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Maptalk-Digest Sunday, December 20 1998 Volume 98 : Number 499

PUB LTE: Down With Dare (CO)
    From:  (A H Clements)
New additions to the CEDRO website [fwd]
    From: Richard Lake <>
CT:  Editorial:  It's the drugs, Stupid:  At Long Lane, they see no evil...
    From: "Tom VonDeck" <>
CT:  Op-Ed: On dignity, human rights, and misguided critics of methadone tr
    From: "Tom VonDeck" <>
PUB - US News & World Report
    From: Paul Wolf <>
NY Times has an on-line forum about Medical Marijuana 
    From: Paul Wolf <>
Is Barr a Bircher?
Bert Lahr has been in the jungle...
    From: Peter Webster <>


Subj: PUB LTE: Down With Dare (CO)
From:  (A H Clements)
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 14:13:57 -0500

Newshawk:  (Colo. Hemp Init. Project)
Pubdate: Sat, 19 Dec 1998
Source: Boulder Weekly (CO)
Author: Dennis Duckett/Nederland


Thanks for your DARE article (Wayne's Word, Dec. 3). Thanks to Police Chief
Beckner and Sheriff Epp for putting DARE out of its misery, and ours.

Upon reading your article, my son, who is a high school senior, commented,
perhaps with a little pride, that he was the only one in his class who
doesn't use drugs.

We did not allow the school to indoctrinate him with the DARE curriculum.
Instead, he spent his time in voluntary community service working with
kindergartners and first graders which he completely enjoyed.

As a, now, drug-free parent, and aging, very experienced drug using member
of my culture, my view on drugs and what I conveyed to him was that my
experience shows "pot" to have a distracting influence on our normal, daily
existence, (i.e. laboring and consuming for a global corporate economy). For
him this manifests in successfully graduating from high school.

I asked him to be aware of this, and observe it in school life. I never
suggested that "pot" is bad or good. I did tell him that heroin and cocaine
are addictive, and drugs like LSD, psilocybin, mescaline and peyote have
special qualities that can open one's mind to dimensions of awareness most
people don't normally experience. I provided him with my insights and
information on drugs and drug experiences.

As you said-if we teach our kids math and reading they use it. If we teach
drugs they use it. If we teach sex, (you left that one out), they use it.
If, instead, we allow them the freedom to "learn" about all these things; if
they could become aware of their relationship to others, to their
environment, to their world, and how all these things effect those
relationships, they might, perhaps, create and new and different, better
world, of which they might feel a part. Perhaps drug use in our society
might become less narcissistic and more practical, more sacred in its
nature. Perhaps drug "abuse" might end.

Drugs have been used in every culture the world has seen. Drug use is
intrinsic to society.

It will not be controlled, or stopped.

The drug war is a lie.

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Checked-by: Don Beck

                                    Ashley H Clements
                  1416 Brookvalley lane  Atlanta, GA  30324
                   (404) 636-6426



Subj: New additions to the CEDRO website [fwd]
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 15:34:38 -0500

New additions to the website of the Centre for Drug Research (CEDRO),
University of Amsterdam:

Abraham, Manja D., Peter D.A. Cohen, Roelf-Jan van Til, & Marieke P.S.
Langemeijer (1998), Licit and illicit drug use in Amsterdam III.
Developments in drug use 1987 - 1997. Amsterdam: CEDRO. (PDF file, 473 Kb)

Abraham, Manja D. (1998), Drug use and lifestyle; Behind the superficiality
of drug use prevalence rates. Presentation held at the 9th Annual
Conference on Drug Use and Drug Policy, Palma de Mallorca, October 2, 1998.
Amsterdam: CEDRO.

Cohen, Peter (1998), Shifting the main purposes of drug control: From
suppression to regulation of use. Paper presented at the
Euro-Ibero-American Seminar, 8-9 October 1998, Palácia da Bolsa, Porto,
Portugal. Amsterdam: CEDRO.

