Re "Leaders split on needle access," July 20: Philadelphia has experience
in offering clean syringes to IV drug users (IDUs). Offering clean syringes
is a bridge to treatment. Approximately 1,500 IDUs have entered drug
Based on more than eight years of follow-up in Baltimore's ALIVE study of
IDUs, HIV incidence decreased 35 percent after the opening of the needle
Arrest patterns have been found not to be significantly different in areas
served by the needle exchange program than in other areas of the city.
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Students at Paradise High School who participate in any extracurricular
activities will be subject to random drug tests this academic year, thanks
to a new policy approved by the board of trustees for Paradise Unified
The board debated the details of the pilot policy at a special meeting
Thursday, but finally passed it unanimously.
Certain points of the policy caused consternation and contention among
board members, and several amendments were made before a consensus was reached.
Trustee Donna Nichols insisted the policy should not be punitive, but said,
"The whole purpose is health and safety."
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Sekolah Menengah Sufri Bolkiah in Tutong district recently held an
anti-drugs forum, exhibition and caning demonstration as part of the Drug
Abuse Prevention and Education Programme this year.
Students from Form Five heard talks presented by a panel of various
government departments including Counselling and Career Guidance Section,
Department of Schools, Ministry Of Education; Health Promotion and
Education, Ministry Of Health; Narcotics Control Bureau, Prime Minister's
Office; Public Relations Section, Royal Brunei Police Force; Attorney
General's Chamber and the Prisons Department.
After a question and answer session, a presentation of mementoes was given
to the panel of speakers. The Prisons Department ended the forum with a
live caning demonstration.
More than $400,000 in grants and public money will fuel a focused fight
against local methamphetamine use.
About $215,000 was awarded Thursday to drug-treatment agencies, Kids
Unlimited and the Southern Oregon Child & Family Council. Recipients are
working with the Jackson County Meth Task Force to enhance treatment and
support for meth addicts and education for at-risk, middle-school students
and Head Start families.
The remaining funds have been pledged by Jackson County.
"We are taking back our community, and we have done the first mile," said
Carin Niebuhr, county alcohol and drug program manager and task force
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Citizens, Leaders To Spend A Week In Crime Hot Spot
Lyndhurst Street, with its shade trees and large, cheerfully-painted
clapboard homes, doesn't look like a haven for drug dealers and gangs.
"This is a beautiful street," said Richard West, 46, as he trimmed the
hedges outside the Victorian home he has lived in for decades. "It's just
the trouble at the top of the hill."
That trouble -- four people shot, one fatally, at a cookout last month and
reports of gun flashing and drug dealing near apartments on the corner of
Washington and Lyndhurst -- concerns the Rev. Bruce Wall. He announced
yesterday that he plans to bring an army of church members and officials to
walk, pray, and live on the Dorchester street for seven straight days
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State lawmakers recently beat back a huge budget deficit with a new 75 cent
per-pack cigarette tax hike worth about $202 million a year. Thinking
ahead, here is how a new study can help state officials balance the budget
next time around.
Minnesotans spend about $91 million each year to enforce state and local
marijuana laws -- money, Jon B. Gettman, a senior fellow at George Mason
University's School of Public Policy, finds is mostly wasted.
Gettman's study, titled"Crimes of Indiscretion: Marijuana Arrests in the
United States," was prepared for the National Organization for the Reform
of Marijuana Laws.
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Read the local paper. Turn on the news. Rarely does a day go by without
young black men killing each other over drugs.
This past December, I tragically lost a son to this situation. The alleged
suspects had no jobs and had been in trouble with the law in the past. But
how could people without jobs be represented by two of the top attorneys in
the county? They were.
How can they hire private investigators as expert witnesses? They did. With
the only source of income being drugs, it becomes obvious that this drug
money is being used to hire such representation.
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To the Editor:
John Tierney (column, July 23) suggests that the Drug Enforcement
Administration has a "new strategy" that takes aim at legitimate
physicians. This is not the case.
Our fight against drugs has produced important results. Youth drug use has
dropped by 17 percent over three years. The D.E.A. has increased its fight
against the diversion of legal drugs to combat growing prescription drug
abuse, evidenced by the fact that almost one out of every 10 high school
seniors has abused prescription drugs.
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DECATUR - Antonio Burton, 17, will be a senior at MacArthur High School and
said he accepts people for who they are.
"I don't have a problem saying I'm drug-free," he said. "I am what I am."
He joined more than a dozen Decatur teenagers in planning to host a
multi-county summit, combating substance abuse and sexually transmitted
diseases in the upcoming school year.
To learn how to become effective facilitators, they spent their week at the
Illinois Teen Institute prevention camp at Millikin University. Students
from around the state learned how to become leaders, accept differences,
withstand pressure and maintain focus, control and credibility in meetings.
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NATCHEZ - Adams County Christian School is giving its students an excuse to
say no to drugs.
Starting this fall every student in grades seven through 12 will be drug
tested once. After everyone has been tested once, all names will go back
into a pool for random drug testing for the remainder of the year.
"The total objective is we want to give our kids a tool to say no with,"
Headmaster John Gray said. "We try to give our dead level best to offer our
student body a drug-free campus."
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Law Leads To Drop In Labs; Mexican-Made Version More Prevalent
TULSA, Okla. - A widely copied Oklahoma law that has led to a dramatic drop
in small-time methamphetamine labs has done little to curtail meth abuse
overall. Users are turning to Mexican-made versions of the highly addictive
drug, according to drug agents and others dealing with the problem.
Mexican drug cartels that have traditionally focused on trafficking
cocaine, heroin and marijuana are now adding methamphetamine to their
supply, said Lonnie Wright, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics
and Dangerous Drugs.
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If people cross the Missouri River to buy cold medicine so they can cook up
some meth, they will be caught, prosecuted and sent up the river.
That was the message sent Thursday by leading federal and local prosecutors
and law enforcement officers as they unveiled a new "Put the Brakes on Meth
"We want to send a joint message to those who cross state lines to buy
pseudoephedrine," Charles Larson Sr., U.S. attorney for Iowa's Northern
District, announced. "The message is if you plan to travel across state
lines into Nebraska, you stand the chance of being prosecuted in state
court in Nebraska, federal court in Nebraska, state court in Iowa and
federal court in Iowa."
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