DRUG PREVENTION PROGRAM TO UNVEIL EXPANDED EFFORTS
Arizona-based co-founders of a drug-prevention program, "notMYkid,"
are to be joined by lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol today to
announce the group's expanded national effort to educate
parents, school and law officials on how to talk to teens about
The non-profit organization's recently
broadened focus includes taking on the escalating misuse of
prescription drugs, as well as illicit drugs. "There were over
500 million prescriptions for prescription medications written
last year, only 3 percent of them to teenagers. Yet, that's
where the increase in (drug) abuse is," said Steve Moak of
Phoenix, who with wife Debbie founded their group in 1999.
"They're getting them right out of their parents' cabinets,"
Debbie Moak said.
Former Diamondbacks pitcher Todd Stottlemyre
will be with the Moaks in announcing the program's expansion to
25 additional cities by this fall.
As part of its drug-prevention efforts,
notMYkid and one of its offshoots, "Project 7th Grade," has been
teaming with First Check Diagnostics LLC of Lake Forest, Calif.,
which makes in-home drug-test kits. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0215drugkit0215.html
THE BOSTON GLOBE
COMMITTEE BACKS EASING OF MARIJUANA PENALITIES
Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana would no longer be
a criminal offense under a bill that won the backing of a
legislative committee yesterday. The bill, approved by the
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee on a 6-1 vote, would
make possession of a small amount of marijuana a civil offense
punishable by a $250 fine.
In cases involving those 18 years old or
younger, parents would be notified. Possession of less than an
ounce of marijuana is now considered a criminal offense,
punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for the
first offense. Senator Steven A. Tolman, a Brighton Democrat and
the cochairman of the committee, said the goal is to make sure
that someone arrested with a small amount of marijuana doesn't
have a criminal record that could make it difficult to get into
college, obtain student loans, and find a job.
Critics of the bill say it could encourage
the use of marijuana by easing some of the social stigma
attached to it. The House chairwoman of the committee,
Representative Ruth B. Balser, Democrat of Newton, said the
focus should be on prevention, not jail time.
THE NEW MEXICO DAILY TIMES
MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL TABLED BY
Rep. Joseph Cervantes, R-Las Cruces, alleged
that a medical marijuana bill that passed earlier this session
in the Senate was sent to the House Agriculture and Water
Resources Committee to die. And that's exactly what happened
Saturday.The committee tabled the bill on a 4-3 decision, with
Committee Chairman Joe Stell, D-Carlsbad, casting the deciding
vote. By tabling the bill, the committee will prevent it from
advancing to the House floor for a vote
"Why are you trying to kill us," Essie
DeBonet wailed after the committee's decision. DeBonet
identified herself as a 61-year-old AIDS patient dealing with
constant nausea. She said use of medical marijuana allows her to
keep down the food she needs to stay alive. But a number of law
enforcement officers, including federal drug control officers
from Washington, D.C., opposed the bill, saying it would lead to
abuse of the drug.
In casting the deciding vote, Stell said
New Mexico is a part of the federal union. Others voting against
the bill also said they did not want to violate federal law.
Cervantes, who is a member of the committee, questioned why the
bill was sent there in the first place. He noted that it had
nothing to do with water, and very little to do with
THE LONDON SUNDAY MORNING HERALD
HEROIN USED BY 35,000 BRITISH CHILDREN
Up to 35,000 British children under the age of
16 are using heroin, official figures show. The alarming scale
of heroin abuse by children is revealed a week after an
11-year-old girl collapsed at her school desk in Glasgow after
smoking the drug. Until now, figures on heroin addiction among
children were based on research collated in just two cities,
Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne, where 90 heroin addicts under
13 were discovered.
But new government figures based on a
nationwide survey, show that the problem is much more widespread
than originally thought. Doctors said the figure showed that
heroin was a ticking "health time bomb" and parents called for
urgent action by the Government. Gaille McCann, a spokeswoman
for Mothers Against Drugs, said: "They keep trying to reassure
us that there isn't a crisis but they need to stop pretending
and act quickly before the situation gets out of control."
