drugs

IL Judge Steps Down
2:24 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Illinois Judge Facing Drug Charges Quits

Michael N. Cook is sworn in as a St. Clair County Circuit Judge on Oct. 1, 2010, at the county building in Belleville, Ill. He resigned from the bench on Wednesday (May 29, 2013). Cook was charged May 23 by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois with possessing weapons while under the influence of heroin, a felony, and misdemeanor heroin possession.
Credit (Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat) / (http://www.bnd.com)

A St. Clair County 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.

Circuit Judge Michael Cook resigned Wednesday by letter to the chief judge, John Baricevic. Baricevic says the letter is brief and doesn't offer a reason for Cook's departure.

Cook was charged last Friday with possessing heroin and having a gun while illegally using controlled substances. He's pleaded not guilty. 

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St. Louis on the Air
6:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness

Author David Sheff
Brent Nagel

David Sheff is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author. 

In 2008, he wrote a memoir, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, about how his family dealt with his son‘s methamphetamine addiction.

In a new book, Sheff argues that addicts suffer from an illness and are not simply victims of their own bad choices.  “We must acknowledge addiction is an illness…and not just bad behavior…because we punish bad behavior…we treat illness,” Sheff writes.

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State of the Judiciary Address
10:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Mo. Chief Justice Teitelman Praises Drug Courts In Annual State Of Judiciary Address

Mo. Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman delivers the annual State of the Judiciary Address before the Mo. Gen. Assembly on Jan. 23rd, 2013.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman sang the praises of the state's drug court system during his annual State of the Judiciary Address Wednesday.


He told lawmakers that 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the state’s drug courts, which provide treatment options for non-violent drug offenders.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Alternatives To The “War On Drugs”

Marijuana
(via Flickr/peter.a_photography)

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.”

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.

Host Don Marsh talks with Ethan Nadelmann, the founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance

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Drug Conspiracy
12:25 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Former St. Louis Police Sergeant Gets Almost Five Years In Drug Case

(via Flickr/neil conway)

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.

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Heroin deaths
8:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Heroin deaths decline in St. Louis County

(via Flickr/Michael Velardo)

St. Louis County officials believe a strong public awareness campaign about the dangers of heroin use are having an impact.

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.

Synthetic Drug Raid
12:09 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

St. Clair County cracks down on synthetic drugs

Some of the synthetic drugs and cash confiscated in Tuesday's raid in Illinois' St. Clair County.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 5:51 p.m. with more information, photo.

Thirteen businesses were raided in St. Clair County Illinois Tuesday in a new crackdown on illegal synthetic drugs. 

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.

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Food Stamps/ Drug Convicts
10:36 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Mo. bill would allow drug felons to get food stamps

Missouri is one of nine states where felony drug convicts are ineligible for food stamps.
(via Flickr/clementine gallot)

Supporters say a bill that would allow convicted drug felons to be eligible for foods stamps is gaining momentum among Missouri lawmakers. The bill would repeal the state's lifetime ban on food stamps for drug felons.

Three Republicans and one Democrat in the House are sponsoring the bill, according to The Kansas City Star. The sponsors say it isn't fair that child molesters and murderers are eligible for food stamps, but people with felony drug convictions aren't.

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Drug cout tracker indicted
4:26 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Former Lincoln Co. detective accused of assaulting drug court participants

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A former detective with the Lincoln County sheriff'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.

The United States Attorney's office announced the charges against 49-year-old Scott Edwards on Thursday. He faces three federal felonies and two misdemeanors, including:

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Ill. drug control legislation
4:21 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Quinn strengthens anti-drug legislation in Illinois

An interior view of the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

The state of Illinois has four new laws that Gov. Pat Quinn says will help crack down on substance abuse.

Quinn signed the following measures into law today:

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