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2008-09-06 00:00:04

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Cocaine and methamphetamine use among young adults declined significantly last year as supplies dried up, leading to higher prices and reduced purity, the government reports. Overall use of illicit drugs showed little change.About one in five young adults last year acknowledged illicit drug use within the previous month, a rate similar to previous years. But cocaine use declined by one-quarter and methamphetamine use by one-third.Drug use increased...

2008-09-05 09:00:04

By Bob Deans Cox News Service WASHINGTON -- The generation that once celebrated sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll as a rite of passage is carrying substance abuse into retirement, says a U.S. government survey released Thursday. Illicit drug use shot up 116 percent over the past five years for Americans between the ages of 55 and 59, according to a 2007 study by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In that age group, 4.1 percent of those queried said they...

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2008-09-04 11:25:00

A U.S. agency said on Thursday that cocaine and methamphetamine use among young adults declined significantly last year while abuse of prescription pain drugs increased. Cocaine use declined by one-quarter and methamphetamine use by one-third while about one in five young adults last year acknowledged illicit drug use within the previous month. However, illicit drug use among those aged 55 to 59 more than doubled, to 4.1 percent in 2007 from the previous year, according to the report from the...

2008-08-06 12:00:57

By Lewis Griswold, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Aug. 6--The nation's drug czar chopped down marijuana plants growing deep inside the Sequoia National Forest in Tulare County on Tuesday. John Walters, who holds the Cabinet-level position as director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, came to California to bring attention to a new locally coordinated, but partly federally funded, marijuana eradication program to raid marijuana gardens planted on public lands by Mexican...

2008-07-03 18:00:17

By Sheri McWhirter, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 3--VANDERBILT -- The Pigeon River still doesn't run clear, nearly two weeks after a large sediment release from a private dam rushed downstream and decimated the blue-ribbon trout fishery. State environmental officials are trying to gauge damage done to the river and its inhabitants after a dam in the Pigeon River Country State Forest opened June 22 and released a large amount of silt. The investigation isn't finished,...

2006-02-10 08:05:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More girls than boys are becoming first-time users of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, reversing previous trends, the U.S. drug czar said in a report released on Thursday. "Girls have become users at rates that exceed boys or equal boys now, which never used to be the case," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a telephone interview. The report found 1.5 million U.S. girls 18 or under started using alcohol in 2004,...

2006-02-09 18:16:51

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More girls than boys are becoming first-time users of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, reversing previous trends, the U.S. drug czar said in a report released on Thursday. "Girls have become users at rates that exceed boys or equal boys now, which never used to be the case," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a telephone interview. The report found 1.5 million U.S. girls 18 or under started using alcohol...

2006-02-09 18:15:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More girls than boys are becoming first-time users of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, reversing previous trends, the U.S. drug czar said in a report released on Thursday. "Girls have become users at rates that exceed boys or equal boys now, which never used to be the case," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a telephone interview. The report found 1.5 million U.S. girls 18 or under started using alcohol in 2004,...

2005-11-17 17:07:22

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Cocaine is becoming more expensive on U.S. streets in a sign that a $3 billion aid program to Colombia is finally bringing results and reducing illegal drug imports, the White House drugs czar said on Thursday. The price of cocaine on U.S. streets rose by 19 percent from February to September, hitting about $170 per pure gram, according to data published by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Higher prices probably mean...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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