November 25, 2011
By Jennifer Coburn This holiday season, let's not overstuff ourselves with toys, trinkets, and gifts. The gluttony of consumerism adversely affects our health and our children's health. The average American spends more than $1,000 during the holiday season, according to Buy Nothing Christmas, an organization that advocates simplifying the holiday. Although the United States represents only 4.5 percent of the world's population, we consume 40 percent of its toys. The typical first grader is able to recognize 200 brands and acquires 70 new toys a year.
December 23, 2006 |
Receiver Antonio Bryant was suspended for four games yesterday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, dealing a blow to the San Francisco 49ers' faint playoff hopes. Bryant has 40 catches for a team-high 733 yards and three touchdowns this season after signing with San Francisco as a free agent last summer. Bryant was arrested Nov. 19 on charges of reckless and drunken driving after his orange Lamborghini was seen speeding down a freeway several hours after the 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks.
February 24, 2012 |
The Philadelphia Coalition for Drug/Violence-Free Communities will host the Teen Roundtable Cafe - Keeping It Real from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Temple. The teen cafe will allow youths to discuss topics such as substance abuse, bullying, and conflict resolution. The event will include lunch, door prizes and other activities. It is cosponsored by the Central North Equal Partners in Change Stakeholders. Teen Roundtable Cafe - Keeping It Real, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 4301 N. Broad St. Admission is free.
January 8, 1991 |
The demand for less costly substance-abuse services has attracted a new player to the field in the Philadelphia area. Friends Hospital, a 177-year-old psychiatric center at 4641 Roosevelt Blvd., said it purchased a year-old business that specialized in treating individuals with drug and alcohol problems on an outpatient basis. The Quaker hospital acquired the former Hart Center at Spring Garden Street and Delaware Avenue last month for an undisclosed sum and has renamed it the Friends Recovery Center at Penn's Landing.
April 6, 1989 |
About 40 Delaware County youngsters, who in another time might simply have been labeled juvenile delinquents and shipped away or otherwise punished, are instead going to get a second chance - as actors. Using a $35,000 federal grant, the county's Drug and Alcohol Commission is organizing a troupe of adolescent performers, who, because of previous trouble with school and the law, are identified as "at risk" individuals. In other words, they are likely candidates to fall into the world of drug and alcohol abuse and crime unless steps are taken to prevent it, said Sandra Purcell, executive director of the commission.
May 17, 1987 |
Public school districts in South Jersey have until June 30 to come up with new drug and alcohol policies in compliance with a state code to be implemented in September. The code was developed to help school districts better follow state drug and alcohol laws in place since 1980, according to Phil Brown, drug and alcohol specialist for the New Jersey Department of Education. Brown said that the laws established in 1980 required school boards to adopt drug and alcohol policies but provided no guidelines for setting policy.
November 2, 2004 |
Theo Fleury is still battling a substance-abuse problem, nearly 2 years after the former star last played an NHL game. "I'm not sober," Fleury told Rogers Sportsnet, a Canadian TV broadcaster of sports, in an interview yesterday. "But am I trying? Yeah, I'm trying, I'm trying every day. Do I want to be sober? Yeah, eventually at some point, I want to be sober. " Fleury, 36, was suspended by the NHL in April 2003, 3 months after Ohio police said the seven-time All-Star was intoxicated following an altercation at a Columbus strip club.
July 26, 1988 |
Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley admitted yesterday that he had violated guidelines established by NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle but insisted that his substance abuse problems were over. Rozelle is expected to make a decision this week, possibly today, and Redskins officials braced for a suspension of at least a month for the former all-pro. Manley, barred from reporting to training camp pending the completion of an investigation by Rozelle, spoke for the first time since meeting Friday with Rozelle.
October 15, 1987 |
Judy Ridgway, 28, has lived on the edge most of her life. After suffering through severe alcohol and drug addictions, the Delaware County resident now is finally attempting to put her life back in order. Judy: "I started drinking beer and cheap wine at the age of 11. My mother and father both had problems with alcohol. I can always remember that nobody talked about anything at my house. There were no feelings. Everyone drowned it all out with alcohol. "At 14, I started out with pot, then I started using speed and I got into some meth.
December 16, 2010
I applaud Alfred Lubrano's recent article ("The drugs dilemma," Sunday) for its insight into the complex challenges associated with breaking the stronghold of the drug trade and the cycle of addiction in Kensington. One key barrier that the article fails to mention, however, is the difficulty many face accessing quality substance-abuse treatment. There are many reasons for this among substance abusers: reluctance to take the first step to enter treatment; uncertainty about how to navigate the treatment system; and limited treatment options in the Kensington section of the city, particularly for youths.