Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Drugs, Drugs, Drugs
A couple of interesting stories out of the states on drugs and how to deal with them (notice I put “with” in there). In IA (Iowa, not Indiana), meth labs are down 90% in the last 3 years, which is an especially good thing there because Iowa has the eighth-highest number of meth-treatment admissions and the third highest rate of meth treatment admissions in the nation. But here’s the money shot for substance abuse in the state--Alcohol as the most troubling substance, based on its "consumption, treatment admissions, and involvement in the criminal justice system.” Elsewhere, just south in MN (Minnesota, not Maine), proposed med pot legislation needs a few more tokes if it’s going to make it (whereas in CO, it looks like people who have definitively demonstrated need have been saved from some righteous enforcement—h/t Think Outside the Cage). And back to meth in NV, where a task force is bravely recommending action, including prevention efforts, on the problem in that state . . . but not putting any dollars to those recs. That’s for later.