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March 26, 1990
The Somis Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees has created a policy on alcohol and drug abuse in schools, including a provision calling for a non-punitive response for students who admit to substance abuse. The alcohol and drug policy encourages intervention in cases where a problem is suspected and referrals for treatment outside the school. Under the policy endorsed by the board, the use of paging devices by students is prohibited, unless there is a medical reason.
July 28, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
The NHL's new drug policy, a component of the collective bargaining agreement ratified last week by the league and the players' association, was criticized Wednesday by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) and Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) as being vague in its enforcement provisions and lax in its testing procedures.
February 23, 1986 | WILLIAM R. BARNARD, Associated Press
Though it has the toughest drug policy in major professional sports, the National Basketball Assn. found that problems among its players didn't disappear after the no-nonsense program was adopted. Announced jointly in October of 1983 by the NBA Players' Assn. and then-Commissioner Larry O'Brien, the league's plan gives players two chances to voluntarily come forward for treatment of drug problems.
Trace Armstrong, a defensive end for the Chicago Bears, understands the importance of image. "I don't know how much respect fans would have for players if they felt we were a bunch of drugged-up genetic aberrations," Armstrong said from his Florida home. "So, it's important for the players to appear to maintain some type of bond with the average guy."
January 8, 1985 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
THE GUIDELINES 1 If a player voluntarily comes forth with a drug problem, his team will pay for his rehabilitation program and there will be no loss of salary. 2 If he comes forth a second time, a player will be suspended without pay and will again enter a treatment program. 3 If a player has a third bout with drugs, he will be banned from the league for life, although he can appeal after two seasons. A year ago, when the National Basketball Assn.
December 10, 2010 | Wire reports
The NFL suspended New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes for four games without pay Friday for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Spikes, the team's second-leading tackler, will sit out the rest of the regular season, starting Sunday at the Chicago Bears. The rookie drafted in the second round from Florida will be eligible to rejoin the active roster after the finale at home against Miami, and he would be eligible for the playoffs. Spikes said in a statement issued by the Patriots that the substance "was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking.
January 16, 2000
Q The company I work for has a very clear drug policy. All new hires are required to provide a urine sample prior to starting work. In addition, employees must undergo drug testing after any accident at the office, on a job site or on company time. I feel the policy is fair. However, a friend recently told me that attorneys at his company told executives that any drug testing other than pre-employment is illegal in California. Is this true? --J.S., Los Angeles * A No.
September 17, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Atlanta Braves lost their leadoff man in the midst of the pennant race Monday when Otis Nixon, leading the majors in stolen bases, was suspended for 60 days for violating baseball's drug policy. The penalty, imposed by the commissioner's office after results of drug tests became available Monday, came with three weeks left in the season and the Braves leading the Dodgers by 1 1/2 games in the NL West. The action cannot be appealed, but it can be grieved through the players' union.
The NFL and the Minnesota Vikings were forced to back off in enforcing a leaguewide drug policy last year when a player challenged a mandatory testing rule, according to a television report Wednesday night. Defensive tackle Keith Millard declined to submit to further urinalysis because it violated Minnesota statutes prohibiting random testing of workers.
Renewing his call for drug policy reform, Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray on Monday picked up the endorsements of local developer Kathryn Thompson and a number of other officials who support his call for a national commission to study drug laws. "Without change, the situation is not going to get better," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Greg Morgon said at a news conference here. "The important thing is that we take a look at our entire policy.
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