Brodeur, Nicole 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2024
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1 US WA: Penny Legate On Daughter's Heroin DeathTue, 08 Mar 2016
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Brodeur, Nicole Area:Washington Lines:70 Added:03/09/2016

There was a time when Penny LeGate couldn't bear to hear her own daughter's name.

And yet, there she was last week, glued to her computer screen, watching as Sen. Patty Murray stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and cited LeGate's girl, Marah Williams - and her death at 19 from a heroin overdose in 2012 - in urging the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

The legislation, if passed, would tackle prescription-drug abuse and heroin addiction by cutting down the "inappropriate" use of pain medication that leads to addiction. It also would make it easier for people to safely dispose of medication and would give police access to naloxone, which can counteract the effects of an overdose.

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2 US WA: Column: Waging Weed-rights War With Grit, HeartSun, 20 Jul 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Brodeur, Nicole Area:Washington Lines:152 Added:07/20/2014

The first time Alison Holcomb smoked marijuana wasn't until she was 24. The details are sketchy. She was at a friend's house for dinner, that she knows. But she can't remember if she drew on a joint or a bong.

"I do remember the candle on the coffee table," she said, a hint of wonder still in her voice. "How awesome it was."

The next time Holcomb smokes marijuana could be any day now. As the chief author of Washington state's legal pot law, Holcomb was the second person in line at Sodo's Cannabis City on July 8, when retail sales of marijuana began statewide.

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3US NC: OPED: School Sting Was A Bust For EveryoneSun, 11 Jan 1998
Source:News & Observer (NC) Author:Brodeur, Nicole Area:North Carolina Lines:Excerpt Added:01/11/1998

     Thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, for confirming what a lot of us already knew: Operation Checkup was a poorly executed farce from its beginning in 1995 to its very sorry end this week.

     Wake County Sheriff John Baker had good -- albeit overly ambitious -- intentions in wanting to clean up drug activity in public schools.

     His department trained undercover agents to look and act like drug-hungry teenagers, and then set them loose in 12 high schools. Three months later, they dragged 75 students in for processing.

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