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  • Navy: No second chances for drug users, alcohol abusers

    09/17/2005 8:29:20 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 53 replies · 1,237+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 9/17/2005 | Sandra Jontz
    NAPLES, Italy — The Navy’s message on drug use and alcohol abuse is clear: no second chances. With the service drawing down its forces, and no worries over meeting retention and recruiting goals, the Navy can afford to be picky about the quality of sailors it keeps around, officials said. They’re weeding out the “fungus” that threatens to infect the service’s “garden of beautiful flowers,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tony Kapuschansky, officer-in-charge of the Norfolk, Va.-based Center for Personal Development Detachment, Drug and Alcohol Program Management Activity. Commanding officers not only are giving the boot to those who violate anti-drug use...
  • Marijuana Pipe Dreams

    08/26/2005 9:10:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies · 1,131+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 27, 2005 | JOHN TIERNEY
    When the Supreme Court ruled in June that states could not legalize marijuana for medical uses, Justice Stephen Breyer voted with the majority. But during oral arguments, he suggested an alternative way for patients to get it: let the federal Food and Drug Administration decide if marijuana should be a prescription drug. "Medicine by regulation is better than medicine by referendum," he said. In theory, that sounds reasonable. But what if the officials doing the regulation are afflicted with a bad case of Reefer Madness? If you doubt this possibility, you should have been at a hearing that began this...
  • Cough Syrup Abuse Cases High in Houston

    08/16/2005 9:56:25 PM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 23 replies · 983+ views
    The Washington ^ | Tuesday, August 16, 2005; 8:02 PM | The Associated Press
    HOUSTON -- Houston has become known nationally as the "City of Syrup" because the abuse of codeine-fortified cough syrup among the city's youth is so widespread, a local researcher says. The reputation is reflected in a trial that begins Tuesday of six pharmacists charged with illegally dispensing the highly addictive prescription cough syrup codeine with promethazine.
  • Debunking the Drug War

    08/08/2005 8:54:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 76 replies · 1,289+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 9, 2005 | JOHN TIERNEY
    America has a serious drug problem, but it's not the "meth epidemic" getting so much publicity. It's the problem identified by William Bennett, the former national drug czar and gambler. "Using drugs," he wrote, "is wrong not simply because drugs create medical problems; it is wrong because drugs destroy one's moral sense. People addicted to drugs neglect their duties." This problem afflicts a small minority of the people who have tried methamphetamines, but most of the law-enforcement officials and politicians who lead the war against drugs. They're so consumed with drugs that they've lost sight of their duties. Like addicts...
  • Where rivers run high on cocaine

    08/05/2005 11:29:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies · 624+ views
    timesonline uk ^ | August 5, 2005 | Nigel Hawkes
    Analysis of waste water in Italy shows a startlingly high level of drug abuse THE rivers of Italy are flowing with cocaine, say scientists who have adopted a new approach to measuring the extent of drug misuse. The biggest river, the Po, carries the equivalent of about 4kg (8lb 13oz) of the drug a day, with a street value of about £20,000. Cocaine users among the five million people who live in the Po River basin in northern Italy consume the drug and excrete its metabolic by-product, benzoylecgonine (BE). This goes from sewers into the river. So a team led...
  • burbank Councilwoman arrested

    07/17/2005 12:11:31 AM PDT · by television is just wrong · 23 replies · 1,661+ views
    Associated press ^ | July15, 2005 | Associated Press
    Burbank Councilwoman Arrested # For Alleged Cocaine Possession, Child Endangerment Jul 15, 2005 7:40 am US/Pacific BURBANK, Calif. (AP) A city councilwoman was arrested for investigation of cocaine possession and child endangerment by members of a task force that recently raided a notorious street gang blamed in the shooting deaths of two police officers, authorities said Thursday. Councilwoman Stacey Jo Murphy, 47, was arrested Wednesday night at her home, where law enforcement agents served a federal search warrant, police said. She posted $100,000 bail and was released from jail Thursday. A phone call left for Murphy at her office Thursday...
  • Meth uniquely equipped to addict - and ruin lives

