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13, 2001 -- Now You an Search National Families in Action's Website
National Families in Action is pleased to announce it has added a search engine to its website. Browsers can now search all of the 700-plus pages of the site. What's more, you can conduct a search from any page in the site. More.
November 10, 2001 – Vogue Article on Drug Treatment Distorts Reality
An article appearing in the November 2001 issue of Vogue magazine provides a distorted view of drug addiction treatment. Its author cites several authorities, but draws her conclusions from a few whose work is not viewed seriously by the scientific community. She ignores the large body of scientific evidence about effective treatment for drug addiction and the vast number of people who have recovered from it. More.
November 6, 2001 - Drug Use Higher in Initiative States
States that have passed "medical" marijuana initiatives exhibit above-average use of marijuana and other drugs, according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. The national average for past-month illicit drug use is 9.9%; initiative states show higher rates. More.
October 29, 2001 - Drug network uses media
There is an orchestrated protest that occurs every time a newspaper publishes an editorial or article that displeases the legalizers. For several years, they have posted to the DrugSense Media Awareness Project, an Internet Web site they created, copyrighted newspaper articles from publications throughout the world. More.
October 4, 2001 – Parents Count!
The new 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, out today, makes clear how important parents are in preventing teens from using illicit drugs. More
October 3, 2001 – Advocates Discuss Legalization Strategies
The following excerpts are from an audio tape of a panel presentation at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) 2000 Conference. Panel members describe the two basic strategies legalization proponents have advanced: go slow and legalize drugs incrementally ("the nose-in-the-camel's-tent" approach) vs. the "all-out approach." Our thanks to the Drug Free America Foundation for transcribing the tape. Underscores indicate unclear words on the tape. More.
September 24, 2001 -- When Reading Criticism of John Walters' Qualifications, Consider the Source
The new Coalition for Compassionate Leadership on Drug Policy, which says it neither endorses nor opposes political appointees, is made up primarily of drug-legalization organizations that vigorously oppose John Walters for "drug czar." More
September 8, 2001 – Drug Policies of the Netherlands and Sweden: How Do They Compare?
in Action is pleased to bring to your attention a report that Hassela
Nordic Network will be publishing in segments starting Monday, September
10, 2001. The report is described below. To read each day's segments,
August 29, 2001 -- More Adult Americans on Probation for DWI than for Drug Offenses
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 24 percent of the 3,839,532 men and women on probation in 2000 had been convicted of driving while intoxicated compared to 18 percent who had been convicted of a drug law violation. The Bureau defines probationers as criminal offenders sentenced to a period of correctional supervision in the community. The rest (58 percent of probationers) committed other offenses. More.
August 21, 2001 – Time to Write the New England Journal of Medicine
Legalization proponents are orchestrating a campaign to flood the New England Journal of Medicine with letters protesting the journal's publication of a letter from doctors at Children's Hospital Boston who call attention to several (legalization) websites that give out inaccurate, sometimes dangerous, medical information about the drug Ecstasy. More.
2001 Violent Crimes, Not Drug Crimes, Drove Prison Growth Over
August 16, 2001 – Today's British Medical Journal: Canadian Doctors' Opposition to "Medical Marijuana" Grows
Canadian doctors' opposition to medical marijuana grows, according to a report in today's British Medical Journal. The president of the Canadian Medical Association releases an open letter cautioning members that new access to the drug creates "significant concerns for both you and your patients." Both documents follow. More.
2001 Update on Ecstasy
2001 Cocaine Used During Pregnancy May Damage Structure of Baby's
2001 – Peter Lewis Gives ACLU $5 Million to Fight Drug Laws
2001 Forty Percent Fail Prop 36 Pilot Program
2001 British Medical Journal Editorial -- "Cannabinoids
for Pain and Nausea: Some Evidence but is There Any Need?"
2001 - Celebrating Recovery from Addiction
2001 - American Medical Association Declines to Endorse Compassionate
Use of Marijuana for Medicine
2001 – Letter from a 20-Year-Old Ecstasy User
2001 – California Marijuana Activists Lose Round Marin County
District Attorney Paula Kamena defeated a recall attempt led by marijuana
activists, who accused her of victimizing medical marijuana users. Marin
County citizens voted 4 to 1 in favor of keeping her in office. Her effort
to allow patients to possess up to 7 mature marijuana plants, 12 immature
plants, and ½ pound of dried marijuana without fear of prosecution displeased
activists, who collected enough signatures to force the recall election.
2001 - Scientist Says Scientific Evidence For Marijuana as Medicine
Does Not Exist
February 2001 - Use of Most Drugs Higher Among U.S. 10th-Graders Than European 10th-Graders The European School Survey on Alcohol and Other Drugs released its 1999 survey of 10th grade students in 30 European nations. The survey is designed to be comparable to the U.S. Monitoring the Future Survey. Graphs
January 2001 - Of each $1 states spend, 96 cents goes to shovel up the wreckage of substance abuse. Only 4 cents goes to prevention and treatment, says a new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. CASA chairman and president, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., calls for a revolution in the ways states spend money on this problem. Full report.
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