Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: 20 Secret Signs of Addiction

Knowing whether someone you love has a problem with alcohol or drugs isn't as straightforward as it sounds. Despite the stereotypes of the staggering drunk or the emaciated addict, most people who overuse alcohol and drugs become adept at disguising their behavior. Shame, embarrassment, and fear of consequences are powerful motivators. And in many cases, the person who's drinking too much or using drugs doesn't want to recognize or admit that he's not in control of the situation. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Feds Set to Spend $12 Million Annually on Ignition-Interlock Devices

The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 includes $12 million in funding for development of alcohol-detection devices that could be installed in all cars, the New York Times reported June 25.

The government and the U.S. auto industry have been working on an improved version of the ignition-interlock device, which prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver has more than the legal limit of alcohol in his or her system. The bill would increase program funding from the current $2 million annually, calling for $60 million over five years -- an increased backed by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, among others.

"We want a device that has to be invisible to the sober driver, the person under the legal limit. It has to be very fast, very accurate, highly reliable and precise," said Susan Ferguson, director of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety program. "All those things will take a significant amount of money."

Other ignition-interlock systems are already in use in states that mandate their use by convicted drunk drivers.

Marchman Act Blog Oddity of the Day:Dispute over Viagra leads to arrest for battery


When Nelson Grizales arrived home Monday and asked for his Viagra medication, his wife replied that she had crushed the pills and tossed them into the front yard, a Davie police complaint states.

Through a Spanish translator, Amparo Grizales told Broward Judge John "Jay" Hurley in court Tuesday, "I fed them to the plants."

Nelson Grizales, 68, got angry, slapped his wife's face with an open hand and pushed her to the floor, police said. Amparo Grizales told police she had never seen her husband of 31 years that angry.
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Grizales told officers he was mad because she threw his Viagra pills out and pushed her, according to the police report. He was arrested, charged with battery and bail was set at $10,000 after Amparo Grizales said she was not scared of him. "I think he learned his lesson," she told the judge.

Hurley ordered that when Grizales is released, he may only have indirect contact with his wife through a relative, and to "stay away from her, for the time being."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: A Sanford woman dies after night of drinking, drugs

A Sanford woman who died while sleeping with her boyfriend on the patio of his DeBary home had been drinking vodka and snorting Xanax, Volusia County sheriff's investigators said Monday.  When his girlfriend of three months collapsed on the patio early Sunday, John Banning thought she was just drunk, sheriff's investigators said.So he went into the house, grabbed a couple blankets and lay down next to the 21-year-old woman to sleep. But when the 40-year-old Banning woke up at 9:25 a.m. and kissed Cristina Tuttle's face, he knew something was wrong, sheriff's investigators said.

Banning called for help and DeBary fire paramedics pronounced Tuttle dead at 9:33 a.m., a report shows.
The Sheriff's Office has labeled the death "suspicious" and is investigating.  According to a sheriff's report, Tuttle came to Banning's Bayou Vista home Saturday and both were drinking vodka into the early morning hours Sunday. Banning said Tuttle was snorting the anti-anxiety medication Xanax.

Marchman Act Blog: NIH Podcast on Prescription Drug Abuse in Women

From: The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)

Prescription drug abuse means taking a prescription medication that is not prescribed for you, or taking it for reasons or in dosages other than as prescribed. Abuse of prescription drugs can produce serious health effects, including addiction. In 2008, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.2 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant, or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. Link to Full Story...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Marchman Act Blog - Oddity of the Day: Trapped drunk driver opens another beer as awaits rescue

(Reuters) - A drunk driver trapped after overturning his car cracked open another can of beer while he waited for emergency crews to rescue him, a New Zealand court was told.

Paul Nigel Sneddon, 47, pleaded guilty to careless driving and drunken driving after being nearly three times over the legal alcohol limit in a district court in the city of Palmerston North, the Dominion Post newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Police found Sneddon, a former baker, trapped in his overturned Ford Laser on June 1, drinking a can of beer after he failed to take a corner properly and crashed through a wooden barrier, flipping his vehicle. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati hospitalized - overdose, rep says

Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati is recuperating at an undisclosed South Florida hospital after an accidental overdose of medication prescribed by her personal doctor, a family representative said Monday.