Paul Skett, an addiction expert from
Glasgow University, warned that heroin abuse could cause serious
long-term damage to children's health. "Heroin affects the
brain, hormonal and sexual development which means children
won't develop properly and girls might not be able to have
children when they are older," Dr Skett said. The Government
findings, from the study Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among
Young People in England in 2004, says that in each year
since 2000 1 per cent of all children used heroin at least
TEEN GIRLS USING PILLS, SMOKING MORE THAN BOYS
having caught up to their male counterparts in illegal drug use
and alcohol consumption, now have the dubious distinction of
surpassing boys in smoking and prescription drug abuse. In the
past two years, in fact, more young women than men started using
marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes, according to government
findings being released today.
are doubly disturbing, researchers said, because they run
counter to trends indicating an overall decline in teenage drug
use and because young women appear to suffer more serious health
consequences as a result. "It's really sad the girls are
winning," said Warren Seigel, chairman of pediatrics at
Brooklyn's Coney Island Hospital. "This isn't the game they
should be winning at."
girls who smoke, drink or take drugs are at a higher risk of
depression, addiction and stunted growth. And because substance
abuse often goes hand in hand with risky sexual behavior, they
are more likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease or
become pregnant, warns the White House Office of National Drug
Control Policy, which will announce its findings in New
COLORADO AT FRONT OF U.S. DRUG
drug use among teenagers has dropped 19 percent since 2001, John
Walters, the nation's drug czar, said increasingly potent
marijuana smoked by ever younger children is a new threat. "This
is not your father's marijuana or your father's marijuana
problem," Walters said at a news conference in Denver.
marijuana use among teens has declined since 2001, it remains by
far the most commonly used illicit drug and leads to harder drug
addiction, Walters said. "Marijuana is more prevalent than all
the other drugs combined for teens," Walters said. "Of the five
million 12- to 17-year-olds who used marijuana, 1 million have
progressed to addiction."
for more aggressive random drug screening in schools and
health-care centers to identify and treat young drug addicts.
Overall, in the past five years illicit drug use has dropped
among eighth-, 10th- and 12th- graders - accounting for 700,000
teens, Walters said. Walters was at the Fort Logan Mental Health
Institute on Wednesday to unveil a new national anti-drug policy
focused on prevention, treatment and disrupting the supply of
WOMEN GET HOOKED FASTER ON LOWER LEVELS OF TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND
research center says women get addicted to tobacco, alcohol and
other substances faster and while using smaller amounts than
men, and they pay a higher price in their health. The National
Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
is publishing findings in a book released Thursday called "Women
Under the Influence."
compiled a decade's worth of research, dividing issues into
those affecting girls, adult women and older women. She says
that while the public may not be aware of the gender differences
in metabolizing drugs, it's surprising that professionals have
not altered treatment and prevention methods with the available
women develop health problems linked to substance abuse faster
than men. Conditions that hit women harder than men include lung
cancer, cirrhosis and brain damage from alcohol and drug use.
PILOT USED MARIJUANA BEFORE FATAL PLANE CRASH
The inquest into a
plane crash on Hamilton Island in north Queensland has been
shown tests that indicate the pilot had been using marijuana in
the lead up to the tragedy. All six people on board the Piper
Cherokee were killed when it crashed soon after take-off on
Hamilton Island in September 2002.
Olaf Drummer today told the inquest that blood tests on the
27-year-old pilot Andrew Morris indicated he had used marijuana
either in the hours leading up to the crash or he could have
been a regular user. He said he could not determine exactly
when the cannabis was taken or how it would have affected the
Professor Drummer also
said alcohol was found in Mr Morris' system, but that it was
common for the body to produce alcohol when exposed to trauma in
an accident. The inquest
JTO BUSH BUDGET CUTS PREVENTION,
The Bush administration's proposed FY2007
drug budget calls for more
funding for anti-drug ads and drug courts, but elimination of
state-administered school-based prevention programs and federal
support for enforcement of underage-drinking laws.
The budget plan was released in the same
week as the administration's 2006
National Drug Control Strategy,
which claims a 19-percent reduction in current illicit drug use
among 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders between 2002 and 2005.
