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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | June 14, 1994
Alcohol and drug abuse among the elderly has long been an under-recognized problem, according to drug counselors and those who work with the senior population.Junction Inc., a drug treatment center in Westminster, hopes to alert seniors and their care givers to the issue through a new prevention and education program.Joyce Tierney, the county's assistant prevention coordinator, who works out of Junction, plans to present the program at the county's senior centers and at churches that have outreach ministries for the homebound elderly.
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August 27, 2014
A state commission meeting this week to draft rules governing access to medical marijuana by patients and physicians has left advocates for the drug's therapeutic use wondering whether it will ever become available to those who need it. The commissioners need to balance the scientific and medical issues raised by medical marijuana against the legal constraints imposed by state and federal statutes. But in trying to walk a fine line between the two, the panel appears to have crafted rules that in some instances are so restrictive that many patients with illnesses that could be treated with the drug may never be able to get it. That would defeat the whole purpose of Maryland's medical marijuana law, which has already been delayed once since its passage in 2013.
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BUSINESS
By Michael Enright and Michael Enright,Special to The Sun | October 8, 1990
As the headlines continue to talk of international drug interdictions and military intervention in the war on drugs, it's often overlooked that the business world can be a vital foot soldier in the battle."
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
The Ravens' defense won't be competing against Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon this season. His one-year suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy was upheld by the league after an appeal was heard by vice president Harold Henderson. Gordon played just one game against the Ravens last season, catching three passes for 44 yards. He was serving a two-game suspension for testing positive for codeine that kept him out of the Browns' first game against the Ravens last year.
NEWS
By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | June 11, 1997
More than half of the seriously injured patients treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center were found to have a current or past problem with drugs or drinking, according to a study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association.The survey results have prompted officials at the trauma center to contemplate ways to persuade patients while they are still in the hospital to get treatment for their addictions or to change on their own."If you find those problems, you ought to treat those problems," said Dr. Carl A. Soderstrom, a professor of surgery who directed the study.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2004
Ravens running back Jamal Lewis could face significant punishment from the NFL if convicted on federal drug charges, even though his alleged crime took place before he joined the team, an attorney familiar with the league's substance-abuse policy said yesterday. Lewis, who already has been entered in Stage 3 of the policy, was charged this week with conspiring to possess, with intent to distribute, 5 kilograms of cocaine in the summer of 2000, before he signed his first contract with the Ravens.
NEWS
By Katherine Marks and Katherine Marks,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | December 15, 1996
Howard County residents who work together to stop drug abuse have been honored at the county executive's 5th Annual Partnership Awards Program at Taylor Manor Hospital in Ellicott City.The awards, which were presented Wednesday, are sponsored by the Howard County Substance Abuse Impact Services Office.Joyce Brown Weddington, Howard County substance abuse impact coordinator, said the awards were started when she and the county executive realized five years ago that efforts to fight substance abuse were disjointed.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,The Howard County Office of Substance Abuse Impact ServicesSun Staff Writer | September 12, 1995
Howard County's substance abuse programs will gain national prominence tomorrow morning when President Clinton comes to Elkridge to urge Congress not to cut funding for drug-abuse education legislation.Launching a national drug-awareness campaign at Mayfield Woods Middle School, Mr. Clinton is expected to highlight the Howard school system's use of the federal funding and how the various county agencies have worked together to fight substance abuse."I'm really pleased that we get a chance to show off our drug education program," said Debbi Lange, the health education teacher at Mayfield Woods.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
I applaud the efforts of the University of Maryland in obtaining the funding needed to increase their mental health services ("UM adds funding for mental health," April 3). While money is important, it isn't everything. National statistics tell us there is a very high prevalence (50-to-75 percent) of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, otherwise known as co-occurring disorders. It is the expectation, not the exception. So designing their treatment system to accommodate these individuals will assure better outcomes.
NEWS
August 13, 2014
Substance abuse counselor Mike Gimbel's call for canceling Baltimore's Moonrise Festival raises an obvious question: Isn't there another "expert" on the subject who can actually speak objectively about substance abuse ( "Anti-drug advocate calls for Moonrise Festival to be canceled," Aug. 7)? With all due respect to Mr. Gimbel's intentions and expertise, his opinions and statements are no more than veiled attempts to keep himself relevant, and they appear to be frankly self-serving.
