

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