Police destroy $214,000 in weed

Police have destroyed marijuana valued at $214,000.

The drug was destroyed by officers of the Eastern Division Task Force and the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit during a marijuana eradication exercise in the Mayaro district yesterday.

Officers conducted the exercise around 12 pm on Monday 23rd October, 2017, during which they proceeded to a forested area at Ortoire Village, Mayaro, where they came across a marijuana field with approximately 1000 fully grown marijuana trees.

The officers also discovered 25 pounds of cured marijuana.

Health: Study finds epilepsy drug given to pregnant women harmed up to 4,100 children

A drug given to pregnant women for epilepsy and bipolar disorder caused "serious malformations" in up to 4,100 children, a French study suggests.

Mothers treated with valproate for epilepsy were up to four times likelier to give birth to a malformed child, the preliminary study found.

Introduced in France in 1967, valproate is prescribed widely worldwide.

Doctors in France are now advised not to give it to girls, women of childbearing age and pregnant women.

There was no immediate comment from the drug's manufacturer, Sanofi.