"The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS)"
is the Trade Association for "America's favorite brands of distilled spirits." They try to promote pro-liquor causes such as reducing tariffs
on alcohol and increasing the number of states selling it Sunday
. Here is where it gets interesting: their site is at: www.discus.health.org/
which is (obviously) a subdomain of health.org
. If you go to health.org there is no mention of DISCUS involvement. The health.org 'about
' page implies that the site is jointly run by several Federal Agencies
. Health.org itself seems devoted to stopping drugs in their seedy illegal tracks. Take a look at: "Marijuana: Weeding out the hype"
or this "Prevention Alert"
which suggests "Skewed articles can be used in the classroom to provide 'teachable moments' in seeking the facts about... ecstasy." Is it troubling that "the trade association for... America's favorite brands of distilled spirits" is operating behind the scenes of the 'government sponsored' anti-drug site with no disclosure? Would it be too jaded to conclude that when health.org commands teens: "If you're smoking marijuana--stop!"
that the puppet master is more worried about the fierce competition presented by non-alcoholic drugs than they are genuinely concerned about the health.org of young people?
posted by limitedpie
on Mar 8, 2002 -
Designer Drugs and Raves - Second Edition (PDF)
. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police document designed to educate and inform police officers and social workers alike, complete with helpful photos of "The Candy Raver".
The result of a three-year 'intelligence probe' into the rave scene, it's an interesting read, and a fairly good indication of the Canadian government's attitude towards increasing drug use at raves and nightclubs.
posted by Jairus
on Mar 7, 2002 -
Belushi. Even before he died, John could drift off into space and become an angel, a tribal God of comedy, and I worshipped him. 20 years later, I still do. Bye-bye John.
posted by xowie
on Mar 5, 2002 -
The coming breed of couch potato jocks? "Discoveries made at the University of Dundee are helping in the development of drugs that fool your body into thinking that your are actively exercising even when you are not, and may help in the fight against the current increase in the incidence of obesity and Type 2 diabetes."
It might seem
that I'm just sitting in front of a computer screen all day, but in reality I'm training for the Olympics.
Story coverage from the BBC
posted by talos
on Mar 5, 2002 -
Slim Shady sees the light!
"Eminem has given up alcohol and purple pills...He is 'trading in his hardcore hip-hop MO and going the gospel rap route.'" Furthermore, he's opening a church. Is this all a marketing scam? Something seems shady.
posted by Werd7
on Mar 4, 2002 -
Drug War roundup. The US will end drug-related sanctions
against Afghanistan and Haiti. Neither country stopped producing drugs, they need loans sanctions stop them from receiving. A British journalist compares the drug policies
of Holland to Britain. Noteworthy: despite heroin being half the price, there are 25% fewer Dutch addicts. The FARC and Columbia are openly warring again. So far, only civilians
have been killed. The California Medical Association voted to lobby the state government to raise
the smoking age from 18 to 21.
posted by raaka
on Feb 25, 2002 -
Utah Leads Nation in Rate of Anti-Depressant Use.
It is interesting (to me) in that the people doing the study credit a "Mother of Zion" syndrome of married Mormon women putting on the happy face regardless of how happy they truly are. My state is up at the top also. Could be all the rain I guess. . .*sigh*
posted by Danf
on Feb 20, 2002 -
DALLAS--From the Bart Simpson "I didn't do it" school of how to avoid taking personal responsibility, we have what could be the start of a trend.
Real men, enveloped in scandal and accused of wrongdoing, don't admit mistakes. They don't apologize. They simply express sadness.
In Dallas, it was the DA's office that pursued convictions--and did so for four months after learning that the drugs were fake.
posted by onegoodmove
on Feb 16, 2002 -
Funeral Home Murders Drug-Induced?
