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Published: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:48:43 -0700

Last Build Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:10:02 GMT

 



US GU: PUB LTE: United States' Hard Line On Drugs Is Harm

Sat, 28 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT

Pacific Daily News, 28 Jul 2012 - In his July 25 op-ed, Sir Richard Branson cites Russia as an example of repressive law enforcement leading to the spread of HIV. He need look no further than the United States. Centers for Disease Control researchers' estimate that 57 percent of AIDS cases among women and 36 percent of overall AIDS cases in the U.S. are linked to injection drug use or sex with partners who inject drugs. This preventable public health crisis is a direct result of zero-tolerance laws that restrict access to clean syringes. While the rest of the world increasingly favors harm reduction strategies to reduce the harm caused by both drug abuse and enforcement, the U.S. maintains a hard line.



US GU: PUB LTE: Veteran Hopes For Medical Marijuana Law

Sun, 27 Jun 2010 07:00:00 GMT

Pacific Daily News, 27 Jun 2010 - I am a disabled Vietnam War veteran. I saw your notice about the Sunday Forum on medical marijuana and I want to tell you about my experience. I have been suffering for years from many illnesses, including PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), chronic headaches, chronic body pains, severe arthritis, and hand and leg cramps that affect my ability to drive. I have trouble sleeping and I wake up three or four times a night.



US GU: Drug Free Coalitions to Hold Exercise

Mon, 04 Feb 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Marianas Variety, 04 Feb 2008 - AS part of the Prevention and Early Intervention Advisory Community Empowerment's (PEACE commitment to build capacity in substance abuse prevention with Guam's Community Drug-Free Coalitions, a two-day team building training will be held this week at the Outrigger Guam Resort. Community Services and Resources Inc. (CSR), one of Guam's five drug-free coalitions and sub-grantees under the PEACE program, will be hosting the "Building Drug-Free Coalitions" training on Feb. 8 and 9. Participants of the two-day training will engage in a variety of team building exercises including water sports and activities that promote collaboration and understanding of cultural diversity among the coalitions.



US GU: PUB LTE: Forced Drug Tests In Schools Is A Bad Idea

Sat, 26 Aug 2006 07:00:00 GMT

Pacific Daily News, 26 Aug 2006 - Regarding Brian Enriquez's Aug. 17 letter, the U.S. Supreme Court erred when it created a drug-war exemption to the Constitutional and ruled in favor of drug testing students in extracurricular activities. Student involvement in after-school activities like sports has been shown to reduce drug use. They keep kids busy during the hours they are most likely to get into trouble. Forcing students to undergo degrading urine tests as a prerequisite will only discourage participation. Drug testing may also compel marijuana users to switch to harder drugs to avoid testing positive. Despite a short-lived high, marijuana is the only illegal drug that stays in the human body long enough to make urinalysis a deterrent.



US GU: PUB LTE: Address Alcohol Issues Along With Drug Usage

Mon, 24 Jul 2006 07:00:00 GMT

Pacific Daily News, 24 Jul 2006 - "Alcohol Is The Anesthesia By Which We Endure The Operation Of Life." George Bernard Shaw Let us suppose that alcohol was illegal. The following would be the type of propaganda that would be expressed by those fronting the war on some drugs: "Alcohol is a toxin that causes dizziness, headache, vomiting and blackouts. It impairs speech, judgment, coordination, cognition and memory, and depresses respiration, which can lead to death after a single drinking session. Withdrawal symptoms include rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, chills, fever, chest pain, nausea with recurrent vomiting, abdominal pain, hallucinations and seizures, sometimes resulting in death. Alcohol users suffer from peptic ulcers, liver failure, pancreatic cysts, high blood pressure, stroke, metabolic abnormalities, malnutrition, lung and urinary tract infections, brain damage and cancers of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, liver, stomach, colon and breast. Alcohol use is also associated with depression, suicide, unemployment, divorce, domestic violence, assault, homicide and vehicular accidents."



US GU: PUB LTE: Regulate Cannabis to Cut Off Harder Drugs

Fri, 12 May 2006 07:00:00 GMT

Pacific Daily News, 12 May 2006 - "On my way downstairs I had a smoke, and somebody spoke and I went into a dream." Sir Paul McCartney, "A Day in the Life" Cannabis is an illicit multibillion-dollar agricultural industry in the United States. The annual cannabis crop in California is worth about $4 billion, making it the state's most lucrative agricultural resource. Cannabis is a non-toxic, psychoactive plant that has never killed anyone, does not lead to the use of hard drugs, and has tremendous healing capacities.



US GU: PUB LTE: War On Drugs Increases Drug Dealers' Profits

Sat, 18 Mar 2006 08:00:00 GMT

Pacific Daily News, 18 Mar 2006 - Vern Perez makes the common mistake of confusing drug-related crime with prohibition-related crime in his March 5 article. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits. The drug war doesn't fight crime, it fuels crime.



US GU: LTE: Who's Getting The 'Ice' Smuggled Into Guam?

Wed, 23 Nov 2005 08:00:00 GMT

Pacific Daily News, 23 Nov 2005 - The capture of the Korean man (Oh) carrying methamphetamine hydrochloride ("ice") and the amount confiscated is really bloodcurdling. What the island and its inhabitants should be concerned with are the recipients. Who ordered these drugs? Where is it being stored? And, are those responsible for the storage of this drug keeping a good eye on it? What I think should be done is flush the "ice" down the toilet -- NOW - -- before it disappears and ends up where it was intended to go.



US GU: LTE: Get Tougher To Protect Community From Drugs

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 07:00:00 GMT

Pacific Daily News, 25 Oct 2005 - I think the government's effort to fight illegal drugs wasn't tough enough. They should require drug tests every six months, FBI clearance, and psychological tests both for DPW drivers and taxi drivers on Guam. We must protect the community and our visitors. Sean Encarnacion