Thompson, Carolyn 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1US RI: Goal Of Nation's First Opioid Court: Keep Users AliveSun, 09 Jul 2017
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Thompson, Carolyn Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo's ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis.

Now the city is experimenting with the nation's first opioid crisis intervention court, which can get users into treatment within hours of their arrest instead of days, requires them to check in with a judge every day for a month instead of once a week, and puts them on strict curfews. Administering justice takes a back seat to the overarching goal of simply keeping defendants alive.

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2CN ON: Addictions Program Fights For Its LifeThu, 29 Oct 2015
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Thompson, Carolyn Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/31/2015

Two-hour sessions sitting at a desk didn't help Katlyn Mishibinijima stop using marijuana.

The 21-year-old would leave the rehabilitation course tired, uninspired and no closer to breaking her bond with the drug.

"You have people reading you out what's in a textbook, but that's not really what you're going through. And they don't get to hear your stories in those programs," Mishibinijima said.

Windsor youth struggling with drug or alcohol addictions decided that traditional programs weren't working for them - so they came up with their own.

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3 US NY: Potent Canadian Pot Seized Along BorderSun, 11 Dec 2005
Source:Ogdensburg Journal/Advance News (NY) Author:Thompson, Carolyn Area:New York Lines:58 Added:12/11/2005

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It was just a truck full of frozen waffles, and its Canadian driver was a card carrying member of FAST, the Free and Secure Trade program that speeds the customs process for regulars at the border.

But experience told border officers to run the truck through their gamma-ray equipment before sending it on its way to its North Carolina destination.

The closer look revealed 1,152 vacuum-sealed bags containing 320 pounds of hydroponic marijuana tucked among the legitimate cargo.

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4 US NY: Border Agents Seizing Tons Of Hydroponic MarijuanaSun, 11 Dec 2005
Source:Watertown Daily Times (NY) Author:Thompson, Carolyn Area:New York Lines:121 Added:12/11/2005

BUFFALO - It was just a truck full of frozen waffles, and its Canadian driver was a card carrying member of FAST, the Free and Secure Trade program that speeds the customs process for regulars at the border.

But experience told border officers to run the truck through their gamma-ray equipment before sending it on its way to its North Carolina destination.

The closer look revealed 1,152 vacuum-sealed bags containing 320 pounds of hydroponic marijuana tucked among the legitimate cargo.

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5US: Border Guard Did Not Use Excessive Force On Chinese TouristFri, 09 Sep 2005
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Thompson, Carolyn Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:09/12/2005

A U.S. Homeland Security officer was found not guilty yesterday of beating a female Chinese tourist.

Jurors deliberated about five hours over two days before acquitting Robert Rhodes, a Customs and Border Protection officer, of violating the civil rights of Zhao Yan, 38, a businessperson from Tianjin, China, who was touring Niagara Falls.

The case provoked anger in China after pictures of Zhao, her face swollen from pepper spray and her eyes and forehead bruised, were widely published after the incident last July.

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