Sunday, October 31, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Calif. Trick-Or-Treaters Warned Of Pot-Laced Candy

Trick-or-treaters in California have been warned to watch out for pot-laced candy this Halloween, the Los Angles Times reported Friday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued the warning to parents in light of candy and snacks containing marijuana being confiscated from pot dispensaries.
The warning comes days before Californians vote on Proposition 19, a marijuana legalization measure.
California has state laws allowing the medical use of marijuana, but the sheriff's department said the confiscated items were untested and unlicensed.
Officials said in their warning that parents should check Halloween candy and other snacks for indications the items were tampered with.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Oddity of the Day - World Series High

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Marchman Act Blog Local News: Swap Shop bust: Drug paraphernalia seized at Lauderhill market

LAUDERHILL —
Acting on complaints from parents, authorities have seized more than 5,000 pieces of drug paraphernalia from vendors at the Swap Shop.

The Broward Sheriff's Office, working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security, seized 5,691 items from 11 vendors Wednesday, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion. Management of the Swap Shop, located at 3291 W. Sunrise Blvd., cooperated with the operation, she said.

The Sheriff's Office had received numerous complaints from parents saying that minors, including middle school students, were purchasing drug paraphernalia from Swap Shop vendors, Concepcion said. During the seizure, three minors went to one of the vendors to try to buy pipes, authorities said.

Included in the items seized were pipes hidden in highlighters and pipes disguised as lipstick and key chain flashlights, the Sheriff's Office said.

Marchman Act Blog: Teens and Parents Underreport Illicit Drug Use, Study

A new study indicates that teens and their parents don't tell the truth when asked about their use of cocaine and opiates, even if they are told they will be drug-tested and their responses kept confidential, HealthDay reported Oct. 25.

The study, led by Virginia Delaney-Black, M.D., a pediatrics professor at Children's Hospital of Michigan, compared survey responses collected from over 200 teens and over 200 adult caregivers (mostly mothers) with the results of hair tests for drug use. Participation in the study was limited to African-American families who had received care at one urban antenatal clinic.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Alcohol, caffeine, beverages: Caffeinated alcoholic drinks under scrutiny after Four Loko incident in Washington state

Reporting from Seattle —
Even by the extreme standards of typical college mayhem, the small-town college party in central Washington this month looked bad.

Police were initially called to a supermarket parking lot, where they found a girl passed out in the back seat of a car next to a boy with a bloody nose. At the private house the two had just left, three girls were sprawled on a bed, a barely conscious young man was being dragged out of the backyard, a girl was prostrate on the bathroom floor and three young people were splayed senseless in a car outside.

The scene was so bizarre that that many partygoers, most of them students at Central Washington University in nearby Ellensburg, believed they had fallen victim to a date rape drug.

Instead...
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Marchman Act Blog: Charlie Sheen found 'frothing' at Plaza amid broken glass and blood

A naked, nasty Charlie Sheen was up to his old tricks on Tuesday: booze, blow and a bizarre rampage inside a $1,000-a-night Plaza hotel suite, police sources said.
Cops took the hard-partying, hooker-loving star for a psychiatric evaluation after he was found unhinged and unclothed inside the trashed 18th-floor room.
An irrational Sheen "was getting in everyone's face, frothing, paranoid, acting like a true [jerk]," said a police source.
His ritzy suite - named for beloved literary heroine Eloise - was filled with broken chandelier glass, and blood was spattered on its zebra-print carpeting, Life & Style magazine's website reported.
The oft-rehabbed Sheen agreed to pay a $7,000 damage bill, and no drugs were found in the room, sources said. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Entire police force in Los Ramones, Mexico quits after gunmen attack headquarters

[PHOTO: Los Ramones is in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, which has been a war zone of turf violence between two of the country’s fiercest drug gangs, the Zetas and the Gulf cartel.]

