July 5, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers have been surging at an alarming rate in the United States, but here's a sliver of good news: The number blamed on methadone appears to have peaked. Still, methadone accounts for nearly one-third of prescription-painkiller deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. Methadone, known mainly for treating heroin addiction, is also prescribed for pain. Health officials say most of the overdose deaths are people who take it for pain - not heroin or drug addicts.
June 6, 2012 |
A typical drug deal for a college student looking to score illegally obtained prescription narcotics doesn't happen in a dark alley with sketchy characters. More likely, it is their roommate who offers up a couple pills from their own legally obtained medications. On Monday, administrators from area colleges met at Villanova University to discuss what they see as the fastest growing drug problem on campus, share information and develop strategies to educate students and parents.
March 25, 2012 |
The neighborhood that rings St. Jerome's Church in Northeast Philadelphia is flush with cops and firefighters, reliable Catholics in brick homes with tidy lawns, backyard slides, and a few front-door crucifixes. That was the backdrop last year for one of the more sordid clergy sex-abuse allegations to emerge in years. A grand jury report described a 10-year-old altar boy being confronted in St. Jerome's sacristy after Mass, ordered to strip, and engage in sex. Not once, but three times - by two different priests - over a year in the late 1990s.
March 19, 2012 |
By Daniel Akst You are about to read four words I never thought I would write: Pat Robertson is right. The good reverend isn't right about everything, of course. After the 9/11 attacks, when Jerry Falwell laid much of the blame on feminists, gays, and the American Civil Liberties Union, Robertson readily concurred. On other occasions, Robertson - a Yale Law School graduate! - has also suggested that feminism promotes witchcraft and child murder, and that America should assassinate Venezuelan leader Hugo ChÃ¡vez.
March 1, 2012 |
New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa on Wednesday announced a statewide ban on all forms of synthetic marijuana, the so-called designer drug that mimics the effects of marijuana. The concoction, also known as K2 and Spice, is the third most commonly abused drug by high school seniors, behind marijuana and prescription drugs, according to a 2011 study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Side effects include violent seizures, dangerously elevated heart rates, and hallucinations, according to the institute and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
February 23, 2012 |
PALISADES PARK, N.J. - A month before his controversial order to honor the late Whitney Houston by flying flags at half-staff, Gov. Christie rejected a bill that would have required the deaths of active New Jersey service members to be reported to local and county leaders to ensure a similar show of respect. Despite unanimous support from Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature, the Republican governor let the measure die by not signing it. That's known as a pocket veto. The bill is of renewed interest because of outrage that followed Christie's order to fly flags in the state at half-staff last Friday, the day before the New Jersey pop star's funeral.
February 16, 2012 |
Should flags fly at half-staff to mark the death of Whitney Houston? That question has become the center of the latest Internet-inspired storm cloud to hover over Gov. Christie. Christie announced Tuesday at a news conference that U.S. and New Jersey flags would be lowered for one day - Saturday, the day of Houston's funeral - to honor a New Jerseyan who was "an important part of the cultural fabric of this state. " As word spread via social media, response was fast and often furious.
February 14, 2012
The story is familiar. Beautiful, talented singer, actor, dancer, and on down the list, succumbs in a tragic likely accident that may have involved drug abuse. Whitney Houston was added to that roll call Saturday. She was 48. Like so many others, she is gone too soon, and yet she will always be with us. Almost from the time the little girl from Newark opened her mouth in song, it was clear she would one day be a star. And why not, given her lineage? Gospel great Cissy Houston was her mother, pop music icon Dionne Warwick her aunt, and the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, her godmother.