Cohen, Peter, & Arjan Sas (1998), Cannabis use in Amsterdam. Patterns of
consumption among 216 experienced cannabis users. Amsterdam: CEDRO. (PDF
file, 741 Kb)

Sas, Arjan (1998), Science on the Internet. The pros and cons of publishing
on the world wide web and the possibilities of monitoring information.
Presentation held at the 10th ELISAD conference, Paris, France, December 4,
1998. Amsterdam: CEDRO.

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Subj: CT:  Editorial:  It's the drugs, Stupid:  At Long Lane, they see no evil...
From: "Tom VonDeck" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 13:07:56 PST

Source:  Journal Inquirer
Newshawk:  Tom Von Deck
Date:  Saturday, December 19th, 1998

It's the drugs, Stupid:  At Lon Lane, they see no evil, hear no evil

From the Day of New London

The state's child acvocate, Linda Pearce Prestley, is right to rip the 
cover off the conditions teen-agers endure at Long Lane School, the 
state's facility for juvenile delinquents.

The institution is utterly medieval.  Chaining kids to beds?  No 
sprinkler system?  Has anyone in power contemplated what would happen to 
these children if there were a fire?

Prestley, who grew up in Groton, does a service in decrying those 
conditions at the school.  Many state politicians are publicly agreeing 
with her, but don't let them fool you.  Those in power have long known 
about the appalling conditions at Long Lane for years.  Gov. John G. 
Rowland got a tour of the facilitry early in his first term.  Any number 
of legislators have also gotten tours. 

So why hasn't anything been done?  

Recently, Prestley requested a tour of Long Lane in response to the 
suicide of one 15-year-old and subsequent suicide attempts of other 
teens incarcerated there.  Key to improving conditions, Prestley said, 
is an upgrade of mental health services.  

She's right.  The mental-health services for juveniles could be better 
at Long Lane.  Practically everything could be better at Long Lane.

But let's get specific.

The vast majority of the juvenile delinquents at Long Lane ere sent 
there because they were using drugs, dealing in drugs, or selling drugs.  
Many also had alcohol problems.

State officials say 70 percent of male inmates and 85 percent of the 
female inmates have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.  A University of 
Connecticut study estimated that at least 52 percent of the teens in 
Long Lane needed drug treatment.

So does Long Lane deal effecticely with the kids' drug involvement?

Nope.  The institution has no in-house drug-treatment program.

This, despite the pervasive and proven link in medical literature going 
back to 1830 between abuse of alcohol and drugs and suicide attemps.

Given that suicide at Long Lane has landed the facility in the news, the 
lack of drug treatment at Long Lane is quite incredible.

So does Long Lane enroll kids in outside drug treatment?  Only a handful 
of teens get such help, in comparison to the number experiencing drug 

Long Lane used to have a cottage where drug treatment of youth could 
take place.  But it was funded with federal dollars, and when the money 
ran out, the program stopped.

Spokesman John Wiltse, of the state Department of Children and Families, 
says two of the staff at Long Lane are clinical substance-abuse 
counselors.  And they will be able to supervise counseling at the 
institution once other staff members are trained to be substance-abuse 
supervisors.  Wiltse says the goal is to have one certified counselor 
for each eight inmates with problems.  But it would likely take two to 
three years to certify the staff members.

So what happens in the meantime?

The youthful inmates with intensive drug problems are referred to 
residential facilities outside Long Lane, but that occurs only if HMO's 
approve the treatment, Wiltse says.  Currently, some 48 inmates out of a 
population of 230 are in such programs.

To fail to address drug problems when more then three-quarters of the 
inmate population is diagnosed with those issues is bad policy.  There's 
no other word for it.  Even a neophyte with a modicum of common sense 
could see that DCF is failing to prescribe a treatment that will deal 
with the problem.  By doing so, it is ignoring one to the root causes of 
these young people's anti-social behavior.

According to Prestley, Long Lane didn't even have Alcoholics Anonymous 
meetings or Narcotics Anonymous meetings available to the troubled youth 
- - meetings which are absolutely free and often effective.

