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Here's The Stories About Addiction Making The News

 With Analysis & Commentary By Terence T. Gorski 
An internationally Recognized Expert In Addiction

Addiction and related personality and mental disorders are the root causes of some of the most serious problems that make national and international headlines every day.  For the most part, the link between addiction and mental health problems gets lost in the reporting.  The nation is relying more and more on "get tough" law enforcement policies to deal with serious behavior problems.  As a result there is little effort to dig into the issues behind the news stories and see how they relate to problems with our national addiction and mental health policies.  

In this part of the web site I'll review some of the stories that represent the critical core issues of our time, look beneath the surface, and show you the connections to addiction and mental health treatment that are often over-looked.  

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Pathophysiology of Nicotine Addiction
By Jack E. Henningfield (posted 6-29-01) 

This is a comprehensive article that explains all aspects of the pathophysiology of nicotine addiction.

Nicotine Addiction: The Health Effects of Tobacco and 
The Scientific Basis For Regulatory Approaches

Statement by Jack E. Henningfield, Ph.D. Before the
  Committee on Labor and Human Resources
  United States Senate   February 24, 1998  (Posted 6-29-01)

This paper contains valuable information regarding nicotine and its similarities and differences to other addictive drugs.

Treatment In The News:
Drug Control Policy: Narcotic Maintenance Programs
Lower Abuse & Addiction In France (6-23-01)e

A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski

Narcotic maintenance programs involving both methadone and high-dosage buprenorphine resulted in an increase in the number of patients participating in maintenance treatment, a reduction in the number of intravenous drug users, and a reduction in overall consumption of psychoactive substances.  The implications to US drug control policy are discussed.

Treatment In The News:
Self-Resolution of Drug & Alcohol Problems (6-23-01)

A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski

Recent studies of people of have succeeded in resolving their alcohol and drug problems without formal treatment or attendance at Twelve Step Support Groups may give vital information about the factors that are critical to successful recovery.

Drug Treatment Fact Sheet

Here is a concise listing of facts about the cost effectiveness of drug treatment as compared to enforcement and other drug war approaches.  This is the place to find the evidence and references needed to show people that Public Health Addiction policy that invests in prevention and treatment is more effective and less expensive than our current well intentioned but ineffective War On Drugs.

Problems On Rikers Island & 
Highlight A National Trend Toward Atrocity 
In Our Nation's Over-crowded Prisons

Rikers Island is plagued by serious life-threatening problems with inmates that may well mark a national trend toward growing atrocities in our nation's prisons and jails.  Unless we end the harshly punitive war on drugs policies that have overwhelmed our nation's prisons with non-violent drug offenders who would be better off in community-based treatment, these horrendous problems will continue to get worse.  
The recent incidents at Rikers Island include:

·  the escape of a prisoner on Wednesday, 

·  the death of a 37-year- old inmate who had to wait an hour and 10 minutes for an ambulance after being beaten by other prisoners

·  the suicide of a 19 year old inmate on May 22 whose family was unable to raise bail 

·  a recent accidental gun discharge by a correction officer while on a bus filled with inmates 

·  the third death of an inmate to die this year after being attacked by other prisoners

How many inmates must suffer and die 
before it becomes wrong?

Drug War Uses Thermal Imaging Technology 
To Probe Private Homes
A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski

The drug warriors are continually searching for more intrusive ways to stamp out the use of illegal drugs in this country.  One of the potentially most intrusive is the use of thermal imaging technology that is capable of detecting patterns of heat coming from private homes.  Recently various generations of this technology have been deployed by police to search for in home marijuana cultivation by detecting the heat emitted from growing lamps.  The Supreme Court recently ruled that the use of this surveillance technology without a search warrant to be illegal.

New York State Drug Law Reform Stalls (6-14-01)

Efforts to resolve the differences between Republicans and Democrats on relaxing New York State's drug sentencing laws have stalled over three critical issues:  (1)  Will the judges or prosecutors call the shots on whether Class B drug felons, who make up 28% of imprisoned drug offenders, go to prison or receive treatment;  (2)   Will funding be increased for drug treatment behind the bars; and (3) the length of sentences for each drug crime and how those sentences should vary based upon the drug involved.  This is unfortunate because the current drug laws are hurt addicted people, their families, and their communities.  Harsh drug laws have failed to slow the rate of drug abuse and addiction, to make drugs less available on the streets, or to lower the rate of drug related crime and violence.  It's time that all states trade in their ineffective war on drugs legislation in favor of more effective laws based upon Public Health Addiction Policy.