    06/19/2005 5:50:43 AM PDT · by QwertyKPH · 93 replies · 4,181+ views
    Star Gazette ^ | June 19, 2005 | By PAMELA BROGAN and LARRY BIVINS
    WASHINGTON - Whether it's smoked, snorted, swallowed or injected, methamphetamine is more addictive and more damaging to the brain than cocaine, heroin and most other illegal drugs. It's also unusually efficient at ruining lives, ensnaring entire families and turning parents and children into addicts fixated only on their next euphoric high. "If the adults use it, the kids are going to be around it and get roped in," said Dr. William Haning, director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program for the University of Hawaii's medical school. "As crazy as this sounds, the parent won't necessarily see this as a bad...
  • Good to Grow (medical marijuana)

    06/07/2005 9:54:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 540+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 8, 2005 | SALLY SATEL
    RELIEF for medical marijuana patients was snatched away this week. In Gonzales v. Raich, the Supreme Court ruled that such patients will be subject to federal prosecution even if their own state's laws permit use of marijuana. Now, short of Congress legalizing medical marijuana, the only way that its users can avoid stiff financial penalties or jail is if it is turned into a prescription medicine approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Justice Stephen G. Breyer said as much during oral arguments last November with his comment that "medicine by regulation is better than medicine by referendum." Fair enough....
  • The Coarsening Of The Culture (Kelly Hollowell On How A Value-Free Society Can't Last Alert)

    05/13/2005 10:40:44 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 40 replies · 1,141+ views ^ | 05/14/05 | Kelly Hollowell
    Liberals and libertarians like to ask, "How can the relationship of two people who love each other but are the same sex be detrimental to society?" How does porn hurt you or me? How does smoking pot hurt my community? What is the impact of casual sex or general filth on TV to my family? Perhaps George Will said it best when he wrote, "Some pleasures are contemptible because they are coarsening. They are not merely private vices; they have public consequences in driving the culture's downward spiral." All the vices listed above in some way do touch our lives....
  • Cocaine Users Face Greater Risk of Aneurysm

    05/10/2005 9:43:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1,083+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 10, 2005 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    Cocaine users face a newly discovered and possibly fatal risk: coronary aneurysms, a ballooning of the walls of coronary arteries. The condition increases the chance of suffering a heart attack, even years after users stop the drug, researchers in Minnesota are reporting. The risk of developing an aneurysm was four times as high among cocaine users in their mid-40's as among nonusers in the same age group, according to the study, reported yesterday in the journal Circulation, which is published by the American Heart Association. Aneurysms occurred in 30.4 percent of cocaine users in the study compared with 7.6 percent...
  • More Older Adults Entering Drug Rehab Centers

    05/06/2005 4:50:39 PM PDT · by MisterRepublican · 17 replies · 460+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 6, 2005 | Jennifer Warner
    The face of substance abuse may be growing older. A new report shows the number of adults over age 55 entering treatment centers for drug and alcohol abuse rose by nearly a third from 1995 to 2002. While most people entering rehab clinics are still younger adults, researchers say alcohol and drug abuse presents a growing threat to America's burgeoning elderly population. The number of adults over 55 is expected to mushroom from about 62 million in 2002 to 75 million by 2010. If current trends continue, researchers say the number of adults over 50 with substance abuse problems will...
  • Finances were dire, says arrested teacher

    04/28/2005 5:10:55 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 36 replies · 1,210+ views
    The Omaha World Herald ^ | 4-28-05 | KRISTIN ZAGURSKI
    Teacher Jolene Cortez tried making ends meet on her $30,841-a-year salary. Cortez, 33, of 3660 Orchard Ave., was charged this week with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Police allegedly found two ounces of meth, a scale, drug records and $2,775 in cash when searching Cortez's apartment, garage and vehicle. Police said the second-grade teacher at Omaha's Conestoga Magnet Center told them she was selling the meth for extra money. "It's hard to make it on the salary that they gave us," Cortez said. "I don't want to live lavishly, but I would like, if my son needs a...
  • Justices Decline to Rule on Limits for Drug-Sniffing Dogs

    04/05/2005 4:10:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 732+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 5, 2005 | LINDA GREENHOUSE
    WASHINGTON, April 4 - The Supreme Court in recent years has drawn constitutional rules for the use of newly popular law enforcement techniques. The police need a warrant before aiming a heat-detecting device at a private home in an effort to find out whether marijuana is growing inside under high-intensity lights. The police do not need a warrant before permitting a trained dog to sniff a car, or a piece of luggage at an airport, in order to detect drugs. Those precedents converged in a case from Texas that posed this question: Can the police bring a trained dog to...
  • Violent New Front in Drug War Opens on the Canadian Border

