This is the seventh story in a 13-week series that focuses on drug
addiction in Butler County. This is also the first of three stories that
will focus on substance abuse treatment.
On May 9, Gov. Don Siegelman awarded a $1.08 million grant to the Alabama
Department of Corrections for a substance abuse treatment program. The goal
of the program is to ensure that ex-inmates do not relapse into drug abuse
by treating them before they return to society. "Drug abuse has a close
association with other types of crime," said Siegelman. "This grant
provides additional drug treatment for inmates and reduces the chances that
they will return to drugs or commit other crimes to support their habit
upon release." Douglas J. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D., director of the Section on
Criminal Justice Research at the Treatment Research Institute at the
University of Pennsylvania said that 67 - 75 percent of state inmates, and
33 percent of federal inmates have a history of a repeated habit after
being released. "Eighty percent of U.S. jail and prison inmates were
intoxicated at the time of the offense, and 80 percent also have a
futherance of a drug habit after serving time," he said at the spring
conference of the Addiction Studies Program for Journalists. The state
Department of Corrections also reported similar results. They reported,
"Approximately 80 percent of the 6,500 inmates taken into the prison system
annually have a history of drug abuse. About 3,200 inmates enter prison
with a drug addiction." Correction officials also report that "successful
drug treatment reduces crime, homelessness, health care costs, risky sexual
behavior and the chances that an ex-inmate will return to prison." Marlowe
said that although some approaches to treatment have worked with
ex-inmates, others haven't. He said that 85 percent of criminals relapse in
one year and that 55 percent re-offend and that 70 percent of drug users
re-offend at some point. "If we treat them in prison, only 25 percent
receive treatment, and criminal recidivism (a return to previous unlawful
activity) is reduced from 55 percent to 45 percent. But, it generally has
no effect on a relapse to drug abuse," he said. Marlowe also discussed
"intermediate sanctions," that is, intensive supervised probation, house
arrest, electronic monitoring and boot camp. "Recidivism doesn't go up, and
it doesn't seem they are getting any better. Boot camp research shows no
improvement," he said. "In addition, most of these programs do not involve
treatment. Probation and parole officers are good at monitoring, but not
good at treatment." A third program used the basis of referral as
treatment. "Of those that do show up, 40 percent drop out within three
months, and 90 percent drop out within 12 months. The waiting lists also
are long which lessen the chances of a client showing up," said Marlowe.
The program recently implemented through grants was made available by the
U.S. Department of Justice, and will be administered by the Alabama
Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
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. . . Do Apt Time; Offenders Under Program Clear Dung
SPANISH FORK - Distaste is written all over Juan's face as he pushes a
shovelful of horse manure.
This is the 13-year-old's punishment for getting caught with marijuana for
the second time.
For more than 10 years the HOPES program - Helping Offenders Perform
Excellent Service - has tried to ensure juvenile offenders are given the
right amount of punishment for misdeeds.
The latest batch of juvenile offenders, all under court order to serve
community service, must clean the stalls at the Spanish Fork City
Fairgrounds following a livestock show.
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The city of Modesto announced Wednesday that it would pay $2.55
million to settle a suit brought by the parents of a boy killed in a
drug raid two years ago.
Alberto Sepulveda, 11, was accidentally shot and killed by a member of
the Modesto Police Department's SWAT team in September 2000.
Modesto's city attorney, Michael Milich, said most of the sum would be
covered by insurance.
WASHINGTON - President-elect Alvaro Uribe of Colombia emerged from the
White House on Thursday declaring that he had found "great determination"
in President Bush to help Colombia's struggle against drug-financed terrorism.
"We are on the right track," Uribe said after a half-hour meeting with
national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. Bush stopped in for part of the
For their part, U.S. officials voiced resolve to help embattled Colombia
combat outlaw armies roaming the country, even as analysts warned of new
signs that the South American nation's countryside is falling deeper into
the hands of guerrillas and outlaw militias.
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COLLEGE TOWNSHIP -- The FBI's evacuation of the Hilltop Mobile Home Park
Wednesday night uncovered a small marijuana crop growing inside a man's
Police said a man, whose name was not released, allegedly refused to leave
his trailer when neighborhood residents were told to leave while the FBI
arrested Ronald Hertzog, 39, for allegedly manufacturing and possessing
machine guns and other "destructive devices."
