August 20, 2007
Gov. Martin O'Malley has come out in favor of expanding Medicaid eligibility for poor people, a move that could result in the provision of more drug treatment. That would be a welcome development, allowing more addicts to get treatment as well as better health care. Maryland has a serious health care problem, including close to 800,000 people who are uninsured. Although the problem must be addressed through a variety of solutions, expanding Medicaid coverage needs to be part of the mix. The state's current salary threshold is only $6,288 a year for a working parent in a family of three.
October 24, 2005
Reformed convicts not owed new start Why does Dan Rodricks think that people owe recovering addicts something ("If they can't work, then this city won't work," Oct. 17)? While I applaud anyone who has had the courage and willpower to get clean and stay clean, I think Mr. Rodricks misses that point that no one forces addicts to start using drugs. Where does Mr. Rodricks, or anyone else for that matter, get off suggesting that law-abiding, well-off citizens should feel obligated to give money or jobs to people who chose to live lives of destruction and crime?
August 7, 2005
AN OPTIMIST could take heart in signs that Baltimore's huge drug problem might just be on the decline. The numbers of fatal overdoses and emergency room visits are trending downward, drug treatment has expanded in the past decade, and surveys suggest there might be a generational shift away from hard drugs. But it is impossible to seriously assess the course of the city's struggle with drugs. And because of that, the city is stuck with a number that has hung around its neck for two decades: 60,000 addicts.
July 31, 2005
BALTIMORE'S drug cancer has eaten away at people, families and whole neighborhoods for more than three decades. It has affected the entire region in some way and, considering the thousands of citizens involved in this problem, seems intractable, a lost cause. Decriminalization is not the answer. No one I know believes heroin and cocaine are going to be made legal anytime soon. The war on drugs didn't cut the demand for dope, but it certainly gave us the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world.
April 10, 2005
AN 11-YEAR-OLD suspected heroin dealer was arrested in East Baltimore last week with the drugs and $189 in cash on him. The arrest occurred on Lt. Timothy Devine's shift, and in 20 years on the job, the police veteran said, he had never seen a drug dealer so young. Lieutenant Devine may be the exception -- because the 11-year-old drug dealer is not. In the past decade, city police have arrested 32 11-year-olds and nine 10-year-olds on felony drug charges. These are not runners and lookouts, the youngest recruits in Baltimore's drug trade.
December 28, 2003
In 2003, Geoff Schoenbaum left his mentor's lab. He had a Ph.D., an M.D. degree, a new son, his first assistant professorship and nearly $1.3 million in grants to continue brain research developed during his association with Michela Gallagher, a world-class neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins University. It was, one might say, a very special time, the year a young scientist found himself squarely astride the shoulders of giants. His latest work, featured as the cover article the Aug. 28 edition of the journal Neuron, described how one part of the brain, the amygdala, controls representations made in another, the orbitofrontal cortex.