In what could fairly be described as the
stingiest anti-drug budget in many years, the administration has
declined to increase its funding request for the keystone,
$1.759-billion substance abuse prevention and treatment block
grant, cut funding for both the Center for Substance Abuse
Treatment (CSAT) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
compared to FY2006 appropriations, and trimmed the budgets of
both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
ABILITY TO SPOT DRUG USE IS QUESTIONED
increasingly being asked to test teenagers for illegal drugs,
but a new study suggests that some are not qualified to do so.
Researchers have found that many doctors who conduct the tests
lack basic knowledge about making sure the results are accurate
and even about what the tests can and cannot determine. The
study appears in the current Archives of
Pediatrics & Adolescent
that a lot of physicians really see drug testing as a fairly
simple lab test when, in fact, it is not at all," said the lead
author of the study, Dr. Sharon Levy of Harvard Medical School
and Children's Hospital Boston.Although more teenagers are being
tested for drug use, in part because of court decisions allowing
schools to make testing a requirement for taking part in
activities, the study said the doctors performing the testing
tended not to have the training that federal guidelines call
study, researchers surveyed 359 doctors who saw 10 or more
adolescents a week. Almost all said they had given drug tests.
The study found that only 23 percent followed correct procedures
for collecting urine samples, like monitoring the patients as
samples were provided. Only 7 percent examined the urine for
tampering. Many doctors were also unclear about how the tests
work. Most, for example, did not know that routine screening
tests do not turn up signs of Ecstasy, oxycodone or nitrous
DRUG FREE AMERICA'S YOUTH
DIVISION, STUDENTS TAKING ACTION NOT DRUG
has launched its new web site. We invite you to visit it and
give us your comments. We hope you will consider linking to it
your web site.
FINANCIAL AID VICTORY
Faces & Voices of Recovery is pleased to announce that thanks to
the advocacy of the recovery community and our allies, thousands
of students with drug convictions, many of whom are in recovery
from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, will be eligible for
federal financial aid to students.
A provision in the budget bill signed into law by President Bush
yesterday will help people with prior drug convictions regain
eligibility for federal student financial aid, which has been
denied since 1998. In a
press statement, Merlyn Karst, chair of
Faces & Voices of Recoverys board of directors stated, We
applaud this important first step in making educational
financial aid available to all Americans. It will increase
opportunities for thousands of people, many of whom are in
recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
Repeal of the ban on federal financial aid to students with drug
convictions is one element of Faces & Voices of Recoverys
Right to Addiction Recovery platform.
View FRONTLINE's The Meth Epidemic Online
How to Purchase VHS/DVD of FRONTLINE's
The Meth Epidemic
Teleconference on Infants Exposed to Meth Prenatally
Meth Lab Explosion in Binghamton, NY
Follow-up to aforementioned Meth Lab Explosion & Southern Tier
Area Meth Activity
York County Man Sentenced to 8
Years in Federal Prison on Meth Charges
Bradford County Man Sentenced to 8 Years Prison on Meth Charges
"Meth Watch" Program Employed
in British Columbia, Canada
Pennsylvania Law Enforcement
Officials Predict Surge in Meth Activity
Meth Labs Busted in New York's
Governor Rendell References
Meth in Legislative Address
Team Approach to Treatment -
Peer Education & Juvenile Drug Courts
13 & 14. Short Video on Drug Endangered Children: "Let Them Be Little"
Signs & Symptoms in Meth
Resource: PowerPoint Presentation on History of Meth
Resource: Meth Education Tool Kit
Resource: Tennessee District
Attorney Presents "Meth Destroys" Website
For those of you who were unable to view or record FRONTLINE's
airing of The Meth Epidemic on Tuesday, you may stream
the program online via the following link. It was an excellent,
comprehensive, well-done program and well worth your time to
view it. CAM's Harry Patterson commented, "The information and
story line is very good and most of the knowledge was gained
from the Oregonian newspaper in Portland. Their excellent
investigative reporter, Steve Suo, has been working this problem
on the west coast for years and has global knowledge, including
the east coast of this country, of all aspects of the drug."
