February 24, 2016 |
It's no secret this country has a drug problem, and not just with the kind peddled on street corners to vacant-eyed addicts. Do we also have a pain problem? Many of our TV shows are brought to us by products with fanciful names promising relief from ailments large and small, and, perhaps most of all, from pain. And as PBS's Frontline reports Tuesday in a two-hour presentation, Chasing Heroin , it's the search for pain relief - as well as for profits - that helped lead to a national problem with heroin that's not always fully acknowledged.
March 13, 2015 |
JOHN DALY has taken a swing at the PGA Tour's drug-testing policy. Daly, on his radio show, "Hit It Hard With John Daly" on Sirius/XM, said the Tour notifies players before they will be tested, given them time to clean up their act. "It's not random; it's a big a joke," Daly said. "This whole drug testing is a joke. " Daly said he expects to be tested before this week's Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla. "I know when I'm getting drug tested," he said.
July 24, 2013 |
THE LATEST distraction for the Denver Broncos comes from All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, who insisted yesterday he did nothing wrong in the face of reports he could miss four games for violating the NFL's drug policy. "I know I did nothing wrong. I'm sure this'll be resolved fairly," Miller tweeted, acknowledging he had seen the reports and adding he was disappointed the Broncos have to open camp with this news hanging over them. ESPN first reported the pending discipline for Miller.
April 26, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - The nation's drug czar said Wednesday that the legalization of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado won't change his office's mission of fighting the country's drug problem by focusing on addiction treatment that will be available under the federal health overhaul. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the National Drug Control Policy, released President Obama's 2013 strategy for fighting drug addiction Wednesday at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. The strategy includes a greater emphasis on using public-health tools to battle addiction and diverting nonviolent drug offenders into treatment instead of prisons.
February 26, 2013 |
BASEBALL UNION head Michael Weiner said Monday there have been talks about increasing the penalties for violating baseball's drug-testing program. "There are certainly some players who have expressed that," Weiner said. "We've had discussions with the commissioner's office. If it turns out that we have a different penalty structure because that's what players are interested in, that's what the owners are interested in, it will be for 2014. " Weiner spoke to the media after he met with the Toronto Blue Jays as part of his annual tour of spring training camps.
January 10, 2013 |
THE TORONTO Maple Leafs fired general manager Brian Burke on Wednesday with the NHL on the verge of beginning its season. Burke's brash and outspoken style apparently did not mesh well with the new corporate owners of the Maple Leafs, who haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment president Tom Anselmi said at a news conference that longtime Burke assistant David Nonis will fill the job. Burke will stay as a senior adviser. Anselmi acknowledged that 4 years without a playoff berth factored into the decision.
November 29, 2012
The Phillies finally provided us with some significant offseason news on Tuesday. It was bad news, but significant nonetheless. All-star catcher Carlos Ruiz, the best position player on the team in 2012, will not be around for the start of the 2013 season after testing positive late last season for the banned amphetamine Adderall. That's a huge development for the team, the player, and the game. The ramifications of Ruiz's 25-game suspension are clear for the team and the player, even if the method for dealing with them is not. The Phillies, trying to rebound from a disappointing .500 season, will continue their traditional march to opening day without at least one of their best players.
August 18, 2012
It's official: Pro golfer Phil Mickelson and members of the O'Malley family now own the Padres. Major League Baseball's owners Thursday approved the sale of John Moores' club to a group that includes Kevin and Brian O'Malley, sons of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley; Peter and Tom Seidler (Peter's nephews); Mickelson, and beer magnate Ron Fowler for about $800 million. Commissioner Bud Selig said it's going to be difficult to say farewell to Moores, whose divorce forced him to put the team on the market in 2009.
August 10, 2012 |
AS TERRIBLE as the tragedy of Garrett Reid's death was, the massive amount of play it received in the media and elsewhere — a moment of silence before a Phillies game for a nonplayer who died essentially of self-inflicted wounds? — yanked me back to a question I have grappled with over the years — whether it's time to decriminalize drug use. Every time I get close to "yes," a case like Reid's pulls me back to "no. " Easing up on hard drug enforcement will bring more misery, more addiction, more death.
June 21, 2012 |
IF MORAL INDIGNATION is what you are after, feel free to read the following paragraph and then flip to the adult entertainment advertisements at the back of our section (or their online equivalent, the comments section). MORAL INDIGNATION! MORAL INDIGNATION! MORAL INDIGNATION! Now, for those of you who want to have an honest discussion about drug-testing, let's take a look at what actually happened yesterday evening when the Phillies announced that rookie infielder Freddy Galvis had been suspended for a drug test that revealed traces of the banned drug Clostebol in his system.