    03/05/2005 5:59:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 2,089+ views
    NY times ^ | March 5, 2005 | SARAH KERSHAW
    SEATTLE, March 2 - The drugs move across the Canadian border inside huge tractor-trailer rigs, pounds and pounds stashed in drums of frozen raspberries, tucked in shipments of crushed glass, wood chips and sawdust, or crammed into hollowed-out logs, in secret compartments that agents refer to as "coffins." Kayakers paddle them south from British Columbia across the freezing bays of America's northwest corner, and well-paid couriers carry up to 100 pounds at a time in makeshift backpacks, hiking eight hours over the rugged mountainous terrain that forms part of the border between the United States and Canada. Small planes drop...
  • Writer's ashes may be shot from cannon [Hunter S. Thompson "gonzo" funeral]

    02/24/2005 7:54:47 PM PST · by XR7 · 40 replies · 1,786+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2/24/05 | Dan Elliott
    DENVER - Hunter S. Thompson, the "gonzo journalist" with a penchant for drugs, guns and flamethrower prose, might have one more salvo in store for everyone: Friends and relatives want to blast his ashes out of a cannon, just as he wished. "If that's what he wanted, we'll see if we can pull it off," said historian Douglas Brinkley, a friend of Thompson's and now the family's spokesman. Thompson, who shot himself to death at his Aspen-area home Sunday at 67, said several times he wanted an artillery send-off for his remains. "There's no question, I'm sure that's what he...
  • The son of Hunter S. Thompson says the author shot himself to death at his Aspen-area home.

    02/20/2005 8:14:19 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 808 replies · 26,932+ views
    AP News Alert ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- The son of Hunter S. Thompson says the author shot himself to death at his Aspen-area home.
  • Scientists Explore Meth's Role in Immune System

    02/22/2005 8:55:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,075+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2005 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR
    Reports that a New York man may be carrying a rare and possibly virulent strain of H.I.V. have focused new attention on the biological relationship between the virus and methamphetamine, a drug that has become increasingly entwined in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in cities from San Francisco to Miami to New York. Although methamphetamine, often called crystal meth or speed, is most troubling to health officials because of its role in blotting out inhibitions and fueling high-risk sexual behavior, experts say they are also grappling with mounting evidence that the drug by itself may increase a person's susceptibility...
  • Thompson's influence reached Nebraska

    02/22/2005 12:14:01 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 9 replies · 542+ views
    Lincoln Journal Star ^ | 2-22-05 | JOE DUGGAN
    Whether they thought he was a revolutionary scribe of the counterculture or a depraved glorifier of illegal drugs, Hunter S. Thompson had people talking in Nebraska Monday. Many of his admirers were surprised by news of the author's suicide Sunday at his home near Aspen, Colo. Like the university student planning a beer-fueled memorial viewing of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" to honor of one of his favorite authors. And the senator's staffer who believes American literature has lost a true against-the-grain voice. "I don't know if there will ever be another Hunter," said W. Don Nelson, state director...
  • South African church attacks condom promotion

    01/26/2005 11:24:01 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 917+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 26, 2005 | Peter Apps
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Promoting condoms has failed to stem the spread of AIDS and may have increased promiscuity, the Roman Catholic Church in South Africa says, sparking criticism from AIDS activists. Cardinal Wilfred Napier said there was simply no evidence that promoting condoms had worked, citing the fact that as a contraceptive, they come with a failure rate which implies they probably do not always stop HIV transmission. "Can you show me one example where condoms have stopped the spread of AIDS?," he said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. "If you look at South Africa, millions have been spent...
  • UK Study Finds 43% of Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals Have a Mental Disorder

    12/03/2004 6:25:01 AM PST · by NYer · 122 replies · 2,645+ views
    Life Site ^ | December 2, 2004
    LONDON, December 2, 2004 ( - A study published in the current issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry has revealed that 43% of gays, lesbians and bisexuals have a mental disorder. The study carried out by the Imperial College in London surveyed 1285 respondents from these groups. Mental problems included anxiety, sleep disturbance, panic attacks, depressive moods or thoughts, problems with memory or concentration and compulsive behaviour or obsessive thoughts. The researchers noted that there is a dearth of research into the mental health of gay men, lesbians and bisexual men and women in the UK. The study found...