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1 US CA: PUB LTE: Offering Needles To AddictsFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Burdick, Bruce Area:California Lines:40 Added:07/29/2005

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 treatment programs.

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 exchange program.

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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2US CA: Paradise School Trustees Give Nod To Random Drug TestingFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Gullick, Chris Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2005

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 School District.

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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3 Malaysia: Sm Sufri Bolkiah Holds Anti-Drugs ForumFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Borneo Bulletin (Malaysia) Author:Meiji, Area:Malaysia Lines:27 Added:07/29/2005

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.


4 US OR: Funds To Fight Meth Give Agencies A BoostFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Lemon, Sarah Area:Oregon Lines:79 Added:07/29/2005

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 coordinator.

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5 US MA: In Dorchester, Walking The WalkFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Stockton, Paysha Area:Massachusetts Lines:63 Added:07/29/2005

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 starting Sunday.

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6 US MN: OPED: Enforcing Marijuana Laws Wastes Time, MoneyFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Author:Fraser, Ronald Area:Minnesota Lines:99 Added:07/29/2005

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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7 US PA: LTE: Justice On Drugs?Fri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Tribune Review (Pittsburgh, PA) Author:Hill, Ronald J. Area:Pennsylvania Lines:39 Added:07/29/2005

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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8 US NY: LTE: The DEA And DoctorsFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Tandy, Karen P. Area:New York Lines:46 Added:07/29/2005

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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9 US IL: Leadership Training Bolsters Drug-Free Youth EnvironmentFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Herald & Review (IL) Author:Carson, Bethany Area:Illinois Lines:73 Added:07/29/2005

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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10 US MS: CDTAC To Drug Test Students This YearFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Natchez Democrat, The (MS) Author:Finley, Julie Area:Mississippi Lines:64 Added:07/29/2005

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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11US OK: No Drop Overall In Meth UseFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX)          Area:Oklahoma Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2005

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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12 US IA: Iowa, Nebraska Launch Coordinated Fight Against MethFri, 29 Jul 2005
Source:Sioux City Journal (IA) Author:Zerschling, Lynn Area:Iowa Lines:94 Added:07/29/2005

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 Travel" initiative.

"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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