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June 20, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
College students who are lucky enough to realize they need treatment for substance-use disorders are faced not only with the daunting task of recovery but also with reintegration into college life -- otherwise known as the land of pills and booze. A new program, however, may begin cropping up on U.S. campuses to assist young people who are trying to recover and aid those who wish to achieve sobriety. The Collegiate Recovery Communities emerged from a program at Texas Tech University and now has spin-offs at several U.S. universities.
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March 25, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Steven M. Hilton is stepping down as head of his family's foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in the Los Angeles area, which awarded $92 million in grants last year, the foundation announced Tuesday. Hilton, 63, is the grandson of the hotel magnate and founder of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, based in Agoura Hills. With a staff of 50 and an endowment of $2.4 billion, the foundation focuses on ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance abuse, helping children with HIV and AIDS and supporting youths moving out of foster care.  The group also gives out the $1.5-million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, which last year went to EPCAT, a global network to end child prostitution and pornography and child sex trafficking.
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October 31, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Substance-abuse education and screening should be a part of almost every visit between a doctor and an adolescent, the nation's leading pediatricians said Monday. In a statement published in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics , members of the American Academy of Pediatrics said doctors can use a variety of screening tools to inquire into a teen's use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The statement argues that no level of experimentation with drugs is safe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | Sandy Banks
It's a story whose elements are all too familiar. It's easy to deem it another indictment of our failing child welfare system: A drug addict who has already lost six children to the foster care system is jailed after her two little boys wander into a liquor store alone, hungry and looking for food. The toddlers - 2 and 3 years old - are wearing soiled diapers and dirty clothes. It takes police two days to track down their mother whose rap sheet includes arrests for prostitution and theft.
SPORTS
May 1, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Goalkeeper Josh Saunders will be lost to the Galaxy for an indefinite period after being enrolled in Major League Soccer's substance abuse treatment program. The Galaxy was informed last Friday that Saunders would be unavailable to play until he completes a treatment protocol. Team officials insisted Tuesday that Saunders did not fail a league-administered drug test but have been evasive in explaining his absence. Saunders missed last Saturday's tie with FC Dallas and is unavailable for Wednesday night's match in Seattle, with Coach Bruce Arena saying only that the keeper was missing for “personal reasons.”   FOR THE RECORD: Galaxy goalkeeper: An earlier version of this story said that New England Revolution player Shalrie Joseph was suspended for six weeks in 2010 for being in a substance abuse program. Although Joseph missed six weeks that season while he was in the program, Major League Soccer said that he was not suspended.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Hey, Ozzy Osbourne -- in case you didn't know, the missus isn't too thrilled with you right now. Sharon Osbourne on Tuesday addressed the rumors over her marriage to the heavy-metal star on her CBS show "The Talk. " Reports have suggested that the longtime couple is on the rocks due to Ozzy's substance abuse. "We're not getting divorced," Osbourne declared, as the studio audience and her cohosts erupted in applause. "However, am I happy? No. Am I upset? Yes I am. I'm devastated right now. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "Everybody knows he's been struggling with this his entire life and I never knew that he was using prescription drugs," she said.
NEWS
June 19, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
The angst-ridden process of merging the two federal agencies that govern research and education on substance-abuse problems will drag on for another two years. Officials at the National Institute on Drug Abuse said Sunday that the opening of a new agency that will take the place of both the NIDA and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, will likely occur in October 2013 instead of 2012. The merger was discussed Sunday at a meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Selena Gomez spent about two weeks in rehab in January, though the "Come & Get It" singer wasn't there to be treated for substance abuse, her rep said Wednesday. "Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows, but not for substance abuse," her rep told The Times, declining to comment on why specifically Gomez had entered the facility. The rehab news was  first reported by RadarOnline , which said Wednesday that Gomez had voluntarily checked into rehab Jan. 5 at Dawn at the Meadows , a facility in Arizona that specializes in patients ages 18 through 26 struggling with emotional trauma, addiction and other problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The La Habra Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition will meet Jan. 14 at the local Community Center. Members of the coalition invite residents to participate in a discussion aimed at developing solutions to local substance abuse problems. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.; the center is at 101 W. La Habra Boulevard. Information: (714) 525-6033.
