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July 17, 1988
I must take strong exception with one of your readers' letter regarding the zero tolerance raids by the Santa Ana Police Department. In Gilbert Doran's letter (July 2) he states that there "is no moral difference between the casual users smoking a joint and the rock house kingpin mowing down bystanders with automatic weapons fire." The statement is ridiculous and irrational, yet does point to the real issue: When will society acknowledge that there is no moral difference between casual users smoking a joint and a gin and tonic?
A countywide effort to empower individuals, neighborhoods and communities to fight alcohol and drug-related problems starts today in Oxnard. Representatives from area health and law enforcement agencies will exchange information with residents and discuss how through cooperation they can enhance substance-abuse prevention efforts in Ventura County, said Ken Klopman, a senior officer in the Oxnard Police Department, who is scheduled to attend.
May 28, 2000
In a county willing to spend top dollar to arrest and prosecute drug users, teenagers are in danger because of underfunded detox and rehabilitation programs. Stories by staff writer Anna Gorman in today's Ventura County Edition of The Times look at the inadequacy of the county's response to that need, and examine recent fatalities that might have been avoided if help were more readily available for kids with drug and alcohol problems.
November 7, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
The first-ever survey of adolescent alcohol and drug abuse to recognize youths of mixed race or ethnicity has found that such kids hover closest to white adolescents in the rate at which they suffer substance abuse disorders. That is not reassuring, because white adolescents are among the most likely ethnic and racial groups to have substance-use disorders. Of all ethnic groups, Native Americans were found to suffer the highest rates of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence -- about 15% in a given year.
February 12, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
How can you tell if a co-worker might have a substance abuse problem, and what should you do about it? Here are tips from experts: Watch for signs: According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, indications that an employee might have a substance abuse problem include work absences without notification, frequent disappearances from the work site, work performance that alternates between high and low productivity, and progressive deterioration...
October 3, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN
Local community leaders will discuss youths' substance abuse in Ventura County during a seminar Oct. 13. The seminar, sponsored by the Conejo Substance Abuse Prevention Authority, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the board room at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Speakers will include Superior Court Judge Steven Z. Perren, Ventura County Schools Supt. Chuck Weis, Chief Probation Officer Cal Remington and Anacapa Hospital community liaison John Lieberman.
September 27, 1991 | TED JOHNSON
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $400,000 grant to the Fullerton Joint Union High School District that could lead to the coordination of drug, tobacco and alcohol prevention programs in much of North County. The grant, awarded earlier this month, also extends the district's existing federally funded substance abuse programs for another two years by expanding drug prevention programs beyond the classrooms.
June 4, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
Saddleback Valley Unified School District's final parent forum of the school year will be Thursday at 6:45 p.m. The free public event is open to all parents with children enrolled in the district. It will include district speakers and presentations on teenage substance abuse programs and how parents can keep students safe and drug-free.
January 31, 2007 | Diane Haithman
A benefit performance of a play about substance abuse, scheduled for Monday night at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre, was abruptly canceled when the playwright discovered the presentation was being underwritten by Smirnoff Vodka, the New York Post reported Tuesday. According to the Post story, the performance of "Addictions," by Tricia Walsh-Smith -- wife of Shubert Organization President Phil Smith -- was to benefit the Actors' Fund of America's Chemical Dependency Program.
September 16, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
New to the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration hospital in 1962, Dr. Ilse Lowenstam realized that many patients were checking out of the residence-care program she oversaw — and in to nearby bars. "We didn't have a real program for alcoholics," Lowenstam later said. "They often had to be excluded from treatment because one of the rules was that they had to be sober to be admitted to the hospital. " Then 50, Lowenstam was a refugee from Nazi Germany who had barely escaped with her medical degree.
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