Alcohol/Drug/Substance Abuse: Societal Issues
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 22, 2014 Outcry as businessman gets work-release after 7 DUIs, car crash
QUOTE: local uproar over how Goodman, 42, avoided hard jail time -- despite facing his seventh drunk-driving offense and with his blood alcohol measuring 0.16, twice Washington state's threshold for DUI..."It seems like Shaun Goodman and other people that are wealthy are playing by a different set of rules,"
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 07, 2013 “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control
QUOTE: It wasn’t even the first time a Virginia SWAT team had killed someone during a gambling raid.....Police have justified this sort of heavy-handedness by claiming that people who run illegal gambling operations tend to be armed, a blanket characterization that absurdly lumps neighborhood Hold ’Em tournaments with Uncle Junior Soprano’s weekly poker game. And in any case, if police know that people inside an establishment are likely to be armed, it makes even less sense to come in with guns blazing. Police have also defended the paramilitary tactics by noting that poker games are usually flush with cash and thus tend to get robbed. That too is an absurd argument, unless the police are afraid they’re going to raid a game at precisely the same moment it’s getting robbed. Under either scenario, the police are acknowledging that the people playing poker when these raids go down have good reason to think that the men storming the place with guns may be criminals, not cops.
Salon Jan 07, 2013 Marijuana use is too risky a choice
QUOTE: In 1943, Vice President Henry Wallace published a book celebrating the coming "century of the common man." That century did not last very long. We have transitioned instead into the era of the clever man and clever woman. We have revised our institutions, our programs, our rules in ways that offer profitable new chances to those with cultural know-how -- and that inflict disastrous consequences on those who are overwhelmed by a world of ever-more-abundant and ever-more-risky choices.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 09, 2011 Desperate Guatemalans Embrace an ‘Iron Fist’
QUOTE: all across these highlands once ravaged by a 36-year civil war, the region’s bloodiest anti-Communist conflict, Guatemalans are demanding the unthinkable — a strong military, back in their communities. That is how desperate this country has become as gangs and Mexican drug cartels run fever-wild, capturing territory and corrupting institutions so that Guatemala will remain a safe haven for cocaine, guns, money laundering and new recruits.
New York Times Jun 16, 2011 Call Off the Global Drug War (OP-ED)
QUOTE: [US] Drug policies here are more punitive and counterproductive than in other democracies, and have brought about an explosion in prison populations. At the end of 1980, just before I left office, 500,000 people were incarcerated in America; at the end of 2009 the number was nearly 2.3 million. There are 743 people in prison for every 100,000 Americans, a higher portion than in any other country and seven times as great as in Europe.
New York Times Jun 10, 2011 U.S. Senators Want to Shut Down Bitcoins, Currency of Internet Drug Trade
QUOTE: The tone of the senators' letter comes off as though they themselves don't know what entity they want to destroy or how to go about it. Bitcoins, by nature and general practice, are harmless; they're merely an Internet-based alternative to traditional federal banks. Silk Road is what the U.S. government is really after.
PC World Apr 21, 2011 CDC: 26 states have enacted smoking bans; South, and parts of West, lag
QUOTE: Seven states — Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming — have no laws banning smoking in private workplaces, restaurants and bars. That leaves about 88 million nonsmokers in the United States still exposed to secondhand smoke, the CDC said.
Washington Post Apr 20, 2011 Colt 45's fruit flavored Blast drink comes under fire
QUOTE: “Colt 45 makers are raising the alcohol level from the already high 6% to the even higher 12%, and enticing young people with hip hop themes and lollipop flavors…" Porter said the company is "expanding its market with our children."
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 04, 2009 The electronic fink that will squeal if you drink
QUOTE: in the not-too-distant future, could you find yourself wearing such a device if you misbehave after having a few too many? Is this the first step towards a Big Brother age even more intrusive than that envisaged by George Orwell, where the authorities are automatically alerted whenever you consume any substance deemed undesirable? And is this kind of monitoring reliable?
New Scientist Sep 29, 2009 Congress, Concerned About Steroids, Reviews Law on Dietary Supplements
QUOTE: Congress is investigating whether laws, health agency resources and manufacturing guidelines are adequate to protect the public from products that illegally contain steroids but masquerade as dietary supplements.
New York Times Aug 20, 2009 The 21 Club: Drinking laws
QUOTE: In the past, states have been too fiscally timid to challenge the 21 law. But calls for change are growing louder.