The entire police force in a small Mexican town abruptly resigned Tuesday after its new headquarters was viciously attacked by suspected drug cartel gunmen. All 14 police officers in Los Ramones, a rural town in northern Mexico, fled the force in terror after gunmen fired more than 1,000 bullets and flung six grenades at their headquarters on Monday night. No one was injured in the attack. Mayor Santos Salinas Garza told local media that the officers resigned because of the incident. The gunmen’s 20-minute shooting spree destroyed six police vehicles and left the white and orange police station pocked with bullet holes, the Financial Times reported. The station had been inaugurated just three days earlier.
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Marchman Act Blog: Most Postdisaster Alcohol Abuse Reflects Preexisting Problem

More than 80 percent of alcohol problems that occur following disasters are among people with a preexisting or ongoing drinking problem, Internal Medicine News reported Oct. 4.

Researchers at the VA North Texas Health Care System examined data from 10 disaster studies and identified nearly 700 survivors who had undergone both pre- and post-disaster alcohol assessments. All subjects had been directly affected by the disaster: More than one-third had been injured, and 20 percent had disaster-related post-traumatic stress disorder.

The researchers found that 83 percent of survivors who drank after the disaster had a prior alcohol use disorder, while only 0.3 percent of those without a predisaster drinking problem developed an alcohol use disorder. Overall, survivors with a prior drinking problem were four times more likely than those without to turn to alcohol to cope with feelings related to the disaster.

"The preexisting nature of most post-disaster alcohol problems identified in this study would suggest that efforts to identify alcohol problems after disasters should focus on those with preexisting problems," the authors concluded.

The study was published online Oct. 4 in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Doctors Say Alcoholic Energy Drinks Dangerous

Some doctors say drinks that combine alcohol with caffeine should be banned because they're dangerous, ABC News reported Oct. 20.

Marketed in large, colorful cans under names like Four Loko, Joose, and Torque, the drinks are popular among college students. The 23.5-ounce canned drinks can contain 12 percent alcohol and 156 milligrams of caffeine, and have encountered increasing criticism. Attorneys general in more than one state are concerned that they're being marketed to minors, a New Jersey college banned them, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is deciding whether or not the drinks are legal.
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Marchman Act Blog: More Iraqi Security Personnel Using Drugs, Alcohol on Duty

Increasing numbers of Iraqi military and police personnel are using drugs and alcohol while on duty, raising questions about their ability to maintain order once American troops leave in 2011, the New York Times reported Oct. 24.

The Times based its story on interviews with "dozens" of security personnel, public officials, politicians, pharmacists, and drug dealers, and said the trend had grown worse over the past year. The Iraqi police refused to comment, and the military said that the problem was uncommon.

According to the Times' sources, in high-risk areas of the country, as many as 50 percent of soldiers and police, including their commanders, use drugs and alcohol to cope with fear, stress, and boredom.

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Marchman Act Blog: Low Alcohol Tolerance Linked to Gene


Researchers say they've identified a gene that makes some people more sensitive to the effects of alcohol, the BBC News reported Oct. 19.

University of North Carolina investigators conducted a genome analysis of 200 sibling pairs who had one parent with alcohol dependence but no alcohol problems themselves. Participants were then given the equivalent of three alcoholic drinks and asked to describe the effects. Their descriptions were compared with their genetic test results.

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Marchman Act Blog: Multibillionaire investor George Soros backs Proposition 19

George Soros, the multibillionaire investor who helped bankroll three initiatives to change drug laws in California, endorsed the marijuana legalization initiative Monday and plans to make a major financial contribution to the campaign.

Soros, who invested $3 million in the medical marijuana initiative and two other measures, made his announcement in an opinion piece published online by the Wall Street Journal. "Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on election day. The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago," Soros wrote. The article is scheduled to appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Soros, who runs a hedge fund and founded the Open Society Foundations, has not yet donated to the campaign. But Michael Vachon, an advisor to Soros, said that "he plans to make a significant contribution."Read Full Story...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Marchman Act Blog Local News: Parents Teens and Alcohol: Florida law puzzles parents when it comes to underage drinking at parties

Two recent parties in Boca Raton in which parents were arrested for hosting booze-fueled bashes for hundreds of teens has raised awareness of a 1991 state law some say many parents never knew existed.

