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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
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Alan Pendergast, staffwriter for Denver's Westword reports that in 2004, 20% of Colorado's jail population was diagnosed with severe mental illness, and "the true number may be much higher, since some inmates' illnesses are never properly diagnosed." The story compares cost of psychiatric lock-up versus community mental health care. Pendergast advises other journalists doing similar stories should "insist that someone in the accontable chain of command review and comment on the records, even if the actual treatment providers are refusing to be interviewed."
Tags: prison mental illness; correctional systems; lockdown; supermax prison; ADHD; Department of Corrections; forensic psychiatry; head cases; administrative segregation; HIPPA; San Carlos Correctional Facility; Offenders WIth Serious Mental Illness; OSMI; National Institute on Drug Abuse; Mental Health Occupations Grievance Board
"An analysis by the Orlando Sentinel "found glaring mistakes in research by the Office of Drug Control in its campaign to spotlight the dangers of so-called 'rave' drugs. Its official tally of rave-drug deaths reached 254. But blaming that many deaths on the club scene was grossly misleading. The state's research included dozens of errors." Among those lumped in with state's tally: terminal cancer patients; senior citizens who took painkillers under doctor's supervision; a four-year-old who died from medicine intended to treat a headache. In an effort to combat designer-drugs, "the drug office asked the state Medical Examiners Commission to send reports on every death from 1997 through 1999 that tested positive for any of 20 listed drugs." But a number of drugs found in people were not typical 'rave drugs'.
Tags: drugs; death; Office of Drug Control; rave drugs; National Institute on Drug Abuse; Medical Examiners Commission; medical examiners; Drug Information Center; designer drugs; death report; Rohypnol; MDMA; GHB; club drugs; Florida Office of Drug Control
Newsweek reports on the increased use of painkillers and how many Americans have turned their prescription into an addiction. "In 1999 an estimated 4 million Americans over the age of 12 used prescription pain relievers, sedatives and stimulants for 'nonmedical' reasons in the past month, with almost half saying they'd done so for the first time." Experts and police report the drugs are easy to get and have a wide variety of users. Therefore, making it sometimes difficult to track users down. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies agree that education for prescription pain relievers is crucial to prevent misuse. In addition, Newsweek reports on Hazard, Ky., a small town that has been overtaken with the drug OxyContin and Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain reports on her personal battle with pain pills since 1989,
In Drug-Policy Debates, a Center at Columbia U. Takes a Hard Line: Institute's studies grab headlines, but critics call its approach oversimplified
The article analyzes the work of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The Center, run by the former Health, Education, and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano, has become one of the loudest voices in the debate over drug policy. It largely adheres to the government's punitive and prohibitionist approach to the drug problem. The story shows that the center's views do not reflect the range of debate in the field. Because it receives substantial financing from industry, its views often drown out those of other scholars. The story alleges that the center characterizes anyone who disagrees with it views as drug "legalizers."
Business Week reports that "In the four years since anabolic steroids went on the federal controlled-substance list, their legal manufacture in the U.S. has been severely restricted, yet they appear to be more available than ever...Steriods are being abused not just by elite athletes out to set records...They are being taken by jocks all across America and often by young people just out to look good."
Village Voice (New York) uncovers a research project being conducted by the New York University Medical Center, which is testing the effects of crack cocaine addiction on monkeys; the project receives an annual $500,000 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, while many scientists and federal agencies question the human applicability of his research, April 23, 1991.
Tags: NY Reitman Drugs