The program is also available for purchase on VHS or DVD via
additional information on meth, discussed in the above video,
that can be accessed at
A teleconference entitled, "Infants Exposed Prenatally to
Methamphetamines: Developmental Effects and Effective
Interventions" is being offered by the National Abandoned
Infants Assistance Resource Center in CA on Tuesday, February
21, 2006. There is a fee of $25. The teleconference will be held
from 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST (11:00-12:30 p.m. Pacific Time).
Lister Harry Patterson of CAM (CommUNITY Against
Methamphetamine) shared the following piece from the Press &
Sun-Bulletin regarding a meth lab explosion in Binghamton,
NY which resulted in one man's death. Prompted by this incident,
legislators are proposing new guidelines for the effective and
safe cleanup of meth lab sites.
This follow-up piece, forwarded by Harry Patterson, appeared in
the Press & Sun-Bulletin, confirming that the house fire
and resulting death were indeed due to methamphetamine
production. It also details the various meth-related activity
that occurred in New York's Southern Tier in recent news.
From the York Dispatch, a York County man is sentenced to
8 years in federal prison for operating a meth lab in a trailer
that he shared with his girlfriend. This was the outcome of an
investigation that had spanned both Pennsylvania and Maryland.
In the Towanda Daily Review, a Bradford County man is
sentenced to 8 years in prison for meth distribution and
possession. He admitted to manufacturing meth as well.
From Join Together Online, this brief concerns our
northern neighbors in Canada and the new Meth Watch initiative
that has been launched in Richmond, British Columbia, which
includes a Chemical Diversion Hotline for the community to
report suspicious transactions in pharmacies and retail stores.
Lister Harry Patterson shared this article published in the
Elmira Star-Gazette regarding the meth situation in the
region and the prediction by law enforcement of a meth surge yet
to come. Harry comments, "This is the kind of awareness that the
public needs. There are many quotes from law enforcement in
here. Please take a moment to read."
Also shared by Harry Patterson, this article in the Press &
Sun-Bulletin, a Binghamton, NY publication, reflects 8
arrests made on suspected meth labs in 3 different locations in
New York's Southern Tier (above Bradford County, PA). A quote
from the article, indicating the voracity of the meth problem:
"According to information from the Tioga County Sheriff's
Office, in the nine years between 1989 and 1998, there were a
total of five labs in the state. Between 1999 and 2004, police
identified 168 labs."
Published in The Centre Daily Times, the link below is a
transcript of Governor Rendell's budget address to the state
legislature. It is lengthy, so here is the piece regarding
methamphetamine, directly quoted:
state, communities face extreme and heart-wrenching problems
that range from wanton gun violence to the ravages of
methamphetamine addiction. To help these communities, this
budget adds 90 more troopers to our State Police - bringing the
overall State Police complement to an all-time high."
From Join Together Online, this brief cites a team
approach to peer education and juvenile drug courts as
successful methods to treat drug abuse, as seen in a program in
Click on the following link from the Multijurisdictional
Counterdrug Task Force Training for a brief touching video of
approximately 3 minutes about children and meth labs entitled
"Let Them Be Little."
The home site for the above initiative is:
From Prairie View Prevention Services' Meth Awareness and
Prevention Project, the following link provides signs and
symptoms to look for in or on children exposed to meth:
From the Harm Reduction Project's National Conference on Meth,
there is a Powerpoint presentation available via the link below
that includes the keynote address by Dr. Patricia Case,
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard
Medical School, entitled "The History of Methamphetamine: An
Epidemic In Context."
This link to METH = DEATH Meth Education site (a non-profit
project) out of Tennessee provides a Meth Education Tool Kit on
CD or DVD for a fee of $10, which covers the production cost.
Another website from Tennessee, out of the District Attorney's
General Conference, provides very helpful meth resources with
Melanie Swanson, M.Ed.
Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
252 West Swamp Road, Unit 12
Doylestown, PA 18901
Voicemail 215-230-8715, ext. 3123
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