If anyone under 21 is caught drinking alcohol or using drugs at a party in your home or on your property, you could be arrested and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, according to Florida's 'open house party' law.

Police arrested Shlomo and Jeannie Rasabi and Paul and Ingrid Paolino at two homecoming after-parties for their teenage children in Boca Raton in a span of eight days, between Oct. 10 and 17. All received notices to appear in court.
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Marchman Act Local News - Parents Teens and Alcohol: parents and underage drinkers face jail and fines

There are a number of agencies, organizations and websites that offer information for parents and teenagers dealing with a variety of concerns about alcohol and/or substance abuse.

Palm Beach County Substance Abuse Coalition: pbcteensanddrugs.com or call: 561-844-5952

United Way of Broward, Commission on Substance Abuse: unitedwaybroward.org or call: 954-462–4850

South Florida Informed Families: informedfamilies.org - Stay on top of the news: Get breaking new alerts sent directly to your phone

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm

Parents and underage drinking: family.samhsa.gov/set/prosecuting.aspx

Alcoholics Anonymous: aa.org

Al-A-Teen: al-anon.alateen.org

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: madd.org

Florida Dept. of Children and Families' "Cost of Underage Drinking in Florida" study: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/publications/CostOfUnderageDrinkingInFlorida_060809_FINAL.pdf

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Drug Lab Found in Georgetown Dorm, 3 Arrested

Only two months into the school year and already we can rely on college students to break the drudgery of a slow fall day. Early this morning, a Georgetown University dormitory was evacuated after MPD discovered a suspected drug lab. Initial reports indicate that around 6:15 a.m. a hazmat team was called to Harbin Hall for a strange odor on the ninth floor. After 400 students, mostly freshmen, were evacuated investigators found a large stash of chemicals thought to be used for making methamphetamines in one of the top-floor rooms. Although no drugs were found by MPD, campus officials later said the lab was not used for making meth, but rather Dimethyltryptamine (DMT-hallucinogenic) and that three arrests have been made.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Ore. Prevention Group Gets Unexpected Ally to Ban 'K2': Pharmacists

The Oregon Board of Pharmacy has banned synthetic cannabis, KGW reported Oct. 15, and a statewide prevention group recommends this strategy to other states trying to do the same.

Synthetic cannabis, also known as "K2" or "Spice," was sold in smoke shops throughout the state as incense. If smoked, it produces a high similar to that of marijuana. Oregon's Board of Pharmacy said in a statement that, "There are no manufacturing standards for these chemicals, there is no current medical use, and there is documented evidence of serious medical consequences."
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Marchman Act Blog: Oddity of the Day - Marijuana soda hits the market - 'delicious and reliably potent'...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: EAPs Think BIG to Identify More Problem Drinking

A broad coalition of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), employers, federal officials, researchers, and behavioral health care providers wants to see EAPs screen and provide brief intervention for problem drinking on a routine basis by October 2011.  The BIG initiative (named for the Brief Intervention Group) set the ambitious goal of increasing the number of people identified by EAPs as having alcohol problems by 100% between October 2008 and October 2011. 

Marchman Act Blog: New 'Roadmap' for Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment into Primary Care

The Treatment Research Institute (TRI) released on Sept. 13 a white paper outlining the successes and challenges faced by model programs aimed at integrating substance abuse services into primary care. The institute believes the paper can serve as a much-needed “roadmap” for new integration projects across the country.