"Jen is recovering fully and speedily," said Lacey Wickline.

Wickline would not provide further information, and asked the public to respect the Capriati family's privacy. reported Sunday night that paramedics rushed Capriati, 34, to a local hospital that morning after receiving a call from a Riviera Beach hotel about a possible overdose. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Being a Strict Parent Doesn't Protect Against Youth Drinking, Study Says

Parents who insist on accountability from their kids but lack warmth in their relationships may be setting themselves up for alcohol-related heartache as they raise their children, the Los Angeles Times reported June 24.

Not surprisingly, kids who viewed their parents as indulgent were the most likely to drink heavily, according to researchers at Brigham Young University. However, researchers who compared parenting styles to alcohol consumption among 5,000 adolescents also found that kids whose parents were strict but unsupportive were also big drinkers. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Pelvic Pain Worse Among Pregnant Smokers

Women who smoke during pregnancy are 20 percent more likely to report pelvic pain than nonsmokers, Reuters reported June 18.

A study of 5,000 women found that reports of pelvic pain were higher even among women who quit smoking during the first trimester of pregnancy. Up to one in three pregnant women may experience pelvic pain, which can impede mobility.

Researchers said that the study doesn’t necessarily mean smoking causes the pain, but their is an association, and reduction in pelvic pain could be an added benefit of quitting smoking for pregnant women. Smoking could reduce blood flow to pelvic tissue, researchers speculated.

The findings were published online in the journal BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Marchman Act Blog: Practicing What they Preach: Most Evangelical Leaders Abstain from Alcohol

A family history of alcoholism and religious teachings were among the reasons cited by the 60 percent of U.S. evangelical leaders who said they don't drink alcohol socially, CNN reported June 24.

About two out of three Americans drink, but the Evangelical Leaders Survey found that even those religious leaders who do drink typically say they do so in moderation or rarely.

The Bible, unlike the Koran, does not explicitly prohibit alcohol consumption, but St. Paul does warn against it in his letters to the Romans.

Marchman Act Blog: Colorado Springs Rakes in Medical Marijuana Tax Revenues

Tax revenue from medical marijuana sales is increasing exponentially in Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported June 21.

Average monthly tax revenue from medical marijuana has gone from $4,000 to $40,000 during the last year, although total revenue is still just a fraction of the $106 million in taxes collected annually by the city. Colorado Springs collected $110,000 in tax from marijuana and related products in all of 2009, but in the first four months of 2010 had already taken in $123,000. 

One reason for the revenue boost is an increase in the number of medical-marijuana dispensaries -– and not everyone is pleased. Colorado Springs went from having just a handful of facilities to over 100 in the past year, and at least one residents' group is gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to get rid of them.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Authorities seize $45 million of narcotics in California drug bust

(CNN) -- Authorities in southern California said the strong smell of marijuana helped them discover $45 million worth of drugs in the back of a tractor-trailer they had pulled over for a traffic violation.
Deputies stopped the truck Wednesday morning, then opened the trailer after finding problems with the paperwork for the load, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said Friday. Read Full Story...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Researchers: Secondhand Smoke Threatens Millions in Public Housing

Americans who live in public housing are exposed to secondhand smoke from their neighbors, according to researchers who demonstrated how smoke from one apartment unit can infiltrate into others.
UPI reported June 19 that researchers Jonathan Winickoff of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Michelle Mello of the Harvard School of Public Health stated, "Even if you are not a smoker and don't smoke inside of your own apartment, if you have a neighbor who is smoking inside of his, the entire building is contaminated."
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has encouraged public-housing authorities (PHAs) to ban smoking in at least some units, but only about 4 percent have done so.
"The use of federal regulatory or contractual mechanisms to ensure that PHAs implement no-smoking policies in public housing raises ethical concerns and practical challenges;" the authors concluded, "however, it is justified in light of the harms resulting from exposure to tobacco smoke, the lack of other avenues of legal redress for nonsmoking residents of public housing, and the languid pace at which PHAs have voluntarily implemented no-smoking policies."
Smokers' rights groups slammed the report, saying a ban would infringe upon the freedoms of public-housing residents, the New York Times reported June 18. "He wants us to believe we're having an effect on people's health through air ducts?" said Audrey Silk of the group NYC-CLASH, Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment. "These people have an agenda -- a smoke-free society."