A mortician and his assistant found dead by coroner seeking death certificate . Motive unclear. Says local police sergeant: "We have received reports from some agencies in the city that [criminals] might be involved in taking chemicals from funeral homes and using them to soak their marijuana cigarettes or regular cigarettes in, but we have not been able to prove a robbery or anything like that."
posted by brookish
on Feb 6, 2002 -
The trouble with "orphan diseases":
"most people with orphan diseases are treated only with horribly blunt instruments. The dearth of drug treatments for them is a reflection of basic economics. The profit-driven pharmaceutical industry has little incentive to pour research money into discoveries that will not return big dividends. Small patient populations hold out little potential reward." An orphan disease is a rare disorder
that affects fewer than one in 20,000 people; there are apparently more than 6,000 of them.
posted by mcwetboy
on Jan 22, 2002 -
Kava exporters in Pacific react to Western Kava bans
Pacific countries who export kava called for an
international review of its alleged health risks. They are reacting
to a recent spate of warnings on its use and, in some cases, bans on
its sale (1
Growing concern over a link between kava use and liver
toxicity has prompted Germany, Switzerland and France to ban
the sale of kava-derived herbal medicine
The US, Canada, and NZ are advising against its use, pending their
own reviews (1
Kava is cultivated and brewed to produce an narcotic
ceremonial drink in much of the Pacific. Recently it has become a
cash crop for an herbal-enthused Western market (1
), as well as part of
a growing drug-abuse problem (1
) in Pacific countries.
posted by rschram
on Jan 18, 2002 -
Yasmine Bleeth only gets two stinking years probation.
Yeah, she gets court costs, yeah, she gets community service. But no jail time. Unless it's because she only had (only had?) less than 25 grams of cocaine...oh, and driving under the influence. The question this post begs is: Is this another instance of a double standard for celebrities? I've heard about double standards for child molestation (a football player in New York), murder (Ray Lewis), etc...and there are obviously MANY instances of celebrities getting preferred treatment when it comes to drug charges. I guess this is just another one.
posted by taumeson
on Jan 10, 2002 -
Pee on a plane and get 20......years.
After consuming alcohol, prescription sleeping tablets and cocaine, Rodrigo Deambrosio urinated on seats and threatened to bring the plane down. He may now face 20 years if convicted. Mr. Deambrosio insists it was the drugs he consumed but we all know it was the United Airlines service that drove him to his fit of rage.
posted by lostbyanecho
on Jan 6, 2002 -
Model health law empowers states.
"Patients could be forced to take medicines or receive vaccines for contagious diseases that pose a public health threat, such as smallpox, under the model law." (originally published in Boston Globe, but that link is now gone)
posted by kat
on Dec 22, 2001 -
ADHD/ADD and Drug Abuse
They found a link between children with common 'behavioral' disorders and drug abuse later in life. Well what do you expect when we teach kids that the best way to deal with a problem is to turn to drugs (ritalin).
posted by crackheadmatt
on Dec 20, 2001 -
"In the world of addiction medicine, no technique for treating heroin users
has ever been more controversial" According to the article, in the US, 980,000 use heroin
, 175,000 are enrolled in government programs receiving daily dose of methadone,
and only 1,000 rapid detox
procedures are done a year. "Patients want it" Dr. Gevirtz says, "because it gives them a compassionate and comfortable way to get clean." Shouldn't they get it?
posted by Voyageman
on Dec 7, 2001 -
Injection drug use causes HIV, and we know how to prevent it . . . but it's not happening
In the US, 29% of HIV infections are the result of injection drug use (IDU). Preventing IDU HIV infections can be done, and has been done, through needle exchange programs. Only problem: These programs are typically illegal and can't be funded with Federal AIDS prevention monies. The majority of children with AIDS, who make terribly sympathetic "victims of AIDS"--witness the 1990 Ryan White AIDS CARE Act--are the children of injection drug users. We'll spend money to take care of these sick children, but we won't spend money to prevent then from getting sick (to say nothing of preventing their parents from getting sick and dying). What's wrong here?
posted by donovan
on Dec 1, 2001 -
weekend drug use ok?
Interesting article... I hesistate to sign my neam this time though - i wouldn't want to put anyones nose out of joint.
posted by Spoon
on Nov 20, 2001 -
Ecstasy approved by the FDA
Well not exactly but I thought it would grab people's attention a lot better than the original title of the article.