The report, entitled "Integrating Substance Use Services into Health Care Settings: An Issue Brief on Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead," summarizes the results of the 2010 Forum on Integration, a conference hosted by TRI in April.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Ex-Miami Beach cop takes plea in marijuana growing case

Under a plea agreement announced Tuesday, Adam Tavss, 35, will serve two years of ``community control'' -- a strict version of house arrest -- plus two more years of probation. He also gave up his state law enforcement credentials and must go into drug treatment.
``Saying an officer coming into my courtroom as a defendant is disappointing frankly is a understatement of mammoth proportions,'' Miami-Dade Circuit Court Ellen Sue Venzer told Tavss.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: South Florida pain clinic pioneer indicted

A pioneer in the South Florida pain clinic industry now blamed for multistate drug trafficking and soaring rates of overdose deaths was indicted on federal gun charges and appeared before a magistrate judge Tuesday morning.

Already the target of a separate drug-trafficking investigation, Chris George, 29, of Wellington, was charged Thursday with possessing firearms and ammunition despite a past felony conviction. George was convicted of felony drug possession in 2002.
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Marchman Act Blog: Kids Under 6 Made Majority of ER Visits for Accidental Drug Ingestion

Children five years old and younger account for 69 percent of visits made to the emergency room in 2008 for accidental ingestion of drugs -- and adults should take heed, HealthDay News reported Oct. 15.
According to a national survey of general hospitals performed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), children age five and younger made up 68.9 percent of an estimated 100,340 emergency room visits for accidental drug consumption. The survey did not include children's or other specialty hospitals. 
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Marchman Act Blog: Barbara Harris - I disagree with you

My problem with this woman is the fact that Project Prevention does not simply advocate for responsible birth control options (including sterilization).  What they do is offer money to individuals who are extremely susceptible to making compulsive, rash or uninformed decisions to acquire money to support their drug habit. If she has no ulterior motive to influence such an important decision in someone's life (sterilization) then Project Prevention would simply operate for free without financial incentive. Think of that position as you listen to her video posted 19 hours ago...
 

Marchman Act Blog: Project Prevention is “exploitative, ethically dubious and morally questionable"

The United States charity, Project Prevention, is establishing a UK operational arm to offer £200 to any drug user in London, Glasgow, Bristol, Leicester and parts of Wales who agrees to be sterilised.
Project Prevention has attracted plenty of controversy since arriving in the country earlier this year. The programme is estimated to have already paid over 3,500 people in the United States to be sterilised or take long-term contraception. A 38 year old man from Leicester is the first in the UK to have agreed to be operated on in exchange for payment.

 Its director and founder, Barbara Harris, set up the organisation in 1994 after adopting four children born to a drug user in Los Angeles. The project is to yet to have received charitable status in the UK. Martin Barnes, DrugScope Chief Executive, said: “It is enshrined in law that the welfare of children is paramount. But the issues are much less straightforward when it is claimed that the welfare of unborn children should be put above all else.“Unlike the United States, we have universal, free health and social care system available to parents and their children. It is a fundamental principle of the NHS constitution that all treatment should be both informed and consensual; we believe that offering cash incentives to often very poor and marginalised people in return for sterilisation runs directly counter to this. It is exploitative, ethically dubious and morally questionable. 

“The premise that people with drug problems should be sterilised further entrenches the significant stigmatisation and demonisation experienced by this group, making it less likely that people will come forward for help and support when they need it most. “And where should the line be drawn? Potential parents experience a range of problems or circumstances which may present risks for the welfare of their babies and children. Who would be targeted next - people who smoke, have mental health problems, or live in poverty? Ensuring access to good quality treatment and welfare and safeguarding systems is the most effective, rational and humane approach to this complex issue, not sterilisation for cash.”

Monday, October 18, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Buprenorphine Implants an Effective Treatment for Opioid Addiction

A new study found buphrenorphine implants safely reduce cravings and illegal drug use in opioid-dependent people, HealthDay News reported Oct. 12.

