Taiwan bans four types of sleeping pills for certain patients

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday (April 29) banned doctors from prescribing medicine containing any of four ingredients to people who have experi...

Estonia won its war on fentanyl, then things got worse

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Igor Smirnov was introduced to opiates the day his first son was born, when he got celebratory drunk and a neighbor injected him with an intoxicating extract of opium poppies. ...

Taiwan businessman spits at police after NT$1 million quarantine fine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwanese man who was fined NT$1 million (US$33,000) for violating quarantine regulations spat at police officers and assaulted medical workers when he was asked to pu...

Want OxyContin in China? Pain pill addicts get drugs online

SHANGHAI (AP) — China has some of the strictest regulation of opioids in the world, but OxyContin and other pain pills are sold illegally online by vendors that take advantage of China’s major e-comme...

China has pain pill addicts too, but no one's counting them

SHANGHAI (AP) — Wu Yi was supposed to die. At age 26, his cancer was spreading. His doctor gave him five years to live and a prescription for OxyContin. ...

Steven Holcomb’s Olympic legacy to grow, for a final time

U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb is getting one last victory celebration. A long overdue one. More than 2 1/2 years after his death — and almost six years removed fro...

Taipei mayor criticized for saying Tibetans' self-immolation 'bothers' Beijing

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) recent comments that self-immolation cases in Tibet have caused trouble for Beijing has drawn widespread criticism, but he refuses to ...

Taiwan tops Asia in per capita sleeping pill consumption

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan tops Asia in per capita sleeping pill consumption, with 39 sleeping pills a year, according to Taiwan Pharmacist Association (藥師公會全國聯合會) Chairman Gu Bo-ren (古博仁) . ...

Taiwanese businessman guilty of N. Korea sanctions violations commits suicide

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The owner of a Taiwanese ship implicated in 2017 for illegally providing oil to North Korea committed suicide on Saturday (June 22), it was confirmed by authorities in Kao...

Randy Travis gets candid in first memoir post-stroke

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a month after Randy Travis suffered a near fatal stroke in 2013, doctors were not hopeful about his recovery. Complications were piling up, including a collapsed lung...

Taiwan weightlifter Hsu put on list of athletes banned for doping

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwanese weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨), winner of two Olympic gold medals, has been included in a list of athletes banned for doping provided to Taiwan's Olympic commit...

Tamkang University student may have been electrocuted before drowning in Taipei park

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Police suspect that the cause of death of a 25-year-old Tamkang University student found in a Taipei park could be electric shock, followed by drowning, reported UDN. A four...

Hong Kong cat thief slips through security at Taiwan Taoyuan Intl. airport

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Hong Kong woman slipped through airport security earlier in February carrying two stolen cats around her midriff, feigning pregnancy. She was able to make it back hom...

After the overdose: A family's journey into grief and guilt

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — There is nothing left to do, no more frantic phone calls to make, no begging or fighting that can fix this because the worst thing that could happen already has, so Doug Bigge...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2018. There are 126 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 27,...