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September 10, 1994 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge has recommended six years of probation for a Sherman Oaks emergency-room doctor who admitted abusing drugs for 20 years and supplying cocaine to a girlfriend who died of a massive overdose. The Medical Board of California had sought to revoke or suspend Dr. Stanley Azen's physician's license, charging him with gross negligence in the death of Donna Lynn Miller, 28. She suffered seizures and died at Azen's $400,000 former Westside home after they took cocaine together in 1990.
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January 4, 1997
The Los Angeles Police Department's laboratory has concluded that the liquid concoction that sickened New Year's Eve party-goers does not contain illegal substances or the drug GHB, a police spokesman said Friday. Officials are conducting further tests on the vials of liquid labeled "fX," which 31 revelers at a "rave" party in the Grand Olympic Auditorium consumed before experiencing symptoms that required hospital treatment.
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October 28, 1992
The widow of Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro sought a court order Tuesday to force Los Angeles County officials to send her late husband's remains and effects to other forensic experts for examination. The Superior Court petition filed on behalf of Susan Porcaro states that she has hired an attorney to investigate the cause of her husband's death, which a coroner's report attributes in part to cocaine use.
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November 18, 1996 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four men and two women fell unconscious at a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday, apparently after taking GHB, an increasingly popular but dangerous hypnotic drug. Witnesses told authorities that the drug, known by the street names of "cherry meth," "liquid X" or "scoop," was being passed around on the dance floor of the club at 7070 Hollywood Blvd. Paramedics were called to the scene at 3 a.m.
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February 14, 1996
Methamphetamine deaths in Los Angeles more than tripled between 1992 and 1994, and authorities fear the high numbers could signal a nationwide surge in the use of the powerful narcotic. The drug, commonly called "meth," "crank" or "speed," is a stimulant that in high doses speeds up the heart rate and gives users a "rush," which may give way to a violence-prone depression as the drug's effects wear off.
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September 15, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After first approving a sharp reduction in money for a Los Angeles police anti-drug program, a local government panel has approved another $530,000 to bring the funding to slightly above last year's, it was revealed Monday. The action produced a budget of about $1.5 million for the fiscal year that started July 1. The program, called FALCON for Focused Attack Linking Community Organizations and Neighborhoods, is citywide. It represents the only L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1996 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four men and two women fell unconscious at a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday, apparently after taking GHB, an increasingly popular but dangerous hypnotic drug. Witnesses told authorities that the drug, known by the street names of "cherry meth," "liquid X" or "scoop," was being passed around on the dance floor of the club at 7070 Hollywood Blvd. Paramedics were called to the scene at 3 a.m.
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June 10, 1992 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An undercover narcotics operation at seven Los Angeles high schools this spring netted more than $4.5 million in illegal drugs--a record--because of the discovery of a major methamphetamine lab in Northridge, police said Tuesday. At the same time, however, the 119 arrests resulting from the latest semiannual investigation represent a two-year low, affirming officers' contention that drug use among high school students is on the wane. "We believe it's getting better," Capt.
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April 22, 1995 | JULIE TAMAKI and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles police said Friday that they plan to take action against the former drummer of the rock band Guns N' Roses who allegedly overdosed on drugs this week inside a parked Ford Bronco, but would not say what kind.
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November 13, 1991 | BILL BOYARSKY
So, here we go again. Another presidential campaign. I used to cover these things for a living. But several years ago, I quit chasing candidates across the country and settled down to a more sensible reporting job. My traveling political reporter's mad enthusiasm, which had compelled me to record every inanity uttered by a candidate, faded into the maturity of a middle-aged Los Angeles homeowner. Before I knew it, I was looking at presidential candidates as if I were just another voter.
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July 28, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL and BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
First, James Parker hid the car keys so his son wouldn't drink and drive. Then, he hid the guns so the troubled young man with the insatiable hunger for cocaine wouldn't shoot himself or anyone else. When the violence escalated and he could control him no longer, Parker came to court in late 1994 and told a judge that he wanted what was best for his son--even if that meant a long state prison term. "Terry needs serious help," his father told authorities, according to court records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1996
Methamphetamine deaths in Los Angeles more than tripled between 1992 and 1994, and authorities fear the high numbers could signal a nationwide surge in the use of the powerful narcotic. The drug, commonly called "meth," "crank" or "speed," is a stimulant that in high doses speeds up the heart rate and gives users a "rush," which may give way to a violence-prone depression as the drug's effects wear off.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1995 | JULIE TAMAKI and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles police said Friday that they plan to take action against the former drummer of the rock band Guns N' Roses who allegedly overdosed on drugs this week inside a parked Ford Bronco, but would not say what kind.
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September 10, 1994 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge has recommended six years of probation for a Sherman Oaks emergency-room doctor who admitted abusing drugs for 20 years and supplying cocaine to a girlfriend who died of a massive overdose. The Medical Board of California had sought to revoke or suspend Dr. Stanley Azen's physician's license, charging him with gross negligence in the death of Donna Lynn Miller, 28. She suffered seizures and died at Azen's $400,000 former Westside home after they took cocaine together in 1990.
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January 27, 1994 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
The Northridge quake hits. And now, it seems, many Angelenos are reaching for the bottle--pills and booze. Prescriptions for tranquilizers and sleeping aids are pouring in to local pharmacies, several sources say. "I have heard rumors," says Sue Navest, vice president of marketing for the California Pharmacists' Assn. "But that is rumor; nothing is confirmed." But Bob Somers, president of the San Fernando chapter of the association, says he can confirm. "Definitely," he says.
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May 23, 1993 | PAMELA WARRICK
At 18, Cera is a careful woman. She avoids the noonday sun, takes vitamins and doesn't drink water from the tap. And she never, ever shares her needles. "That," she says, "would be suicide." About nine months ago, Cera (not her real name) began helping her friends become more health-conscious by turning them on to "safe shooting" and swapping their dirty needles for clean ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1997
The Los Angeles Police Department's laboratory has concluded that the liquid concoction that sickened New Year's Eve party-goers does not contain illegal substances or the drug GHB, a police spokesman said Friday. Officials are conducting further tests on the vials of liquid labeled "fX," which 31 revelers at a "rave" party in the Grand Olympic Auditorium consumed before experiencing symptoms that required hospital treatment.
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March 30, 1991 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Along a busy stretch of Crenshaw Boulevard, where billboards are usually plastered with advertisements for liquor and cigarettes, one stands out--a massive drawing of a newborn boy with life-support tubes connected to his tiny neck and nostrils, struggling to survive. "He couldn't take the hit," the caption reads. "If you're pregnant don't take drugs." The billboard is a graphic warning to women who take a "hit" of crack cocaine from a pipe during pregnancy.
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May 23, 1993 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aman with a blood-filled hypodermic dangling from his arm is running down Burlington Street yelling, "Wait! Wait! I'm almost done." As he yanks the needle from the vein, his eyes roll back as he feels the rush. " Ooooahhh, " he moans and, with surprising precision, drops the hypodermic through the small opening of a red waste bucket. "Thang youuuu ," he slurs. "Thanks for coming by," chirps a volunteer for Clean Needles Now, and hands him a paper bag of new needles.
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