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  • BBC children’s chief says she is proud of their transgender show aimed at six-year-olds...

    11/02/2016 5:59:14 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 2, 2016 | Anthony Joseph, Sanchez Manning
    A BBC chief insists she is 'proud' of the controversial programme targeting children as young as six about a schoolboy who takes sex-change drugs. Children's director Alice Webb defended Just A Girl after parents reacted angrily to the CBBC show, which depicts an 11-year-old's struggle to get hormones that stunt puberty, making it easier to have sex-change surgery in the future. Concerned campaigners said it could 'sow the seeds of confusion' in young minds. But Ms Webb said the BBC has a duty 'to make sure that we are stimulating conversation'.
  • Liberals Call For Decriminalization of All Illicit Drugs for Personal Use, Including ‘Non-Citizens’

    10/12/2016 11:06:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 12, 2016 | 8:08 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union released a report on Wednesday in support of the effort to stop drug arrests and convictions for the personal use of all drugs, citing the harm it does to people, including non-citizens, who might face deportation. “The consequences of a conviction can mean that individuals and sometimes whole families are excluded from public benefits such as food stamps, housing, wages and job opportunities and even the voting booth next month,” Tess Borden, Aryeh Neier Fellow at both liberal organizations and author of the report, said at a press conference at the...
  • 7-year-old tells bus driver her parents won’t wake up, police find them dead of drug overdose

    10/05/2016 5:45:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Hot ^ | October 5, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    A 7-year-old girl in McKeesport, Pennsylvania got on the bus and went to school as normal Monday morning, but on the way home she told her bus driver she hadn’t been able to wake her parents. The bus driver alerted police who responded to the home. From the Washington Post: Inside the home, authorities found the bodies of Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, dead of suspected drug overdoses, according to police.Also inside the home were three other children — 5, 3 and nine months old. Courney Lally, the deceased woman’s sister, had tried to alert authorities to the...
  • Combating the Opioid Epidemic

    05/14/2016 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | May 13, 2016 | Congressman Fred Upton
    Nearly every 12 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of a drug overdose. People in communities across America are abusing both prescription pain killers and heroin. It is an epidemic. No one is immune; it is a sad reality that is playing out across the country, including in my own district in Southwest Michigan. There were 13 suspected overdoses in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the first quarter of 2013, up from 9 in the first quarter of 2012. Behind these numbers are real folks, and their families, suffering. In 2008, we lost Amy Bousfield, an 18 year-old graduate of Portage Central...
  • Pro Wrestler Axl Rotten Died From Heroin Overdose, Medical Examiner Says

    02/17/2016 12:20:59 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    The ^ | 2/16/16 | Tony Maglio
    Police found Brian Knighton’s unresponsive body in a Linthicum, Md., McDonald’s bathroom Professional wrestler Axl Rotten — real name Brian Knighton — died earlier this month from a heroin overdose, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore told TheWrap on Wednesday. Police had suspected heroin use, due to the discovery of a “brownish” substance in an unmarked pill bottle found alongside Knighton’s unconscious and unresponsive body in a Linthicum, Md., McDonald’s bathroom. Additionally, Knighton had placed drug paraphernalia and a broken burnt tablespoon with a “crystalline residue” on the restroom’s infant changing table. Knighton was pronounced dead at...
  • VA Refuses To Terminate Employees Who Have Sex In Office, High On Cocaine During Work

    12/09/2015 11:22:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8:37 PM 12/06/2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The Department of Veterans Affairs seems unwilling to fire its employees, regardless of outlandish conduct. A new investigation has turned up instances in which employees had sex at work or slept in patient rooms only to receive mild reprimands. This misconduct occurred in hospital facilities spread out among West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Three facilities, one in each region, disciplined, but did not fire, a total of 300 employees, according to a Freedom of Information Act request by NBC4 Washington. In one case at the Martinsburg facility in West Virginia, employees actually had sex at the center....
  • 'Star Trek: Voyager' actress Jennifer Lien charged with indecent exposure