SPORTS
February 23, 1990 | Associated Press
Roy Marble of the Atlanta Hawks was suspended by the NBA for the remainder of the season Thursday for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The team announced that Duane Ferrell, a former member of the Hawks, has been signed to a 10-day contract as a roster replacement for Marble. Marble, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound guard from Iowa, was the 23rd player chosen in June's draft. Hawk spokesman Arthur Triche said the team had no comment on the suspension. Marble averaged 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
There may have been a time when the impulse to “cure” people of their homosexuality through psychological or spiritual intervention was accepted as an ethical course of action. Those days are long gone. And yet even today, despite all the evidence that it's harmful, the practice, known as “reparative therapy,” “conversion therapy” or “sex orientation change efforts,” continues to mess with the sanity of youngsters coming to grips with who they are. “Ten or 15 years ago, our main challenge was getting people to believe that this was harmful to people,” said Samantha Ames, a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, part of a coalition of civil rights groups like Equality California and mental health organizations, toiling to outlaw reparative therapy for minors state by state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Angel Jennings
County and state officials have begun moving dozens of physically and mentally disabled residents from two board-and-care homes where they were allegedly forced to live in "deplorable" conditions and punished if they failed to attend religious services. Los Angeles City Atty.  Mike Feuer  filed a lawsuit against Agape Mission House and Agape Home Church, unlicensed assisted-care facilities, alleging that residents lived in overcrowded and substandard conditions. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge last Friday appointed a receiver to immediately begin relocating residents from the homes in the 2200 block of South Hobart Boulevard.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Selena Gomez spent about two weeks in rehab in January, though the "Come & Get It" singer wasn't there to be treated for substance abuse, her rep said Wednesday. "Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows, but not for substance abuse," her rep told The Times, declining to comment on why specifically Gomez had entered the facility. The rehab news was  first reported by RadarOnline , which said Wednesday that Gomez had voluntarily checked into rehab Jan. 5 at Dawn at the Meadows , a facility in Arizona that specializes in patients ages 18 through 26 struggling with emotional trauma, addiction and other problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By KTLA
A former substance abuse counselor was found guilty Tuesday of murder and other charges after driving for two miles with a 31-year-old man stuck in her windshield, authorities said. Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 52, was charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury and driving with a 0.08 percent or higher blood-alcohol level in connection with the  November 2012 collision that killed Phillip Moreno A downtown Los Angeles jury reached the guilty verdict, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office  said on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
TOPPENISH, Wash. - The Yakama Nation sits in the fertile heart of illegal marijuana country - Washington state's answer to Mendocino County, minus the tie-dye. The soil is rich. The growing season is long. And one of the biggest illegal pot grows in state history was seized here on sacred forested acres where the tribe hunts and gathers food in the shadow of Mt. Adams, also known as Pahto. A year has passed since Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana use. State officials are poised to issue licenses to grow, process and sell what once was contraband.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Wednesday's verdict absolving concert promoter AEG Live of responsibility for Michael Jackson's untimely death in 2009 while preparing for what was to be a major career comeback raises the question of whether the spotlight will ever return to the superstar's musical legacy, one that yielded, among many other achievements, “Thriller,” the biggest selling album by a solo artist in history. Will Jackson's legacy be inextricably intertwined with the sad and often tawdry details of his personal life after his star went into decline, and the seemingly endless legal battles related to his death?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mike "Mad Dog" Bell, 37, a former professional wrestler whose struggles with substance abuse were featured in the documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster," was found dead Sunday at a Costa Mesa live-in rehabilitation facility, his family said. An autopsy was conducted but investigators couldn't immediately determine the cause of death, said Dan Akin, a supervising deputy at the Orange County coroner's division. They are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, he said. Chris Bell, whose 2008 documentary examines the steroid use of his two brothers, said Mike Bell had long battled addictions to prescription painkillers and alcohol.
NEWS
April 10, 1986
A substance abuse prevention program, which will include a survey of students and will train 80 teachers to recognize and deal with drug and alcohol problems, was unanimously approved Monday by the ABC Unified School District Board of Education. The survey, which is scheduled to be completed before the end of the school year on June 18, will cost $5,000 and be conducted by Rod Skager, associate dean of UCLA's Graduate School of Education.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Amanda Bynes has reportedly changed treatment facilities, swapping the halls of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for a ritzier joint in Malibu. Bynes made the move to the Canyons Treatment Center about three weeks ago, according to TMZ . The Bynes family's lawyer told the website that the move was on doctors' advice and that Amanda was making "great strides towards recovery. " He said she's getting one-on-one psych care, not treatment for substance abuse. Sources close to the former actress told TMZ that the 27-year-old was "scared" at UCLA because she was with people in worse condition than she is and rarely left her room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
More than 1,000 inmates previously sentenced to life in prison have been freed since voters approved changes to California's three-strikes law in November, with only a handful charged with new offenses since their release, according to a report released Monday. The authors of the report , who helped write and campaign for the ballot initiative, said third-strikers released under Proposition 36 have a lower recidivism rate than other prisoners freed on parole, helping save the state millions of dollars by opening up space in crowded prisons without jeopardizing public safety.
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