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Latest news: 6-25-2009

Meth users can regain impulse control after year of nonuse

Sacramento, CA - In a study published online by the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, UC Davis researchers report that it takes at least a year for former methamphetamine users to regain impulse control. The results tell recovering substance abusers, their families and drug-treatment specialists that it can take an extended period of time for the brain functions critical to recovery to improve.

Full story, Insciences

Wife of Mexican Mafia kingpin among the 100 indicted on drug charges

San Bernardino, CA - The wife of a jailed Mexican Mafia member acted on his behalf to manage narcotics sales and oversee collection of "taxes" from dealers to benefit the prison-based gang in San Bernardino County, law enforcement authorities said Thursday.

Janet Marie Hernandez, 41, of Bloomington, is among defendants charged with conspiracy and narcotics trafficking in a federal indictment.

Full story, The Press-Enterprise

Kindergarten teacher arrested for meth

Nitro, WV - A stop at one home Wednesday night led police to make three arrests in connection with methamphetamine.

Nitro Police and the Metro Drug Task Force went to a home on Michigan Avenue to conduct what they call a “knock and talk” investigation.

Full story, WSAZ-TV

House considers mandatory drug testing for public safety personnel

Boston, MA - Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino testified today at the State House in favor of statewide legislation requiring random drug and alcohol testing for all public safety personnel and emergency medical technicians.

"We already have drug testing for conductors of garbage trucks, dump trucks and school buses. Why not a public safety official? Why are they not tested?" Menino asked the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee at today's hearing, adding that the law would "equal the playing field" for municipal workers.

Full story, The Boston Globe

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