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  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Examiner.com ^ | 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 (MSN.com) 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
    sodahead.com (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 Wikileaks.org, 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, RadarOnline.com 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 RadarOnline.com 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...
  • Police: Women used high heels as weapon

    07/07/2008 4:55:05 PM PDT · by SquirrelKing · 74 replies · 4,026+ views
    The Island Packet ^ | 7/7/08 | Staff report
    An argument at a south Hilton Head Island nightclub spilled over to a north-island all-night breakfast restaurant, where a group of up to 15 women fought, some using their high heels as weapons, according to a Beaufort County sheriff’s report released today. The fight occurred just after 5 a.m. Saturday in the parking of Huddle House, 40 Palmetto Parkway. Several of the women had been in an argument earlier in the evening at Club Life, 81 Pope Ave., the report stated. When officers arrived, the people involved in the fight were uncooperative with the deputies and left the area, authorities...
  • Locals tense ahead of "Rainbow" gathering

    06/27/2008 2:13:55 PM PDT · by fullermedia · 13 replies · 204+ views
    KTAK Radio ^ | 6/27/08 | Scott Fuller
    RIVERTON — Tie dye, tee-pees, and cries for free love and world peace. If it sounds like an image of the 1960s, residents near Pinedale may believe they've traveled back in time next week when a large band of "hippies" hold their annual gathering at a national forest near Pinedale. Federal officials began arriving in Riverton earlier this month to prepare for the arrival of the group, which calls itself the Rainbow Family of Living Light. Anywhere between several hundred to a few thousand members of the group are expected, and their arrival has already drawn the ire of some...
  • Report maps U.S. drug, mental health issues by state

    03/06/2008 8:29:24 AM PST · by Zakeet · 25 replies · 84+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 6, 2008 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Vermont leads the United States in marijuana use, while Utah has the highest number of people reporting mental health problems, U.S. government researchers said on Thursday, based on a new state-by-state report. They said substance abuse and mental health issues vary widely by state, but all struggle with these problems to some degree. "This report shows that although states may be uniquely affected by serious public health problems like underage drinking, every state and region must confront these issues," said Terry Cline, chief of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which compiled the study....
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 03-01-08

    03/01/2008 9:01:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 193+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 03-01-08 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryMarch 1, 2008 President's Radio Address   President's Radio Address  Audio  En Español       2008 National Drug Control Policy (PDF, 6.73MB, 79 pages) THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Today, my Administration is releasing our 2008 National Drug Control Strategy. This report lays out the methods we are using to combat drug abuse in America. And it highlights the hopeful progress we're making in the fight against addiction. When I took office in 2001, our country was facing a troubling rate of drug abuse, particularly among young people. Throughout America, young men and women saw their dreams disrupted...
  • Have you seen this disgusting Larry Sinclair / Obama youtube video?

    01/22/2008 3:36:46 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 31 replies · 2,310+ views
    If this is true Obama is done. There have been rumors about Obama experimentig with drugs as a teen. Even people from Hillary Clinton's camp have said that something big was coming out about Obama back around Christmas. Could this be it? I don't really care for Obama but I don't like Hillary Clinton. Eventually Obama will have to respond.
  • Heath Ledger's Death Was Accidental Overdose

    02/06/2008 8:08:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies · 106+ views
    People.com ^ | 02.06.08
    Heath Ledger's death on Jan. 22 was due to an accidental mixture of prescription drugs, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner for the City of New York has concluded. "Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine," said an announcement released Wednesday morning by office spokesperson Ellen Borakove. Oxycodone is a pain medication, hydrocodone is a cough suppressant, diazepam is commonly called Valium, temazepam treats anxiety or sleeplessness, alprazolam is known as Xanax, and doxylamine is a sedating antihistamine.
  • Eva Mendes Spending Some Time In Rehab

    02/02/2008 6:39:57 PM PST · by RDTF · 24 replies · 81+ views
    Eontarionow ^ | Feb 2, 2008 | not specified
    Los Angeles - Eva Mendes has checked into Utah’s Cirque Lodge, the substance abuse treatment centre where Lindsay Lohan recently completed a rehabiliatory stint. The Hitch actress’ rep confirmed that Mendes has been seeking treatment for the last several weeks for a substance abuse problem. -snip-
  • The cancer drug: Cancer opens one's eyes to the many facets of marijuana

    12/28/2007 1:53:33 PM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 26 replies · 215+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/22/07 | Diana Wagman
    Ahh, cancer. One learns so much from being diagnosed with a death-sentence disease. Of course, 95% of it is stuff you would rather not know, but that other 5% is downright interesting. For example, "America's Next Top Model" is much more fun to watch when you've lost 15 pounds without trying. During chemotherapy, vanilla smells good, but vanilla wafers taste disgusting. And eyelashes really do have a purpose; without them, my eyes are a dust magnet. But the most compelling fact I learned was about my friends. Not just what you would expect: how they cooked for my family and...
  • FDA warns of deaths from fentanyl patch

    12/21/2007 1:23:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 331+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Dec. 21, 2007 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON --Improper use of patches that emit the painkiller fentanyl is still killing people, the government said Friday - its second warning in two years about the powerful narcotic. Some of the deaths came after doctors prescribed the patches to the wrong patients, the Food and Drug Administration said. The drug is only for chronic pain in people used to narcotics, such as cancer patients, and can cause trouble breathing in people new to this family of "opioid" painkillers. Yet the FDA found cases where doctors prescribed it for headaches or post-surgical pain. The FDA said patients...
  • Mitchell Report Released by Major League Baseball

    12/13/2007 11:17:17 AM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 80 replies · 1,098+ views
    Major League Baseball ^ | December 13, 2007 | Sen. George Mitchell
    Download entire report including names of players implicated here.
  • Sociologists Discover Religion

    10/16/2007 12:25:35 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 50+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 16, 2007 | Heyecan Veziroglu
    Sociologists Discover Religion by: Heyecan Veziroglu, October 16, 2007 Religious belief and practice helps people prevent conflict by showing them a mutual sacred purpose and vision, leading sociologists said recently in a conference session hosted by the Heritage Foundation. Associate Professor Dr. Jeffrey Ulmer from Pennsylvania State University examines the degree to which religiosity increases self-control. He points out that religious observance builds self-control and substance use is lower in stronger moral communities. Dr. Ulmer argues that self-control is a cognitive resource and that it is a product of social learning. Psychologists have developed a ‘muscle’ or a ‘strength’ model...
  • THE SITUATION AT GOLDEN GATE PARK

    07/29/2007 2:35:55 PM PDT · by Baladas · 15 replies · 1,236+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2007 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    They tell us he was steaming, but San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom shouldn't have been too surprised when The Chronicle reported that Golden Gate Park was littered with used drug syringes. After all, his own Public Health Department spent $800,000 last year to help hand out some 2 million syringes to drug users under the city's needle exchange program -- sometimes 20 at a time. Although Health Department officials say 2 million needles were returned, the fact is they don't count them and can only estimate how many are coming back. And from the looks of things, a lot of...
  • Smoking Ban Is Proposed in Drug Centers

    07/23/2007 11:41:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 383+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 24, 2007 | LESLIE KAUFMAN
    New York would become the first state requiring all addiction treatment programs to help their clients quit smoking under a proposed rule to be announced today. Pointing to the high number of tobacco-related deaths among former addicts, the state’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Service said that by July 24 of next year, all facilities treating drug or alcohol addiction would have to have programs in place to encourage clients to stop smoking. Under the plan, all treatment centers would have to be smoke-free, and staff members would also have to abide by the ban. Treatment for nicotine addiction,...