There is no doubt kids understand and believe that drugs and alcohol are dangerous and that you should say no to both. Somehow, from the time they are really young – under 11 or so, as they change, their willingness to experiment with alcohol and other drugs comes alive.
The experimentation can begin earlier but the primary ages are 13-17. Then from the ages of 18 to 25, substance abuse occurs. This is due in part because of a period of freedom and lack of concrete obligations. As reported in www.dukechronicle.com.
If we have them set with concrete obligations – like athletics, politics, employment or social services do you think this would help?
The period between the ages of 18 to 29 is commonly referred to as emerging adulthood. Psychologists have determined that five things can distinguish and dictate the decisions a person makes about substance use. These include identity exploration, instability, self-focusing, feeling in-between and anticipating the possibilities that will determine the outcome of the rest of life.
Partly it is to have stories to tell friends about “extreme” behavior. From risky sports to drugs. Partly it is to fit in with their friends who are doing drugs.
Binge drinking peaks from the ages of 18 to 22, but this age group also shows a tendency to abuse drugs too. At that age, people tend to focus on developing themselves and experimenting with their identity before becoming responsible for others.
Despite their use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, especially prescription meds, it is crazy that an amazing 89% of this surveyed in a recent poll, believe they will get everything they want out of life. Is that youthful optimism or the drugs talking? Maybe it is low expectations.
I would like to see our public school system mandate drug education classes for all middle school and high school students. If we can keep them from experimenting with drugs and alcohol, maybe 89% will be able to get everything they want in life.
As a parent I can tell you that one of your greatest fears always is the safety of your children. You would like to think they are safe aboard a large school bus. Thinking that the driver of the bus may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol is terrifying.
Parents in Cocke County, Tennessee have to feel relief that their children never were in danger. It was averted at the last minute as the school bus driver was arrested for operating a bus while intoxicated. As reported in www.wate.com.
Cheryl Hembree after deputies found her drinking a beer inside a running school bus.
The 39-year-old was a driver for Cocke County High School. She was arrested just 15 minutes before she was set to take a busload of students home.
Police had been alerted to the situation by a concerned citizen who witnessed Hembree into a convenience store, buy a can of beer and get back into the school bus.
Police spotted the bus in a church parking lot next door to the store, with Hembree sitting in the front seat drinking the beer. She quickly ditched the 24-ounce can of natural Ice (higher alcohol content) beer and jumped into the driver’s seat and started the engine. Police entered before she could drive off and noticed the nearly empty beer can on the floor.
Her excuse for drinking in the bus – she was nervous and needed a drink to calm her. Hembree's blood alcohol content was .09.
For me, it's really sickening to know that you can't even trust a school bus driver to get your children home safely without facing DUI charges. It's pitiful. I'm just glad they caught in time before she was actually en route with those children.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is just plain stupid. The alcohol makes you do really stupid things. This police officer from Philadelphia is a perfect example.
A Philadelphia police officer drove drunk, crashed into two cars, and then threatened the occupants of the other cars. As reported in articles.philly.com.
Now 53-year-old Joseph Kelly, a 23-year veteran assigned to the Traffic Unit, has been charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence, criminal mischief, terroristic threats, simple assault, intimidation and reckless endangerment.
Now he could lose his job and his pension. Do you think he wishes he had taken a cab?
Some ramming occurred at a Los Angeles, California strip club. No, it did not occur in secret in some back room. Instead it happened right out in public, in the parking lot.
Terrence Conrad Meeks was charged with drunken driving after he smashed his BMW into two men standing outside a strip club, leading to leg amputations for both victims. As reported in www.sfgate.com.
The 40-year-old Meeks was leaving the strip club at about 3:30 a.m. when he rammed the men, pinning them against a Mini Cooper.
One victim lost both legs below the knee, the other had his right leg crushed and amputated. Both victims remain hospitalized. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Do you think he wished he had taken a taxi? I hope Meeks takes a thorough DUI class and gets good counseling for the psychological trauma he undoubtedly will face after injuring two fellow human beings so seriously.