Economist Jul 04, 2009 Facing a Crisis, Aborigines Stage Interventions of Their Own
QUOTE: Four decades after a constitutional amendment guaranteed equal rights for Australia’s Aborigines, including the right to legally drink, an increasing number of indigenous towns and smaller communities deep in the outback are curtailing the sale of alcohol.
New York Times Dec 09, 2008 Brazil protesters say 9,000 have disappeared in 2 years
QUOTE: 9,000 people they say have disappeared in Rio de Janeiro since January 2007....narcotics traffickers and death squads reportedly use to cremate remains of those they have abducted.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 04, 2008 Mexico Drug Cartels Send Message of Chaos, Death
QUOTE: As competing drug cartels and their fragmented cells fight the police, the Mexican army and one another for control of billion-dollar smuggling corridors into the U.S. drug market, the violence unleashed by President Felipe Calderón's war against the traffickers grows more sensational.
Washington Post Oct 10, 2008 Womb Raider: Do future health problems begin during gestation?
QUOTE: Few people argue crack use is harmless, but the uniquely vengeful approach to incarcerating and punishing female crack addicts arose from the conviction that the drug harmed developing brains for good. In 2001, a team of Boston University pediatricians finally reviewed the evidence and concluded that, in fact, there was "no convincing evidence" for a crack baby syndrome—the whole thing was a made-up affair.
Slate Jul 18, 2008 Tour de France Team Out After Test
QUOTE: The Tour de France lost one of its top teams Thursday when Italian rider Riccardo Ricco tested positive for a new-generation variant of the blood-boosting drug EPO and his Saunier Duval-Scott team withdrew from the race. Ricco, the winner of two stages in the Tour’s first nine days and in ninth place in the race so far, tested positive after the fourth stage of the race last week, according to the French Anti-Doping Agency.
New York Times Jun 13, 2008 M.L.B. Questioned Over 2004 Steroid Testing
QUOTE: A Congressional oversight committee Thursday submitted questions to Major League Baseball and its players union asking whether steroid testing was suspended during the 2004 season and, if so, why they did not tell Congress about it during a 2005 public hearing.
New York Times Jun 09, 2008 Marijuana Hotbed Retreats on Medicinal Use
QUOTE: Medical marijuana was legalized under state law by California voters in 1996, and since then 11 other states have followed, even though federal law still bans the sale of any marijuana. But some frustrated residents and law enforcement officials say the California law has increasingly and unintentionally provided legal cover for large-scale marijuana growers — and the problems such big-money operations can attract.
New York Times Jun 09, 2008 A Self-Described Steroid User Loses Job as Fitness Model
QUOTE: "I didn’t think I would get into that much trouble, because I thought it was pretty apparent that the top people in the industry use steroids to look like we do.” A company whose products he endorsed, Iovate Health Sciences, apparently did not think so, and promptly severed Mr. Boeving’s contract.
New York Times May 29, 2008 Cycling's Drug Test: After Years of Doping Controversies, the Tarnished Sport Knows It Has to Come Clean or Become Obsolete
QUOTE: Today, the entire sport of cycling is where Millar was four years ago. Rocked for decades by drug scandals -- most recently during last year's Tour de France, cycling's marquee event -- the sport has hit rock bottom, according to riders, managers, cycling officials and analysts. And with this year's Tour de France and Summer Olympics approaching, the sport can either come clean and heal itself, or continue to self-destruct.
Washington Post May 27, 2008 Border Agents, Lured by the Other Side
QUOTE: The Villarreal investigation is among scores of corruption cases in recent years that have alarmed officials in the Homeland Security Department just as it is hiring thousands of border agents to stem the flow of illegal immigration. The pattern has become familiar: Customs officers wave in vehicles filled with illegal immigrants, drugs or other contraband. A Border Patrol agent acts as a scout for smugglers. Trusted officers fall prey to temptation and begin taking bribes.
New York Times May 16, 2008 High School Seniors Suspended Over T-Shirts Joking About Underage Drinking
QUOTE: "People wear shirts worse than this, with Guinness, Jack Daniels and Corona on them and don't get stopped," Stevenson High senior Jared Belsley told MyFOX Detroit. "To get in trouble for a shirt like this made up for spirit week is kind of absurd.
Fox News May 09, 2008 Teen use of drug 'Salvia divinorum,' as seen on YouTube, raises alarms: Parents and state lawmakers ratchet up pressure to outlaw the hallucinogenic herb.
QUOTE: The highly concentrated compound made from a kind of mint plant remains legal in all but eight states, available in smoke shops and even gas station mini-marts. It can also be obtained via the Internet. Its easy availability and disorienting properties come as a surprise to parents and many lawmakers, who are asking why the US government has not yet outlawed its sale.
