illegal drug use http://www.kplu.org en Proposal To Make Possession Of Cocaine, Meth A Misdemeanor http://www.kplu.org/post/proposal-make-possession-cocaine-meth-misdemeanor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re caught with cocaine, meth or heroin, you can be charged with a felony and face up to five years in prison. But there’s a proposal in Washington, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">prefiled</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">HB 2116</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, to make possession of hard drugs a misdemeanor if they are for the defendant's personal use. It would also reduce the penalty for the possession of more than 40 grams of cannabis from a felony to a misdemeanor.</span></p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 11862 at http://www.kplu.org Proposal To Make Possession Of Cocaine, Meth A Misdemeanor Heroin becoming the scourge of 20-somethings http://www.kplu.org/post/heroin-becoming-scourge-20-somethings <p></p><p>There are two versions of this story.</p><p>One is the story of how drug-abuse involving heroin has spiked upward, especially in young adults, over the past decade. Drug experts say people end up on heroin as a last resort, after getting addicted to prescription painkillers.</p><p>That version is in the news this week, and has <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/drug-abuse-trends-deaths-down-insidious-twist">made headlines for the past few years</a>, when annual drug trends come out.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:04:51 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9058 at http://www.kplu.org Heroin becoming the scourge of 20-somethings Spike in deaths from heroin draws attention to increase in use among young http://www.kplu.org/post/spike-deaths-heroin-draws-attention-increase-use-among-young <p><em>&quot;Nationally, Seattle is fairly high in heroin use.&quot;</em></p><p>Last week Washington state saw a spike in heroin-probable deaths. Seven people in King County overdosed on the drug with in just four days.</p><p>The spike stands out against a general decline in deaths due more to a decrease in the purity of the drug than a drop in usage, said one researcher. In fact, use among the young has risen by 74 percent.</p><p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:40:06 +0000 Evan Hoover 4433 at http://www.kplu.org Spike in deaths from heroin draws attention to increase in use among young Could a club drug offer 'almost immediate' relief from depression? http://www.kplu.org/post/could-club-drug-offer-almost-immediate-relief-depression There's no quick fix for severe depression.<p>Although antidepressants like <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000885/">Prozac</a> have been around since the 1970s, they usually take weeks to make a difference. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:57:25 +0000 3971 at http://www.kplu.org Could a club drug offer 'almost immediate' relief from depression? Drug abuse trends: Deaths down, with an insidious twist http://www.kplu.org/post/drug-abuse-trends-deaths-down-insidious-twist <p>You&#39;ve probably heard the under-world of drug abuse has taken on a new face over the past decade, with the rise of prescription pill addicts.</p><p>The story is more nuanced than that. But before looking at the nuance, here are a few surprising facts and a disturbing trend. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 01:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1822 at http://www.kplu.org Drug abuse trends: Deaths down, with an insidious twist Prescription drug abuse deaths take a surprising drop http://www.kplu.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-deaths-take-surprising-drop <p>There&rsquo;s a glimmer of hope in the struggle against prescription drug abuse.&nbsp; For the first time, the number of overdose deaths from painkillers has gone down in King County. It&rsquo;s also fallen statewide.</p><p>Unfortunately, people hooked on painkillers may be turning to heroin. Heroin abuse used to be confined to Washington&#39;s cities -- primarily Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Everett. Now, it&#39;s appearing for the first time in small towns and rural areas.</p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 21:48:47 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1819 at http://www.kplu.org Lewis-McChord combat vet loses GI Bill for pot and spice http://www.kplu.org/post/lewis-mcchord-combat-vet-loses-gi-bill-pot-and-spice <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-967243.mp3</p><p>Here&#39;s a soldier&#39;s tale. Bill Surwillo deploys to Afghanistan. Nearly a quarter of his platoon is killed. He comes home with PTSD. He turns to marijuana and spice &ndash; a synthetic version of the drug &ndash; to relax. The Army kicks him out and takes away his GI Bill. Is this fair? Thu, 05 May 2011 19:02:20 +0000 Austin Jenkins 1540 at http://www.kplu.org Lewis-McChord combat vet loses GI Bill for pot and spice