Drug Law Reform: Drug Raid Sets House On Fire (6-14-01)

On June 12, 2001 the police burned down a home in St. Petersburg, Florida while attempting to serve a no knock drug warrant.  They arrived on the scene and threw a flash bang device through a window which set the house on fire.  The reason for the search was an anonymous tip that drugs were being kept in the house.  No drugs were found, but an entire neighborhood was terrorized and people lost their home and livelihood.  They could have been burned to death.

No Clemency For Lionel Tate
Fourteen Year Old boy Sentenced To Life In Prison

Governor Jeb Bush refused to allow an early request for clemency of a 14-year-old boy sentenced to life in prison for beating a 6-year-old girl to death when he was twelve years old.

Drug War Threatens Right To Privacy On the Internet

The war on drugs is threatening our basic right to privacy.  The Justice Department wants to implement a program code named Carnivore to use the internet to find drug dealers, drug users, and other criminals.  Although this allegations sounds like it is right out of the film Conspiracy Theory, Dick Armey of Texas, the majority leader of the House of Representatives is seriously concerned.  

Victim Poll Shows 15% Drop 
In Violent Crime (6-14-01)

The Justice Department announced yesterday that violent crime fell 15 percent last year, the largest drop on record, a finding that puzzled some criminologists because it came only two weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that serious crime remained stable in 2000, ending an eight-year period of significant declines in crime.  Read the details of how the experts account for this discrepancy. 

Stabilization Of Prison Population May Be Deceptive (6-9-01)
An News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski

After three decades of explosive growth, the nation's prisoner population may have begun to stabilize.  But it's not time to start celebrating.  Drug crime has been the major factor increasing prisoner population.  The U.S. is using two diametrically opposed approaches to drug crime - the War on Drugs which is driving up the prisoner population & Public Health Addiction Policy which is driving it down.  As a result they tend to cancel each other out.  In spite of it's success, Public Health Addiction Policy Approaches are not universally supported.  Find out why.

Canada's Move To Decriminalize Marijuana
 Implications For USA (6-6-01)

A News Analysis By Stephen F. Grinstead

The Canadian move toward the legalization of the medical use of marijuana raises a number of issues related to pain management.  Steve Grinstead objectively reviews these issues raises important questions for consideration when considering issues related to pain management and addiction medicine.

Rate Of Serious Crime Stabilizes
After Eight Years Of Consistent Decline (6-6-01)

The rate of serious crime in the United States stabilized in the year 2000 after eight years of consistent declines.  Is the crime rate stabilizing or could this indicate that serious crimes will start to increase in the years to come?  Read what the experts think.  (Remember, drug crimes are not included in this report on serious crime!)

Medical Education About Addiction
A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski (6-5-01)

In spite of the fact that alcohol and drug abuse problems are a  leading cause of health care problems requiring medical attention, few doctors receive adequate training in how to identify and treat addiction.  In the current political climate of a national drug prohibition policy that demonizes addicts and places physicians at risk when treating addicted people with prescription medication this is not surprising.  This news analysis provides more details.

Woman Is Convicted of Killing Her Fetus By Smoking Cocaine
A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski (5-30-01)

Women in America should be seriously concerned about a recent court decision that convicted a 24 year old Regina McKnight of Conway, S.C., of homicide by child abuse for killing her unborn fetus by smoking crack cocaine and sentenced her to 12 years in prison .  Conflicting medical testimony did not stop a jury from convicting McKnight after fifteen minutes of deliberation.  Accurate information about addiction, medical intervention, and treatment was never presented to the jury.  Although on the surface this decision seems to protect unborn children from drug-crazed addicted mothers, the potential consequences to the rights and liberties of women and families could be devastating.  It places addicted and mentally ill women at extreme risk.  Read the details.

Canada Moves Toward Legalizing Marijuana
A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski (5-28-01)

There is a slow but steady movement toward the legalization of marijuana in Canada.  This political movement is in opposition to current trends in US drug law and could influence future direction of drug policy in the United States toward a public health addiction policy that focuses upon prevention and treatment and away from a criminal justice drug policy that focuses upon punishment as a deterrent.