    09/15/2015 6:55:22 PM PDT · by windcliff · 94 replies ^ | 9-15-15 | Henry Hanks
    (CNN)—An actress best known for "Star Trek: Voyager" was arrested on September 3. Jennifer Lien, who played Kes in the first few seasons of the "Star Trek" spinoff series, has been charged with indecent exposure. According to CNN affiliate WATE, Lien was arrested in her home in Harriman, Tennessee. Neighbor Carey Smith told WATE that Lien came by her home to comment on how Smith's children were being raised and started using vulgar language. "All of a sudden, here come the shirt up," said Smith. "She started flashing and, 'Woo hoo,' and I said, 'And what respect is that for...
  • Norway study links mental illness to drugs

    05/01/2015 6:54:25 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 4-27-2015
    A new Norwegian study has shown that alcohol and drug abuse is much more common among patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression than in the population at large. The study, conducted by the Norwegian Institute for Public Health, looked into the extent of drug and alcohol dependence among Norwegians diagnosed with serious mental health disorders. Every fourth patient with schizophrenia and every fifth with bipolar disorder also suffered problems with substance abuse.  One in ten people who were severely depressed also had problems with alcohol or drug-related health problems.  It is estimated that one in forty Norwegians indulge...
  • Drug abuse in Iran rising despite executions, police raids

    02/12/2015 7:38:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 10:25 AM EST | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran is breaking bad. Officials say methamphetamine production and abuse of hard drugs are skyrocketing in the country despite potentially lethal criminal penalties for users if they are caught. The increase is partly because of Iran’s status as the gateway for the region’s top drug exporter, Afghanistan—and partly because Iranian dealers are profiting so handsomely from sales to overstressed students and exhausted double-jobbers. Ghazal Tolouian, a psychologist who treats dozens of meth addicts at a therapy camp in a mountain village northwest of Tehran, says most of her clients fall into two categories: students “who want to pass university entrance...
  • Five adults overdose on heroin with three kids in the house

    12/25/2014 7:08:29 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 70 replies
    wcpo ^ | 12 24 14
    FLORENCE, Ky. – Briana and Kaitlyn Himes said they feel lucky they're not planning a funeral for their parents after five adults overdosed on heroin at their parents' mobile home Saturday. While the adults got high and passed out, three children they were supposed to be caring for – ages 1, 11 and 12 - were in the house with them, according to a Boone County deputy's report. The Himes sisters said the adults might have died if their uncle, Michael Young, hadn't arrived just in time to save them.
  • Government could ease 31-year-old ban on blood donations from gay men

    11/29/2014 7:53:09 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/29/2014 | Brady Dennis
    The federal government is on the brink of lifting restrictions put in place more than three decades ago when regulators, alarmed by the spread of the virus that causes AIDS, barred men who had sex with other men from donating blood. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will begin a two-day meeting on the issue Tuesday, amid growing calls from medical groups, gay rights activists and lawmakers to jettison the ban as outdated and discriminatory.
  • Three legit reasons to stage an intervention for those you care about

    10/22/2014 2:36:56 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-22-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Nothing fancy, but it makes for a good sticker...
  • FDA Tightens Hydrocodone Regulations To Curb Drug Abuse

    09/05/2014 10:22:03 PM PDT · by JCG · 94 replies
    HNGN ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Ashley Helms
    Stricter rules for the country's most commonly prescribed painkiller were rolled out on Thursday by the FDA, the last step in a policy change that has been coming down the pipeline for years, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Hydrocodone will now be in a more serious and restrictive category. Doctors will be barred from calling in prescriptions by telephone, and patients will not be able to get refills on the same prescription, but will have to return to a physician for a new one. It will also have be to kept in special vaults in pharmacies. The Drug...
  • Robin Williams Dies of Suspected Suicide

    08/11/2014 4:00:46 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 607 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11 Aug 2014 | Kimberly Nordyke
    Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. The full statement is below. On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin...
  • Finally: Mississippi to Start Drug Testing Those Receiving Financial Aid Benefits

    03/17/2014 3:49:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | March 16 | Heather Ginsberg
    It looks like Mississippi is taking the right steps to reducing fraud when it comes to government assistance. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) will now require new applicants to submit a questionnaire that will evaluate the likelihood of substance abuse. Residents who apply for this temporary assistance from the state will have to submit to drug testing if the state deems they are likely substance abusers from this questionnaire. Testing positive once would require a TANF recipient to undergo treatment for substance abuse. For testing positive a second time, the recipient would be kicked out of the program for...
  • Canadian rehab center installs crack pipe vending machine