Although the drug is usually administered orally, implants eliminate the risk of drug diversion and are a relatively safe alternative for patients who have difficulty sticking to an oral regimen, according to the study. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: Plain Packaging Snuffs Out Cigarette 'Cool' Factor for Teens

A New Zealand study found removing enticing logos and colors from cigarette packages significantly reduced their appeal among teens, the Australian Associated Press reported Oct. 7.

The study was presented at the 2010 Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco and Health and has been submitted for publication in a scholarly journal. University of Auckland researcher Lisa Webb showed 80 students aged 14 to 16 commercial cigarette packs and packs depicting only graphic warnings and the manufacturer’s name. The latter were developed as part of an Australian campaign that would require plain packaging on all cigarettes by July 2011.
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Oddity of the Day - Marchman Act Blog - A U.S. Charity offers UK drug addicts £200 to be sterilized

LONDON — A US charity is offering drug and alcohol addicts in the UK cash to be sterilised as part of a controversial scheme to prevent their addiction being passed on to future generations.

Project Prevention is giving 200 pounds to addicts in London, Glasgow, Bristol, Leicester and parts of Wales who agree to a vasectomy.

The first person to receive the payment is a 38-year-old opiates addict who has been involved in drugs since the age of 12, it emerged Monday, sparking criticism from some drugs charities.

The man, who wants to be known only as John, said: "I won't be able to support a kid. I can just about manage to support myself."

Speaking on BBC London's "Inside Out", to be aired tonight at 7.30pm, he said the cash incentive persuaded him to go ahead with the procedure.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: CVS meth case: CVS Pharmacy to pay millions in meth case



NEW YORK -- CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay $77.6 million in fines and returned profits in a case alleging improper control in the sale of an ingredient used to make methamphetamine, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said CVS, the largest operator of retail pharmacies, repeatedly failed to properly monitor sales of pseudophedrine, which is contained in some cold medicines and is also used to make meth.

Through failing to monitor these transactions, the pharmacy helped methamphetamine traffickers in Southern California and the area around Las Vegas to get their hands on "large amounts" of pseudophedrine, the prosecutors said in a statement - adding that the sales fueled a rise in methamphetamine production in California.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: You Got Drugs In My Weight Loss Supplement

This is a depressingly old scam – centuries old. Snake oil is marketed to the public with whatever image is considered fashionable at the time, although the “natural and wholesome” image is most common. In the 19th century there were many elixirs and tonics that claimed to be not only “natural”, but derived from either exotic tropical locations or the wisdom of native cultures. But at the same time these products included ingredients that were known powerful drugs. Alcohol was common, but narcotics and cocaine were also used. In the US the FDA ended the patent medicine industry and marginalized this practice, but the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 has brought it back. The modern deregulated supplement industry is a recapitulation of the patent medicine industry of a century ago.
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Marchman Act Blog: Legal pot in California a big mistake

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a nationally syndicated columnist, an NPR commentator and a regular contributor to CNN.com. 

San Diego, California (CNN) -- California's most valuable export isn't fine wine, agricultural products or motion pictures.
What California offers is ideas. Political movements and cultural trends start here and sweep across the country. Some ideas are born of genius, and they're priceless. But others come from hubris, and they're dangerous. Read Full Story...

Marchman Act Blog: New Name and Celebrity Spokesperson for The Partnership

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has a new name and a new spokesperson in actress Melissa Gilbert, the Associated Press reported Oct. 7.

The nonprofit anti-drug organization has rebranded itself as The Partnership at Drugfree.org. According to its president, Steve Pasierb, it did so to avoid past misconceptions that it was run by the government or that its main purpose was to advocate on drug policy.

Long associated with the ad campaign, "This is your brain on drugs," the Partnership hopes its new name will help parents see the organization as more than a source of prevention messages.
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Marchman Act Blog: FDA Okays Vivitrol for Opiate Addiction

In a 12-1 vote, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Vivitrol to treat addiction to opiates like heroin and prescription painkillers, ABC News reported Oct. 13.

