Friday, April 30, 2010

A Wonderful Memorial to an Aquaintence and Brilliant Artist - Purvis Young

I feel privileged to have known him.

For four decades, self-taught artist Purvis Young, who died April 20 at 67, celebrated American life in his paintings, drawings and mixed-media assemblages. His artistic iconography--horses, pregnant women, trucks, basketball games, Haitian boat people and funerals--honestly documents contemporary African-American urban life in all its vibrancy, energy and action.

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ARLS Marchman Act Blog - Long-term steroid use damages the heart, research shows

Long-term use of anabolic steroids damages the heart more than researchers previously believed and could be setting up many users for heart disease and death, researchers reported Tuesday. The drugs, which include testosterone and related hormones, are taken by weight lifters and other athletes to boost muscle mass. Research reported in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure shows that they can severely impair the heart's ability to pump blood throughout the body.

'Crazy Heart' Honored for Depiction of Addiction

The Oscar-nominated film "Crazy Heart," which features Jeff Bridges as an alcoholic country singer, was honored in the annual Prism Awards for its accurate portrayal of the disease of addiction, the Hollywood Reporter reported April 22.

Fla. Jury Awards $20 Million in Cancer Death Case

A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., jury has ordered three cigarette companies to pay $20 million to the family of a dead smoker in the latest court loss for the tobacco industry.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Repost: A Family Guide to the Florida Marchman Act

Let me introduce myself. My name is Raymond G. Ferrero III, Esq. I am a Partner and Director of Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC of Florida, the Executive Director of Heath Affairs for Nova Southeastern University’s Health Professions Division and Gubernatorial Appointee for the Florida Statewide Drug Policy Advisory Committee.

It is my great pleasure to be writing this brief overview of the Florida Marchman Act on behalf of myself and law partner Alan S. Levine, Esq. For over a decade, we have been actively involved with South Florida’s Marchman Act Court and firmly believe that the Marchman Act is a families greatest resource and tool for addressing substance use and abuse within the family unit.

ARLS - Did you know?

Did you know that when "Heroin" was first sold in the U.S., it was not illegal? In fact Heroin was produced by a German company that is today most recognizable for another drug it produces - Aspirin. That company is Bayer. In fact, the name "Heroin" is a German word originally derived from the translation of "Heroic". It was believed that individuals under the influence of Heroin felt heroic or filled with feelings of invincibility.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog - Health Officials Unimpressed with New OxyContin Formula

The latest version of OxyContin approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a time-released formula that drug maker Purdue Pharma said makes it harder for users to tamper with. Even the FDA, however, warned that the drug can still be abused, and other experts said that users may be able to heat the pills to get a higher dose even if the drug is now harder to cut, crush, chew, or dissolve.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog - Europe Awash in Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs like the marijuana analogue Spice and mephedrone -- similar to the banned khat -- have become prominent drugs of abuse within the last year, and experts say that similar "legal high" drugs are coming down the pike, the BBC reported April 23.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) said that new synthetics are being developed with "unprecedented speed"; the drugs closely mimic currently illegal substances but have often avoided government regulation, although the U.K. has recently banned Spice and mephedrone.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ARLS Day in the Life: April 28, 2010 - Drug swoop targets national shop chain

Staff, managers and customers of a well-known chain of horticulture shops have been arrested in a massive crackdown designed to break the backbone of the $800 million cannabis industry.

Officers swooped on 35 gardening businesses across New Zealand yesterday - including all 16 branches of Switched On Gardener - after employees allegedly sold undercover police drugs, plants and growing equipment.

Mouse Party

From the University of Utah - Mouse Party. A learning game that depicts how specific drugs interact with dopamine neurotransmitters and the brain's reward pathway. Mouse Party is designed to provide a glimpse into the chemical interactions at the synaptic level that cause the drug user to feel 'high'.

Very creative game for adults and adolescents!

ARLS Day in the Life: April 28, 2010 - Drug Violence Reduced By Mexico Arrests

Drug-related violence in Tijuana, Mexico, has decreased in the past months since the arrest of top members of a notoriously violent drug gang, officials said.

The drop in the number of gang-related killings follows the arrest of Teodoro Garcia Simental, his brother Jose Manuel Garcia Simental, and top deputy Raydel Lopez Uriarte, leaders of a gang blamed for more than 300 homicides, including those of dozens of police officers, The San Diego Union Tribune reported Monday.