    02/09/2014 2:39:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/09/14 | Sean Piccoli
    A drug treatment center in Vancouver, Canada has installed a crack pipe vending machine at its facility — going retail in an effort to reach hardcore addicts and keep them off the streets. The bright, polka-dotted machine dispenses crack pipes like candy or snacks: Each glass pipe costs a quarter, and rolls off a spindle into a tray. A sign on the machine says simply, “Pipes 25˘” About all that’s missing is a picture of Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.
  • Sources: Philip Seymour Hoffman dead of apparent drug overdose

    02/02/2014 11:39:51 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 94 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/02/2014 | Steve Almasy
    (CNN) -- Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment, law enforcement sources said Sunday. Hoffman, 46, was found in the bathroom of the fourth-floor apartment, the sources told CNN.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Fla. Congressman to resign after cocaine scandal

    01/27/2014 9:13:21 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 29 replies
    970WFLA ^ | 1/27/14
    A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel of Florida says the congressman will resign after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges last year. Dave Natonski says the freshman republican will step down Monday and will send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. Politico first reported the upcoming resignation. On Nov. 20, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer Oct. 29 in Washington. Several GOP leaders had asked him to resign. But Radel had pledged to stay in...
  • Illinois child deaths linked to neglect, abuse at 30-year high

    11/16/2013 2:44:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 16, 2013 | Christy Gutowski
    Emonie "Star" Beasley-Brown lived just three weeks before she was suffocated. Her grandmother was accused of placing her hands over the infant's mouth to hush her crying as the 14-year-old mother stood by. Clayton Condiff, four months old, died after being dropped, shaken and suffocated. And three days later — during a year of record child deaths from abuse and neglect in Illinois — two-month-old Julia Duda drowned in a bathtub. Police said the mother left her baby alone while she made coffee, records show. The three infants as well as a fourth battered child died in Chicago during one...
  • MSN report: Obama was ‘cocaine-using gay hustler’ in high school

    11/13/2013 2:35:17 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 44 replies ^ | 11/12/123
    A former childhood acquaintance of Barack Obama is claiming that during his high school years in Hawaii he would often trade sexual favors with "older white gay men" to support his rather severe cocaine habit, as reported by the Microsoft Network ( news portal on Nov. 12, 2013. Appearing on the controversial right-of-center on-line talk show The Manning Report, Mia Marie Pope claims to have been a personal acquaintance with Barack Obama during their shared teen years in Honolulu during the mid-late 1970s. Referring to Obama by his younger years moniker of Barry Soetoro, Pope forcefully stated she personally didn't...
  • Is This the World's Deadliest Pill?

    11/03/2013 9:06:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    TheFix ^ | Christopher Byron
    Some say it's not an opiate painkiller like Oxy, but Klonopin. And doctors are doling it out like candy, causing a surge of hellish withdrawals, overdoses and deaths.You could argue that the most dangerous “drug” in the world is the venom from a jellyfish known as the Sea Wasp, whose sting can kill a human being in four minutes—up to 100 humans at a time. Potassium chloride, which is used to trigger cardiac arrest and death in the 38 states of the U.S. that enforce the death penalty is also pretty deadly . But when it comes to prescription drugs...
  • Three OD at techno show (molly)

    09/02/2013 6:00:26 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/2/13 | Laurel Sweet
    A Saturday night triple-bill in the Seaport featured swirling lights, throbbing techno and dangerous drugs that sent three young men to the hospital — but no Boston police, despite a vow just 24 hours earlier by Mayor Thomas M. Menino to deploy the city’s cops on the Hub’s nightclubs in the wake of a young woman’s death. Two of the men, who were attending the Sound Tribe Sector 9 show at Bank of America Pavilion, appeared to have OD’d on a “molly-type” drug, according to state police — the same virulently popular substance believed to have led to the death...
  • One in 10 Americans have taken drugs prescribed for others: poll

    08/16/2013 9:28:02 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 20 replies
    reuters ^ | 8/15/13 | Lindsay Dunsmuir
    Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed "ridiculous amounts" of Vicodin for a chronic back problem. Kurt said his colleague would give him between thirty and forty pills at a time. Usually he would take the Vicodin while alone, but he occasionally shared the pills with friends during an evening out. -snip- He is not alone. One in 10 Americans admit taking a prescription drug they have not been prescribed, and a quarter of those people have used them just to get high, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos...
  • Justice Achieved: Coffee Mug Threat Is Halted by State Attorneys General.

