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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...
  • Afghan Opium Cultivation Reaches Record High-UN (Talking point of libs and zotted trolls)

    11/19/2004 2:29:30 PM PST · by free.speech10 · 24 replies · 584+ views
    REUTERS ^ | Thu Nov 18, 2004 | ALISON
    (Reuters) - Afghanistan's opium cultivation jumped 64 percent to a record 324,000 acres this year and drug exports now account for more than 60 percent of the economy. This year Afghanistan has established a double record: the highest drug cultivation in the country's history, and the largest in the world. Afghanistan now accounts for 87 percent of global heroin production, which has a worldwide market value of $30 billion.
  • Rush Limbaugh's case may head to Florida's high court

    11/19/2004 1:04:05 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 21 replies · 854+ views
    Herald ^ | Nov. 18, 2004 | AMY SHERMAN
    An appellate court says it will ask justices to take up Rush Limbaugh's medical-privacy case. Rush Limbaugh's case may be headed to the Florida Supreme Court. The Fourth District Court of Appeal refused to reconsider its Oct. 6 ruling that Palm Beach County prosecutors were within their rights when they seized Limbaugh's medical records using a search warrant. Instead of rehearing the case, the appellate court said Wednesday it will ask the state Supreme Court to take up the case. The state's highest court can either hear the case or pass on it. The conservative talk show radio host has...
  • Doctors Behind Bars: Treating Pain Is Now Risky Business

    10/18/2004 8:27:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 853+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 19, 2004 | SALLY SATEL, M.D.
    In February 1999, Dr. Frank Fisher, a general practitioner in Shasta County, Calif., was arrested by agents from the California state attorney general's office and charged with drug trafficking and murder. The arrest was based on records indicating that Dr. Fisher had been prescribing high doses of narcotic pain relievers to his patients, five of whom died. He lost his home and his medical practice and served five months in jail before it was discovered that the patients had died from accidents or from medical illnesses, not from the narcotics he prescribed. All charges were dropped last year, and Dr....
  • Former Astro Ken Caminiti dead

    10/10/2004 10:05:02 PM PDT · by pete anderson · 84 replies · 3,560+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/10/04 | Associated Press
    Former Astro Ken Caminiti dead Associated Press NEW YORK -- Ken Caminiti, the 1996 National League MVP who admitted using steroids during his major league career, has died at age 41. Caminiti died of a heart attack in the Bronx, said his agent-lawyer Rick Licht. The city medical examiner's office said an autopsy would be performed Monday, spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said.

    09/06/2004 12:57:41 PM PDT · by Bungarian · 296 replies · 9,752+ views
    Drudge ^ | 09/06/2004 | Drudge
    GEORGE W Bush snorted cocaine at Camp David, a new book claims. His wife Laura also allegedly tried cannabis in her youth. Author Kitty Kelley says in her biography The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, that the US President first used coke at university in the mid-1960s.

    08/21/2004 7:35:29 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 11 replies · 641+ views
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 08/22/04 | Maha Sami Abdullah
    SAUDI youths are playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette with new illegal drugs now being sold on the streets. To maximize profits, drug dealers in the Kingdom cut their drugs with baby powder or talc, captagon or powdered glucose, which has been common in the West for decades. But in recent months Saudi Arabia s medical community has seen an alarming increase in drug overdoses because some users of methamphetamine or speed and other drugs have unwittingly been taking barbiturates, a lethal combination. Four of my friends were killed during four months, said A.H., who is 40 years old...
  • Anything That Ails You: Women on Tranqs in a Self-Serve Society

    08/15/2004 9:17:49 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 27 replies · 1,078+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | 15 August 2004 | B.K. Eakman
    As far back as the 1970’s, shortly after the feminist movement was launched, it was estimated that as many as 30 million American women were taking tranquilizers. That was almost half of the female population at the time. In 1975 alone, more than 103 million prescriptions for tranquilizers were written. By the 1980’s, prescription levels had spiked again. Women throughout Europe and North America were prescribed about twice as many psychotropic drugs as were men. Many of these drugs were taken long-term. In the case of the “minor tranquilizers” (technically, benzodiazepines such as Librium, Valium, Mogadon, and Ativan), continued use...
  • Parenting a Second Generation: Drug Use, Mental Health Problems Force Grandparents to Step In

