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U.S. House Committee Passes Cocaine Sentencing Equalization Bill

A bill that would eliminate mandatory five-year federal sentences for minor crack-cocaine possession and remove other sentencing distinctions between the rock and powdered form of the drug has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee, the Hampton Roads Pilot reported …

Human Rights Watch Calls for Mexico Drug Funding Cutoff

The group Human Rights Watch is accusing the Mexican government of rights violations in its ongoing war against drug cartels and says U.S. antidrug aid should be suspended until the problems are addressed, the Los Angeles Times reported July 14. …

Calif. Lawmakers Want to Ban Self-Service Alcohol Checkout

Supermarkets would be barred from allowing customers to use self-service checkout lanes to purchase alcohol under a proposal now being debated in the California legislature, the Los Angeles Times reported July 8. Advocates like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the …

Ban on Needle-Exchange Funding Lifted by U.S. House

Federal money could be used to pay for needle-exchange programs under budget legislation approved this week by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Associated Press reported July 25. The measure would lift a 21-year-old ban on funding needle exchanges, which …

Policymakers Move to Equalize Cocaine Sentences

Support is solidifying in Congress and within the Obama administration to finally equalize the penalties for crimes involving the crack and powdered version of cocaine, the Washington Post reported July 25. A House subcommittee recently passed a bill that creates …

Alcoholism Among Pre-Teens Often Unnoticed, Untreated

Most alcoholics start drinking during their teen years, but the disease can also strike those who begin using alcohol at a younger age — and the problem often goes unrecognized, experts say. The San Francisco Chronicle reported July 16 that …

Missouri Gets Ignition Locks for Repeat Alcohol Offenders

Repeat alcohol offenders in Missouri will now need more than just a key to start their cars, Missourinet reported July 1. Starting July 1, all repeat alcohol offenders will be required to pay for and install ignition interlock devices in …

Drug War Torture by Mexican Army Alleged

The Mexican military and security forces may be emulating some of the worst tactics of its foes in the war against illegal narcotics trafficking, including torturing and kidnapping suspects, the Washington Post reported July 9. Human-rights groups, Mexican residents and …

Top Pain Pills May Be Banned

A federal advisory panel has recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban the painkillers Percocet and Vicodin because of their damaging effects on the liver, the New York Times reported on July 1. The two popular painkillers …

Crackdown on Mexican Drug War Leads to Bloodshed in Canada

Fallout out from the recent government crackdown on cocaine smugglers in Mexico has spilled over to the Canadian border, affecting profit margins and leading to a gang war in the suburbs that has killed at least 18 young people this …