Latest news: 09-10-2010
Mich. may be first to drug test roadside
Lansing, MI - Pending legislation would make Michigan the first U.S. state to do roadside saliva tests for illegal drug use just as police do breath tests for alcohol. "I know this has been a problem for law enforcement for years," state Rep. Rick Jones, a Republican sponsor of one of the bills in the package, told The Detroit News. "What do you do when you've got a guy you know is on drugs but you can't test him?" said Jones, a former sheriff.
Ohio teens say drug abuse rising, meth use unchanged
Dayton, OH - Substance abuse among local high school students is rising, reversing a decline during much of the previous decade, according to a newly released Wright State University study. The percentage of 12th graders who reported using marijuana at least once rose to 44.1 percent in 2010, up from 39.4 percent in 2008. That’s the highest percentage since 2002, when 51.6 percent of 12th graders reported using the illegal drug at least once.
Meth moving into Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH - Law enforcement officials say more meth labs are migrating from rural areas to urban areas, and investigators are working to keep up with them. "We're coming across more and more here in the city limits," said Officer Pat Galligan with the Clandestine Lab Team and the Cincinnati Police Department. On Wednesday night, Paul Bryant was arrested at a home on River Road in Sedamsville and accused of making meth. Police said the illegal labs were once banished to rural communities because of the distinct odor they give off, but police said criminals have figured out a way to disguise that smell, allowing them to set up in urban areas.
Hawaii hospital tackles meth problem
HI - Micki Brailo was shopping in a convenience store in Wahiawa recently when she noticed it had glass pens for sale. She immediately recognized them as drug paraphernalia. "I confronted the individual (behind the counter) and said, 'Do you know this is a crack pipe?'" Brailo said. "She just kind of giggled it off, and I was like, 'It's not funny that you're selling them for $1.99.' I said, 'You're promoting drug use in the neighborhood.'" So Brailo, manager of the critical care unit at Wahiawa General Hospital, decided to take things into her own hands. She organized "Not Even Once" Fridays for her staff, when they wear wristbands and T-shirts from the Hawaii Meth Project. She invited Meth Project officials to make a presentation to staff and volunteers, all in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of meth.