State police at Rockview Trooper James P. Ellis said officers obtained a
search warrant when the man continued to exchange words with FBI agents and
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Revision Of State Law Expands Policing Options
Huffers take risks every time they get high - risks like asphyxiation,
heart failure and dementia.
They don't need to put other Kansans at risk by driving. But they do,
without fear of punishment for driving under the influence.
For another few days, anyway.
A new law takes effect July 1, adding a list of toxins to drugs covered by
the state's DUI statutes. Police say they needed the leverage.
Huffers abuse inhalants, everything from gasoline to spray paint to
correction fluid. They snort fumes from containers, spray aerosols into
their noses, sniff chemicals from plastic bags, inhale from balloons filled
with nitrous oxide and stuff inhalant-soaked rags into their mouths. All
for a quick high.
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How many potheads does it take to set Old Glory ablaze?
Apparently, more than four, dude, as even that number of marijuana marchers
couldn't muster a spark when they tried to set fire to a U.S. flag Thursday
outside Abbotsford provincial court.
The agonizingly small band of pro-pot protesters -- including the seemingly
ubiquitous Tim Felger and John Fulford, who ran under the Marijuana party
banner in the last federal election -- were outside the hall of justice to
voice their displeasure with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency entering Canada.
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To the editor:
Re: Local cops gear up for war on weed, LTW June 14, 2002.
Recently, Dr. Patrick Smith of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
told the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs that: "If we discovered
three drugs today and they were alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, there isn't
an expert in the country who would recommend that marijuana be the one that
is banned based on individual and societal harm." (Doc says pot less
harmful than booze and tobacco; calls for legalization, June 7, 2002,
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OPERATIVES of the 14th Regional Narcotics Group seized approximately 278
grams of shabu with the arrest of three suspected members of a big-time
drug syndicate operating in Baguio at a buy-bust operation in Bakakeng
Norte on Wednesday night.
Senior Inspector Marcos Eblahan Jr, Nargroup-Cordillera Administrative
Region (CAR) chief, said that this latest seizure is the biggest anti-drug
haul made this year in the region.
Eblahan identified the alleged shabu dealers as Efren Gonzales Fernando,
49, from San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija; Jocelyn Cristi de Leon, 38, married,
from Pasig City; and Juliet Laban Sandoval, 29, from Romblon, Romblon.
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A former member of the Weber-Morgan Metro Narcotics Strike Force was
charged by information in federal court with one count of fraudulently
obtaining a controlled substance.
Ronald Kevin Walzer is accused of using his position to fraudulently obtain
the painkiller hydrocondone between August 1997 and February 2002.
Walzer was responsible for investigating forged prescriptions with the task
force in Ogden, said Melodie Rydalch, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's
Office. He was able to use his position to illegally obtain his own
controlled substances, she said, without going into detail.
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Fans of Northern Exposure, beware. If you think Rob Morrow is returning to
series television in a role as warm and fuzzy as that of Dr. Joel
Fleischman, think again.
In the grim new drama Street Time, premiering Sunday on Showtime, Morrow
plays Kevin Hunter, a convicted marijuana smuggler. Following five years in
a federal penitentiary, he is on parole, hoping to go straight.
It's tougher than it seems. His past life tempts him back, while a
mistrustful parole officer watches his every move. But life for Officer
James Liberti (Scott Cohen) isn't all it's cracked up to be either. In
fact, he and Hunter often mirror each other, leaving viewers to decide who
and what is right or wrong.
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The Events Began As Fundraisers Bringing In Millions Of Dollars For Gay
Charities And Aids Prevention. But A Growing Reputation For Drug Use And
Random Sex Has Public Health Officials And Som
WASHINGTON -- They began years ago, and from the start were raucous
celebrations of gay culture, from the drag queens who did sendups of pop
tunes to the hundreds of dancing partygoers who found comfort in numbers.
Today, "circuit parties" have become weekend-long bashes in cities across
the USA and Canada. They attract thousands of mostly young gay men who
dance until dawn and whose admission fees raise millions of dollars for
AIDS-prevention groups and gay charities. At the Old Post Office Pavilion
here in April, about 2,500 shirtless men packed the dance floor during a
circuit party called "Cherry 7."
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