    07/11/2013 7:13:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Tea Party Economist ^ | July 11, 2013 | Gary North
    Even the thought of a coffee mug like this sends chills down the spines of state Attorneys General around America. They are ever on the alert to stop crime in its tracks.So, 22 of them joined together to send a letter to the company that manufactures this mug. Stop it, they said. Stop it right now. For the sake of humanity, cease and desist. On behalf of the undersigned Attorneys General, we request that Urban Outfitters immediately cease sales of your “Prescription Line” of glasses, coasters, mugs, drink holders and related products that mimic prescription pill bottles and prescription pads.As...
  • Win for defense: Jury to hear Martin's pot use

    07/08/2013 8:54:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Headline News ^ | July 8, 2013 | Graham Winch and Amanda Sloane
    Judge Debra Nelson ruled Monday that jurors in the George Zimmerman trial will be allowed to hear about marijuana found in Trayvon Martin’s system the night he was fatally shot. Prosecutors argued the amount was so minimal that “we just don’t know” what effect it had on Martin. They also accused the defense of trying to "backdoor some very negative character evidence” into the trial. But the defense said the amount found in Martin’s system would have had an impact on his judgment that night and is therefore relevant to the case. The judge ruled she would allow the testimony...
  • Parents can prevent teens’ drug use despite doubts, report finds

    05/26/2013 12:00:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Science Recorder ^ | Saturday, May 25, 2013 | James Fluere
    A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has revealed some interesting findings on the amount of influence parents think they have over their teens when it comes to preventing them from using illicit drugs, tobacco or alcohol. In fact, the new report reveals that parents are among the most effective factors in preventing children’s substance use. Unfortunately, there are a lot of parents who don’t think this is the case. The reports shows that 22.3 percent of parents believe what they talk about with their teens has very little impact on whether or not...
  • Pregnant Pauls Valley mother dies in jail

    01/11/2013 11:41:53 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 36 replies
    kfor-tv ^ | 01/07/2013 | kfor-tv
    Her death came just hours after she went to the hospital seeking help for severe abdominal pain. “Jamie was seeking help; she was in extreme pain,” family friend Kemper Kimberlin said. Hospital staff reported Jamie wouldn’t cooperate, in too much pain to even lie down, so employees asked a Pauls Valley police officer to assist. Unfortunately, when police found two prescription pills that didn’t belong to Jamie, police took her to jail for drug possession. That’s where Jamie sat for less than two hours before being found unresponsive.
  • Ex-RI Rep. Kennedy lobbies against legal marijuana

    01/08/2013 6:53:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2013 8:29 AM EST
    Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he’s established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana. … The Providence Journal reports that Kennedy’s group, Project SAM—for Smart Approaches to Marijuana—will instead lobby for increased treatment for marijuana and drug abuse. …
  • Surge in new drugs as Europeans seek “legal highs”

    11/16/2012 10:48:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 15.11.12 @ 17:24 (Nov. 15) | Honor Mahony
    New psychoactive drugs are appearing on the market at the rate of about one a week as Europeans seek “legal highs,” a job made easier by the large rise in online drug retailers. 57 new substances have already been detected this year, up from 49 in 2011 and 41 in 2010, according to a report published on Thursday (15 November) by the Lisbon-based European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines continue to be the main stimulants, but they are competing with a growing number of emerging synthetic drugs. … Three natural products—kratom, salvia and...
  • Naked toddler found locked in dog kennel

    11/12/2012 12:39:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    krmg ^ | 11.12.2012 | Chris Cordt
    ULSA, Okla. — The picture of what happened to the children becomes more clear as KRMG finds out more details. Tulsa Police were called to a home in the 4900 block of N. Frankfort Pl. late Sunday evening. The neighbor called 911 to say the 4-year-old boy from next door was outside screaming because temperatures were in the 40's and he was locked outside in the nude. KRMG spoke with one of the neighbors. She says, "All she heard was this little boy screaming for his dad saysin 'I'm cold, I'm scared, let me in'" When Police pulled up, Ofc....
  • The Idea That Barack Obama Was Stoned Is Not Outlandish.