    04/05/2004 5:32:48 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 10 replies · 562+ views
    Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 04-05-03 | Olson, Ilene
    Parenting a second generation Drug use, mental health problems often force grandparents to step in By Ilene Olson Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE - Terry Kenny's days have been full since the children came. She spends much of her time doing laundry, feeding the baby, picking up toys, reading stories, trying to keep up with the kids and driving them to and from school and appointments. That was something she expected when her own children were small. But it came as a big surprise the second time around, when she and her husband Tim became the foster parents...
  • DARE drug program could be dropped without proof of effectiveness

    03/08/2004 8:41:04 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 10 replies · 275+ views
    DARE drug program could be dropped without proof of effectiveness BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Drug abuse prevention programs such as DARE could be on their way out of Alabama classrooms if they can't prove that they are effective, drug treatment experts said. Federal, state and local governments have poured millions of dollars over the last decade into Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE, a program that puts police into elementary school classrooms to encourage students not to use drugs. But federal and state spending on DARE - whose license tags reading "DARE to keep kids off drugs" often are...
  • Bush Policy To Target Prescription Drugs (Tracking patients' use key part of new anti-drug effort)

    03/01/2004 10:48:19 AM PST · by Wolfie · 198+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 1, 2004
    Bush Policy To Target Prescription Drugs Tracking patients' use key part of new anti-drug effort WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's national anti-drug strategy will for the first time target the use of pain relievers, sedatives and stimulants for nonmedical purposes, a problem that has exploded in the last decade. A key part of the strategy being released Monday involves government efforts to help states develop monitoring systems to track a patient's use of prescription medicine. The monitoring programs flag cases that indicate a pattern of abuse, such as "doctor shopping," where a patient gets prescriptions for drugs from multiple physicians....
  • Krischer: Limbaugh probe hurt by state

    01/30/2004 5:25:22 AM PST · by randita · 37 replies · 337+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 1/30/04 | John Pacenti
      Krischer: Limbaugh probe hurt by state By John Pacenti, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Friday, January 30, 2004 WEST PALM BEACH -- State Attorney Barry Krischer on Thursday accused Attorney General Charlie Crist's office of trying to impede the Rush Limbaugh prescription fraud investigation for political reasons. Krischer expected Crist's office to file the state's response to Limbaugh's appeal of a decision to unseal the commentator's medical records in the prescription fraud case. Crist's office pulled out of the appeal one hour before a Jan. 12 deadline imposed by the appeals court, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for Krischer's...
  • Justice Dept. Ends Testing of Criminals for Drug Use

    01/28/2004 6:43:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 148+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 28, 2004 | FOX BUTTERFIELD
    The Justice Department has quietly ended a program to measure criminals' use of drugs and forecast new drug epidemics, citing budget cuts by Congress. The program, the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program, or ADAM, tests newly arrested criminals entering jail for narcotics violations in 35 cities. Attorney General Edwin Meese 3d, in the Reagan administration, started it in 1986. Law enforcement officials and criminal justice experts criticized ending the program, saying it was a useful tool in the battle against crime and drugs and was widely credited for tracking the rise and fall of the crack epidemic and detecting the...
  • Just Say No Again (Long read)

    01/19/2004 12:38:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 517+ views
    Reason ^ | Jan 19,2004 | Renee Moilanen
    The old failures of new and improved anti-drug education I’m at the February 2001 Teens at the Table conference, a feel-good event sponsored by a coalition of Los Angeles youth organizations and high schools. It’s designed to boost self-esteem and teach teenagers how to make smart decisions. In one of the sessions, a group of students is about to learn how easy it is to stay off drugs. It doesn’t require anything as lame as red ribbons or "Just Say No" chants. It just takes knowing what constitutes a healthy decision -- one that is all your own -- coupled...
  • Teen Drug Abuse Declines Across Wide Front; 11% Reduction Exceeds President's 2yr Goal

