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1 CN ON: PUB LTE: Maybe Boy Was In Guinea Pig FecesFri, 06 Aug 2004
Source:Hamilton Mountain News (CN ON) Author:Randell, Alan Area:Ontario Lines:27 Added:08/06/2004

Re: Pot houses put children at risk, July 23

"He was no more than two years old, naked and confined to a room soaked with urine and scattered with feces."

Why did you choose to print verbatim the words of a police officer without checking the facts? Perhaps it was guinea pig urine and feces.

This is responsible journalism? Don't make me puke.

Alan Randell

Victoria, BC

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2 US WI: LTE: Driving Drug Free Is Reasonable, Legal PrecautionFri, 06 Aug 2004
Source:Oshkosh Northwestern (WI) Author:Hornburg, Douglas Area:Wisconsin Lines:49 Added:08/06/2004

In an article on June 1 questions were raised on the newer Drugged Driver Law. The questions were whether or not the law was constitutional, the relationship on drugs and impairment, and why it was illegal for drivers to have "any detectable amount" of drugs like cocaine and marijuana in their bloodstreams.

To drive in Wisconsin is a privilege, not a right. By signing your driver's license at the DMV you also agreed to what is called implied consent (State Statute 343.305). Which basically states if you are operating or diving a motor vehicle, commercial motor vehicle, snowmobile, ATV, or boat you must consent to tests of your breath, blood or urine, for the purpose of determining the presence or quantity of alcohol or controlled substances.

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3 US PA: Column: Prisons Needlessly Overpopulated With Drug OffendersFri, 06 Aug 2004
Source:Centre Daily Times (PA) Author:Cronkite, Walter Area:Pennsylvania Lines:111 Added:08/06/2004

In the midst of the soaring rhetoric of last week's Democratic Convention, more than one speaker quoted Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address, invoking "the better angels of our nature."

Well, there is an especially appropriate task awaiting those heavenly creatures: a long-overdue reform of our disastrous "war on drugs." We should begin by recognizing its costly and inhumane dimensions.

Much of the nation, in one way or another, is victimized by this failure, including, most notably, the innocents, whose exposure to drugs is greater than ever.

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4US MI: Proposal For Tax Hike To Keep Dare ApprovedWed, 04 Aug 2004
Source:Flint Journal (MI) Author:Gilbert, Meghan Area:Michigan Lines:Excerpt Added:08/06/2004

Flushing residents supported the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program Tuesday night, approving a 0.5-mill tax increase to continue the program.

The proposal passed 843-653.

"I think there's a lot of support out there for that program, and I'm glad there is," said City Manager Dennis Bow. "I'm very pleased to see the support."

Bow said the results show an effort by residents to maintain officers in school buildings.

The DARE program was phased out this year because of the loss of state DARE funding and the expiration of the city's federal COPS in Schools grant.

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5 CN BC: Marijuana Advocates Suing Wrong Party, Judge RulesWed, 04 Aug 2004
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:KingLee, Area:British Columbia Lines:82 Added:08/06/2004

A Saanich couple suing for the right to legal medical marijuana is smoking out the wrong targets, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled.

In June 2002, Eric and Marlene Young launched a lawsuit against Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan and the Queen after his supply of cannabis sativa was cut off by the federal agency administering the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations that came into effect July 30, 2001.

The agency ruled that the regulations required Young to get a signed application form for medicinal use of cannabis from a medical specialist and not a general practitioner, which Young was unable to obtain.

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6 Canada: 'Hillbilly Heroin' Use Soars In CanadaFri, 06 Aug 2004
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Mandal, Veronique Area:Canada Lines:96 Added:08/06/2004

Doctors prescribing opiate-based drugs at rapidly growing rate

WINDSOR -- In thousands of Canadian medicine cabinets, there's a junkie waiting to happen.

Doctors are prescribing opiate-based painkillers -- offering a high the rival of heroin -- at a rapidly growing rate, despite inadequate safeguards against addiction, say police and substance abuse counsellors.

Prescriptions for OxyContin, the purest form of the opiate oxycodone, increased five-fold between 2000 and 2003, and in Ontario alone, according to the private health-information company IMS Health, sales increased 600 per cent in the four-year period ending in May.