NEWS
August 13, 2014
Substance abuse counselor Mike Gimbel's call for canceling Baltimore's Moonrise Festival raises an obvious question: Isn't there another "expert" on the subject who can actually speak objectively about substance abuse ( "Anti-drug advocate calls for Moonrise Festival to be canceled," Aug. 7)? With all due respect to Mr. Gimbel's intentions and expertise, his opinions and statements are no more than veiled attempts to keep himself relevant, and they appear to be frankly self-serving.
NEWS
May 19, 2014
The recent incident of a man driving a truck into the WMAR television studio involved a person reported to suffer from mental illness and a cannabis use disorder, yet the press continues to hype up the mental health diagnosis and play down the substance abuse ( "WMAR barricade suspect had been hospitalized for mental illness, mother says," May 14). What will it take for people to understand that there is a high prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders? Yes, people may hear voices, but adding a substance to that can be fatal.
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | May 6, 2014
When it comes to the status of marijuana in Maryland, Sheriff Jesse Bane was absolutely right when he told the Harford County Council last week: "I will guarantee you dollars to doughnuts they will be back next year to legalize marijuana... " For better, or for worse, the push is on in many parts of the U.S. to legalize marijuana; this year, the Maryland General Assembly went so far as to decriminalize possession of small amounts of the drug, which already had been given clearance for medical uses, albeit a rather useless clearance.
NEWS
By Barbara Pash | April 28, 2014
When Samuel Bierman and Zachary Snitzer opened Maryland Addiction Recovery Center last January, they'd done their homework. The co-founders knew they wanted to be in Maryland, particularly Baltimore County. But they chose Towson, where their center is located at 110 West Road, for a few reasons. "It's centralized, and easy to reach," said Bierman, executive director, "and the biggest group needing help are 15-to-30 year-olds. That's a major demographic in this area," a reference to the local college scene.
NEWS
April 18, 2014
Flu shots The Department of Health is offering free vaccinations. Nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people age 2 to 49. It is not for pregnant women. The clinics also have the high-dose flu shots for people 65 years of age and older. Pneumococcal vaccine is also available. The following locations will provide vaccinations: •Glen Burnie Health Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 416 A Street, Glen Burnie. 410-222-6633. •Parole Health Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1950 Drew Street, Annapolis.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Christian Rojas has a plan. The Iraq War veteran wants to get his paralegal certificate. Then, he figures, he'll go into business for himself, helping people write their wills and file motions in court. He dreams of earning a law degree eventually and practicing law. First, though, he has to get out of prison. Rojas, 33, is at Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover in Somerset County, where he is serving seven years for holding up a couple of fast-food restaurants in Severn in 2011.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems and Baltimore Mental Health Systems will merge this fall as the field moves to integrating substance abuse and mental health treatment. The new organization will be named Behavioral Health System Baltimore, employ 70 people and have a $68.5 million operating budget. The merger, contingent on the board approval of both organizations, comes as the state of Maryland prepares to combine substance use and mental health programming into one agency next year.
NEWS
July 13, 2011
Betty Ford made it socially acceptable to seek treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. By going public with her own story of addiction, she opened the door for thousands of others to admit they had a problem. Her commitment to drug and alcohol treatment, with the Betty Ford Clinic, was a model for others to follow. At a time when drug abuse is growing faster than ever, we sure could use her leadership. Mike Gimbel, Towson
NEWS
February 11, 2014
I am writing to you as the president of FACE-IT (Faith Activated Community Empowering Intervention Training), a not for profit corporation incorporated in the State of Maryland. The mission of this faith-based coalition is to provide educational intervention through training to prevent substance abuse among our youth and to combat addictions in Harford County. We strive to build a community of spiritual healing by empowering and supporting faith and community organizations in their service to youth and the community suffering from substance abuse and other addictions through prevention, awareness, education and training.
FEATURES
By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Starting in December, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders recovering from substance abuse will be able to receive LGBT-focused resources and services at Baltimore's LGBT community center. Through a partnership with Maryland RecoveryNet, a federally-funded initiative meant to increase access to support services for those recovering from drug addiction, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) will begin providing LGBT-focused recovery support services.
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