Vivitrol, a form of naltrexone manufactured by Alkermes, is already used to treat about 10,000 patients a year for alcoholism. Though available in pill form, it is usually administered as a monthly shot, and can be prescribed by physicians.

Naltrexone works by blocking opioid receptors in the brain, ensuring that patients will not feel any effects if they attempt to use while being treated. Over time, their cravings diminish. By contrast, methadone is used as a replacement drug for opiates -- users can still be addicted to it -- and buprenorphine blocks some receptors, but not all.
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Marchman Act Blog: American Heritage Homecoming: Students bring booze to Boca party

BOCA RATON —

About 350 underage party crashers brought alcohol to a Boca Raton mansion early Sunday after Homecoming at American Heritage School in Plantation. And within 15 minutes, students were drinking, passed out and vomiting on the property, an attorney said. At least four calls to 911 sent paramedics and police to the home.

Some of Sunday's events — recounted Wednesday by Adam Harmelin, attorney for the homeowners — differ from what Boca Raton police wrote in their report.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Marchman Act Blog Local News - Drunken teen party: Police find hundreds of underage students drinking at party in Boca mansion

Hundreds of teenagers were drinking, drunk, sick or passed out at a private homecoming party held at a mansion in an upscale Boca Raton neighborhood on Sunday, according to a police report.

With sirens blaring and lights flashing, Boca Raton Fire Rescue and eight police officers arrived at 4040 Ibis Point Circle at 12:29 a.m. to respond to a medical emergency call from security officers at The Sanctuary.

Access to the party scene was difficult because four charter buses were parked in the street. One of them had broken down and was partially blocking the roadway into Ibis Point Circle, police said.

According to the police report, officers found about 100 juveniles drinking outside; five were vomiting and four teenage girls were lying unconscious on the front lawn.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Mental health courts cut re-arrest rates, jail time

(Reuters Health) - Mentally ill individuals who go through a specialized court system instead of the criminal justice system are less likely to be arrested again, new research hints.
The study suggests that these so-called mental health courts "can achieve the public safety outcomes that funders and the public want," Dr. Henry J. Steadman of Policy Research Associates in Delmar, New York, and his colleagues write. But the jury's still out, they say, on who will benefit the most from going through this system, and which approaches will produce the best results.
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Marchman Act Blog: Local News

 

Marchman Act Blog: Cheap, deadly 'cheese' mix of heroin, crushed Tylenol PM aimed at kids

Federal officials are warning New York cops to be on the lookout for a cheap - and potentially deadly - heroin cocktail aimed at teens. Cops across Manhattan were recently told to watch out for "cheese," a mix of heroin and crushed Tylenol PM. Cheese sells for as little as $2 a hit and delivers a euphoric high followed by drowsiness. To keep the high, users need to snort it up to 15 times a day - along with a potentially lethal dosage of acetaminophen. Cheese, which came on the radar in Dallas in 2005, has not been seen much in New York, but heroin use among teens is on the rise in the city - and the Drug Enforcement Agency fears cheese could be the next step.
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Marchman Act Blog - CDC: 25 Percent of Teens and Young Adults Report Binge Drinking

One-quarter of American teens and young adults engage in binge drinking, new statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate, HealthDay News reported Oct. 5.

Although binge drinking was also widespread among adults, the CDC said the findings for young people are particularly troubling, since their brains may be more susceptible to damage from heavy drinking than those of older drinkers.

Among all alcohol consumers, one out of three adults and two out of three high school students reported binge drinking in the past month. The practice was most common in men, adults aged 18 to 34, and people with household incomes of $75,000 or more.
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Marchman Act Blog - More U.S. Men and Women Drinking, Surveys Show

According to two comprehensive national surveys, more American men and women drank in 2002 than had a decade before, ScienceDaily reported Sept. 29.

Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth compared consumption rates from the 1991–92 National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey and the 2001–02 National Epidemiologic Study on Alcohol and Related Conditions.

