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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | April 4, 1996
Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier said yesterday that he would rather spend tax dollars for treatment of chronic drug abusers and not incarceration.Appearing before a City Council committee that is considering his reappointment as police commissioner, Mr. Frazier said nearly half of the city's estimated 50,000 heroin and cocaine addicts do not want to get off drugs, and jailing them is not the solution."I think there is a medical alternative that could be better than what we do now," he said.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1999
Standing on one of Baltimore's most infamous street corners yesterday, City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III held up a broom and pledged to sweep open-air drug markets out of the city.The mayoral candidate unveiled his plan to implement the zero-tolerance policing strategy in Baltimore that has aided other cities. The crime-fighting effort would be complemented by treatment on demand for the city's estimated 59,000 drug addicts, Bell said."This broom is going to be our symbol from here on out," Bell said.
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By Jonathan Bor | October 27, 1991
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health believe they have found evidence that distributing sterile needles to drug addicts could help to stem the AIDS epidemic.A study in Baltimore of people who inject illegal drugs has found that addicts who happen to have diabetes are less than half as likely to contract the AIDS virus than are addicts who don't have the disease.Dr. Kenrad Nelson, an epidemiologist, said that there is only one likely explanation for the difference: Diabetes enables addicts to buy clean needles at any pharmacy, making it less probable that they will share dirty needles when injecting heroin or cocaine.
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By Newsday | June 3, 1993
NEW YORK -- Bleach is not nearly as effective in killing the AIDS virus on shared needles as drug addicts have been taught, federal researchers have decided.And for the first time, federal officials suggest that addicts should have easier access to clean needles over the counter or in needle exchanges, said Dr. Harry Haverkos of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.The conclusion -- reached in February but just now making its way to many front-line groups who work with addicts -- is a blow to conventional AIDS outreach among drug users and a boost for more controversial efforts to provide new, sterile needles.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | August 2, 2000
Methadone, the addictive substance used to treat heroin dependency, could become more widely available in Baltimore County after a judge's ruling that the county violated federal anti-discrimination laws for years by blocking for-profit treatment centers. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has ruled that Baltimore County's zoning laws violate the Americans with Disabilities Act because they treat private methadone clinics more strictly than other treatment facilities, such as weight-loss centers and laser eye-treatment offices.
EXPLORE
February 5, 2013
OK news media, every story has two sides. We have seen what convicted felons, mentally disturbed and drug addicts can do with their guns, which are stolen and unregistered to say the least. Two laws broken right there! Now, let's hear from those hundreds of legal gun owners who are alive and well today because they were armed and ready when violence entered their lives.   Over 60 million people in this country own firearms legally. Positive thinking, intelligent, hard working citizens living within their rights.
FEATURES
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | April 14, 2000
Noticeably absent from Wednesday night's premiere of the Baltimore-based HBO miniseries, "The Corner," was Mayor Martin O'Malley. Although he sent his chief of staff, O'Malley acknowledged yesterday that he has avoided any relationship to the gripping, six-part movie depicting the desperate world of Baltimore drug addicts. O'Malley yesterday commended David Simon and Edward Burns of Baltimore, who wrote "The Corner," the book upon which the movie is based, but added that he doesn't think promoting the city's drug-addiction problem to the rest of the nation is in its best interest.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2012
In "The Wire,"Lester Freamon famously said, "You follow drugs, you get drug addicts and drug dealers. But you start to follow the money, and you don't know where the [bleep] it's gonna take you. " Well, it's apparently taking folks to Martha's Vineyard for a chichi Obama campaign fundraiser. To raise some cheddar for Obama, National Journal reports via the Sunlight Foundation's Party Time blog that his campaign is throwing a little street party, Baltimore-style. Except that it's on the beach, in one of the country's most elite zip codes and at the private home of not junkies or cops or even dock workers -- but socialites.
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By John B. O'Donnell and John B. O'Donnell,Washington Bureau of The Sun | February 4, 1995
WASHINGTON -- A move by House Republicans to make major changes in Social Security's disability program took on a more bipartisan tone this week as Maryland Democrats called for a range of changes in the $65 billion aid plan.Acknowledging that there is "fraud and abuse" in the program, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Baltimore Democrat, asked the Senate Finance Committee to hold hearings on the program while some of her Maryland colleagues in the House -- both Democrats and Republicans -- urged various reforms.
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Dan Rodricks | March 20, 2013
Has it been mentioned anywhere that the couple who ran the Dogwood Restaurant in Hampden tried to change the lives of desperate people while serving good food and drink? There aren't a lot of businesses willing to hire ex-offenders and recovering drug addicts. It's a bother. It comes with risks, and there are plenty of attorneys to warn clients about "negligence in hiring," and the liability that brings. But the Dogwood believed in giving second chances, so attention must be paid, however late the notice.
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