Calif. Chamber of Commerce Fights Pot Proposition

The California Chamber of Commerce disagrees that Prop. 19’s effects would be minimal. Last week, the employer lobbying group began airing radio ads in Southern California detailing its opposition. “It creates a whole new protected class of employees and ties employers’ hands in maintaining a drug and alcohol-free workplace,” said Erika Frank, general counsel for … Read more

State Police Caution Motorists About Dangers of Driving Under Influence of Legal Drugs

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police are reminding motorists that driving while under the influence of prescription and over-the-counter medication can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. PennDOT will work with state and municipal police departments throughout Halloween week to step up impaired-driving enforcement, with increased emphasis … Read more

D.A.R.E. Program Addresses Changing Drug Scene

The newest trend in teen drug abuse is coming out of a bottle instead of from the street, and the national D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program has supplemented its curriculum to address this growing epidemic. Paragould Police Department D.A.R.E. officer Cpl. Brad Snyder said the typical D.A.R.E. program lasts 10 weeks, but the newest … Read more

Working to Stop Prescription Drug Abuse

Officials are working together to stop prescription drug abuse in local schools and communities. “Ninety percent of our problem with drugs is from prescription drugs,” School Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hathcock said.  

Teens Lie About Drug Use, Even When Tested, Study Tinds

Teens were 52 times more likely to test positive for cocaine use than report using it, while parents were 6.5 times more likely to do the same, the researchers said. Both groups misrepresented their illicit drug use despite knowing they would undergo a drug test.

School Drug Testing Spreads

Pratt said the school drug testing policy gives students another weapon against peer pressure. “It allows them when they go to parties to say, ‘Hey, look, I might get drug tested. This is my reason to not use drugs,’” he said. “It has been good for us, and we think it has been a great … Read more

School Janitor Charged with Drug Trafficking

Police have accused the janitor of a local elementary school of selling drugs. 26-year-old Christopher D. Roland was the janitor of Tully Elementary School in Jeffersontown, Ky. on Friday when police detectives received a tip that he was selling marijuana there.

DUIs Involving Prescription Drugs

As illegal prescription drug use soars, the number of cases of driving under the influence in which the substance is a prescription drug rather than alcohol is rising steadily, authorities say.