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By Los Angeles Times | January 27, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Defense has rejected a White House plan for the military to take a new leadership role in the war on illegal drugs, setting back administration efforts to give fresh impetus to a lagging program, according to senior officials.The refusal leaves stalled a proposal by the White House Office of Drug Control Policy that would have created a unified military authority to coordinate most U.S. counternarcotics operations in Central and South America.With new obstacles threatening progress made after President Bush escalated the drug fight, the Pentagon posture disappointed officials who had hoped that a military-style battle plan would help the administration wage a more effective campaign.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
First, there was a lawsuit about concussions. Now, more than 500 retired NFL players have filed a lawsuit claiming teams provided them with illegal drugs , including narcotics and pain killers, that caused medical complications down the road. The suit alleges that the league " has intentionally, recklessly and negligently created and maintained a culture of drug misuse, substituting players' health for profit. " To me, this appears to be a bunch of former players who keep wanting to tap into the seemingly endless amount of money the NFL is making these days.
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By Charles Holmes and Charles Holmes,Cox News Service | June 20, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Americans spent at least $40 billion on illegal drugs last year, according to the government's first attempt in a decade to put a price on street sales."
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
A Glen Burnie man accused of endangering his neighbors by building bombs in his home pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge Thursday. Todd Wheeler Jr. could receive up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced in September. After his federal conviction, Anne Arundel County prosecutors are expected to drop more than 20 state charges that Wheeler built and owned explosive devices. The federal firearms charge stemmed from a pistol, flare launcher, signal launcher and homemade devices that investigators found in Wheeler's home in the Harundale neighborhood.
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By Eric Lekus and Eric Lekus,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 7, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Adolescent drug use dropped in 1996 for the first time in five years, in a sign that the nation's anti-drug efforts are beginning to reach young people, according to a government survey released yesterday.At the same time, the report found that illicit drug use remains persistently high among college-age adults and that heroin use is rising, especially among young people.Even for teen-agers, drug use is still nearly 80 percent higher than when President Clinton took office. That bad news kept administration officials from declaring victory at a news conference yesterday announcing the results.
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By Anthony Tommasello | August 17, 1997
Kids once used air freshener to hide the smell of marijuana smoke. Now they're using air freshener to get high, and it's killing them.The latest victim was Thomas William McDonald, a 16-year-old Westminster High School student, who was found dead in a parked car on Aug. 5. Police said a nine-ounce can of air freshener was found between his legs, and a second, which was just about empty, was found on the passenger seat.Thomas' death illustrates the need to educate our children about the dangers of inhaling commonly used products, just as we've warned them about street drugs.
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By David G. Savage and David G. Savage,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 25, 2005
WASHINGTON - Using a police dog to sniff a car's exterior for drugs does not violate the privacy rights of a stopped motorist, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday, even if the officers had no reason to suspect the car and its driver were carrying drugs. When added to prior rulings, the Supreme Court's 6-2 decision appears to give police broad, but not unlimited, authority to use canines to sniff for drugs - or bombs - whether on roads or in schools, airports and office buildings. Although the case before the court was argued as a test of police power in the war on drugs, dogs also play an important role in the war on terrorism.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
A 28-year-old Severn man was arrested on multiple gun and drug charges Tuesday after paramedics responded to his home and found his 5-year-old son had ingested methadone, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Paul Kristopher Brooks, of the 1200 block of Reece Road, could also face child neglect charges, and charges are also pending against an additional, unidentified suspect, police said. Emergency personnel first responded to Brooks' home about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday after a 911 caller reported the boy was not breathing after accidentally ingesting the prescription narcotic and powerful liquid pain killer, police said.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2000
The state proposed strict new policies yesterday to prevent transit workers with drug problems from returning to the controls of trains and buses - even as investigators said preliminary tests show no evidence of illegal drugs behind Tuesday's crash of a light rail train at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The Mass Transit Administration said, however, that four of its 2,400 workers in "safety-sensitive" positions - including drivers - are still on the job after twice testing positive for drugs.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2001
Baltimore police say that an apparent decline in the supply of illegal drugs, which they believe is linked to a recent spate of killings and shootings, could be the beginning of a broader trend that might lead to more violence. Detectives have begun closely tracking street sales and the purity of drugs they seize to discern clues about shifting alliances between street dealers and suppliers, said Maj. Anthony G. Cannavale, who leads the department's narcotics unit. By increasing surveillance, police officials hope to prevent more violence.