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Marchman Act Blog: Five Weeks into Quit, Urge to Smoke on Cue Still Strong

A new study found images of smoking induced stronger cravings among people who hadn't smoked in five weeks than in those hadn't smoked in a week, HealthDay News reported Sept. 17.

Researchers, led by Dr. Gillinder Bedi, postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, said the findings illustrate the influence smoking cues have on people trying to quit, even after the initial withdrawal period.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Marchman Act Blog News from Across the Pond: I'm nine years old... and I sold drugs: Confessions of a primary school playground dealer

There is a big, cuddly toy lion in his bedroom alongside Dougal from the Magic Roundabout and Doodles, the canine star of the Tweenies children’s TV show.
His favourite programme is Horrid Henry.
These are reminders that the person you are about to read about is still a little boy; just nine years old. Remember that. It is the single, most shocking fact in this story.

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Marchman Act Blog Oddity of the Day: Princess Leia did cocaine on 'Empire' set

Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher admitted Monday to taking cocaine on the set of "The Empire Strikes Back", saying she didn't even like the drug but was intent on getting high.

The Princess Leia actress, now 53, said her life had been defined by addiction, with stints in psychiatric hospitals and rehab clinics -- even the emergency room with an overdose.

"We did cocaine on the set of 'Empire', in the ice planet," Fisher told Australian newswire AAP, referring to the setting of the second film in the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

"I didn't even like coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high," she said while visiting Sydney for her "Wishful Drinking" stand-up comedy show.
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Marchman Act Blog: Experts Mull Impact of Proposed 'National Institute on Addictions'

Opponents of a proposed union between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the smaller National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) worry, in part, that combining these two National Institutes of Health (NIH) agencies as part of a new 'National Institute on Addictions' could result in a lack of focus or funding for alcohol research. However, at least one researcher says the plan could actually result in more funding for alcohol-addiction research.

In late September, the NIH's Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB) voted 12-3 in favor of a recommendation from its Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction (SUAA) Workgroup to dissolve both NIAAA and NIDA and create a single institute on addictions. The SUAA was formed last summer to study the possibility of such a reorganization and issue recommendations.
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: New Pill Mill Regulations in Effect for Florida

BRADENTON – Long awaited legislation aimed at reducing the epidemic problem of Florida “pill mills” went into effect this month, bringing the state at least a step closer toward ending its embarrassing reign as the illegal prescription drug capital of the United States.

Though Florida has still not implemented a prescription tracking network that has been the silver bullet for other states(legislation authorizing one was passed, but its creation has been delayed by ongoing bid litigation), the new regulations at least make it more difficult to open or continue such an operation. Pain clinics must now register with the state and law enforcement can conduct inspections of patient records without a warrant.
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Marchman Act Blog: Three "Dollar Medical Clinics" closed down after search warrants issued

Pinellas Park, Florida --
Cracking down on pill mills, the latest effort to stop prescription drug abuse spans several cities and has taken 11 months. Investigators call it "Operation Dollar - Dollar." Investigators served search warrants on Dr. Jacinta Gillis' medical clinics in Pinellas Park and Lee County. They also served a warrant at her home in Ft. Myers.

"We'll be serving the clinic and Dr. Gillis with a closure order per the Pinellas County moratorium. She's in violation of not only the state law, but also the Pinellas County moratorium, and she will be closed today," said Robert Alfonso, a captain with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
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Marchman Act Blog: Authorities search doctor's home, clinics they suspect as pill mills

PINELLAS PARK — In the government's latest skirmish against prescription drug abuse, authorities Tuesday served search warrants at two medical clinics and a doctor's home as part of an 11-month investigation.
But the doctor at the center of the investigation, Jacinta Gillis, was not arrested, and no charges were filed stemming from allegations that she was running a pill mill.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Marchman Act Blog In Memorium: Funniest Lines from Comedian Greg Giraldo - dead from prescription drug overdose

A smart comedian who touched on religion, politics and his personal life, Giraldo was a gift to the world of comedy.

