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1 US MA: Prisoner Crowding Is Cited After RiotTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Saltzman, Jonathan Area:Massachusetts Lines:135 Added:07/07/2009

Population Is Up Fivefold Since 1980

The weekend riot at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge has put a spotlight on overcrowding at Massachusetts jails, where the total population has soared more than 500 percent since 1980 and has pushed many institutions well beyond their capacity.

The Middlesex Jail, which occupies the 17th through 20th floors of the otherwise vacant 22-story former courthouse on Thorndike Street, was built for 161 people but has long exceeded that population. Last September it held 415 detainees, nearly 2 1/2 times its capacity, according to the state Department of Correction's most recent quarterly report on overcrowding at prisons and jails.

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2US TX: Border Continues To Draw National Media OutletsTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:El Paso Times (TX) Author:Tenorio, Sarah Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:07/07/2009

EL PASO -- Tourists may be less inclined to visit Mexico. Media outlets, though, are eager to send reporters and commentators to the border.

A Philadelphia-based radio crew will be the latest when it arrives in El Paso next week.

Talk-show host Dom Giordano of CBS Radio's WPHT will travel to El Paso for two shows about drug smuggling and immigration issues. In March, CNN's Anderson Cooper came to town, reporting on drug violence in a piece called "The War Next Door." In January the New York Times described the sides of the border as "one violent, one peaceful."

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3US TX: Editorial: Inter-Agency Peace: Interdiction Requires CooperationTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:El Paso Times (TX)          Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:07/07/2009

A couple of formerly fractious federal agencies are going to make nice - -- officially. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have effectively signed a peace treaty -- a memorandum of understanding -- that should allow the two agencies to work more closely together and not get involved in turf wars.

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office took the agencies to task for a lack of cooperation in the effort to stop weapons from going into Mexico.

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4 CN AB: Column: Hemp Stores Take Unneeded Hit From Tobacco Act AmendmentTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Babiak, Todd Area:Alberta Lines:107 Added:07/07/2009

It is difficult to be subtle about cigarettes, especially children and cigarettes. Whatever we can do, as a society, to keep our kids far, far away from smoking is laudable. Unless, of course, these efforts are ridiculous.

Last month, the House of Commons passed an amendment to the Tobacco Act, Bill C-32, that prohibits the sale of individual little cigars and blunt wraps. Little cigars are sold in specialty shops that are, statistically, not popular with the under-25 set. Blunt wraps are rectangular snatches of flavoured tobacco used to wrap loose leaf tobacco or, much more likely, marijuana.

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5 CN AB: Reopening Of Drug Clinic Irks ResidentsTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:22 Added:07/07/2009

A city methadone clinic forced to move three times in six years will open its doors today in Braeside--despite the outstanding concerns of area residents.

Second chance recovery, one of two methadone clinics in calgary, has moved into a vacant medical centre in the Braecentre mall at 24th street and Braeside drive s. w. the clinic has 500 clients who receive methadone to treat addiction to opiates. a community meeting is planned for tonight (7p.m.) at the Braeside community centre.


6 CN ON: Lost In The Suburbs' Dark ShadowsTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Teotonio, Isabel Area:Ontario Lines:160 Added:07/07/2009

Catherine battled `fog' of addiction, depression behind manicured home and flawless appearance.

Catherine's eyes well up as she recounts how "horrid" life seemed a few weeks earlier. She had been "bawling uncontrollably."

The 37-year-old was fighting an addiction to painkillers, grappling with acute pain and slipping deeper into depression.

She had thought of downing a bottle of pills, but feared one of her young daughters would find her. After all, the girls often checked on her, offering tissues to stop the flow of tears.

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7 CN BC: Drug Deaths DownTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:21 Added:07/07/2009

Across B.C., fewer drug users are dying of overdoses. The number of deaths has dropped from a high of 396 in 1998 to 133 in 2008, according to B.C. Coroners Service statistics. In Vancouver, the number of drug deaths is down from a high of 191 in 1998 to 30 in 2008. Proponents of Insite credit the supervised injection site, which was opened in 2003. But the decreasing popularity of injectable drugs in favour of crack and meth is also likely a factor.


8 CN BC: Needle-Exchange Vans, Youth-Outreach Agency Shut DownTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Chan, Cheryl Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:07/07/2009

Alternative Provider Sought, Says Coastal Health Spokeswoman

A Downtown Eastside youth-outreach agency plagued with leadership and financial problems is being shut down by local health authorities.

Funding for the Downtown Eastside Youth Activities Society and its mobile needle-exchange vans have been terminated by Vancouver Coastal Health Agency.

Funding runs out Friday.

The sudden termination has left a crucial gap in health services in the Downtown Eastside, said DEYAS workers.

"There is no transition in place," said acting chairwoman Bonnie Fournier. "This is a vital service, not just for people who use injection drugs, but for the community as well."

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9 CN BC: Puncturing AddictionTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:O'Connor, Elaine Area:British Columbia Lines:63 Added:07/07/2009

Dr. James Chi Ming Pau

He looks like an unlikely activist.

In person, Dr. James Chi Ming Pau is a gentlemanly retired practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. But Pau is a Downtown Eastside tour de force who's been on the cutting edge of drug activism for 30 years.

Trained as a nurse in Hong Kong, Pau immigrated to Canada in 1975 and worked in geriatric care at Vancouver General Hospital. On the side, he practised acupuncture, was key in getting the field recognized in B.C. and served as president of the B.C. association for acupuncture.

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10 CN BC: Did You KnowTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:21 Added:07/07/2009

That Downtown Eastside Drug Arrests Are Declining?

A 2006 City of Vancouver report on the Downtown Eastside showed that, contrary to popular belief, drug arrests in the area were actually on the wane -- and on the rise in other parts of Vancouver. In 1997, there were 1,153 arrests in the Downtown Eastside -- 75 per cent of the city's 1,533 drug arrests. But in 2002, there were 1,782 Downtown Eastside arrests, just 36 per cent of the city's 4,883 arrests.


11 CN BC: Did You KnowTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:21 Added:07/07/2009

That Alcohol Kills And Hospitalizes More B.C. Residents Than Drugs?

A Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. report reveals that between 2002 and 2006, there were 4,431 deaths directly caused by alcohol, and 1,814 caused by illicit drugs. Stays in hospital due to alcohol use reached 89,065 between 2003 and 2007, an increase of 3.4 per cent from the previous study period. Stays in hospital due to illicit drug use jumped 36 per cent to 22,381 visits across B.C.


12 CN BC: Did You KnowTue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:24 Added:07/07/2009

That Vancouver Has A Long History With Needles?

Vancouver was home to the first free needle exchange in North America. The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users program opened in 1989 and gave out 128,000 needles in its first year. Now it distributes three million needles a year to an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 addicts. In the spring of 2002, the agency was providing an average of 1,165 needles per night.

An unsupervised injection site supported by Pivot opened on Carrall Street in April 2003. Insite opened in September that year.


13 CN BC: OPED: The Problem With DARETue, 07 Jul 2009
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:07/07/2009

Port St. Lucie News The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or DARE, taught in the public schools by law-enforcement officers is popular. DARE has been around a long time and has become part of the school experience.

The St. Lucie County school district had to have a good reason to consider eliminating the DARE program. That reason is simple. Numerous studies have determined DARE is ineffective in reducing drug and alcohol use and, according to some studies, might even be detrimental.

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