Betraying the Young: Children in the US Justice System
A Report By Amnesty International (5-23-01)

This article summarizes some of the key points in a report by Amnesty International involving the abuse of children in our criminal justice system.  We all need to be concerned, because in a very real sense these are our children who are being abused by a system that we are all responsible for.

Betraying the Young: Children in the US Justice System
A Report By Amnesty International (5-23-01)

This article summarizes some of the key points in a report by Amnesty International involving the abuse of children in our criminal justice system.  We all need to be concerned, because in a very real sense these are our children who are being abused by a system that we are all responsible for.

New Study On Cocaine Craving & Relapse (5-15-01)

New research conducted by Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York may shed new light on the biology of cocaine craving and the relationship of craving to relapse.  There are two brain centers that have been implicated in cocaine craving: the "reward" or "liking" center that registers the high from using the drug -- a brain pathway that involves a chemical called dopamine; and the hippocampus region of the brain, which is associated with memory and involves glutamate, an entirely different brain chemical. This research suggests that craving is is activated by the hippocampus when strong memories of cocaine use are activated.  The study suggests that medications affecting the productions of glutamate may be helpful in reducing cocaine craving.  Read the details.

Meth Update 5-14-01

Here's an update on the effectiveness of the drug war on Methamphetamine Production.  As you read this article please note that methamphetamine production has not been cut by our war on drugs efforts, it has simply shifted geographical locations to evade enforcement efforts.  This is why the investment in supply reduction is not cost effective.  Investment in demand reduction through treatment is a  much better alternative.

The Drug War - What Now?  An Interview With 
Ethan Nadelmann of the Lindesmith Foundation (5-13-01)

A policy-reform advocate criticizes the U.S. role in the international war against narcotics—and suggests some fixes.  

Bush Approach To National Drug Control Policy
A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski (5-10-01)

In his remarks upon the nomination of John P. Walters to the Cabinet position of Director of National Drug Control Policy, President George W. Bush summarized the guiding principles that will govern his new direction in drug control policy.  Terry Gorski summarizes the Bush Drug Control policy and provides a critical analysis of strengths and weaknesses.

History Of Anti-Drug Patrols in Peru (5-30-01)

Read about the long history of US involvement with  Peru's that led up to the killing of innocent missionaries in pursuit of winning the drug war.  As you read, ask yourself this question - is this the kind of country you want to live in?  Is this the kind of foreign policy you want the nation to follow under the guise of helping addicts?  Would this money be better spent investing in prevention and treatment programs within this country aimed at reducing the demand for drugs?

Substance Abuse and the Prison Population: 
A Model Policy For Aftercare Implementation (5-28-01)

The Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has developed a model policy for guiding the use of aftercare services top prevent criminal recidivism.  This model stresses a treatment & enforcement coordination (TECS) approach.

President Bush's Approach To Reducing Drug Abuse (5-14-01)

The following briefing document was forwarded to me.  It provides the White House briefing information on the President's new approach to reducing drug abuse and information about John P. Walters, the new Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  This information is strongly slanted to the needs and interests of the treatment providers to whom it was sent and presents a very different focus from  the President's remarks at the time of the nomination.  

The Drug War - What Now?  An Interview With 
Ethan Nadelmann of the Lindesmith Foundation (5-13-01)

A policy-reform advocate criticizes the U.S. role in the international war against narcotics—and suggests some fixes.  

Bush Approach To National Drug Control Policy
A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski (5-10-01)

In his remarks upon the nomination of John P. Walters to the Cabinet position of Director of National Drug Control Policy, President George W. Bush summarized the guiding principles that will govern his new direction in drug control policy.  Terry Gorski summarizes the Bush Drug Control policy and provides a critical analysis of strengths and weaknesses.

Neural Activity & Cocaine Craving
An abstract From Archives of General Psychiatry

This article documents the unique brain responses experienced by cocaine addicts to a variety of cues related to cocaine use.  This research adds to the growing evidence that addiction to mind altering drugs is a brain disease.

Neuroimaging & Alcohol Craving  
A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski

New studies using advanced neuroimaging technology shows that alcoholics have a unique brain response to alcohol-related cues that is not present in moderate drinkers.  This studies strengthens a growing body of evidence that addiction is a brain disease.

Physicians Divided On Medical Marijuana Use (Posted 4-30-01)

A new national survey found that physicians are evenly divided on the issue of medical marijuana.  Read the details.

