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Latest news: 06-23-2010

Justice Department hosts National Rural Law Enforcement Meth Summit

CO - The Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) opened today, in partnership with Strategic Applications International, the National Rural Law Enforcement Methamphetamine Summit: Moving Strategy to Action in Denver, Colo.   Meth affects rural America in particular, taxing already limited and over-burdened law enforcement, treatment, and public health resources.  This summit, made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will address our nation's challenges with methamphetamine and provide support for law enforcement as they develop solutions to transform and protect America's rural communities.

Full story, from PR News Wire

Laws against pregnant mothers exposing babies to drugs

MO - The chances of damaging an unborn child from smoking tobacco, taking/using drugs and such, are many and very dangerous. A number of states have laws invoking punishment upon those mothers who damage a child in this manner. Yet, this practice is highly controversial. Both sides of the discussion have very obvious points to consider but resolving them is not so easy. Let us examine and discuss methamphetamine for our example. A growing and already very popular drug among those who participate in such things.

Full story, The Birmingham Crime Examiner

Peer drug use may increase youth’s genetic tendency to use

MO - The nature-nurture debate is usually about how much of something is due to our genes and how much is caused by our environment. New research just published in the academic journal Addiction shows that the case is more interesting for young women who smoke, drink, or use drugs, for two related reasons. First, a young woman with a genetic predisposition to substance use is also predisposed to choose friends who smoke, drink, or use drugs, thereby altering her environment in a way that encourages substance use. Second, a young woman's exposure to substance-using friends not only changes her environment but also increases her genetic inclination to use these drugs regularly, thereby raising even higher her already increased likelihood of substance use.

Full story, from Medical News Today

Meth pipes disguised as novelty gifts sold across nation

VA - By the time he was done with them Tuesday morning, 36 Love Roses – better known as crack pipes – became a jagged pile of glass and plastic at the bottom of a cardboard box. Andrew Huynh, owner of Andy’s Market on Commonwealth Avenue, said he learned Monday from a Bristol Herald Courier article that the $1 novelty item he sold from his counter was actually a crack pipe, and its $3 counterpart is mainly used to smoke meth. He wasn’t pleased. While last week, clerks and a manager at his store readily explained the dubious function of Love Roses, Huynh said no one filled him in.

Full story, The Bristol Herald Courier

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