Monthly Archives: October 2008

Weekly News Digest: Week of 10/27-10/31

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded grants in fiscal year 2008 that are projected to provide more than $74 million in grants to federally recognized tribes or tribal organizations serving the mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment needs of American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Date Added: 10/31/08
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New Report Finds Early Intervention Program Reduces Illicit Drug Use

The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program can reduce illicit drug use among patients seeking medical care in a wide variety of health care settings such as hospitals, physician offices, and community clinics, a study finds.

Date Added: 10/31/08
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Open Question: READ THIS!! What do you think?

[[taken from urbandictionary.com]]

Drugs are chemicals that alter, block, or mimic chemical reactions in the brain. This causes an alteration of the body’s normal processes, causing physical (Faster heartbeat, deeper respiration etc.), or mental (Elevated mood, new thought processes etc.) changes.

Drugs are used for a myriad of purposes, from anaesthesia, to psychotherapy, to just being able to wake up in the morning (Caffeine).

Drugs that are used for personal pleasure (often illegally) are called Recreational Drugs. Traditional RD’s include marijuana, alcohol (Yes, it is a drug), MDMA (ecstasy), mushrooms, LSD, methamphetamine, heroin, crack/cocaine. Recreational drugs come under many criticisms, and praise by opponents, and users alike. Some believe the use of RD’s to be immoral, and life-threatening, while others believe that new and thoughtful insights can come from drug use (especially psychedelics like mushrooms, and LSD)

Other drugs include caffeine, psychedelic mushrooms diphenhydramine, dimehydrinate, mesculine, morphine, dextromethorphan, PCP, and chocolate (Chocolate contains theobromine, which is an effective cough suppressant, possibly more effective than cough syrups, which are also drugs. Theobromine has mild mood elevating effects. It’s also the reason you don’t feed chocolate to your pets.)
Contrary to popular belief, drugs are not for stupid people. Stupid people are the reason that recreational substances cause such a problem in society.

If used responsibly, drugs can bring about new insights, and positive life changes, or can be used to just sit back and relax after a hard day’s work. They can leave you with a better, and renewed appreciation of life. (This is usually the work of psychedelics) Keep in mind that responsible drug use is just that: responsible. Using certain drugs with high addiction potential, like cocaine, crack, heroin, and methamphetamine to name a few, is not responsible, unless you have amazing willpower.

Substances like marijuana, MDMA, and LSD to name a few can all be used responsibly, and can be very fun, but if used often, they can be detrimental to your health. LSD could warp your very perspectives on life to the point where you can’t even look at certain things the same way anymore. Ecstasy is a neurotoxin which can leave you with long term depression. Finally, heavy marijuana use will damage your lungs (If smoked), and can leave you very unmotivated, and lethargic. It will also cause a mild cognitive impairment that will disappear after cessation of use.

In closing to this long rant, if you’re intelligent, drugs won’t make you stupid. If used responsibly, drugs can be a catalyst to a better, more motivated, and eventful life. As long as your drug use doesn’t cross into other areas of your life (Work, school, social) you’ll be alright.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re an idiot and use drugs because it’s hella fun, and cool, and you use them chronically, then they will probably catalyze your downfall. Especially if you blow guys at parties for your fix.

If you don’t want to use drugs, that’s fine, I respect that, and your friends should too. But please, all anti-drug people out there, don’t bitch at people for doing them, and telling them that they are fucking up their lives. Unless they actually are. Blowing guys are parties, doing crack everyday, robbing convienience stores for drug money, and smoking pot in class are all signs that your friend is a fuck-up who needs to stop drugs.

Remember, it’s not the drugs people use, it’s the people who use them.

DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE??? WHY?

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Open Question: Drug addiction & prison sentences?

There is a young man that I know who has been addicted to crack cocaine for a long time. He went to prison nearly 4 years ago, was just released to a work release program then with the intense pressure put on him to obtain employment under very stringent regulations and in a very depressed economy along with the fact that his mother is dying a very horrible death, he requested to be sent back to his previous facility to serve the remainder of his sentence. That request was rejected, 2 days later he obtained crack and got high out of desperation. He was caught and sent back to prison. Now the dept of corrections wants to charge him with up to 15 years for possession on a correctional facility.
He is in solitary confinement for 150 days which in my opinion is cruel and unusual punishment.

My question is what are the legal options in this case.

PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU ARE UNINFORMED OR A CHILD. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION!
Diane B
You give me hope! I would like to get more info from you and share more details with you. Would you please email me as your profile page does not allow emails? Thank you so much!
Oops! I mean Diana

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Open Question: Drug addiction & prison sentences?

There is a young man that I know who has been addicted to crack cocaine for a long time. He went to prison nearly 4 years ago, was just released to a work release program then with the intense pressure put on him to obtain employment under very stringent regulations and in a very depressed economy along with the fact that his mother is dying a very horrible death, he requested to be sent back to his previous facility to serve the remainder of his sentence. That request was rejected, 2 days later he obtained crack and got high out of desperation. He was caught and sent back to prison. Now the dept of corrections wants to charge him with up to 15 years for possession on a correctional facility.
He is in solitary confinement for 150 days which in my opinion is cruel and unusual punishment.

My question is what are the legal options in this case.

PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU ARE UNINFORMED OR A CHILD. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION!
Diane B
You give me hope! I would like to get more info from you and share more details with you. Would you please email me as your profile page does not allow emails? Thank you so much!
Oops! I mean Diana

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The American Public Health Association Conference Wrap-up

The American Public Health Association conference wrapped up yesterday. If you attended, we hope you were able to visit the SAMHSA exhibit booth to learn more about:

  • Grants and news releases
  • New publications and products
  • Statistics and data reports
  • Programs and campaigns

Date Added: 10/30/08
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Open Question: Does Obama Smoke 2 packs a day?

Thats what i head, 2 packs a day.
Also heard he had a cocaine addiction.
Is this true?

Also, dont you think his ears stick out a lot?

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Resolved Question: How long did Obama’s cocaine addiction last?

I have been reading about this online. Did he have to go to rehab? Do you think the stress of being president would make him pick it back up again?

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