Addicts Need to Deal with Stress to Ensure Recovery

Recovering addicts who failed to take steps to deal with the stress in their lives were more susceptible to craving -- a major predictor of relapse -- according to researchers at Penn State University.

Sify News reported June 24 that researchers analyzed recovery diaries kept by college students in recovery and found that those who avoided problems in their lives rather than dealing with them were more likely to experience craving when they experienced stress or negative moods. Read Full Story...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Opiate Addiction Reaches Epidemic Proportions in Afghanistan

Opiate Addiction Reaches Epidemic Proportions in Afghanistan. At least 2.7 percent of Afghanistan's adult population is addicted to heroin or opium, according to a study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Reuters Health reported June 21. Read Full Story...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Marchman Act Blog - Oddity of the Day: Drunk football fan beats police officer with vuvuzela

Most of the celebrations in the town of Dinslaken just north of Duisburg were peaceful after the game, which more than 10,000 people turned out to watch, the Wesel county police department reported.

But at 11:10 pm, one intoxicated 20-year-old fan began taunting a police officer who was directing traffic around a gathering of some 1,500 people.

“As he turned to the 20-year-old, the man suddenly began hitting and kicking the officer,” the statement said. “Furthermore he began pounding the officer’s head with a vuvuzela.”. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: 'Magic' Drink That Claims to Reduce Hangovers Sparks Warnings

A "magic" drink that makers claim can reduce drunkenness and ease hangovers launches in France Friday, prompting skepticism and alarm among experts and health and safety campaigners.

The makers of Outox, a sparkling canned drink, claim it is a "revolutionary" product that "greatly speeds up" the breakdown of alcohol in the blood, according to an invitation to the media launch sent to AFP.

Skeptics say the drink has not been scientifically proven and could encourage people to drink more or to drive while drunk. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Marijuana Dispensaries Celebrate Cannabis Award

Medical marijuana has gone mainstream in the Bay Area. So much so that one of the "hot" places to be this past weekend was the first ever High Times Medical Cannabis Cup, which drew huge crowds in the City.

The event is a tamer version of Amsterdam's annual Cannabis Cup, which has been growing strong there for more than 20 years.It's the Academy Awards of marijuana cultivators. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Sen. Hatch Wants Welfare Recipients Drug Tested

Jobless people seeking unemployment benefits or welfare should be required to undergo mandatory drug testing, according to a new proposal by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), CBS News reported June 16.

Hatch is seeking to amend a tax-breaks and social-programs bill to allow the government to withhold aid to persons who fail drug tests, though he suggested that states could enroll offenders in drug-treatment programs. Read Full Story...

Indian reservations on both U.S. borders become drug pipelines

SELLS, ARIZ. — Like any young man on the Tohono O'odham Indian reservation on the border with Mexico, Clayton Antone can reel off the going rate for smuggling a load of marijuana into the U.S.
"You get $2,000 for a 45-minute drive," Antone said.
The Mexican and Canadian shiny pickup trucks and late-model SUVs outside the homes of unemployed Indians on the reservation suggest that some have acted on the math. Read Full Story:

Marchman Act Blog: Difficulties in Determining a Drug Overdose Death

In a case in Wichita, Kansas which has garnered national attention, Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, the local doctor-and-nurse team are accused of running a large-scale "pill mill" and dispensing prescriptions that led to the drug-related deaths of 68 patients. Prosecutors allege that the Schneiders illegally prescribed large amounts of powerful painkillers for profit, with little regard for patients' safety. The defense, along with some former patients, argue the Schneiders provided sound and compassionate care, and that the deaths were due to underlying conditions or dangerous choices by addicted patients. Read Full Story...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: AZ Cops Threatened by Drug Cartel Snipers at Border

Marchman Act Blog: Delray Beach closes pill mill loophole

Delray Beach —

City officials took one more step Tuesday toward regulating the dispensing of prescription drugs.