    12/20/2003 5:08:09 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 18 replies · 170+ views
    Teen Drug Abuse Declines Across Wide Front; Eleven Percent Reduction Exceeds President's Two-Year Goal 12/19/03 11:36:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk and Health Reporter Contact: Tom Riley of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 202-395-6618; Blair Gately of National Institute on Drug Abuse, 301-443-6245 WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and John P. Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, today released results of the 2003 Monitoring the Future survey, showing an 11 percent decline in drug use by 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students over the past...
  • Medicare’s Liver and Onions. We want a new drug plan.

    11/07/2003 7:12:03 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 4 replies · 78+ views
    NRO ^ | November 07, 2003, 9:14 a.m. | By Deroy Murdock
    While seeing relatives in Port Limon, Costa Rica in 1999, I stepped into my great aunt's house after a late-morning stroll. "What's for lunch?" I asked. "Liver and onions," she triumphantly announced. Trying to offend neither my dad's sister nor my visiting grandmother, I sat down and ate an oily serving of fried, seasoned organ meat. I soon smilingly accepted a second helping. Calmly, I ignored the bellyaching of my inner food critic who feared that something so greasy could not be so healthy. The GOP Congress seems equally resigned to grit its collective teeth and swallow a massive Medicare...
  • OXYCONTIN - What it is and the BIG problem in Florida.

    10/05/2003 3:18:50 PM PDT · by unixfox · 199 replies · 2,137+ views
    Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement | 10-05-2003
    Overview of Prescription Drug Abuse & The Oxycodone Problem in Florida August 2001 Background The abuse of pharmaceuticals has not received as much publicity as the abuse of club drugs and other illegal drugs, but it is a significant and growing problem in the United States. According to the National Drug Control Strategy 2001 Annual Report, there were approximately 2.8 billion prescriptions written in 1999, with approximately 457 million for controlled substances. This is an increase (55 percent) from 1998 in which 254 million prescriptions for controlled substances were written.The National Drug Threat Assessment 2001 reported that law enforcement agencies...
  • Joseph Farah: In Defense of Rush Limbaugh

    10/03/2003 7:35:04 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 4 replies · 163+ views ^ | 10-03-03 | Farah, Joseph
    In defense of Rush Limbaugh Posted: October 3, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 The sharks are circling. They sense blood in the water. And their prey is, perhaps, the biggest fish of all – Rush Limbaugh – a man who single-handedly has changed the political culture of America for the better over the last 15 years. They've got Rush in their sights on two fronts: Over what they characterize as a racially insensitive, if not downright racist, comment he made in his new gig as a football commentator for ESPN; and Over allegations that he abused pain-killing drugs...
  • Doctor's group blasts administration

    10/02/2003 6:34:24 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 4 replies · 302+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 2, 2003 | Jon Dougherty
    CONTROLLING THE SUBSTANCES Doctors' group blasts administration Claims White House punishing physicians for misdeeds of patients Posted: October 2, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Jon Dougherty © 2003 A physicians' advocacy group is blasting the Bush administration for its pledge to prosecute physicians even if their patients are responsible for the abuse of pain medications they've been prescribed. "Physicians are being threatened, impoverished, delicensed and imprisoned for prescribing in good faith with the intention of relieving pain," said Kathryn Serkes, a spokeswoman for the Tucson, Arizona-based American Association of Physicians and Surgeons. In a Monday press conference at the...
  • FReep this poll and help rid America of heroin addicts

    09/15/2003 10:57:28 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 21 replies · 305+ views
    Toronto Globe & Mail ^ | 9-15-03 | Poll Globe Poll: Vancouver has just opened a safe-injection site for heroin users. Do you think these so-called shooting galleries are a good idea? Yes No
  • Much Drug Abuse Goes Untreated, Survey Finds

