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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Federal Drug Czar John P. Walters on Tuesday touted President Bush's initiative to let faith-based drug rehabilitation clinics receive federal funding when he spoke at a ceremony for graduates of a Christian-based drug treatment center in Riverside. "It is an honor to celebrate your miracles," Walters told the 21 men who were recognized during the service at Teen Challenge, a residential treatment center. "I will pray for you as long as, in return, you do the same."
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OPINION
January 25, 2008
Re "U.S. official criticizes Chavez," Jan. 21 White House drug czar John P. Walters should think twice before criticizing a foreign government for its drug policy, much less holding the United States out as a model. Looking to the United States as a role model for drug control is like looking to apartheid South Africa for how to deal with race. This country leads the world in per-capita incarceration rates, with less than 5% of the world's population but almost 25% of the world's prisoners.
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OPINION
January 25, 2008
Re "U.S. official criticizes Chavez," Jan. 21 White House drug czar John P. Walters should think twice before criticizing a foreign government for its drug policy, much less holding the United States out as a model. Looking to the United States as a role model for drug control is like looking to apartheid South Africa for how to deal with race. This country leads the world in per-capita incarceration rates, with less than 5% of the world's population but almost 25% of the world's prisoners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Federal Drug Czar John P. Walters on Tuesday touted President Bush's initiative to let faith-based drug rehabilitation clinics receive federal funding when he spoke at a ceremony for graduates of a Christian-based drug treatment center in Riverside. "It is an honor to celebrate your miracles," Walters told the 21 men who were recognized during the service at Teen Challenge, a residential treatment center. "I will pray for you as long as, in return, you do the same."
OPINION
May 20, 2001
Re "Baffling Drug Czar Choice," May 15: President Bush, in nominating hard-line conservative John P. Walters to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, tells how he will redirect drug war policy with emphasis toward curbing demand. He mentions increases in treatment, which would certainly seem to be a step toward curbing demand. But let's not neglect reality. The addict takes up a small percentage of the prohibited drugs consumed in this nation. Most prohibited drug use is recreational, without discernible effect on society, certainly significantly less than the legal counterpart, alcohol.
OPINION
June 23, 2002 | WILLIAM C. MOYERS, William C. Moyers is vice president of external affairs for the Hazelden Foundation. His personal experiences were the basis for the 1998 public television series, "Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home."
If only America's so-called war on drugs could be recast in the spirit of my chance meeting with President Bush last year in the White House Rose Garden. "Mr. President, my name is William Moyers, I'm from Minnesota and I am a person in recovery," I said. Without batting an eye, the president grasped my hand and replied, "Sounds like we have something in common." I was all but a complete stranger to Bush. But in that moment we connected. And because I told him nothing else about me, I assume it was from the commonality of our experiences of having overcome the desperate condition of drinking too much.
WORLD
February 2, 2008 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Authorities in Venezuela said Friday that Wilber Varela, the leader of Colombia's Norte del Valle drug cartel, had been found shot to death in the Venezuelan resort town of Merida. The location of the killing underscores the evolution of drug trafficking in the region. Increasing amounts of Colombian cocaine destined for U.S. and European markets flow through Venezuela, and as much as one-third of all the narcotic powder is now thought to transit there.
NEWS
April 21, 2001 | From Associated Press
President Bush plans to name a conservative known for his tough approach on drugs to head the White House drug policy office, sources said Friday. John P. Walters is undergoing final background checks and could be named next week to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, sources familiar with the nomination said. Walters had been the office's deputy director for supply reduction when it was headed by William J. Bennett under President George Bush.
WORLD
May 28, 2003 | From Associated Press
A bill was introduced Tuesday in Canada's Parliament that would eliminate criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana while spending millions to spread an anti-pot message. Having up to 15 grams -- about half an ounce -- of marijuana would bring a citation akin to a traffic ticket. Possession of the drug would remain illegal. People younger than 18 could be fined up to $182; adults could be fined $292.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2001
Most Americans have come to view the nation's escalating, $20-billion-a-year drug war as a costly failure that is stuffing prisons while producing few gains. They think our drug policy needs an overhaul and are open-minded to the possibilities. John P. Walters does not sound like one of those Americans.
OPINION
June 23, 2002 | WILLIAM C. MOYERS, William C. Moyers is vice president of external affairs for the Hazelden Foundation. His personal experiences were the basis for the 1998 public television series, "Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home."
If only America's so-called war on drugs could be recast in the spirit of my chance meeting with President Bush last year in the White House Rose Garden. "Mr. President, my name is William Moyers, I'm from Minnesota and I am a person in recovery," I said. Without batting an eye, the president grasped my hand and replied, "Sounds like we have something in common." I was all but a complete stranger to Bush. But in that moment we connected. And because I told him nothing else about me, I assume it was from the commonality of our experiences of having overcome the desperate condition of drinking too much.
OPINION
May 20, 2001
Re "Baffling Drug Czar Choice," May 15: President Bush, in nominating hard-line conservative John P. Walters to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, tells how he will redirect drug war policy with emphasis toward curbing demand. He mentions increases in treatment, which would certainly seem to be a step toward curbing demand. But let's not neglect reality. The addict takes up a small percentage of the prohibited drugs consumed in this nation. Most prohibited drug use is recreational, without discernible effect on society, certainly significantly less than the legal counterpart, alcohol.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Teens increasingly are getting high on legal painkillers and mood stimulants, and are turning to cough syrup as well, a government survey has found. The annual study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, conducted by the University of Michigan, showed mixed results in the nation's longtime campaign against drug abuse by teenagers.
NATIONAL
May 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
The nation's drug czar toured a drug-ridden Atlanta neighborhood Monday night, catching a glimpse of street corners where nearly any illegal drug is for sale. John P. Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, rode along with police through the Vine City and Washington Park areas, one of the busiest markets for heroin and crack in the South. A group of about a dozen people quickly moved off a side street when unmarked cars approached.
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