Through an ordinance that amended the city's zoning rules, Delray Beach closed a loophole in the law that regulates where pain clinics can open and that prohibits them from dispensing prescription drugs onsite.

The new law, passed tentatively on first reading, includes professional or business offices, as well as medical offices, from dispensing drugs categorized by Florida statute as narcotics, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and alprazolam.

"Currently medical offices are prohibited from dispensing drugs on site and this clearly would apply to pain clinics," Planning and Zoning Director Paul Dorling said this week. "But no office should be dispensing drugs one way or another. This is to make sure a medical office doesn't call itself some other type of office and assert that distribution of narcotics or medicines is somehow allowed because is not a medical office." Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Pain clinic law: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signs a law cracking down on pain clinics; some say it has flaws

Gov. Charlie Crist signed a sweeping law Friday giving Florida regulators new tools to shut down or rein in hundreds of rogue pain clinics. But even supporters are not sure how well it will work.
Regulators, doctors and police said they have high hopes the law will fuel a strong crackdown, even though it may not completely bar clinics from selling large quantities of narcotic pills and may not completely ban felons from running them.
Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Marijuana Dispensaries Resist L.A. Crackdown

LOS ANGELES—Earl Stein's display cases once brimmed with varieties of medical marijuana, but stray multicolored pipes and other pot-smoking paraphernalia were all that remained earlier this month.
"I've emptied the store, pretty much," he said.
Mr. Stein's Organic Pharmacy is one of more than 400 medical-marijuana dispensaries the City Council aimed to shut down with an ordinance that took effect recently. But he hasn't closed up shop completely. He has merely removed his marijuana inventory for now, and hopes discrimination lawsuits filed against the city by himself and other dispensary operators will force officials to let him resume the trade. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Treatment Admissions Way Up for Older Americans

The excesses of the Baby Boomer generation are starting to show up at the door of U.S. treatment programs, which saw admissions of patients ages 50 and older almost double between 1992 and 2008.

Patients over age 50 comprised 12.2 percent of all treatment admissions in 2008, up from 6.6 percent in 1992, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Admissions for heroin use among this age group more than doubled, cocaine admissions quadrupled, and significant increases in older Americans seeking treatment for prescription drugs and marijuana also were reported. Read Full Story...

ARLS Marchman Act Blog - DEA accuses Sunrise firm of supplying drugs to pill mills

A Sunrise company surrendered its license to sell narcotic medications after a federal agency accused it of improperly supplying pain drugs to South Florida pill mills, officials said Monday.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration suspended Sunrise Wholesale Inc. from selling controlled substances on June 10, saying in an order the company had supplied excessive amounts of the pain drug oxycodone to pain clinics operating in questionable ways. Read Full Story...

Monday, June 21, 2010

ARLS Marchman Act Blog - Far to interesting not to post!

Music of the sun recorded by scientists

Marchman Act Blog: Federal prosecutor says doctor ignored signs of deadly practices in Kansas 'pill mill' case

PHOTO: Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, of Haysville, Kan., talk with Siobhan Reynolds, president of the New Mexico-based Pain Relief Network, outside of the United State Court House in Wichita, Kan., Wednesday, May 12, 2010. The Schneiders are charged with health care fraud, money laundering and unlawfully prescribing drugs in a scheme that prosecutors believe led to more than 100 emergency room visits for overdoses and 68 deaths. The couple is being tried together. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle) (Jeff Tuttle, AP / May 12, 2010)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal prosecutor derided a Kansas clinic linked to 68 deaths as "Burger King for pain pill addicts" Tuesday, while defense attorneys portrayed the clinic's owners as compassionate health care providers who treated chronic pain patients turned away by other doctors. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: DEA suspends license of Michigan wholesaler that sold pain pills to Florida clinics

Federal drug enforcement officials have suspended a pharmaceutical wholesaler's license to sell oxycodone out of its Michigan distribution center, saying most of its largest purchasers were South Floridians engaged in questionable schemes to dispense painkillers.

An investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration found the Harvard Drug Group LLC, based in Livonia near Detroit, distributed more than 13 million doses of oxycodone over two years, federal officials said. DEA spokeman Rich Isaacson said 39 of the 50 pharmacies that bought the largest amounts of the drug were in South Florida. Read Full Story......