    09/05/2003 7:13:08 PM PDT · by tomball · 14 replies · 109+ views
    Associated Press ^ | As of 3:55 p.m. EDT Friday, September 5, 2003 | Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON -- An estimated 22 million people in the U.S. seriously abused alcohol, drugs or both last year, but only a fraction received treatment, the government said Friday.</p> <p>In addition, nearly 20 million people were current users of illegal drugs, with such use highest among young adults, the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found. Current users are those who said they had used an illegal drug within the past month.</p>
  • Survey Finds Millions of New U.S. Drug Abusers

    09/05/2003 12:44:51 PM PDT · by AntiGuv · 37 replies · 210+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 5, 2003 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A redesigned survey of who uses and abuses drugs in the United States has found millions of "missed" users and addicts, with an estimated 22 million Americans suffering from alcohol or drug abuse. The study, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Friday, finds that 19.5 million Americans used illicit drugs in 2002. This works out to 8.3 percent of the population age 12 or older. Last year's survey found that 15.9 million Americans used an illegal drug in 2001 -- but SAMHSA stressed that the latest survey used new methods and turned...
  • Revolutionary Thinker: Trotsky's Great-Granddaughter [heads National Institute on Drug Abuse in USA]

    08/28/2003 3:29:11 PM PDT · by yonif · 14 replies · 305+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, August 21, 2003 | Guy Gugliotta
    Nora Volkow was born three years after Stalin died, and 16 years after the Soviet dictator sent a student with an ice ax to kill her great-grandfather. Her grandmother committed suicide, and her grandfather was shot to death in a Stalinist prison. She grew up in Mexico City knowing that her family was both steeped in greatness and marked by tragedy. Today, Volkow is the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and one of the United States' leading experts on the science of drug addiction. "I've studied alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and more recently obesity. There's a...
  • Cops Say Camera Caught Driver Smoking Pot

    08/12/2003 12:13:12 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 91 replies · 1,188+ views
    Camera's first catch gets felony drug charge As Marcus D. Jackson smoked dope in a blue Chevy Caprice, he had no idea anyone was watching, police say. But about a block away, officers were monitoring his every move on a surveillance camera set up at Augusta and Pulaski to target crimes both serious and minor that bring down the neighborhood's quality of life. When they swooped in and arrested Jackson, the officers allegedly found $20 worth of pot and Ecstasy, a so-called "club drug," valued at $60. The 1:30 a.m. Saturday bust was the first one for Operation Disruption, which...
  • In Los Angeles, Skid Row Resists an Upgrade

    07/16/2003 5:59:29 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 10 replies · 876+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 15, 2003 | CHARLIE LeDUFF
    Monica Almeida/The New York Times Skid Row in Los Angeles is home to thousands of people felled by mental diseases, drugs and bad luck. Some make it out, only to return. LOS ANGELES, July 13 — The eastern quarter of downtown Los Angeles is a cattle pen, an outdoor outhouse, a human calamity. It is the largest concentration of homelessness in the country. Thousands of people in the 50 blocks known as Skid Row live on the sidewalks in tents and cardboard condominiums. Thousands more sleep on mission cots, in the back seats of automobiles and in flophouses. Those who...
  • Defense rests in Windshield case

    06/25/2003 12:00:04 PM PDT · by cjshapi · 125 replies · 331+ views ^ | 06/25/2003 | Associated Press
    <p>FORT WORTH, Texas — The son of a homeless man who died after becoming lodged in a windshield when he was hit by a car testified Wednesday that his father was "very, very loving."</p> <p>"He was very hardworking and was very friendly, although he didn't have many friends," said Brandon Biggs, 20.</p>
  • Getting Hitched (is Beneficial)