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Letter to The Editor | April 24, 2014
The following was sent to Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. A copy was provided for publication.  While I deeply sympathize with the loss of your family member to a murderous criminal, I fail to understand how a well-educated man with as much all-around experience as your TV ads claim, just does not get the point. It was not the gun but the warped mind of a violent criminal who grossly misused a gun in place of a knife, ax, sword, hammer, tire tool,...
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Anne Arundel police arrested a Laurel man Wednesday after a narcotics sting at his home turned up illegal guns and drugs. Police found two handguns, a Luger 9 mm and a Kimber .45-caliber, in a flak jacket with loaded magazines after a search of the 3500 block of Rippling Way residence. Police said Elwin Douglas Rice Jr., 32, was prohibited from possessing a firearm for a former felony conviction, according to the Maryland State Police Gun Center. A small amount of marijuana and cocaine paraphernalia were also found in the search.
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By John McCarthy and Tom Manger | October 8, 2013
Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed legislation to deal with the serious problem of an emerging class of drugs known as "synthetic cannabinoids. " The new law, which went into effect Oct. 1, prohibits the sale and possession of drugs intended to mimic the effects of marijuana, commonly sold under brand names such as "K-2," "Spice," "Voodoo Spice" "Scooby Snax," "Mr. Nice Guy" and "Mystery," to name just a few. Particularly troubling is that the packaging of these products often depict cartoon characters or images that are appealing to young people.
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Editorial from The Aegis | July 3, 2013
Addressing a Harford County crowd interested in learning the latest social threats posed by chemical abuse, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Chip Cooke pointed out that synthetic drugs with names like "spice" and "bath salts," which had been outlawed, are back on the market. By changing the chemical makeup of the substances by what Cooke characterized as "one little molecule," the definitions in the prohibition against selling would have to be changed to account for the change in chemical formula.
NEWS
November 12, 2012
Lawmakers in Maryland this year shied away from legalizing the medical use of marijuana by certain very ill patients under carefully controlled clinical conditions. Voters elsewhere, it seems, are not so cautious. On Tuesday, Colorado and Washington passed ballot initiatives legalizing the possession and sale or marijuana for purely recreational use - no prescription required - making them the first states in the country to do so. (A similar initiative in Oregon was narrowly rejected, but voters in Massachusetts approved a law allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes.)
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
Federal agents in Baltimore helped lead an operation that this week seized and shut down nearly 700 U.S.-based websites linked to the sale of counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs as part of an international effort to upend the global online drug trade. The local operation, known as Bitter Pill, was part of an international initiative led by Interpol that spanned 100 countries and confiscated 3.7 million doses of counterfeit medications worth an estimated $10.5 million, according to federal officials.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jill Jonnes and By Jill Jonnes,Special to the Sun | April 22, 2001
We are eating dinner with friends at a Charles Street pub. Several of us are drinking wine, another Coca Cola. One woman leaves to have a cigarette over at the bar. My husband orders a coffee. All in all, a thoroughly ordinary scene repeated millions of times all over America, nay, all over the world. Elsewhere in Baltimore, teen-agers are hawking and smoking blunts, thick marijuana cigarettes, while older addicts are smoking cocaine or injecting heroin. Alas, an ordinary scene repeated millions of times all over America, nay, all over the world.
NEWS
November 12, 2012
Lawmakers in Maryland this year shied away from legalizing the medical use of marijuana by certain very ill patients under carefully controlled clinical conditions. Voters elsewhere, it seems, are not so cautious. On Tuesday, Colorado and Washington passed ballot initiatives legalizing the possession and sale or marijuana for purely recreational use - no prescription required - making them the first states in the country to do so. (A similar initiative in Oregon was narrowly rejected, but voters in Massachusetts approved a law allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes.)
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
A 28-year-old Severn man was arrested on multiple gun and drug charges Tuesday after paramedics responded to his home and found his 5-year-old son had ingested methadone, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Paul Kristopher Brooks, of the 1200 block of Reece Road, could also face child neglect charges, and charges are also pending against an additional, unidentified suspect, police said. Emergency personnel first responded to Brooks' home about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday after a 911 caller reported the boy was not breathing after accidentally ingesting the prescription narcotic and powerful liquid pain killer, police said.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Maryland is slated to receive $1.8 million for its part in a national settlement with Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories over allegations of illegal drug marketing, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Monday. Abbott will pay $100 million to 44 states and Washington, where officials had claimed the company marketed Depakote for uses other than those approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It's considered safe and effective for treating seizure disorders, mania associated with bipolar disorder and migraines.
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