US Drug & Alcohol Headline Week in Review from MOMSTELL.COM

May 13, 2006 Edition


Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration have joined police in cities from the East Coast to Chicago in scrambling to find the source of the deadly concoction. It surfaced in Chicago on April 13 and has been linked to 11 deaths there since then, police spokeswoman Monique Bond says. Chicago paramedics treated 144 overdoses from April 13 to April 27, says Donald Walsh, assistant deputy fire commissioner for emergency medical services.

Just as Chicago officials began reporting a surge in heroin-related deaths and overdoses, authorities in Camden, N.J.; Wilmington, Del.; Salisbury, Md.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and several other communities did, too.


 A 13-year-old boy on a sleepover was found dead in what police suspect was a heroin overdose, and his friend's sister and ex-husband were charged with manslaughter. Frank Korondi was spending Friday night at the home of a 10-year-old friend, authorities said.

During the night, police said, the friend's sister, 23-year-old Angela Krasowski, picked up the boys and took them to the home of her ex-husband, James Krasowski, 32.On Saturday morning, police responding to a 911 call from the home found Frank unresponsive on the bathroom floor. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police were still awaiting autopsy results, but Sgt. Kevin Ahearn said he believes the boy died of a heroin overdose. Police are uncertain whether he took the heroin himself.

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A 13-year-old boy told police his mother required him to do his homework first thing when he got off the school bus, then smoked marijuana with him as a reward.The boy's mother said she had been smoking marijuana with him since he was 11, usually as a reward, according to court documents.

The interviews came after police executed a search warrant at the woman's home during the weekend and seized marijuana, an array of drug paraphernalia and $600 in cash that she said belonged to a drug dealer, court documents said.Amanda Lynn Livelsberger, 30, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday on charges of marijuana possession, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and possession with intent to distribute drug paraphernalia, police said. 


A tip from a student led Fort Wayne, Indiana Police officers to the largest amount of marijuana they could remember confiscating in a school. A 16-year-old male student faces felony possession of marijuana and possible expulsion after police and officials from the Ward Education Center, a Fort Wayne Community Schools alternative school, found almost 4 pounds of the drug in his locker May 2.

The marijuana, valued at an estimated $10,000, was contained in five extra-large reclosable plastic bags. The student was taken to the Allen County Juvenile Center, according to a police report.Neither district officials nor a national school safety expert could recall a similar incident.

In my 20-plus years, that has to be one of the largest amounts, if not the largest amount, of marijuana confiscated from an individual in a school, said Kenneth Trump, president of the Cleveland-based National School Safety and Security Service, which has worked with Fort Wayne Community Schools on safety issues. A majority of kids dont have drugs, but those that do usually have small amounts on them.

After being tipped off, Ward Education Center staff notified two Fort Wayne Police officers working security at the school, which targets middle- and high-school students who have been expelled or have other behavioral problems.Police searched a locker that had a strong odor of marijuana coming from it and found the green leafy substance in a backpack, the report said.  

GLOBAL METH USE EXCEEDS COCAINE AND HEROIN USE COMBINED                                                 
US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chief Karen Tandy said global users of methamphetamine outnumbered cocaine and heroin users combined.  She was speaking at an international narcotics conference in Canada. Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is a stimulant which induces euphoria, but can lead to side effects such as violent behaviour and depression.

Delegates at the 24th International Drug Enforcement Conference in Montreal were told that synthetic drugs such as ecstasy and methamphetamine were becoming a worldwide phenomenon. "Methamphetamine trafficking and the movement of its precursor chemicals are an increasing global threat," Ms Tandy told the conference.

"More than 26 million people worldwide use amphetamines - largely methamphetamines... ," she added

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION  REPORT: $7 GAIN FOR EVERY $1 SPENT ON TREATMENT                                                                                         
A recent  concludes that society earns $7 in benefits for every $1 spent on addiction treatment, including savings on medical care, mental-health services, and welfare payments, increased employment, and reductions in criminal activity.

The report, "Benefit-Cost in the California Treatment Outcome Project: Does Substance Abuse Treatment 'Pay for Itself'?", estimated that the average stay in treatment cost $1,600 and yielded $11,500 in benefits during a nine-month study period. The latter included a $7,500 reduction in crime- and incarceration-related costs, and $3,400 in increased work earnings.

Outpatient treatment was estimated to have a benefits-to-cost ratio of 11:1, while inpatient treatment had an estimated 6:1 benefits-to-cost ratio."Even without considering the direct value to clients of improved health and quality of life, allocating taxpayer dollars to substance-abuse treatment may be a wise investment," the study concludes.  The study appears in the January 2006 issue of the journal Health Services Research.


Established in 1993, the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice and a member of the Intelligence Community. The General Counterdrug Intelligence Plan, signed by the President in February 2000, designated NDIC as the nation's principal center for strategic domestic counterdrug intelligence. 
NDIC develops annual Drug Threat Assessments for each state.   If your work is oriented primarily to your own state, you may wish to review the NDIC analysis for what they see as the scope of various problems.
William R. Walluks
Center for Effective Drug Abuse Research & Statistics
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.    
"Bringing Facts to Bear on Drug Problems"       

SAMHSA'S OFFICE OF APPLIED STUDIES(OAS) has just released the following reports on the web:

(1) The NSDUH Report:  Academic Performance and Substance Use among Students Aged 12 to 17aT:

 (2)  Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2004:  National Estimates of Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits AT:

 For all recently released reports from Office of Applied Studies and the date of their release, go to

Methamphetamine Alert!!!