The determined see-no-evil-hear-no-evil attitude concerning the 
substance-abuse problem among teens at Long Lane isn't merely 
short-sighted on the part of DCF.

Even treating the kids for depression while ignoring the drug abuse in 
their backgrounds would be a waste of money.  Ignoring the drug problem 
makes it more likely, not less, that many at-risk kids at Long lane will 
continue to attempt suicide.  And some, sadly, may just succeed.

To paraphrase James Carville, it's the drugs, Stupid.

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Subj: CT:  Op-Ed: On dignity, human rights, and misguided critics of methadone treatm
From: "Tom VonDeck" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 13:30:52 PST

Source:  Journal Inquirer
Newshawk:  Tom Von Deck
Date:  Saturday, December 19th, 1998
Author:  David C. Lewis, M.D.

On dignity, human rights, and misguided critics of methadone treatment

This past fall, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani launched a 
misguided plan to get methadone patients at city-run hospitals off the 
drug, saying that methadone treatment merely swaps one drug addiction - 
to heroin - for another.

His attack on methadone patients comes within a year of the landmark 
National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference in which an expert 
panel affirmed the positive outcomes of this approach to treatment and 
recommended it's expansion.  Barry MCaffrey, director of the Office of 
National Drug Policy, swiftly and correctly countered the mayor with a 
strong statement in far-reaching support of methadone maintenacne 

Campaigns decrying maintenance are nothing new.  They were the 
foundation of state anti-narcotic laws in the decade before the passage 
of the Harrison Act (1914) and subsequently of both state and national 
laws in the following five decades.  Along with the anti-maintenance 
mentality came vilification fo the heroin addict, denunciation of 
ambulatory treatment, limited access to institutional care, and a 
designation of abstinence as the only acceptable goal for treatment.

Several maintenance clinics (mostly dispensing morphine) arose after the 
Harrison Act severely restricting physicians from prescribing opiates to 
addicts.  Some, like a short-lived one in New York City, were hastily 
planned and suffered from administrative problems.  Others, like the one 
in Shreveport, La., were effective and were supported not only by the 
medial profession but also by local politicians and law enforcement 
officials.  But federal authorities at the newly formed Narcotics Bureau 
were overzealous and successful in their pursuit of these clinics.  The 
last one closed in 1923.

Not until the mid-1960's was maintenance successfully reintroduced.  
This time, there were two advantages over the clinics of the early 
1900's.  One was the synthesis of methadone, a maintenance drug which 
could be taken orally.  The fact that it lasted about 24 hours made the 
administration of the drug feasible in outpatient clinics.  Second, 
amnulatory treatment of addiction had become acceptable.

Although methadone maintenance is no panacea, it is the most widely used 
treatment for heroin addiction.  Currently there are 115,000 patients in 
programs across the nation.  It is the most studied of all the treatment 
approaches and has been shown to be a cost-effective approach for 
reducing heroin use, crime, and the spread of HIV.  Many heroin addicts 
treated with maintenance drugs have successfully stabilized their lives, 
engaged in productive work, and are members of healthey and happy 

Where do we go from here?  To say "shame" to Giuliani and "cheers" to 
McCaffrey promotes political conflict and public interest but misses my 
point.  Let's start with a crash course in dignity and human rights.  
First and foremost, remember that no matter what the headlines say, the 
important struggle is not betwen the mayor and drug czar.  The major 
struggle is beween the heroin addict and heroin addiction.  To the 
extent that many have found health and stability through maintenance 
treatment, we must support their efforts.

Dr. David C. Lewis, a Brown UIniversith professor of medicine and 
community healthe, directs the Bron University Center for Alcohol and 
Addiction studies.  He also is a project director of the new Physician 
Leadership on National Drug Policy.

