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Washington County school officials are alarmed by the results of a 2012 substance abuse survey of 1,340 students from six county school districts, the Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting. The survey found that “nearly 21 percent of students...
This week, the North Country is opening the conversations about prisons wide open, with a series of public conversations and on-air program that we want you to join. St. Lawrence University is hosting a series of conversations on-campus this week,...
We all talk about the cost of living here in the North Country: Gas is expensive, real estate is relatively cheap, and so forth. But what about the price of street drugs? In his series “Life in a Northern Town”, Watertown Daily Times...
The status of marijuana is undergoing transition in many places. So here’s a fuzzy case out of Canada about an RCMP officer with a medical marijuana prescription to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. According to this report out of New...
North Country now is reporting this week about a new effort Massena is making to keep local kids off drugs: distributing drug testing kits to parents (actually, they’re giving them to the school district for distribution to parents who want...
News stories tagged with "drugs"
Dec 08, 2004 — The New York State Senate and Assembly have agreed on a partial reform of the state's Rockefeller Drug Laws. The lawmakers have been unable to reach an agreement with Governor Pataki on budget reform. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Oct 25, 2004 — After consumer groups complained that uninsured New Yorkers are paying too much for their prescription drugs at some pharmacies in the state, the agency that regulates pharmacists says it's moving toward helping the uninsured shop smarter. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Oct 22, 2004 — A study by consumer groups has found that prescription drug prices vary greatly from pharmacy to pharmacy in New York. The study also finds that drug prices in the state are much higher than the national average. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jul 23, 2004 — The maze of islands and St. Lawrence River channels along the St. Regis Reservation near Massena have given the Akwesasne Mohawk community a reputation for smuggling. In the 30s, alcohol came across a mostly porous border with Canada by boat and automobile. In the 1990s the contraband was cigarettes. Around 2000, it was illegal aliens. Today, smugglers favor hydroponic marijuana from Canada. Mohawk tribal police work closely with law enforcement in the U.S. and Canada to stem the tide of illegal border crossings. Yet the tribal police receive no money from Washington for their efforts - even as border security funding rises in response to international terrorism. As David Sommerstein reports, Mohawk chiefs are trying to change that. Go to full article
Mar 10, 2004 — The Chair of the Assembly Corrections Committee is pessimistic about the chances for any reform of the state's strict Rockefeller Drug Laws this year. Other advocates for change remain hopeful, and say repealing the laws could save the state money. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Feb 20, 2004 — Heroin abuse is making a comeback in New York State. In many parts of the North Country, its popularity has eclipsed cocaine and crack. Most of the heroin use is clustered in Watertown and Plattsburgh, but smaller towns are also being affected. In this third part of our look at heroin abuse, Brian Mann reports that heroin is cheaper and easier to use than ever before. Go to full article
Feb 20, 2004 — Cross-border smuggling among the maze-like territory of the St. Lawrence River near Akwesasne has dogged the Mohawks' reputation for years, especially since high-profile cigarette smuggling busts in the 1990s. In the late '90s and 2000, smuggling Asian illegal immigrants spiked. David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Louis Mitchell. Mitchell says alien traffic dropped dramatically after September 11, 2001. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Feb 19, 2004 — Heroin is cheaper and more available than ever before. In parts of the North Country, heroin has even eclipsed cocaine and crack as the hard drug of choice. For addicts in small towns, finding help can be tough. People who need Methadone treatment often drive hours each day to find the nearest clinic. In this first of a 4-part series, Brian Mann reports from Watertown. Go to full article