Here are 10 of his best lines. Note that these are 10 of the best. Not the best. This guy said so many hilarious things, it'd be insulting to the rest of his massive arsenal of jokes to say this is the definitive list. The world lost a comedic legend and he will certainly be missed.

On Christianity:
The Virgin Mary...We have a whole religion based on a woman who really stuck to her story.

On Judaism:
Look at the insane things the Jews believe. The Jews believe that Barbra Streisand is worth $1,000 bucks a ticket.

On Conservation:
Americans are not gonna conserve. We're not gonna shift to smaller cars. We can't -- we have big, fat kids.

On Raising Children:
Even before the kids are born, you've go to make these decisions. If it's a boy, do we get him circumcised? If it's a girl, do we keep her?

Terrorism is obviously on everybody's mind. The other day my son says to me, 'Daddy, how come the bad men hate us?' How sad is that? I actually got tears in my eyes -- because he's 18. What kind of a moron am I raising?

Can’t have a favorite. Can’t let them know know if you do. I don’t. I treat my main son and the other two exactly the same way.

On Public Awareness:
I read recently that 50% of American adults don't know who Madeleine Albright is. Can you believe that? She was so good on 'Murder, She Wrote.'

On Hummers:
I saw one of those giant Hummer cars with handicapped tags on it. I thought, 'Wow, I never realized that being an a**hole was technically a handicap.'

On Science in Japan:
The Japanese scientists just found a 25,000-year-old mammoth in the ice in Siberia, and they're about to clone it... You think the Japanese of all people would want nothing to do with prehistoric animals after what happened with Godzilla.

On Relationships:
Look at Thomas Jefferson. The guy had illegitimate kids in the 1700s, and they caught him last year. If you cheat on your wife and cover it up for 200 years, you're pretty much thinking you're home free.

Marchman Act Blog: Two moms charged with allowing young daughters to host booze parties

BONITA SPRINGS — Two mothers were arrested during the weekend at separate Bonita Springs’ residences after their teen daughters had parties where alcohol was served. Both mothers said they could not control their daughters.

Stacy Leann Desalvo, 47, of the 10000 block of Ankeny Lane (RIGHT), and Lisa Marie Jandura (LEFT), 46, of the 3700 block of Quails Walk, were each charged with allowing minors to have alcohol at an open house party. Jandura was also charged with resisting a law enforcement officer without violence.
Jandura posted $1,500 total bond while Desalvo remained in jail pending posting of $500 bond.

According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports: Just after midnight Sunday deputies went to Jandura’s house about a loud party. They saw about 15 minors in the yard drinking beer. One of the minors went and got her mother, Jandura, who the deputy said was intoxicated. She told deputies she could not get the minors to stop and told them to go home. Several empty beer cans were found in the back yard and in a trash can.
“I am not dealing with this (expletive),” she said as she began walking back toward her house. As deputies tried to arrest her, she struggled. On the way to jail, she “continuously stated that it was a stupid house party and that the deputies were stupid for arresting her.”

Just before 3 a.m. Sunday, deputies were called to Desalvo’s house about a loud party. They found approximately six minors in the driveway and about 16 additional minors between 15 and 20 years old inside. Several empty liquor bottles were on the kitchen counter and about 30 empty beer cans were found in the kitchen and another room. Deputies found Desalvo sitting at the kitchen table drinking a Bud Light beer.
When asked why she had so many underage people in the house who were drinking, she said: “That it wasn’t her idea and that it was her (daughter’s) idea.” But when queried why she didn’t call law enforcement if she did not want the youngsters in the house, she responded: “Because it’s homecoming and that’s what you do.”
After a deputy explained to the mother it was her responsibility to make sure her daughter didn’t have underage parties, she responded: “I cannot control her. Can you control your kids?”

The minors at the parties were released to parents or other adults and her daughter was released to a family friend.

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