Marchman Act Blog - Oddity of the Day: Pot Brick Bust — a quirky night in the Keys

Saturday night began with a call to police about a "mummfied" body on an abandoned boat, included a woman who said she bit a child on the cheek to teach her a lesson, and ended early Sunday with the arrest of a man who stuffed a brick of marijuana down his pantsleg and told a deputy it was his wallet.

A typical evening in the Florida Keys? - Read Full Story...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Researchers Hope the 'Prince of Darkness' Can Shed Light on Drug Addiction

Jun 17, 2010 03:21 PM EDT by Bob Curley
Right after the skeletal Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne is the most frequent subject of the question: "How is he still alive?" The former Black Sabbath singer has a long history of addiction and excess, and now researchers from a U.S. firm are mapping Ozzy's DNA to see what part of his genetic code has enabled him to survive such self-abuse for 61 years.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Campaign under way to decriminalize marijuana in Miami Beach

Voters could cast ballots for Mary Jane come November should a budding effort to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city gain traction.

In front of City Hall on Wednesday evening, the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy announced a drive to gather signatures in support of a proposed amendment that would make "personal" possession of marijuana in Miami Beach a civil code violation punishable by a mere fine.

Marchman Act Blog: California socialite arrested with pot at airport

Still wearing dark false eyelashes after a night in the Franklin County jail, a Beverly Hills, Calif., woman accused of bringing 23 bales of marijuana to Columbus faced charges in U.S. District Court yesterday.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents picked up Lisette Lee, 28, at Port Columbus on Monday night after she arrived on a chartered jet from Van Nuys, Calif., with a bodyguard, two assistants and 13 large suitcases.

Inside the suitcases, agents found 506 pounds of marijuana, according to a DEA complaint. The DEA esimated the street value of the drugs to be $500,000.

Marchman Act Blog: Australian Police Make $540 Million Drug Bust

Two police officers from Victoria, Australia, got an unexpected bonus when they stopped to help a broken down van. When they looked inside they discovered 340 litres of liquid ecstasy, enough for 1.3 million tablets. More was to come, following the arrests raids were carried out in the state of New South Wales with police netting another 1900 litres from a warehouse. In total the seized liquid could have made 18 million tablets worth $540 million. Because of how it is packaged police think that the drug may have been made outside Australia and imported, possibly from South East Asia. An Australian and a Singaporean have been charged over the haul.

Marchman Act Blog: New Report Shows Parents Unaware of Children's Ecstasy Use

Just One Percent of Parents See Their Teens At Risk to Ecstasy; Half Don't Know About Effects of the So-Called "Love Drug"

Despite Rapid Increase in Teen Ecstasy Use, Parent-Teen Perceptions Far Apart; New Advertisements Airing to Translate Awareness of the Drug into Knowledge & Action

New York, NY - While nearly 3 million teenagers in America have already tried the club drug Ecstasy, only one percent of parents believe their son or daughter is among them - and half of all parents are unclear about the effects of the so-called "love drug," according to a national survey released today by the Partnership for Drug-Free America(r) (PDFA).

Marchman Act Blog: Deadly Club Drug Appears in U.S.

PMA, a new designer drug that is sometimes substituted for ecstasy, is being blamed for a number of deaths among young clubgoers, Fox News reported June 6.

Paramethoxyamphetamine, or PMA, is similar to ecstasy but gives users a less-intense high. Some illicit drug labs have manufactured the cheaper PMA to resemble ecstasy, right down to the pill size, color and logos.

Marchman Act Blog: Raves a Hotbed for Ecstasy Overdoses, Says CDC

Ecstasy overdoses cluster around "raves" -- all-night dance parties where the drug is prevalent -- and use of the drug is on the rise, USA Today reported June 12. The findings come from a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gambling Not Only Addiction Risk for Power Players

"The use of these substances could allow poker players to stay awake longer, as well as focus and concentrate better, which would be a competitive advantage," said study author Kevin Clauson of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "Stamina is important for any poker player because tournament poker and cash games can go on for many hours."