NASADAD Letter to Congress regarding Faith-based Addiction Programs (Posted 4-30-01)

NASADAD sent a letter to Congress asking them to not support language in a Community Renewal Bill that allows the Secretary of DHHS to exempt any faith-based treatment counselor from state licensing requirements.  Read the letter for important information why Faith-based Addiction Programs represent a step backward and violate current scientific knowledge about addiction as a brain disease.

Missionaries Mistaken As Drug Dealers & Shot Down Over Peru A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski (4-28-01)

On April 21, 2001 a plane carrying missionaries was shot down by a Peruvian fighter jet guided to it's target by US-led War On Drug surveillance forces.   A 35 year old mother and her seven month old daughter were killed in the incident.  Other passengers were severely injured including the pilot who had the bones in both legs shattered.  This is one of thirty incidents since 1994 that US surveillance teams provided information to Peruvian jet fighters that resulted in private plans suspected of running illegal drugs to be shot from the sky.  This incident is raising understandable doubts over the drug war that  costs US tax payers about $2.6 billion each year.  It also raises an important issue: Should the United States of America provide surveillance support to third world counties in executing suspected drug dealers without a trial by shooting down private airplanes?

Nomination Of Director Of The Office Of Drug Control Policy 
Remarks By President Bush (4-10-01)

On April 10, 2001 President Bush nominated John P. Walters to his cabinet as Director of National Drug Control Policy.  Read the remarks of the president made at the time of the nomination.

News Scan (04-10-01)

The following research summaries were scanned from the NIDA website:  
(1) Study Finds That Methamphetamine Use Can Increase Stroke-Related Brain Damage;  (2) Study Examines Link Between Dopamine Receptor and Curtailing Cue-induced Craving for Cocaine;  (3) Nicotine Causes Degeneration in Brain's "Weak Link" for Addictive Drugs; (4) Brain Hormone That Helps Regulate Food Intake May Dampen Drug Craving: Finding Exploits Possible Relationship Between Addiction and Eating Disorders.

Plan Colombia: What’s The Real US Agenda? (03-24-01)
A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski

Plan Columbia which provides extensive military aide to the Columbian Army to fight the drug is Internationally controversial and is not strongly supported within Columbia.  There are strong indicators that this money would be better spent by implementing drug courts and expanding the community-based drug treatment programs needed to support them.

Antiwar Demonstrators Protest US Aid To Colombia (03-24-01): A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski

About 100 American anti-war activists from Witness for peace demonstrated against U.S. Military Aide to Columbia’s Drug War.  In a demonstration reminiscent of Viet Nam the protestors asserted that Plan Columbia funding would be better spent in funding addiction treatment programs within the united States.  The War On Drugs and supply reduction programs like Plan Columbia are draining critical funds from community-based addiction and mental health programs that are proven to be more effective in reducing illicit drug abuse.

New Book On Women Offenders (03-13-01)

Check out this new book by correspondent Katherine van Wormer of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa published a new book entitled: Counseling Female Offenders and Victims -- A Strengths-Restorative Approach.

N.Y. Reconsiders Tough Drug Laws (02-22-01): 
A News Summary By Terence T. Gorski

The future of New York State Governor Pataki's efforts to soften the New York State Drug Laws is uncertain because law-and-order legislators won't soften the punishment for drug offenses and some liberal lawmakers want the reforms to go further and won't compromise.  This is bad news for the  21,000 imprisoned non-violent drug offenders and their families.  So far the Professional Addiction Organizations in New York State have not published their position.

Adolescent Cannabis Study (02-19-01)

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment  (CSAT) has published the results of a comprehensive multi-site research study on the treatment of adolescents with marijuana problems.  

Washington State Drug Law Reform (02-15-01)

Washington State is considering changes in its drug laws that will reduce the penalties for drug crimes and place more emphasis on treatment and prevention programs. 

Genetics, Addiction, & The Human Genome (2-12-01)
A News Summary By Terence T. Gorski

Applications of the new human genome research that confirms the biopsychosocial nature of addiction and antisocial behavior.  

NY Gov Calls for Drug Law Reform 

New York Governor Pataki is calling for a reform in the New York State drug laws, known as the Rockefeller Drug Laws, that would put more emphasis on treatment and less emphasis on punishment.

Drug Control Time-line:  Historical Events in the History of Drugs 

Alcoholism Changes Brain's Genetic Wiring 

Alcohol Abuse Undermines Ability to Focus 


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