Quick News Reference Guide

1.      SAMHSA Treatment Admissions Report

2.      Summary of SAMHSA Report - Meth Data

3-4.  (2) Drug Busts - Ecstasy Laced with Meth in Philadelphia

5.     PA Officials Fight Budget Cuts to Programs/Meth Poll

6-7.  (34) Arrested in Drug Bust in Bradford County

8.     Impact of Public Awareness about Meth

9.     (125) Illegal Dump Sites in Northumberland County

10.     Dangers of Meth in Rural Communities

11.   Treatment-Oriented Meth Prisons

12.     Tremont Man Found Guilty of Meth Manufacture

13.     (5) Men Charged with Dealing Drugs in Carbon & Monroe Counties

14.     Funds Depleted for Government Drug Task Forces this Year

15.     Meth Resource/Website from TN Department of Health

16.     Survey - PA Meth Needs Assessment 

1.  The link below from SAMHSA's TEDS (Treatment Episode Data Set) includes highlights from treatment admissions in 2004. Meth ranked as the 5th highest substance of abuse accounting for treatment admissions in 2004.

2.  Join Together provides a summary of the meth findings from this SAMHSA report.

3.  The Wilkes Barre Times-Leader printed this news brief regarding 2 shipments imported from Canada containing a total of 230,000 ecstasy pills laced with meth heading to Philadelphia, seized by federal authorities.

This news was also covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.

4.  Regarding this same story, the York Daily Record  mentioned that the confiscated drugs were worth $5 million.

5.  From The Evening Sun, as federal cuts are proposed, state and local officials fight to maintain funds for children's programs that have demonstrated success in drug and crime prevention. In addition, a poll cited in this article revealed that Pennsylvanians believe that meth is a growing problem in their communities.

6.  From the Sayre Morning Times, the article below describes the result of a year-long investigation of drug dealers crossing the PA border from New York state. They have been supplying primarily crack cocaine to those people addicted to that or other drugs, filling the gap where meth users have been unable to obtain their drug due to law enforcement closing many operations. The cities of Elmira and Binghamton are in close proximity to this area. There were 34 suspects charged in this case.

7.  This press release from the PA Attorney General's office covers the story as well:

8.  This piece from Daily American Online explains the key role the public can play to help reduce meth labs in PA.

9.  From The Daily Item, this article discusses 125 illegal dump sites in Northumberland County, PA. It is mentioned that these dump sites have been used to dispose of meth lab materials in some areas, although thus far none have been specifically identified in Northumberland.

10.  From the Clarion News, this article describes the various hazards that meth poses, particularly to rural areas.

11.  From Join Together, the following brief describes an initiative by some states to provide a treatment-oriented approach to meth prisoners, including maintaining them in separate areas from the general criminal population and offering intensive treatment.

12.  The Patriot-News reports the sentencing of a man convicted of operating a meth lab and other counts in Pottsville in 2004.

13.  Printed in the Pocono Record, five men were charged with dealing over $300,000 in drugs, including crystal meth, to Carbon and Monroe Counties.

14.  This story from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review describes the exhaustion of funds for task forces in PA this fiscal year due to increased street-level drug activity.

15.  Below is a link to the website of the Tennessee Bureau's Department of Health Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services. This site contains a variety of information concerning various aspects of meth such as history, clandestine labs, child endangerment, treatment, personal accounts, links to concerned organizations and more.

16.  Thank you to all who have completed the needs survey for meth prevention in PA that I emailed this week. If you have not completed the survey, we would be ever so appreciative if you would take a moment and complete this brief questionnaire. Also, please forward the following link to any other colleague you know for whom it may be appropriate. Thank you!

CADCA Methamphetamine Telecast/Webcast

2.  Town Hall Meeting Effort in MT

3.       Montana Meth Project Interactive Website      

4.  Meth on the Rise Internationally

5.  Meth Bust in Bradford County

6.  Links to Prevention & Treatment Organizations

7.  New Onsite Lab Test for Meth Residue

 1.  Forwarded by lister Louise Kennedy, Community Engagement Specialist at Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., the following link provides information on a satellite telecast and webcast by CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) on Thursday, May 18, 2006 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. entitled "Melting the Ice: Fighting Methamphetamine."

2.  Also provided by Louise Kennedy, this link from Helena Independent Record depicts a town hall meeting organized in Lewis and Clark County, Montana to raise awareness about methamphetamine. In the words of a Helena Citizens Council member, "It needs to be a community effort."

3.  The following website by the Montana Meth Project provides interactive graphics, polls, and other areas of interest for youth. It is part of a prevention campaign targeting young people, conveying the message that meth is not safe to try even once; dangerously addictive, even the first time.

4.  From Join Together, the following brief describes a new report indicating the magnitude of meth on a global level; internationally, there are more meth users than cocaine and heroin combined. It is alluded that crime is expected to rise as a result of this trend.

5.  From the Elmira Star-Gazette, the following two articles reflect a meth bust in Bradford County on Wednesday, 5/10/06. Two men were charged with  possession and manufacturing of meth, including a felony charge of manufacturing meth in the vicinity of children (a law that passed in last year's legislative session)

6.  The following link was shared by lister Lara Ruesch, Manager of Juvenile Alcohol and other Drug Awareness Program at Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. Here, Sirius satellite radio lists various links to prevention and treatment organizations:

7.  This link describes a new product used to test for meth residue:

Melanie Swanson, M.Ed.
Prevention Specialist
Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
252 West Swamp Road, Unit 12
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone 215-230-7739
Voicemail  215-230-8715, ext. 3123
Fax 215-230-8205

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