ARLS Day in the Life: April 28, 2010 - 'Operation Dragon' Nets 2 Dozen Drug Arrests

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. -- Police said a seven-month investigation has led to the arrest of two dozen suspects on drug charges.

The investigation -- dubbed "Operation Dragon" -- stemmed from concerns about gang and drug activity in the Brooklyn Park area of Anne Arundel County.

ARLS Day in the Life: April 28, 2010 - Tigers dismiss football signee Shonte Sims after drug arrest

University of Memphis football coach Larry Porter said Tuesday he has rescinded the scholarship offer to Henry County (Tenn.) High defensive back/quarterback Shonte Sims, one of four HCHS students arrested during a drug raid at the high school Monday in Paris, Tenn.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vintage Drug Photo

An advertisement from the 1900's for an addiction cure for Opium - Morphine.

Vintage Drug Photo

Opium pills - generally purchased as a pain reliever.

Vintage Drug Photo

Laudanum - a mixture of alcohol and opium that was often purchased in drug stores for headaches or pain - even then considered poison.

GPS for the Recovering? Researchers Study Behavior Through Mapping

Researcher David Epstein and colleagues are studying Baltimore heroin addicts in methadone maintenance treatment, and so far have tracked the daily activities of two of the subjects. Using a GPS provided to the addict to track motion and then a PDA on which the individual can periodically record feelings, stressors and drug use behaviors, the team found that one addict used drugs mostly on the relatively rare occasions when he was in impoverished areas of the city

Young Drinkers Influenced More by Alcohol Ads than by Athletes' Drinking Behavior

Reports of heavy drinking by sports stars appear to have little influence on young people's own drinking behavior, but use of athletes in alcohol advertising carries considerably more weight, results of a study in Australia suggest.

Friday, April 23, 2010

ARLS Marchman Act Blog - Boca mom arrested on child neglect and DUI charges

An officer found Lobig hunched over the steering wheel of a blue Honda pickup truck late Thursday in the parking lot of Boca Tanning at 1035 W. Gateway Blvd, according to her arrest report.

He tapped several times on the truck window but couldn't wake Lobig up, the report said. The officer noticed a toddler in the back seat of the car who was "sweating profusely."

When the officer opened the unlocked door, Lobig woke up and a cloud of smoke billowed out of the pickup, the report said. Lobig had a purple plastic straw in her mouth, tinfoil in her lap and a lighter.

She allegedly told the officer she was "smoking blues," referring to the street name for the prescription pain killer roxycodone.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Africa - new front in drugs war

In April, an estimated 2.5 metric tons of cocaine was flown into a military air-strip in Guinea-Bissau.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Melanie Griffith No Longer Feeding the 'Monster' of Addiction

"Addiction's a tough enemy to defeat," the Oscar-nominated actress tells Spain's ¡Hola! magazine in a new interview. "I think of it as a monster. If I feed it, it will always want more and more, so now I'm letting it starve to death in a corner. But it's always there."

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Program that Pays Addicts for Sterilization Expands to Europe

Time magazine reported April 17 that Project Prevention founder Barbara Harris decided to form a U.K. chapter after 400 e-mails of support followed her appearance on a BBC Radio 4 program in February. The organization, which relies largely on private donations to subsidize its $300 payments to addicts, received $20,000 from an anonymous supporter to launch its U.K. effort.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Addressing Legitimate Pain

Understand more about managing chronic pain and the use of abuse deterrent drugs. The discussion is led by Lynn Webster, MD, a national key opinion leader in the field of chronic pain and prescription opioid abuse. This segment was shot on location in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Unconventional Nicotine Addiction Theory

"All drug addictions take a toll on life, but nicotine makes the largest impact on health and life expectancy", says Kellar. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, lifelong smokers on average lose more than a decade of life.

