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Drug Abuse in the News

12/18/2018
NegOcc: Random drug test lesson for workers

NEGROS Occidental Acting Provincial Administrator Lucille Gelvolea said on Monday, December 17, the random drug test conducted on capitol employees should serve a lesson to them. She said the two employees who were confirmed positive in the drug test will undergo drug rehabilitation for six months using their respective leave credits in their own expense. [...]

12/17/2018
Islip Town reports parents increasingly asking for drug test kits for children

Citing awareness of the kits and the opioid crisis, town officials say the rate at which parents are picking up free urine screens for illegal drugs has nearly doubled in the three years the service has been available. Tim Mare, director of Islip's Youth Bureau, talked about the "Test, don't guess" program that offers free urine drug kits for parents who suspect their children are using illegal drugs. [...]

12/17/2018
Is testing Juneau's student athletes for drugs and alcohol effective?

Camden Erickson and Nick Tipton spar during a Thunder Mountain High School wrestling practice on December 12, 2018 The Juneau School District has been randomly drug testing student athletes since 2009. But among administrators, students, parents, and coaches, there doesn't seem to be a consensus about its purpose or its effectiveness. [...]

12/16/2018
Ucluelet police keeping an eye out for high drivers

"We've always watched for it. We've always enforced it. So, really, it's status quo in that regard." [...]

12/16/2018
Proposed long-term opioid rehab apartments earn $1.2 million grant

Renderings for the Andy's Place recovery housing project on the site of the old Odd Fellows and Rebekah home, 2388 W. Michigan Ave. (J. Scott Park Andy's Place Apartments, 2388 W. Michigan Ave., received a $1.2 million grant this week from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. [...]

12/16/2018
Woman soaks herself with urine attempting to beat drug test

DEFEATING DRUG TEST: Melissa Hall, 39, of Williamson, was charged with attempting to defeat an alcohol or drug test while on home confinement in Mingo County by Sgt. [...]

12/16/2018
Monroe's VADA Test Threatens Charlo Fight, Korobov Could Step In

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman revealed through his Twitter account late Saturday afternoon that the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association has alerted the WBC of an adverse finding in one of Monroe's pre-fight performance-enhancing drug tests. Monroe is scheduled to challenge Charlo for Charlo's WBC interim middleweight title December 22 in the main event of an 11-fight card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. [...]

12/15/2018
Two sentenced to prison

Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley stated that on Dec. 10, Rufus Wright, III, 28, of Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia, was convicted of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the second degree. During July 2017, in Meigs County, Wright engaged in one sale of purported heroin, which was actually 0.231 grams of methamphetamine, and three sales of purported heroin, which tested negative for heroin and were found to be counterfeit controlled substances. [...]

12/15/2018
250 inmates in Bacolod jail negative for drug use

AT LEAST 250 inmates of the Metro Bacolod District Jail -male dormitory were tested negative for illegal drug use during the random drug test in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City Friday, December 14. Senior Inspector Norberto Miciano, jail warden, said 27 high-profile inmates and 30 dormitory representatives were included in the drug test conducted by the jail's unit nurse with the assistance of the Provincial Administrator's Office. Aside from the inmates, 30 jail personnel also underwent the same test conducted by the Regional Crime Laboratory of the Philippine National Police. [...]

12/15/2018
Oklahoma attorneys asking employers to change policy on marijuana drug testing

Some attorneys in Oklahoma are asking employers across the state to change their standards for drug tests in the wake of medical marijuana's legalization. More than 18,000 medical marijuana cards have been issued in the state, and attorneys say as a result, employers need to adjust their standards and not fire people based on a positive test for marijuana. [...]

12/15/2018
P275M drugs seized in Central Visayas in 2018

THE Police Regional Office 7 operatives seized P275 million worth of illegal drugs in 6,469 operations in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor in the past year. Operatives seized 40.5 kilos of shabu after the arrest of 9,395 drug personalities from Dec. 5, 2017 until Nov. 30, 2018. [...]

12/15/2018
Baby tests positive for meth, parents arrested

A Jackson couple is behind bars and their newborn is in protective custody after a doctor told police that the child tested positive for methamphetamine. The baby and her mother, 34-year-old Tosha Scott, chemically tested positive for the drug "during the labor and delivery at the hospital," according to police. [...]

12/15/2018
Drug-free workplace ordinance eyed

AN ORDINANCE making all workplaces in Davao City drug-free will be implemented in 2019. Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council research adviser Concepcion Dumag said in an interview with SunStar Davao Friday, December 14, that the ordinance, signed this year, was formulated in 2013, however, it was not actively implemented due to lack of implementing rules and regulations. [...]

12/14/2018
Comedian Lange avoids jail time despite positive drug test

In this Feb. 15, 2017, file photo, comedian Artie Lange attends a premiere for HBO's television comedy series "Crashing," in Los Angeles. [...]

12/14/2018
Comedian Lange avoids jail time despite positive drug test

Despite the positive test Friday in Newark, the judge ordered Lange's attorney to apply to have his client admitted to drug court. The Hoboken resident was ordered to serve four years' probation in June after he pleaded guilty to heroin possession stemming from a 2017 traffic stop. [...]