Marchman Act Blog Oddity of the Day: Union Square May Need to Weed the Weed

Union Square is known for many things: the homeless, the homeless performers, the hippies, bohemians, college kids, skateboarders and more homeless people.
And it looks like one more funky thing can be added to that list: Marijuana.
Photos have surfaced on the Internet of what looks like marijuana growing in a garden in Union Square Park.

Marchman Act Blog: Washington State 911 Good Samaritan Law to Prevent ODs Now in Effect

A law that provides some legal immunity for people who report a drug overdose in Washington state is now in effect. That makes Washington the second state to enact a "911 Good Samaritan Law." New Mexico was the first in 2007. Under the measure, if someone overdoses and someone else seeks assistance, that person cannot be prosecuted for drug possession, nor can the person overdosing. Good Samaritans could, however, be charged with manufacturing or selling drugs.

Psychological Problems Rise with Secondhand Smoke Exposure

People who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke had much higher levels of mental-health problems than those who are not exposed, according to a new study that also found that risk of being admitted to a psychiatric hospital nearly tripled among "passive smokers."

Marchman Act Blog: Judge declines to suspend Calif. medical license of doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's family sat solemnly across the courtroom from the doctor charged in the death of the pop legend, listening as a judge said Monday he could not suspend Dr. Conrad Murray's medical license in California and that it could take months for the case to go to trial.

"I want to give this case priority," Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said. "It is a very serious matter for Dr. Murray, for the Jackson family and the community at large."

Ten police killed as Mexico's war on drugs escalates

Marchman Act Blog - Mexico's Drug War: Mexican Gunmen Kill 10 Police as 28 Die in Jail Riot

On June 11, Mexican officials found 20 people shot dead in Ciudad Madero in Tamaulipas state, and criminals killed 19 people on June 9 in an execution-style attack at a drug rehabilitation center in the northern state of Chihuahua.

Still, most of Mexico’s violence is concentrated in border regions such as Ciudad Juarez and Tamaulipas state, which also borders Texas, Payan said. As many as 90 percent of the victims are “closely tied” to the illegal drug trade, he added.

“Public perception is principally focused on the body count -- that people are being killed right and left,” Payan said. “Most of the violence continues to be tied to the drug business.”

Monday, June 14, 2010

Marchman Act Blog - Meth Monday: Mapping Meth - Florida and State-by-State

FLORIDA - Meth treatment admissions per 100,000 residents (2003): 6

In recent years, methamphetamine has become a major concern among drug enforcement officials in Florida. Although the majority of meth in circulation in the state is still provided by Mexican traffickers, local production is on the rise: In 2004, a record 276 labs were seized by DEA, state and local authorities, compared to 133 in 2002 and just 15 in 2000. Florida has also experienced a similar surge in the number of individuals seeking treatment for meth addiction: from 420 in 2000 to 1,062 in 2004. However, the latter figure only represents 1.6 percent of the individuals admitted for drug treatment.

Update: The Combat Meth Act, signed by President Bush on March 9, 2006, provides minimum standards for retailers across the country that sell products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. The law limits sales to 3.6 grams of the base ingredient (the pure ephedrine or pseudoephedrine) per day and 9 grams per 30 days, and requires that purchasers provide identification and sign a sales log. Also, sellers must now keep these products behind the counter or in a locked case and register on-line with the U.S. Attorney General.

Sources: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration state factsheets, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Treatment Episode Date Set, and the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws.

Marchman Act Blog - Meth Monday: A National Epidemic

Marchman Act Blog - Meth Monday: Crystal cartels alter face of U.S. meth epidemic

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration official shows some of the 187 pounds of "ice" seized along with 41 kilos of cocaine at a house in Buford, Ga., on Aug. 16. Although the case remains under investigation, authorities say the size of the stash points to Mexican drug cartel involvement.

Marchman Act Blog - Meth Monday: Report on Mexican Meth Delayed

A report that says Mexico is producing an increasingly large amount of methamphetamine for illegal import into the U.S. has been held back by the Obama administration, the New York Times reported June 8.

The 2010 National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment was completed in mid-May, but sources said the release has been delayed due to diplomatic concerns with Mexico.