    10/04/2012 7:56:08 PM PDT · by nathanbedford · 117 replies
    vanity ^ | October 5, 2012 | Nathan Bedford
    The Idea That Barack Obama Was Stoned Is Not Outlandish. The man has lost a lot of weight. He has a history of drug abuse. By his own admission he has been unable to focus on one of the most important events of his life, scheduled to occur in front of 70 million people. His published schedule reveals a pattern of empty hours. His image has deteriorated markedly with dark shadows under his eyes, sagging cheeks, and generally a hangdog look which is commonly associated with drug abusers. He was listless in the debate. He could not maintain eye contact,...
  • Obama Says 'Normal' For Presidents To Release Medical Records He Hasn't Released

    08/21/2012 7:19:33 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 21, 2012 | John Nolte
    Lately, the media has been beating up on Barack Obama for not giving them enough love and attention. Out of frustration, the media didn’t heckle or taunt Obama like they did Romney in Poland, but the message was sent and, just a few minutes ago, Obama surprised everyone in the White House Briefing Room with an unscheduled press conference. This was brilliant timing on the president's part. All last week the Romney campaign was on offense and Obama was dealing with Vice President Race-Baiter and a campaign that had gotten so vicious it had finally backfired. But with the media...
  • BARRY THE DOPE DEALER, that's why his school files are sealed

    08/12/2012 4:23:42 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 63 replies (and various web sites) ^ | 31/JULY/ 2012 | various
    Barry The Dope Dealer; one reason Obama's school files are SEALED. Barry was quite the accomplished marijuana addicted enthusiast back in high school and college. Excerpts from David Maraniss' Barack Obama: The Story "Barry the Dope dealer" with the elaborate drug culture surrounding the president when he attended Punahou School in Honolulu and Occidental College in Los Angeles . He definitely inhaled, a hell of a lot of smoke. 1. The Choom Gang A self-selected group of boys at Punahou School who loved basketball and good times called themselves the Choom Gang. Choom is a verb, meaning "to smoke marijuana."...
  • Study: More Teens Smoking Pot Than Cigarettes

    06/17/2012 12:46:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 11, 2012 | Aylin Zafar
    Seems like teens have gotten the memo that cigarettes are bad for you; however, the same isn’t true for marijuana, according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Released late last week, the government study revealed that in a nationwide study of 15,000 high school students, pot is now more popular among teens than cigarettes, CBS reports. Eighteen percent of surveyed students in 2011 reported smoking a cigarette in the past month, while 23% reported smoking marijuana in the last 30 days. Perhaps thanks to the anti-smoking campaigns in ads and in schools, or to the personal...
  • Police: Parents Gave Away 2-Year-Old

    10/28/2011 8:20:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    (CNN) -- A Cleveland couple faces child endangerment charges after giving away their neglected 2-year-old girl, authorities said. The parents were arrested Thursday after authorities learned that they gave away the toddler 10 days earlier, according to Cleveland police reports. Police got a tip Thursday and went to the parents' home, where they found an emaciated pit bull and fecal matter. The child was nowhere to be found, police said. Officers learned the suspects had given the child away to friends in their neighborhood, who said they agreed to take custody of her if the couple agreed to get help...
  • Betty Ford Dead at 93

    07/08/2011 5:58:26 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 146 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2011 | CNN
    Betty Fordhas died at the age of 93.
  • It's ok a doctor prescribed it!