I have written many times that you can receive a driving under the influence violation even if you blow under the legal limit of .08%. That is exactly what happened to Peter Murphy.
Murphy, the lead singer of Goth trailblazers Bauhaus, was arrested in March for his involvement in a hit-and-run accident in Southern California. The 55-year-old Murphy was driving a Subaru Forester when he reportedly rear-ended a Mercedes shortly before midnight, then fled the scene. A pickup truck driver on the freeway then noticed the singer's erratic driving and followed him off the freeway and into Los Angeles, where he boxed in Murphy's car with his own vehicle and called for police. He was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI, hit and run and drug possession charges. As reported in www.hollywoodreporter.com.
Murphy did not blow over .08 but still was arrested for DUI. The amount of alcohol found in Murphy's bloodstream was measured at 0.01 percent, a full 0.07 percent beneath the legal limit. Murphy blamed jet-lag and antidepressants for his erratic driving. What about his fleeing the scene of an accident?
Oh yeah and police found a small bag of crystal meth in his car. Murphy tried to ditch the bag in the back seat of a cruiser before they could find it.
It appears that at the very least Murphy could benefit from a drug or DUI class. He also should probably seek additional therapy for his depression and drug use.
The best thing about rap is the name of the bands, or at least the names of the singers. One of my current favorite names is “Too Short.” I have no idea how his music is, but he has a great name. Oh yeah, he also has a driving under the influence violation.
This is not the first time the diminutive 46-year-old rapper has been involved in controversy. Just last year a video by Too Short was posted on XXLMag.com, a hip-hop. In the video, Too Short gives "Fatherly Advice" to late middle-school and high-school boys. Specifically, he offers "a couple of tricks" for "when you start feeling a certain way about the girls." As reported in www.nydailynews.com.
Now, during a DUI arrest in Hollywood, Too Short tried to sprint from officers and make his getaway. The "Blow the Whistle" rapper made it less than half a block before his arresting officers pinned him to the pavement. His manager claims Too Short was afraid he was “not getting a fair shake” and that is why he ran. Of course the incident happened during the “witching hours” – about 3a.m.
Kids – learn from Too Short’s experience – do not drink and drive and never run from the police.
How drunk was Too Short – just a nip over the legal limit – blowing a .09. The ta was just the beginning of Too Short’s troubles. He was later rebooked him for felony drug possession a few hours later after cops found narcotics that he a tried to ditch in the back of a squad car. Not surprisingly, his manager again has stepped up to his defense, denying the drugs belonged to the platinum-selling artist, who's collaborated with Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G. and Snoop Dogg.
The story his manager is spinning is becoming a real tall tale. After all his manager says, how could Too Short be drunk and possess narcotics when marijuana is his drug of choice?
At the very least it looks like Too Short really needs a comprehensive drug and alcohol class and can even take a good one online if privacy is an issue.
Is it possible that Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan is again battling addiction issues after another relapse? I would have hoped that after her previous trials and tribulations Lohan would have stayed away from all drugs.
As with many addicts, Lohan has turned her addictive behavior in another direction – prescription medications. As reported in canindia.com.
Yes, it is true that Lohan has suffered another relapse on her road to sobriety. The star of such “great” films as “Freaky Friday”, “Mean Girls” and “Herbie Fully Reloaded” will check herself into another in-patient facility this week.
This is Lohan’s sixth stint in rehab and like the others, it was mandated by the courts. The treatment for this visit to rehab will be alcohol addiction as well as an addiction to prescription medication. She chose rehab over more jail time.
Acquaintances of the 26-year-old star admit Lohan consumes large amounts of vodka along with medications like Adderall and Xanax. I do not think this is going to end well for her. Her friends continue to state that Lohan is only doing this because she has been court-ordered and does not believe she has addiction issues.