Christian Science Monitor May 06, 2008 Reports Find Racial Gap in Drug Arrests
QUOTE: large disparities persist in the rate at which blacks and whites are arrested and imprisoned for drug offenses, even though the two races use illegal drugs at roughly equal rates. Two new reports, issued Monday by the Sentencing Project in Washington and by Human Rights Watch in New York, both say the racial disparities reflect, in large part, an overwhelming focus of law enforcement on drug use in low-income urban areas, with arrests and incarceration the main weapon.
New York Times May 05, 2008 As Budgets Tighten, States Free Inmates Early
QUOTE: many cash-strapped states are embracing a view once dismissed as dangerously naive: It costs far less to let some felons go free than to keep them locked up.
Washington Post Mar 09, 2008 Smartening Up: Brain Enhancement Is Wrong, Right?
QUOTE: ...an era of doping may be looming in academia, and it has ignited a debate about policy and ethics that in some ways echoes the national controversy over performance enhancement accusations against elite athletes like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
New York Times Feb 01, 2008 Relief and Defiance At Smoking's Last Gasp: Health Saved? Rights Curtailed? Split Views, and Some Shrugs, Over Md. Ban
QUOTE: The [Maryland state smoking] ban has been lauded by health advocates as an important protection against the dangers of secondhand smoke, but [a critic] views it as an attack on the rights of business owners and smokers.
Washington Post Jan 25, 2008 California Justices Put Limits on Medical Marijuana Law
QUOTE: In the latest setback for advocates of medical marijuana in California, the State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that employers were within their rights to fire employees who fail drug tests.
New York Times Jan 16, 2008 Baseball Is Challenged on Rise in Stimulant Use
QUOTE: ...the numbers [of major leaguers baseball players claiming therapeutic-use exemptions for attention deficit disorder] disclosed by Mr. Tierney suggest that other players are using attention deficit disorder as a means to use stimulants that are not available without a prescription and, since the beginning of the 2006 season, cannot be used by players without a medical exemption.
New York Times Nov 12, 2007 Farmers Ask Federal Court To Dissociate Hemp and Pot
QUOTE: ask a federal judge in Bismarck to force the Drug Enforcement Administration to yield to a state law that would license them to become hemp growers.
Washington Post Nov 09, 2007 Former star blames health issues on steroids, lifestyle of wrestler
QUOTE: Billington blames his wrestling life for doing this to him -- wrestling and the fact that he ignored doctors who told him to stop the punishment to his body.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 05, 2007 A New Arena in the Fight Over Smoking: The Home
QUOTE: But many in the real estate industry believe that banning smoking in such buildings would be discriminatory and therefore illegal. When asked by residents to enact a smoke-free policy, property managers often say they cannot because of federal fair housing laws.
New York Times Nov 02, 2007 More equity in cocaine sentencing: Revised guidelines lessen disparity in prison terms for crack versus powder.
QUOTE: It's known as the 100-to-1 ratio. And because most people convicted of crack offenses are black and most convicted of powder cocaine offenses are white, critics have long argued that the disparity represents an egregious racial inequity in America's criminal-justice system.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 01, 2007 Health clinic helps addicts shoot up
QUOTE: ...Insite, the world's busiest supervised drug clinic. Inside the Vancouver facility, I found more than a dozen people taking illegal drugs, such as heroin and cocaine....goal is to reduce the risk of overdose and limit the spread of diseases like HIV by giving addicts clean needles and a safe place to use them.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 31, 2007 Baseball’s Drug Testing Lacks Element of Surprise
QUOTE: Drug testers contracted by the league routinely alert team officials a day or more before their arrival at ballparks for what is supposed to be random, unannounced testing of players. By eliminating the surprise factor, the practice undermines the integrity of the testing program, antidoping experts said.
New York Times Oct 11, 2007 Suspended Player Fights N.F.L. Ban
QUOTE: He has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, asserting that the N.F.L. declined to reinstate him because officials believe he is an alcoholic. That, his complaint says, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, which categorizes people as disabled if they have a record of alcoholism and have received treatment.
New York Times Oct 08, 2007 Afghans Pressed by U.S. on Plan to Spray Poppies
QUOTE: But officials said the skeptics — who include American military and intelligence officials and European diplomats in Afghanistan — fear that any spraying of American-made chemicals over Afghan farms would be a boon to Taliban propagandists. Some of those officials say that the political cost could be especially high if the herbicide destroys food crops that farmers often plant alongside their poppies.
