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1 US AL: Does Treatment Really Work?Sat, 22 Jun 2002
Source:Greenville Advocate, The (AL) Author:Killingsworth, Stacey Area:Alabama Lines:90 Added:06/22/2002

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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2 US UT: Kids Who Shovel It Out . . .Tue, 18 Jun 2002
Source:Deseret News (UT) Author:Fattah, Geoffrey Area:Utah Lines:85 Added:06/22/2002

. . . 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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3US CA: City To Pay Parents Of Boy Killed In RaidFri, 21 Jun 2002
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/22/2002

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.


4 US: US Meeting Lifts Hopes In Colombia's War On Drugs, TerrorFri, 21 Jun 2002
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Johnson, Tim Area:United States Lines:65 Added:06/22/2002

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 session.

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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5 US PA: FBI Find Marijuana Crop During Mobile Home Park RaidFri, 21 Jun 2002
Source:Centre Daily Times (PA) Author:Pomponio, Angela Area:Pennsylvania Lines:45 Added:06/22/2002

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP -- The FBI's evacuation of the Hilltop Mobile Home Park Wednesday night uncovered a small marijuana crop growing inside a man's trailer.

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 police.

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6 US KS: Editorial: Crackdown On HuffingFri, 21 Jun 2002
Source:Hutchinson News, The (KS)          Area:Kansas Lines:57 Added:06/22/2002

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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7 CN BC: Editorial: Abby Protest Goes To PotThu, 20 Jun 2002
Source:Agassiz Harrison Observer (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:06/22/2002

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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8 CN ON: PUB LTE: Regulation And Taxing Is The AnswerFri, 21 Jun 2002
Source:Lindsay This Week (CN ON) Author:Phillips, Wayne Area:Ontario Lines:43 Added:06/22/2002

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, Windsor Star).

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9 Philippines: Narcgroup Nabs 3 In Largest Shabu HaulSat, 22 Jun 2002
Source:Sun.Star Baguio (Philippines) Author:Palangchao, Harley Area:Philippines Lines:62 Added:06/22/2002

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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10 US UT: Ex-Drug Agent Faces ChargeSat, 22 Jun 2002
Source:Deseret News (UT)          Area:Utah Lines:38 Added:06/22/2002

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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11 US: Review: Rob Morrow Gets New Exposure - As Drug SmugglerSat, 22 Jun 2002
Source:Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (FL) Author:Frutkin, Alan James Area:United States Lines:76 Added:06/22/2002

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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12US: Worrying About the Dark Side of 'Circuit Parties'Thu, 20 Jun 2002
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Leinwand, Donna Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:06/22/2002

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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