October 5, 2011 |
Prohibition — America's notoriously "failed social experiment" to rid the country of alcohol — took center stage this week as PBS broadcast Ken Burns' highly acclaimed series on the subject. And already, it has been seized on by drug legalization advocates, who say it proves that drug prohibition should be abandoned. But a closer look at what resulted from alcohol prohibition and its relevance to today's anti-drug effort reveals a far more nuanced picture than the legalization lobby might like to admit.
October 22, 1991 |
An autopsy of George Jo Hennard, who crashed his pickup into a restaurant and shot to death 23 people last week, showed no signs of alcohol or illegal drugs, police said Monday. Hennard, 35, was shot and wounded by law officers in the restaurant before he fatally shot himself in the head, according to results of an autopsy performed in Dallas and released Monday by Killeen police. Hennard had a history of drug use. He was kicked out of the Merchant Marine for smoking marijuana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1997 |
President Clinton announced Wednesday that, as expected, he intends to nominate former Orange County Assemblyman Tom Umberg to become deputy director of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy. Umberg, 41, a litigation partner with Morrison & Foerster in Irvine, is a former assistant U.S. attorney and headed the president's reelection campaign in California in 1996. His name will be submitted for confirmation when the Senate reconvenes in September.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1989
In response to "A Look at Drug Use," editorial, Aug. 2: I am concerned that your editorial will mislead the public into believing that the war on illegal drugs has turned the corner and now we should focus our attention on a plethora of programs to help the poor. I am concerned because illegal drugs are a problem affecting the inner city and the suburbs. A 33% decline in cocaine use in the 3-year period from 1985 to 1988 is good news. But to focus your editorial on that alone leaves the inference that the war has been won. Far from it. In Los Angeles County, the County Probation Department's drug-related investigations rose from 5,000 in 1980 to 33,000 in 1988--more than a 550% increase.
November 28, 2005
Re "Skid Row Strategy Hits First at Drugs," Nov. 23 It never ceases to amaze me what extreme lengths alcohol users will go to to keep the public's attention focused on illegal drugs and away from alcohol. So the police are going after drug dealers on skid row. Big deal. Anyone who has ever worked with homeless people knows their worst affliction is alcohol. Are we going to close all the bars and liquor stores downtown? Of course not, because that would inconvenience the yuppies who want homeless people to stop ruining their scenery.
September 22, 2005 |
A reporter for a new Dutch television talk show plans to use heroin and other illegal drugs on the air during the weekly program on issues that concern young people, producers said. "Shoot Up and Swallow" is scheduled to premiere Oct. 10 and has sparked an outcry even in the Netherlands, where marijuana is sold and used openly. Justice Ministry spokesman Ivo Hommes said it was not immediately clear whether reporter Filemon Wesselink could be prosecuted.
May 23, 1988
The U.S. Coast Guard seized its first boat in Northern California under the federal government's so-called "zero tolerance" drug-fighting program. The 50-foot fishing boat, Nicole Marie, was taken over by Coast Guard officers from the Marine Safety Office in Alameda after the discovery of a "small amount" of marijuana, Petty Officer Caroline Feldman said.