July 8, 2011 |
LYNNE ABRAHAM doesn't get it. She didn't get it when she was Philadelphia's district attorney from 1991 until last year. And she'll probably never get it, no matter how many statistics and reports show that America's 40-year-old "war on drugs" has been a hugely expensive and crime-inducing failure. "My view remains unchanged with regard to drug abuse," Abraham, 70, said from her office at the Archer & Greiner law firm, where the bulldoggish ex-prosecutor is now a partner. Her view is that people who smoke marijuana - by far the most widely used illicit drug in the United States - are violent deviants, roaming Philly's streets with deadly weapons, killing witnesses and committing "untold numbers of crimes" to support their habit.
April 18, 1990 |
Glassboro residents may learn a bit about drug abuse when they pay their water and tax bills. Through a plan instituted by Joseph Manganaro, superintendent of the Water and Sewer Department, borough employees are distributing drug education guides when residents come in to pay their bills. The guides contain information about eight drugs, including alcohol, cocaine and marijuana, and list physical symptoms of users, what to look for and the dangers associated with the drug's use on a 3-by-5-inch slide-rule- like card.
September 16, 1989 |
Gilberto carefully unwrapped a packet containing a grayish powder and slowly sprinkled the drug into some tobacco he had arranged in a piece of cigarette paper. With practiced fingers, Gilberto rolled the cigarette and licked it shut. He lighted the cigarette, inhaled deeply. As the drug took effect, a faint smile came across his face. "It feels good," said Gilberto, 32, his voice becoming thick and smooth. "I feel a little more energetic than before. " It was 3 in the afternoon Thursday, and Gilberto had just awoken on the frayed, filthy mattress in the bedroom of his near-barren brick house in a northern Medellin neighborhood.
April 7, 1988 |
A group of Philadelphia-area lawmakers called yesterday for a wide range of programs to combat drug abuse, but they presented no specific legislative proposals. Sen. Hardy Williams (D., Phila.), backed by 10 other city legislators, cited the slayings last month of Anthony Williams, 13, and his brother Cornell, 15, as examples of the worsening drug problem. The two youths, who lived near the King Plaza public-housing project in the 1200 block of Catharine Street, were abducted March 12 and later shot, allegedly by cocaine dealers for whom they sold drugs.
May 26, 2004 |
Diego Maradona is in a rigorous rehab program for drug abuse and is considering further treatment outside Argentina, his doctor said yesterday. The 43-year-old soccer great, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, has been at a psychiatric hospital in suburban Buenos Aires since early May when he was rushed to a clinic for lung and heart problems. Dr. Alfredo Cahe, Maradona's personal physician, said the former player appeared to be taking drug rehab seriously "for the first time in his life.
November 7, 1986 |
There have been significant recent developments in the areas of detecting and treating drug abuse in the workplace. Unfortunately, broadbrush drug screening bypasses these developments. It offers the allure of technology and action, and the illusion of security. In fact it is a throwback to moralistic models of substance abuse that have traditionally fueled rather than quelled abuse problems. This is particularly unfortunate today because of the strides that have been made in addiction treatment in the last decade.
November 8, 1990 |
The attorneys of the Montgomery County Bar Association and the doctors of the Montgomery County Medical Society are joining the fight against illegal drugs in the schools with a new program to speak to students on the consequences of drug abuse. The first participants in the program will be Cheltenham Elementary School students, who will meet today with Cheltenham physician Donna Farrell and attorney Leonard L. Shober of McTighe, Weiss, Bacine & O'Rourke of Norristown. Students in Cheltenham's Myers Elementary School will participate in a December program.
March 22, 2001 |
These days, many schools have a zero-tolerance policy for students caught doing drugs or drinking alcohol on campus. But Westtown School has a different approach. For the last eight years, the private Quaker day and boarding school, founded in 1799, has had a two-track system of discipline and treatment that educators and students at the school agree is working. "Since we left that [zero-tolerance policy] and went to the dual track, we have seen a lessening of drug abuse," said head of school Tom Farquhar.
January 23, 1989 |
Cincinnati Bengals backup fullback Stanley Wilson, who has a history of drug problems, was suspended before yesterday's Super Bowl for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Details were sketchy, but sources with the Bengals gave this account of the incident that led to the league's suspension: Wilson, 27, had appeared in good spirits earlier Saturday, posing for pictures with some young Bengals fans after a morning team meeting. He missed a 7 p.m. team meeting, however, and was then found in his hotel room incoherent and apparently under the influence of a controlled substance.
September 24, 1986 |
The Congressional leadership and the Reagan Administration discovered this summer what the Harlem Representative Charles B. Rangel and every urban cop and street-smart teen-ager from Brooklyn to East Los Angeles have known for more than a decade: addiction is America's No. 1 crime problem. The arrival of crack and its electric spread beyond the black ghettos have frightened middle-class parents. The President and the Congress are responding like vigilantes in the Wild West. But what they have done so far is likely to be as effective in dealing with addiction as the gun-toting vigilantes were in pacifying our frontier.