Richard Kirk interview confirms marijuana as unsafe swap for opiates

Three months after Colorado opened marijuana stores, Richard Kirk shot and killed his wife while she was on the phone with 911.  On November 12, Lori Gliha, an investigative journalist from the news magazine program Insight with John Ferruggia interviewed him on Rocky Mountain PBS. Most viewers who watched the jailhouse interview agree that he wouldn’t have killed his wife had he not eaten the marijuana edible.

The State of Colorado deserves a good portion of the blame for the death of Kristine Kirk. Continue reading

Legalization wins in Michigan; questionable ethics

TV stations pulled anti-legalization ads ahead of
midterm marijuana votes, advocates say

This headline, and the story it describes in Michigan, raises two questions:

  1. Is it ethical for TV stations to pull political ads off the air?
  2. Is it ethical for the ads’ opponents to set up their own “fact-checking” committee as the basis for complaining that the ads are inaccurate?

Will Common Cause intervene? Continue reading

Addiction often begins with a beautiful boy or girl

By Dr. Robert DuPont in StatNews  In the American mind, drug addiction happens only to people “born under a bad sign.” That’s just not true. Worse, it implies that success in life protects individuals from addiction. Throughout my 50-year career working on drug abuse prevention and treatment, I’ve often seen drug addiction befall every kind of person.

That’s one reason I have been urging people to see “Beautiful Boy,” a new film about the relationship between a good father and his good son as the teenager dives into addiction. Continue reading

Hit-and-run crashes on rise; 3 girls and one adult die

3 Girl Scouts killed and adult killed in alleged hit-and-run

A hit-and-run driver killed three Girl Scouts and an adult supervisor who were picking up trash along a Wisconsin highway.  Wausau ABC affiliate WAOW reported the incident. The driver turned himself in …later.

The marijuana proponents tell their friends to run – because they know the THC level leaves the blood (but NOT the brain) very fast – losing 80-90% from the blood within the first hour after smoking.

BUT an oral saliva test is positive for longer and should be performed in ALL of these cases…. immediately.

Are pedestrians targeted by drivers?

Another hit-and-run incident occurred in Colorado on Halloween.  The crash seriously injured a 15-year-old girl who was trick-or treating.  On Saturday, authorities arrested Kaitlin Golden who told them she thought she hit a deer.

The #1 cause of driving fatalities is drugged driving (NOT alcohol alone driving).  The number one agent after alcohol is marijuana.

Back in Wisconsin, a fourth Girl Scout remains in the hospital, in  critical condition.  The girls, fourth graders,  wore brightly colored vests which could easily be seen.

Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, allegedly left the scene, but later surrendered to authorities and was arrested, WAOW reported.  The crash occurred late Saturday morning in the village of Lake Hallie, about 95 miles east of Minneapolis.

Deadly week for children

The incident comes at the end of a particularly deadly week for children hit by cars.

In the deadliest crash, three siblings died when they were hit by a pickup truck while boarding a bus in Rochester, Indiana, on Tuesday. A 9-year-old was struck and killed while crossing the street to board a bus in northern Mississippi on Wednesday, and a second-grader in Pennsylvania was killed when struck by a vehicle at a bus stop on Thursday.   We mourn the loss of these children.