    05/31/2003 11:20:23 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 10 replies · 146+ views
    City Journal | 5/30/03 | Iain Murray
    Social-services advocates pooh-pooh the idea of promoting marriage among the poor. New research demolishes their arguments. Social-services advocates usually make two arguments against the idea of promoting marriage among poor single-parent families. First, they charge, poor urban communities, where such families disproportionately reside, suffer from a chronic shortage of “marriageable” males—the men are usually young, feckless, and hostile to the idea of marriage. Even those who are potential “husband” material in such communities are chronically unemployed, making so little money that they wouldn’t raise the economic status of the mothers of their children even if they were to marry them....
  • Experts warn against heavy use of Ecstasty in Iran

    04/26/2003 4:13:52 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 5 replies · 211+ views
    IRNA ^ | 4/26/03 | IRNA
    Tehran, April 27, IRNA -- An expert working with the State Welfare Organization on Saturday warned against the prevalence of the ecstasy abuse and polydrug consumption in Iran. Atekeh Tehrani who is working in the drug abuse department of the State Welfare Organization told IRNA that the polydrug consumption is growing in Iran. She said some addicts are abusing several kinds of illicit drugs including lsd, heroin, opium and its derivatives. She added that the young abusers are tending now to consume heroin instead of other narcotics due to the heroin low prices and easy access to the opiate. She...

    04/01/2003 9:24:01 AM PST · by Coleus · 52 replies · 217+ views
    The Vatican ^ | 03.29.03
    POPE WARNS OF "A TRUE CONSPIRACY AGAINST LIFE AND FAMILY" Says Bishops are "the first ones called to be untiring teachers of the Gospel of life" VATICAN, March 31, 2003 - Pope John Paul II addressed the Bishops of Indonesia Saturday during their 'ad limina' visit to Rome. Addressing life and family issues, the Pope said, "A true 'conspiracy against life' and the family is appearing in many forms: abortion, sexual permissiveness, pornography, drug abuse and pressures to adopt morally unacceptable methods of population control." The Pope then challenged the Bishops saying, "Notwithstanding the difficulties involved in countering these tendencies...
  • U.S. imposes tariff on Canadian wheat (or heavy crack abuse in the commerce department)

    03/04/2003 1:09:04 PM PST · by ContentiousObjector · 19 replies · 261+ views
    CBC Newsworld ^ | March 4th 2003 | CBC Newsworld Staff
    WINNIPEG - The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday imposed a 3.94 per cent tariff against Canadian wheat exports, a much lower duty than Canadian trade officials expected. The preliminary duties are the result of a U.S. Commerce Department trade law investigation into Canadian exports of durum wheat and hard red spring wheat into U.S. markets. American trade officials and American farmers allege Canada unfairly subsidizes the exports by undercutting the price of U.S. wheat. In its decision, the Commerce Department says a preliminary investigation shows material damage to farmers from the Canadian imports. The Canadian Wheat Board controls the sale...
  • Escalation of Drug Use in Early-Onset Cannabis Users vs Co-twin Controls

    01/22/2003 7:22:02 AM PST · by unspun · 30 replies · 1,296+ views
    JAMA ^ | 1/22/2003 | Michael T. Lynskey, PhD; Andrew C. Heath, DPhil; Kathleen K. Bucholz, PhD; Wendy S. Slutske, PhD; Pa
    Context  Previous studies have reported that early initiation of cannabis (marijuana) use is a significant risk factor for other drug use and drug-related problems.Objective  To examine whether the association between early cannabis use and subsequent progression to use of other drugs and drug abuse/dependence persists after controlling for genetic and shared environmental influences.Design  Cross-sectional survey conducted in 1996-2000 among an Australian national volunteer sample of 311 young adult (median age, 30 years) monozygotic and dizygotic same-sex twin pairs discordant for early cannabis use (before age 17 years).Main Outcome Measures  Self-reported subsequent nonmedical use of prescription sedatives, hallucinogens, cocaine/other stimulants, and opioids; abuse or dependence...