My only question is: Does seeing my fat, hairy, aunt naked qualify me as suffering from post-traumatic shock syndrome?
posted by Grok09
on Nov 7, 2001 -
A one year old article
about evidence of anthrax found in victims of a mysterious disease that has killed 10 Scottish heroin addicts. Does anyone know more about this?
posted by arf
on Oct 15, 2001 -
I tell you, the United States is truly the land of opportunity. Where else but in America could a man make a fortune selling his urine
through the mail for $12.50 per ounce?
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Sep 3, 2001 -
seems to be societies new legal LSD. In the 60's acid could cure anything. If you were feeling down, tune in turn on and drop out and everything will be good. Timothy Leary
was a huge part of this whole "acid culture", but as Hunter S. Thompson so eloquently put it "He crashed around America selling consciousness expansion, without ever giving a thought to the grim meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for all those people that took him seriously." In the end the acid culture failed, but we have yet to learn the lesson that everything can not be cured with a magic pill or some powder, you can't just add some water and cure societies problems like making instant soup. Could this belief in drugs that Tim Leary promoted during the 60's have lead to the overmedication of children today? Those old acid heads that have since become working stiffs that have kids still believe in the back of their minds in "better living through chemicals" and allow doctors to over prescribe their kids chemicals such as Prozac
. Do you think that there could be a connection between this overmedication and school violence?
posted by bytecode
on Sep 1, 2001 -
Speaking of childhood stars,
did you know the death of Dana Plato involved lesbianism, satanism, aliens, and heavy drug use? Ok, maybe not the 'alien' thing, but we won't know until someone actually ORDERS the book. (btw, you can find this site atthis url as well.)
posted by jcterminal
on Aug 24, 2001 -
Why is everybody so happy?
This Thursday, U.S. regulators approved numerous copycat versions of Prozac. I wonder how long it will be until Bayer makes Flinstones Chewable Prozac for teens.
posted by lheiskell
on Aug 2, 2001 -
The War on Drug Wars.
"Ashkan Sahihi is a photographer who is infuriated by the hypocrisy of the war on drugs. It is this hypocrisy that inspired Sahihi to take eleven people out of their daily environments, get them high, and photograph them."
Does this project warrant attention as a political statement, as an art project, as all of the above, or as none of the above? Please explain your answer. Partial credit will be given.
posted by conquistador
on Jul 31, 2001 -
calls for the legalization of drugs in this editorial. Plus these articles
[per A&LD]. We are always led to believe that only fringe (read criminal and self-interested) elements favor this course...does anyone know any other "mainstream" groups/people with the nerve to publicly state their support? Or better yet, an online list of same.
posted by rushmc
on Jul 28, 2001 -
D.A.R.E Essays: 20 Years In the Future. "After getting addicted to marijuana, I tried angle dust, heroin, and other dangerous drugs that could kill me. A couple of days after my 17th birthday I joined a gang. Well anyway, the way I got killed was in a gang fight. P.S. If you ever read this I hope that you never go down the same path I did. You should stay in school and don't do drugs." Right.
posted by Mark
on Jul 25, 2001 -
The Incarceration Atlas.
Everyone's probably familiar with the usual stat that America has the world's highest rate of incarceration, but there are some other pretty interesting numbers here too, touching on some Metafilter favorites - race, education and drugs. (more inside...)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Jul 25, 2001 -
New Cautions Over a Plant With a Buzz
- NYT article about Salvia Divinorum
, an apparently legal, unscheduled hallucinogenic plant which is getting increased attention from both drug users and DEA agents. Has anyone actually used this stuff- is it all hype or does it really work? And how long before the DEA works to make it illegal?
posted by hincandenza
on Jul 12, 2001 -
The Jim Morrison Simulatron
can still make me laugh.*
"THIRTY YEARS AGO last week, Doors frontman Jim Morrison mixed drugs, alcohol and asthma to ascend to the big Whisky A Go-Go in the sky. Here in the virtual world, though, Modern Humorist has reanimated him in the form of lines and lines of programming code."
*Warning: Stupid Flash game
posted by GriffX
on Jul 10, 2001 -