How can she possibly still be in denial? I refuse to believe she does not see she has serious addiction problems. The only way Lohan is going to survive as a mature adult is if she comes clean with herself – mind body and spirit.
Just how far can you go? I assure you that if you do not take drugs, you cannot imagine how far you can fall, and what things you might resort to.
The “poster child” for what drug abuse can do to a person just may be Drew Gissel. For his efforts Gissel will be spending the next three years behind bars. As reported in journaltimes.com.
The 24-year-old also was sentenced to another five years on extended supervision for burglarizing a man’s car. In that case, a man was cleaning out his car and went back inside his abode for a moment when Gissel struck.
When the man emerged and spotted Gissel in the back seat stealing items, he confronted him. Gissel punched the man in the face before fleeing into a nearby apartment building.
Although this is a burglary case, it really is a drug case as well. This is the poster child of the devastation drugs pose to the community. Of course, Gissel was stealing to feed his addiction!
He also was ordered to pay $400 in restitution and is not allowed to possess or consume any alcohol or drugs.
Gissel appears to be sorry for his actions. Hopefully, while in jail, he will take a good alcohol drug class and begin a new sober life.
The attorney defending NFL Hall of Fame Football Coach and CBS Sports Analyst Mike Ditka’s son in a driving under the influence violation finds himself on the other side of the courtroom – defending himself on a Dui charge.
The attorney who represented two sons of Mike Ditka in recent DUI cases was cited in march for driving on a suspended license, which resulted from the lawyer’s own arrest for DUI in October. As reported in www.chicagotribune.com.
Attorney Robert Ritacca had been found not guilty of the drunken driving charge filed against him (probably had a good attorney). But despite being ultimately cleared of the DUI, Ritacca lost his driver’s license for a year because he declined to take a breathalyzer or field sobriety test (on the advice of his attorney).
Ritacca denied he’d been drinking. He said he refused the tests because he was feeling effects of a medical condition from which he suffers called cerebral vasculitis, which has caused him to become “disoriented and lose focus.” Probably shouldn’t be behind the wheel of a car when he is losing focus and disoriented.
The attorney did have a permit enabling him to drive if he had a breath alcohol ignition interlock device, or BAAID, installed in his vehicle, however there was not one installed in Ritacca’s 2005 Corvette at the time of his arrest.
He represented Mark Ditka when the son of the former Bears coach pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI in January. Ritacca was also the lawyer for Mark Ditka’s brother, Michael Ditka, when a felony DUI case was dropped against him in early 2012.
Is it just me or do you think Ritacca could use a thorough DUI class?
It should come as no surprise that singer Bobby Brown has been to California DUI classes. The singer has had a well-publicized battle with drugs and alcohol.
Although he is known for his addiction issues, even a little for his singing, he is best-known as the ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston. Brown is now being monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet as he serves his 55-day sentence in connection with a DUI conviction. As reported in latimesblogs.latimes.com.
Brown reported to court on Wednesday to begin serving his jail sentence and four years of informal probation.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Brown was likely to serve no more than nine days in County Jail because of overcrowding, as well as time off for good behavior and credit for "good time work time." But Whitmore also noted the sentence could be influenced by his county probation officials.
Brown ended up serving just eight hours in jail before being released.
Brown, a onetime member of the singing group New Edition who also had a solo career, pleaded no contest in February to a DUI charge, one of two such charges last year for the singer.
Whitmore said it was the Probation Department's decision to place Brown on an electronic ankle bracelet. The exact requirements were not available, Whitmore said, but inmates typically cannot travel outside their homes for the time they are under electronic monitoring.
In addition to the jail time for pleas related to drunk driving, driving on a suspended license and a probation violation for a prior DUI incident, Brown also must complete an 18-month alcohol-treatment program and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week.
Brown, ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston, had been sentenced to a day in jail and three years' probation for the March 26, 2012, arrest, which took place in the San Fernando Valley after California Highway Patrol officers allegedly spotted him talking on his cellphone while driving.