The goal of the work supported by this research grant is to discover selective nicotinic receptor desensitizers that can be developed into new treatments for nicotine addiction with higher efficacy than currently available treatments.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: FDA Staff Concerned About Additive Designed to Combat Pain Drug's Abuse

In a summary written for an FDA advisory panel that will issue a recommendation on the medication Acurox, staff with the federal agency stated that a study from one of the drug's manufacturers found little deterrent effect on abuse from adding niacin to oxycodone. Manufacturers King Pharmaceuticals and Acura Pharmaceuticals have stated that adding niacin would discourage use of high doses of oxycodone because large amounts of niacin can cause uncomfortable flushing.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: WPB: Couple arrested on child cruelty & drug charges

In Richards' room, where she kept the baby's crib, clothing, and medication, authorities found two small bags of marijuana, a computer, two ledgers, $16,302 in cash bundles, British currency, Western Union money orders to Jamaica, and bullets.

In the converted garage they found two bricks of marijuana, wrapped in plastic and weighing 13-1/2 pounds.

They also found 21 guns, three of them reported stolen, as well as 31 gun magazines, 21 boxes of bullets, a silencer, a holster, two rifle cases, and a ledger.

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Death Toll from Mexican Drug War Exceeds Prior Reports

Recent reports based on confidential government data indicate that deaths resulting from the Mexican government's three-year attack against drug cartels far exceed previously cited estimates. The death toll from the soaring violence exceeds 22,000, well more than the figure of approximately 18,000 often used by Mexican media, the Los Angeles Times reported April 14.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Women sought for drugging men’s drinks, stealing jewelry, cash

At the dawn of the last century it was known as "slipping a mickey" — serving someone a drugged drink, then robbing them.

Now, police suspect some women of putting a modern twist on an old crime. In four instances involving six men across Broward and Palm Beach counties, flirtatious women, singly or in pairs, have slipped drugged drinks to older men, robbing them of more than $50,000 in jewelry and cash.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: High times for American marijuana smokers

Marijuana smokers across the America lit up in public parks, outside statehouses and in the posh confines of a Hummer parked outside a pot gardening superstore to observe the movement's annual 'high holiday' yesterday.

Those who weren't within whiffing distance of a college campus or a reggae concert may not have realised that Tuesday was '4/20', the celebration-cum-mass civil disobedience derived from '420' - insider shorthand for cannabis consumption.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Mexico Under Siege: Monterrey hotel attack in Mexico

The hotel assault was reportedly mounted by up to 50 gunmen who seized cars to block streets, slowing the police. At least three people were kidnapped in the attack bearing hallmarks of drug violence.

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ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Why you should not use drugs

Marchman Act Blog Presents: Teen 'Self Medication' For Depression Leads To More Serious Mental Illness, New Report Reveals

ScienceDaily (May 10, 2008) — Millions of American teens report experiencing weeks of hopelessness and loss of interest in normal daily activities and many of these depressed teens are using marijuana and other drugs, making their situation worse, according to a new White House report released today. The report, from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), reveals that marijuana use can worsen depression and lead to more serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, anxiety, and even suicide.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Rep. Delahunt Seeks Support to Fight Opiate Addiction in Mass.

Referring to cases of prescription opiate addiction in his home state of Massachusetts as "an epidemic," U.S. Rep. William Delahunt (D-Ma.) this month brought together members of affected groups to brainstorm about ways Washington could help the state achieve solutions.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Michelle Obama: Increase Opportunity to Fight Drugs

Young people will make smarter choices about using and dealing drugs if they have better alternative opportunities, first lady Michelle Obama said during her visit to Mexico last week.

The Associated Press reported April 14 that Mrs. Obama discussed drug prevention and Mexico's bloody drug war during remarks with U.S. reporters, but not in her public comments. "If young people don't have an alternative in their lives, whatever country they're in, they're going to choose drugs, they're going to choose (the) drug trade. That's the way they make money," she said.

Mrs. Obama said she didn't talk publicly about drugs during the trip because she wanted "to remind us in the U.S. and our partners in Mexico that there is more that connects us than the violence and the drugs."

The drug issue did come up during Mrs. Obama's visit with Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala, where the two political wives discussed Mexico's new drug-treatment facilities funded with money seized from drug cartels.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: NIDA Funds Research on Cocaine Addiction Drug

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has agreed to fund a midstage clinical trial of a cocaine-addiction drug called vigabatrin, produced by Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc.

