drugs http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois Judge Facing Drug Charges Quits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-judge-facing-drug-charges-quits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;St. Clair County&nbsp;judge whose colleague died of a cocaine overdose while the two were on a hunting trip is stepping down from the bench as he defends himself against federal heroin and gun charges.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Circuit Judge Michael Cook resigned Wednesday&nbsp;by letter to the chief judge, John </span>Baricevic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Baricevic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says the letter is brief and doesn't offer a reason for Cook's departure.</span></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 19:24:24 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 26854 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Judge Facing Drug Charges Quits A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/father-s-struggle-his-son-s-addiction-why-david-sheff-says-addiction-mental-illness <p>David Sheff is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2008, he wrote a memoir, <em>Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction</em>, about how his family dealt with his son‘s methamphetamine addiction.</p><p>In a new book, Sheff argues that addicts suffer from an illness and are not simply victims of their own bad choices.&nbsp; “We must acknowledge addiction is an illness…and not just bad behavior…because we punish bad behavior…we treat illness,” Sheff writes.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:36:14 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25238 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness Mo. Chief Justice Teitelman Praises Drug Courts In Annual State Of Judiciary Address http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-chief-justice-teitelman-praises-drug-courts-annual-state-judiciary-address <P><A href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">Missouri Supreme Court </A><A href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=197">Chief Justice Richard Teitelman</A> sang the praises of&nbsp;the state's&nbsp;drug court system during his annual State of the Judiciary Address Wednesday.</P> <P>He told lawmakers that 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the state’s drug courts, which provide treatment options for non-violent drug offenders.</P> <P>“With a graduation rate exceeding 50 percent, Missouri now has more than 12,000 graduates who successfully have completed treatment court programs," T Thu, 24 Jan 2013 04:00:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8641 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Chief Justice Teitelman Praises Drug Courts In Annual State Of Judiciary Address Alternatives To The “War On Drugs” http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/alternatives-war-drugs <p>The Drug Policy Alliance bills itself as the “nation’s leading organization promoting alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.”</p><p>The organization believes the war on drugs is doing more harm than good and among other things, the DPA supports the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talks with Ethan Nadelmann, the founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance</p><p></p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 6104 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Alternatives To The “War On Drugs” Former St. Louis Police Sergeant Gets Almost Five Years In Drug Case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-st-louis-police-sergeant-gets-almost-five-years-drug-case <p>A former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department sergeant whose responsibilities included conducting investigations into the distribution of illegal drugs has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for running his own drug ring - that's almost five years for those of you doing the math.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:25:29 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 5387 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former St. Louis Police Sergeant Gets Almost Five Years In Drug Case Heroin deaths decline in St. Louis County http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/heroin-deaths-decline-st-louis-county <p>St. Louis County officials believe a strong public awareness campaign about the dangers of heroin use are having an impact.</p><p>The county has reported 14 deaths from heroin through April 10, down from 32 over the same period last year - a drop of more than 50 percent.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 13:00:01 +0000 The Associated Press 3659 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Heroin deaths decline in St. Louis County St. Clair County cracks down on synthetic drugs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-clair-county-cracks-down-synthetic-drugs <p><i>Updated at 5:51 p.m. with more information, photo.</i></p><p><a href="http://www.bnd.com/2012/04/10/2135271/police-raid-st-clair-county-stores.html">Thirteen businesses</a> were raided in St. Clair County Illinois Tuesday in a new crackdown on illegal synthetic drugs.&nbsp;</p><p>The raids on convenience stores, liquor stores and smoke shops stem from a law passed last year that broadens the chemical definition of the drugs.</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:09:19 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3459 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Clair County cracks down on synthetic drugs Mo. bill would allow drug felons to get food stamps http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-bill-would-allow-drug-felons-get-food-stamps <p>Supporters say a bill that would allow convicted drug felons to be eligible for foods stamps is gaining momentum among Missouri lawmakers.&nbsp;The bill would repeal the state&#39;s lifetime ban on food stamps for drug felons.</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:36:34 +0000 The Associated Press 3192 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. bill would allow drug felons to get food stamps Former Lincoln Co. detective accused of assaulting drug court participants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-lincoln-co-detective-accused-assaulting-drug-court-participants <p>A former detective with the Lincoln County sheriff&#39;s office has been accused in a federal indictment of violating the rights of five women he was tracking as part of their participation in a drug court program.</p><p>The United States Attorney&#39;s office announced the charges against 49-year-old Scott Edwards on Thursday. He faces three federal felonies and two misdemeanors, including:</p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 21:26:28 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2402 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former Lincoln Co. detective accused of assaulting drug court participants Quinn strengthens anti-drug legislation in Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-strengthens-anti-drug-legislation-illinois <p>The state of Illinois has four new laws that Gov. Pat Quinn says will help crack down on substance abuse.</p><p>Quinn signed the following measures into law today:</p> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:21:20 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1714 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn strengthens anti-drug legislation in Illinois