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7 US MS: State Drug Arrests Up In 2004Fri, 06 Aug 2004
Source:Laurel Leader-Call (MS)          Area:Mississippi Lines:72 Added:08/06/2004

JACKSON, Miss. - Cooperation among state and local law enforcement agencies is increasing the number of drug arrests in Mississippi, officials say.

Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday that Mississippi had 39 percent more drug arrests in the first half of 2004 than during the same period a year ago.

"That's the right kind of start," said Republican Barbour, who took office in January.

Earlier this year, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics was absorbed into the state Department of Public Safety. Directors of both groups say the change has increased cooperation to build cases against drug dealers.

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8 US WV: Drug Unit Unveils Command CenterFri, 06 Aug 2004
Source:Charleston Daily Mail (WV) Author:Gannon, George Area:West Virginia Lines:65 Added:08/06/2004

Overhauled Ambulance Carries Evidence Gathering Equipment, Protective Gear

To help cope with the increasing number of methamphetamine labs in the Kanawha Valley, the Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team now has a mobile command center it can transport to the scene of a lab takedown.

The overhauled ambulance, which was donated by the Kanawha Valley Ambulance Authority, will be used to carry evidence gathering equipment and protective gear.

Cpl. Tony Payne, a detective with the drug unit, said officers were given about $2,500 from the Metro Drug unit's budget to outfit the truck

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9US CA: Teen Gets Six Months In Drug DeathFri, 06 Aug 2004
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/06/2004

A 14-year-old Redwood City girl has been ordered to serve six months in a juvenile hall therapeutic detention program for supplying the drug ``ecstasy'' to a friend who later died of an apparent overdose.

San Mateo County Juvenile Court Judge Marta Diaz also ordered the teenager at a Wednesday hearing to write a detailed biography of her dead friend, Irma Perez, and interview the girl's family. The judge strongly admonished the girl for not understanding the pain she had caused the family of Perez, an eighth-grader at Belmont's Ralston Middle School who died April 28, five days after taking the drug at a sleepover. Prosecutors say Irma would have lived had the other teens called 911 sooner.

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10 CN AB: Crystal Meth Making Its Way To High Prairie, Warns MD FCS DirectorWed, 04 Aug 2004
Source:South Peace News, The (CN AB) Author:Kennedy, Tina Area:Alberta Lines:55 Added:08/06/2004

A preemptive strike, warning and informing parents and teenagers about Crystal Meth is how local groups hope to keep the man-made drug out of High Prairie and area.

Sharon Strong, M.D. director of Big Lakes FCS, told council during the July 28 meeting that the drug was making its way towards High Prairie and brings devastating problems.

"I just want people to be aware that in communities south of us, Crystal Meth is causing a problem," says Strang. "I think we really need to address the problems before it becomes outrageous."

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11 Colombia: Policy Fails To Stop Cocaine Flow Into USFri, 06 Aug 2004
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK)          Area:Colombia Lines:49 Added:08/06/2004

SANTA MARTA, Colombia - After flying over blackened coca fields, White House drug czar John Walters conceded that seizing cocaine, destroying coca crops and locking up drug traffickers in Colombia have had little impact on the flow of cocaine on American streets.

But in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Walters nevertheless insisted that Washington must stay the course with so-called Plan Colombia, a $3.3 billion, five-year program mainly to train, equip and provide intelligence to Colombian forces spearheading the war on drugs. "We have a history in the United States of not following through on programs like this," Walters said late Wednesday.

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12US MS: Drug Arrests Up 39% For 1st Half Of '04Fri, 06 Aug 2004
Source:Clarion-Ledger, The (MS)          Area:Mississippi Lines:Excerpt Added:08/06/2004

Increase attributed to MBN restructuring, improved agency interaction

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics drug arrests for the first half of the year are up 39 percent over the same period last year, state officials said Thursday.

It is the largest increase in three years. Public Safety Commissioner Rusty Fortenberry and Bureau of Narcotics Director George Phillip attribute part of the increase to restructuring MBN under the Department of Public Safety. Better interaction with local law enforcement agencies also was cited as a reason for the increase in drug crime arrests.

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