Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan 2014 - VIGILANTES WON'T GIVE UP FIGHT AGAINST DRUG CARTEL MEXICO CITY - Federal authorities rushed Monday to head off a mini-civil war in the "hot land" of Mexico's Michoacan state, urging rural vigilantes to lay down their arms and go home rather than attempt to seize a city of 90,000 that has become a stronghold of a drug cartel calling itself the Knights Templar.
The World, 13 Jan 2014 - At the beginning of the current school year, The Bandon School Board instituted a mandatory drug-testing policy for students who participate in sports and other extracurricular activities sponsored by the Oregon School Activities Association. Many in the community thought the school district overreached in taking this action because there is little evidence that student drug testing reduces drug use. At the same time, the policy is intrusive, expensive, and undermines parental control. The results of a national survey recently published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence revealed that students who participated in sports while undergoing mandatory drug testing stopped using only during the testing period. Students who were already using pretest went back to taking drugs when the testing period stopped at the end of the season. In short, mandatory drug testing had little to no long-term effect on drug use among student athletes. In some cases, students simply substituted drinking hard alcohol for smoking pot, because alcohol does not stay in the blood stream as long, reducing the odds of a positive test. Interestingly, our school district tests for marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and opiates when research shows that today the drugs students most commonly abuse are prescription drugs and steroids.