    05/08/2011 12:34:35 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 30 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 7th 2011 | John Terrett
    In the United States the number of people hospitalised for prescription drug abuse has increased four hundred percent in the past ten years. The small town of Portsmouth, Ohio is the epicentre of the problem. Over thirty people - many in their early twenties - have died from prescription drug abuse. One in ten babies born in Scioto County (Sy-oh-toe) last year tested positive for drugs. Fatal overdoses have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. I met Andrea Queen, a reformed abuser at her new place of work in Portsmouth a clinic helping today's...
  • Bill requiring welfare recipients to take drug tests headed to [Florida] governor

    05/06/2011 12:53:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 94 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 6. 2011 | Jodie Tillman, Herald/Times Tallahassee bureau
    TALLAHASSEE -- Applying for welfare benefits in Florida? Soon you’ll need to get drug tested. A measure requiring the tests passed the Senate on Thursday and is headed to Gov. Rick Scott, who called it one of his legislative priorities. “It’s fair to taxpayers,” Scott said after the vote. “They’re paying the bill. And they’re often drug screened for their jobs. On top of that, it’s good for families. It creates another reason why people will think again before using drugs, which as you know is just a significant issue in our state.” Scott already signed an executive order requiring...
  • The danger in just one hit of cocaine (Dramatic changes in brain; long-term mental effects possible)

    04/18/2011 11:18:14 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | JAMES CHAPMAN
    Taking cocaine just once can trigger dramatic changes in the brain, causing memory loss and leaving the user addicted, researchers have found. The drug can 'hijack' normal memory function, making it difficult for those who have taken it to think about anything else. The findings - the first to show cocaine's impact on the brain - will add to growing alarm about its long-term effects. [Snip] The processes which under-lie memory are also accelerated over this period. Dr Antonello Bonci, assistant professor of neurology at the University of California in San Francisco, who led the research, said: 'The study shows...
  • Crystal Meth Use 'Rampant' in N.Korea

    03/04/2011 6:07:09 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/05/11
    Crystal Meth Use 'Rampant' in N.Korea North Korea's collapse will be brought about not by external pressure or the economic malaise but by widespread crystal methamphetamine abuse, say North Korean defectors who have recently arrived in the South. How serious the problem is can be gleaned from a special instruction issued by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir Jong-un, who earlier this year ordered the security forces to round up drug users, "regardless of rank" -- implying that addiction is widespread in all strata of society. Defectors say that youngsters at an elite school in Chongjin, North Hamgyong...
  • Legal highs: the dark side of medicinal chemistry

    01/06/2011 7:36:30 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Nature News ^ | 5 January 2011 | David Nichols
    Synthetic chemist David Nichols describes how his research on psychedelic compounds has been abused — with fatal consequences. This is the start of the international year of chemistry, intended to celebrate the contribution of my field to mankind's well-being. Yet, during the previous year it has become disturbingly clear to me that some of my scientific contributions may not be aiding people's well-being at all. In fact, they could be causing real harm. A few weeks ago, a colleague sent me a link to an article in the Wall Street Journal. It described a "laboratory-adept European entrepreneur" and his chief...
  • Miley Cyrus Caught Taking Hits of Salvia From a Bong?[PARENTS BEWARE:Salvia Tripping Documentary]

    12/10/2010 9:34:45 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 102 replies
    Okmagazine ^ | December 10th, 2010 10:17 am | Nicole Eggenberger
    When Miley Cyrus says she “can’t be tamed” she means it! According to TMZ, new video shows the newly 18-year-old singer taking hits from a bong that sources say was filled with salvia.
  • Recruiting Illegals for High School Sports

    10/25/2010 7:34:46 AM PDT · by FryingPan101 · 7 replies
    KDBC-TV El Paso, TX ^ | Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 11:20pm | By Bob Grotenhuis - Producer
    EL PASO -- The Socorro Independent School District has taken action. According to SISD officials, the district held an executive committee meeting to discuss the violations under former Head Coach Ron Vicencio. Vicencio appeared in court in August for a plea deal. He was head coach of the El Dorado Boys Basketball program, and the committee found that he recruited four of those players from various parts of Mexico. The committee found the players in violation of two UIL rules - in violation of moving for athletic purposes and recruiting from Mexico. For that, all four players received three year...
  • Heartbreaking twist in Koppel son tragedy