The Associated Press reported April 13 that NIDA will fund a second series of tests after a first clinical trial failed to find that the drug, CPP-109, had any effect on cocaine or methamphetamine users. Catalyst blamed the poor results on lack of compliance by study participants and said other findings indicated that the drug still has promise for treating cocaine addiction.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Oddity of the Day - Liquor Commissioner Fired After DWI Charge

Gov. John Lynch fired the state liquor commissioner on Monday after the commissioner was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Liquor Commissioner Richard Simard was arrested and charged with DWI in Gilford late Saturday night, police said.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: 282 arrested in San Diego County sweep

(AP) – 19 hours ago

SAN DIEGO — San Diego County sheriff's officials say more than 280 people have been arrested in a crackdown on gangs and drug and human smuggling at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Sheriff Bill Gore said Monday that 24 documented gang members and eight gang associates have been booked on suspicion of various offenses following the two-day multi-agency operation called "Allied Shield."

Gore says the operation focused on San Diego gangs allegedly involved in cross-border crime.

Officials say some of the arrests were for smuggling activities that were not gang-related and others were for outstanding warrants, parole violations, probation violations, suspected drunken driving and other offenses.

About 165 pounds of marijuana, 21 pounds of methamphetamine, six pounds of cocaine, heroin and weapons were also seized.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Radio Interview Raymond G. Ferrero III, Esq.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog thanks to Affected and Afflicted Radio - CLICK TO CONNECT

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Arrest made in Brown-Waite death threat

FBI agents and representatives with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said they arrested a Spring Hill man on a charge of threatening harm against U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite.

Investigators learned that Pidrman had "several prior law enforcement contacts and criminal convictions," including cases involving DUI and disorderly intoxication. The investigation also found he has "numerous Marchman Act and Baker Act law enforcement contacts, where the use of alcohol was involved," the affidavit states.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Your Questions Answered

Anonymous asked...

If a person is on probation for drug charges, and then has the Marchmen Act filed against them, are they then in violation of that probation? Monday, April 19, 2010

ARLS Marchman Act Answer...

Please understand, due to ethical considerations, I cannot give you specific legal advice due to the fact that I do not know the details of your specific case, and you are not my client. That being said, let me speak about a case I handled that was quite similar to your GENERAL scenario.

In a previous case, I filed a Marchman Act (hereinafter, MMA), while someone was on probation for drug charges. My first step was to determine that a MMA case could be filed and run concurrent to any civil or criminal case. Next, I advised the client that due to the nature of confidentiality in a MMA hearing, any and all petitions / allegations are considered confidential. Thus, allegations of drug use could not be accessed, or, used against the Respondent to violate their probation. Also remember, the MMA court is a Civil Court with the intent of assisting families in getting loved ones drug/alcohol treatment - not to punish. However, in that matter - just to ensure that the family and Respondent were protected, I carefully drafted my petition to ensure that any and all allegations of drug or alcohol use were described in the context of leading up to the individuals arrest - and, therefore, the basis for and current need of a MMA order being entered by the court.

Furthermore, I informed the Respondent that no matter what their position, we (the family) were going forward and would in all likelihood be successful. Accordingly, it would be in the Respondent's best interest to stipulate to the MMA order being put into place without a hearing of the facts, having to admit to the allegations and without a adjudication based on the facts by the court. I also advised the Respondent that should they violate their probation in the future due to substance abuse, I could go to criminal court for them and advocate that they stipulated to a MMA order being put into place because they were sincere about having the court system aid them in getting off drugs and helping them complete probation successfully.

Warning: a layperson should speak with counsel, prior to filing a MMA Petition against someone on drug offender probation.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: The big business of marijuana

Added On April 14, 2009
Which drug is the cash cow of the Mexican drug war: cocaine or marijuana? Jeanne Meserve takes a look.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Using dentists as dope dealers

Story Highlights

# Kenny Morrison learned he could get pain pills from dentists without seeing them
# He was taking as many as 25 pain pills a day, but has since gone clean
# DEA says 7 million Americans are hooked on pain pills, a trend that's skyrocketing
# Dentist says, "Just writing a prescription for the pain is not the answer"

Monday, April 19, 2010

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Public Service Announcement for Wild Aid

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Prescription drug death of autistic boy

Born with autism, 12-year-old Denis Maltez was "hyper, needy, pesty," his psychiatrist wrote following a May 2007 visit.