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Subj: PUB - US News & World Report
From: Paul Wolf <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 18:04:12 -0500

These three letters appeared in the Dec 21st issue of 
US News and World Report:

"Land for Peace in Colombia" [November 23rd] does well to 
bring attention to the dire situation in Colombia today.  
Legitimizing control of portions of that country by the Rev-
olutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National 
Liberation Army (ELN) will not end the hostilities in Colombia.  
It is most likely only the beginning of the existing Colombian 
government's downfall.  While handing them undeserved gifts, 
President Andres Pastrana has given these groups a large 
portion of the legitimate recognition they desire.  He is 
giving these "narco-guerillas" the unabated opportunity to 
produce the very narcotics that fund their movements.  With 
this, we anticipate that drug production will triple in the
next year.

Andrew R. Chilcoat
National Defense Council Foundation


An integral part of President Pastrana's efforts to negotiate
an end to our internal conflict is to modernize the Colombian
armed forces.  Under the leadership of the new minister of
defense, Rodrigo Lloreda, we have embarked on reforms to turn
the military into a cadre of professionals whose sole duty is
to protect our democracy.  Such a turnaround cannot happen 
overnight, but happen it will.  The country's goal is recon-
cilliation, not division, surrender, or balkanization of the
country.  We are committed to listen and negotiate.  Admittedly,
there is a long way to go, and the road will be a rocky one.
We operate under no illusions.  We are aware that any bid for 
peace, whether in Colombia, Central America, Northern Ireland,
or the Middle East, has its ups and downs.  We hope, however,
that journalists covering Colombia will give our efforts a
balanced assessment.  The peace process has just begun.

Luis Alberto Moreno
Ambassador of Colombia


Let's give the "laboratory for peace" in Colombia a chance.  
Just as in the Middle East, all sides should listen to the
wise advice of Mahatma Gandhi: There is no road to peace.
Peace is the road.

Paul Wolf
Colombia Support Network


Subj: NY Times has an on-line forum about Medical Marijuana 
From: Paul Wolf <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 21:37:02 -0500

The NY Times has had a drug policy forum for many months, but
they just changed the forum topic from "Operation Casablanca"
to medical marijuana.  

If anyone has anything to say about medical marijuana, it would 
show the Times that we are listening to them and appreciate the
attention to the issue:

"Will the continuing debate on drug laws lead to a more reasoned 
approach to America's drug problem, or is the citizenry convinced 
that any loosening of the reins will result in a gallop to social 
ruin? November's midterm elections saw four states and the District 
of Columbia approve medical marijuana measures--bringing to seven 
the number of states that have reexamined and significantly changed 
their approach to this controversial substance, despite harsh Federal 
criticism. Are the medical marijuana and industrial hemp initiatives 
clever diversions designed to change public perception? Drug Czar 
Gen. Barry McCaffrey thinks so.  What do you think?" 


Subj: Is Barr a Bircher?
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 09:43:09 -0600 (CST)

Here's a little item on Bob Barr from a recent Washington Post
column that was reprinted in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

From the fringe to the forefront; Impeachment aficionados kept the flame 
By Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post 

Barr earned his conservative stripes by forcing a reluctant House 
leadership to vote on a futile bid to repeal the assault weapons ban, 
and then led the charge against legalizing homosexual marriages. More 
recently, he succeeded in pushing legislation effectively barring a 
Washington, D.C., referendum on the medical use of marijuana.

In the past year, Barr has appeared frequently on television and pressed 
the case for impeachment in speeches and appearances before conservative 
groups, including John Birch Society chapters in Los Angeles and 
California and the Council of Conservative Citizens, which promotes the 
preservation of the white race and views intermarriage as genocide. Barr 
dissociated himself from the CCC only after newspaper inquiries were 
made about his appearance.


Subj: Bert Lahr has been in the jungle...
From: Peter Webster <>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 19:02:25 +0000

It appears Bert Lahr has been in the jungle looking for magic mushrooms...
Try the URL

I'd appreciate notification of any errors, typos, or unsatisfactory images.
  Peter Webster				
  International Journal of Drug Policy
  DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy
  The Psychedelic Library		


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