    06/02/2010 2:23:01 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies · 1,876+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 2, 2010 | Jeane MacIntosh, Lorena Mongelli and Dan Mangan
    The son of legendary TV newsman Ted Koppel had the unconditional love of his parents and a second child on the way -- but the twin demons of drugs and booze were a deadly lure he couldn't duck, friends said yesterday. Andrew "Drew" Koppel, 40, had "many substance-abuse issues," said a longtime family friend. Still, that friend found it "shocking" that Koppel died in a stranger's seedy Manhattan apartment Monday after nearly 12 hours of drinking whiskey with a man he had just met in a Hell's Kitchen bar. "What's really puzzling the family is why he ended up...
  • Leif Garrett arrested for heroin possession

    02/03/2010 6:56:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,464+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/3/10 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former teen idol Leif Garrett was released on bail on Wednesday, after being arrested and booked for heroin possession by police who saw him "shaking and sweating" on a subway platform, a law enforcement spokesman said. Garrett, a 1970s child actor and pop star whose disco-era hits included "I Was Made for Dancing," was arrested on Monday when police approached him on a subway platform in Los Angeles because he was exhibiting "pronounced symptoms" of drug dependency, such as "shaking and sweating," said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the L.A. sheriff. Officers searched Garrett and found...
  • Tiger Woods Admitted to Hospital as OD (overdose) (day after Thanksgiving)

    12/08/2009 5:00:22 AM PST · by cycle of discernment · 55 replies · 3,195+ views
    Tiger Woods Admitted to Hospital as OD Posted Dec 8th 2009 1:00AM by TMZ Staff Tiger Woods was admitted to Health Central Hospital the day after Thanksgiving as an overdose. Sources connected with the hospital tell TMZ the admissions chart lists "OD" and that he was having trouble breathing. We're told the fifth floor of the hospital was put on lockdown when Tiger arrived. Tiger was admitted under an alias -- William Smith. His wife, Elin Nordegren was by his side. As we first reported, Elin gave paramedics two pill bottles at the accident scene -- we now know the...
  • Hip Hype Justice?

    07/13/2009 10:36:21 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 398+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 13, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Hip Hype Justice? by: Brittany Fortier, July 13, 2009 The ongoing debate concerning the disproportionate presence of African-Americans and other minorities in the criminal justice system has become crucial as the United States tries to find an approach to fund its prisons in an ailing economy. Paul Butler, a former prosecutor and author of the book Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice, spoke about this issue at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on July 1, 2009. He believes the criminal justice system needs to undergo major reform. “I didn’t go to law school to put anybody...
  • Hackers Break Into Virginia Health Professions Database, Demand Ransom

    05/05/2009 4:39:41 PM PDT · by Flavius · 19 replies · 963+ views
    washington post ^ | 5/5/09 | washington post
    Hackers last week broke into a Virginia state Web site used by pharmacists to track prescription drug abuse. They deleted records on more than 8 million patients and replaced the site's homepage with a ransom note demanding $10 million for the return of the records, according to a posting on, an online clearinghouse for leaked documents. Wikileaks reports that the Web site for the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program was defaced last week with a message claiming that the database of prescriptions had been bundled into an encrypted, password-protected file.
  • Vice President Biden’s Daughter Caught Up In Cocaine Scandal

    03/29/2009 1:09:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 4,430+ views
    Radar Online ^ | March 28. 2009
    An explosive video being shopped to media outlets has plunged the White House and Vice President Joe Biden into a cocaine scandal, has learned exclusively. The video shows a woman, who is represented by the seller and his attorneys to be Biden’s daughter Ashley, snorting several lines of cocaine. The tape has been viewed by a freelance reporter who confirms the woman looks identical to Ashley Biden. Tom Dunlap, an attorney for Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver in Washington D.C. is representing the seller of the tape in brokering a deal and several news organizations have seen the footage....
  • Seattle’s Automated Toilets Go Way of the Box and Chain ( $89,000 apiece on eBay )

    07/17/2008 8:41:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies · 295+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 17, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER MAAG
    After spending $5 million on its five automated public toilets, Seattle is calling it quits. In the end, the restrooms, installed in early 2004, had become so filthy, so overrun with drug abusers and prostitutes, that although use was free of charge, even some of the city’s most destitute people refused to step inside them. The units were put up for sale Wednesday afternoon on eBay, with a starting bid set by the city at $89,000 apiece. The dismal outcome coincides with plans by New York, Los Angeles and Boston, among other cities, to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars...