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2008-08-30 00:00:25

By Natalie Morera Kayte Heerdt's downward spiral into heroin use started with booze, marijuana and then her family's medicine cabinet. The 18-year-old got hooked on her stepfather's Lortab, then turned to OxyContin, which she bought on the street. When that got too expensive, she turned to a cheaper and more readily available drug -- heroin. She ended up in rehab in the Renaissance Campus, a residential treatment program for adolescents in West Seneca. Her path is becoming all too...

2008-08-14 18:00:45

Teens say that getting prescription drugs are easier than getting a beer, a U.S. survey indicates. The survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York said some parents are enabling their kids to use and abuse drugs by not monitoring their social activities, prescription drugs and addressing the problem of drugs in school. The CASA study also said: -- 46 percent of teens say they leave their house to hang out with friends on school...

2008-08-14 06:00:46

By Janet Kornblum What is easier for a typical teen to get his hands on: a six-pack of beer or a bunch of prescription drugs? More teens now say it's easier for them to acquire prescription drugs -- usually powerful painkillers -- than it is to buy beer, according to the 13th annual survey on attitudes about drug abuse, out today, from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. Parents also are ignorant about their teens' use of drugs and...

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2008-07-25 09:30:00

More than 1,000 people died during the span of two years from an illegal version of the painkiller fentanyl, the government reported Thursday in its first national tally of those deaths. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said some of the fentanyl came from Mexico, and was then illegally sold by drug dealers on U.S. streets, sometimes mixed with cocaine and heroin. The CDC report said the Chicago area had the most deaths with 349, followed by Philadelphia with 269, the...

2008-07-21 12:01:26

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fa29ad/international_drug) has announced the addition of the "International Drug Control into the 21st Century" report to their offering. This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of drug misuse, dependence and the ways in which different parts of the world have responded to these problems. The book examines aspects of the contemporary drug problem, the related debate and the way in which society is responding to it....

2008-07-18 09:01:12

By Jeremy Laurance Health Editor Teenagers are sobering up - but the improvement is marginal, according to the latest survey of drinking, smoking and drug-taking by young people. Rates of drug-taking and drinking are falling and smoking is at its lowest level since records began a quarter of a century ago, figures show. Among 11 to 15-year-olds, the proportion who have avoided alcohol has risen to almost half (46 per cent) in 2007 from 39 per cent in 2001. The number who had drunk...

2008-07-17 21:00:29

By The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 17--A 42-year-old Akron man has been sentenced to five years in prison in connection with the operation of a methamphetamine lab in his basement. In May 2006, Akron police responded to a report concerning an alleged meth lab on Stetler Avenue, Summit County prosecutors said today. Police said that when Michael Gerhart answered his door, officers smelled a strong chemical from inside the house. In the basement, officers found chemicals used to...

2008-07-17 00:00:35

Regarding Bill Steigerwald's column about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's 35th birthday ("35 years of drug war failure," July 13 and PghTrib.com), the primary hiring criterion for DEA agents is ignorance. The emphasis on "drug-free" backgrounds ensures that those least knowledgeable about the use and effects of illegal drugs are charged with enforcing laws against them. There is a good reason millions of Americans prefer marijuana to martinis. Anyone who has experimented with...

2008-07-08 09:01:10

Text of report in English by Seychelles Nation newspaper website on 5 July [Unattributed report: "Cares War on Drugs Gains Momentum"] Care [Campaign for Awareness, Resilience and Education] is mobilising people in all sectors of the community to be part of the war on drugs, Noella Gontier, the organization's director, has said. "We are continuing with our community mobilisation programme because the drug situation is alarming and we are asking citizens to wake up against drugs," said Mrs...

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2008-07-01 16:17:30

A new international study ranked Americans as the world's top consumers of cannabis and cocaine. Published on Monday in PLoS Medicine, the study showed that 16.2 percent of Americans reported trying cocaine at least once, and 42.4 percent had tried marijuana. New Zealand came in second, with only 4.3 percent of participants reporting cocaine use, and 41.9 percent had tried marijuana. Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney compiled data of 54,068 people in 17 countries...