New York Times Oct 02, 2007 Court looks again at sentencing laws: The Supreme Court takes up two cases Tuesday that could bring clarity to what has become a murky federal sentencing system.
QUOTE: Supreme Court takes up two cases that could bring clarity to the now murky federal sentencing system. Both cases involve attempts by federal judges to hand down sentences that were more lenient than sentences that would have been required under a mandatory guidelines system. Both sentences were vacated by appeals courts because the sentencing judges were said to have unreasonably exerted too much discretion in the sentencing process.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 31, 2007 Cities study victims' criminal past
QUOTE: Victims' relatives say the focus on victims' backgrounds demeans the loss and desensitizes police and the community to violence.
USA TODAY Jul 26, 2007 Hearst Continues Pursuit Of Names of Steroids Users
QUOTE: The Hearst Corporation... is suing the federal government to reveal the names of dozens of current and former major league baseball players who may have been provided performance-enhancing drugs...
New York Times Jul 25, 2007 Tour in Tatters: Team Ousts the Race Leader
QUOTE: Chaos and disgrace enveloped the Tour de France early Thursday after the event’s overall leader, Michael Rasmussen, was removed from the race by his Rabobank team for lying about where he was training.
New York Times Jul 14, 2007 Americans Covering Mexico Drug Trade Face Assassination Threat
QUOTE: It's a dilemma," [Express-News Editor Robert Rivard] said. "On the one side, no story is worth a reporter's life; on the other side, you don't want to back down from telling readers about an important story."
Washington Post Jul 10, 2007 Seoul Journal: Drinkers in Korea Dial for Designated Drivers
QUOTE: [the] service grew out of a compromise between competing forces in Seoul: the capital’s nightlife and a police force determined to crack down on drunken driving.
New York Times Jul 06, 2007 The Tour de France, It Is a Funny Race: The world’s most famous bicycle race is: A) in the grip of doping, B) completely drug-free or C) somewhere in between and with a lot of explaining to do.
QUOTE: with sponsors threatening to defect to less volatile (if less dramatic) sports, cycling’s governing bodies have been forced to react publicly. And even the most abiding fans have to be asking themselves how much more they can take.
Newsweek Jun 27, 2007 In Mexico's drug wars, police given 'trust test': Hundreds of police have been suspended in a bid to stem trafficking-related corruption.
QUOTE: In removing nearly 300 top federal police officers, Mexico has taken its boldest stand yet against corruption as it seeks to curtail drug traffickers whose fierce fighting has some calling Mexico the "new" Colombia… But many say that no true institutional change is taking place.
Christian Science Monitor May 26, 2007 Danish Cyclist Admits Doping in Tour Victory
QUOTE: Bjarne Riis, a former Danish cyclist who won the 1996 Tour de France, admitted yesterday that he used several banned drugs, including EPO, steroids and human growth hormone, while competing in the 1990s, becoming the first champion of the sport’s most prestigious competition to confess to doping.
New York Times May 16, 2007 'Rogue' Internet Pharmacies Fueling Rx Abuse, Panel Told
QUOTE: A sharp increase in the number of online pharmacies offering highly controlled drugs without requiring a prescription is feeding a similar rise in the abuse of powerful pharmaceuticals in the United States, particularly among teens, witnesses told a Senate panel Wednesday.
Washington Post May 15, 2007 Major Sports Team Up to Battle Drugs: Professional, Amateur Governing Bodies to Tap Federal Resources
QUOTE: The unprecedented collaboration is indicative of an emerging consensus among sports bodies that the use of performance-enhancing substances is a mounting health and legal concern that potentially threatens the multibillion-dollar professional sports industry in the United States.
Washington Post May 11, 2007 Puffing Away That PG Rating
QUOTE: Under the new policy, a film’s rating will consider all tobacco use, rather than just teenage smoking, as in the past. But the board stopped short of guaranteeing that tobacco use would be considered as heavily as sex, violence or drug use in assigning a rating.
New York Times Mar 27, 2007 Findings: Trafficker or Healer? And Who’s the Victim?
QUOTE: In the first trial, the prosecution accused Dr. Hurwitz of crossing the line from doctor to trafficker by prescribing irresponsibly high doses of painkillers to his patients in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. He was accused of ignoring blatant “red flags” or signs that some patients were misusing or selling the drugs. That is an emotionally powerful argument for a jury: warning signs can seem perfectly clear with the benefit of hindsight...But to researchers who study deceptive patients, there is no such thing as a blatant red flag.
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