Prescription drug death of autistic boy, 12, raises questions about state regulation

Dr. Steven L. Kaplan solved the 70-pound boy's problems with a prescription pad, writing orders for two different anti-psychotic drugs along with a tranquilizer and a mood stabilizer — two of them in the highest doses recommended for adults, records show.

When state medical regulators sent Kaplan letters suggesting the dosages were worrisome, he ignored them.

ARLS Marchman Act Blog Presents: Largest Drug Bust in History

According to the Dailymail , the world's largest haul of Ecstasy has been seized after being hidden in tins of tomatoes and shipped from Italy to Australia.

Police said they found 15million pills weighing almost five tons, with a street value of £200million.

It arrived in Melbourne following a tip-off, officers raided a shipping container and found more than 3,000 tins, each weighing more than 3lb.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

ARLS Day in the Life: April 17, 2010

Brazoria County Sheriff Charles Wagner says police pulled the 16 from their classes about 9:30 Friday and loaded them into a police van. He says 5 of the 16 students are adults

The undercover officer arrived at the school in January just after Christmas break and left when the operation ended April 9, said Sheriff Charles Wagner said. He posed as a student, attended classes, carried books, had a locker and took tests.

Students said he went by the name "Victor."

He purchased drugs on campus from the 17 students including cocaine, marijuana, hydrocodone and Xanax, Wagner said. via Addiction Recovery Legal Services - Marchman Act

ARLS Day in the Life: April 17, 2010

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller

Parks Miller said that during the month of April, the Centre County Drug Task Force received information that the cocaine would be brought into State College on Friday. The task force and agents from the state Attorney General’s Office began an investigation.

On Friday, at a location in the 700 block of Vairo Boulevard, police seized 157.4 grams of cocaine, along with 200 ecstasy tablets and 27 grams of marijuana, according to a news release from Parks Miller’s office. Also seized was $901 in cash.via Addiction Recovery Legal Services - Marchman Act

ARLS Day in the Life: April 17, 2010

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil has arrested a suspected Colombian drug kingpin wanted in the U.S. on smuggling and money laundering allegations.

A police statement says Nestor Caro Chapparro is "one of Colombia's top four drug traffickers."

He was arrested Friday at his Rio de Janeiro home after Brazil's Supreme Court issued a warrant.

The United States was offering $5 million for Chapparro's capture and has asked for his extradition.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency accuses Chapparro of smuggling more than 5,000 kilograms of cocaine from Brazil to the U.S. in the late 1990s. The agency also accuses him of money laundering.
via Addiction Recovery Legal Services - Marchman Act

ARLS Day in the Life: April 17, 2010

GRANITE FALLS — A two-year investigation into drug trafficking here culminated Friday with the expected arrest of more than a dozen people, including a former mayor.

Among those arrested Friday was Floyd “Butch” DeRosia who held the city’s top elected post for two years until he resigned in 2003 amid harassment allegations. No charges have been filed. via Addiction Recovery Legal Services - Marchman Act

ARLS Day in the Life: April 17, 2010

According to, the Department of Corrections shows Hilton has a record of drug, traffic and assault charges dating back to 1993 along with several aliases.
via Addiction Recovery Legal Services - Marchman Act

R.J. Reynolds Settles Canadian Cigarette Smuggling Case, to Pay $324 Million

Tobacco company R.J. Reynolds has agreed to pay the Canadian government about $324 million to settle a long-running case involving cigarette smuggling, the Bloomberg reported April 13.

Reynolds, which makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, agreed to settle a civil suit centered on cigarette smuggling in the 1980s and 1990s. Northern Brands International, Inc., a Reynolds subsidiary, agreed to pay an additional $75 million.

Both companies were accused of aiding the sale and possession of counterfeit cigarettes in Canada. Reynolds no longer sells tobacco products in Canada, but under the settlement terms it must aid the Canadian government in battling contraband if the company decides to resume sales north of the border.

via Addiction Recovery Legal Services - Marchman Act

Drug Czar Challenged to Justify Lopsided Spending on Drug Interdiction, Law Enforcement

The Obama administration's drug czar went to Capitol Hill this week promising a "new approach" to reducing drug use and its consequences, but the chairman of a House oversight committee and other panelists sharply challenged the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) chief to match the words with deeds.

via Addiction Recovery Legal Services - Marchman Act