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  • Pain Pillar Investigated by DEA

    CNN's attraction to the story of deaths at a clinic was simple irony. They marveled at how a clinic run by someone who is considered -- at least among pain physicians -- the leading voice about safely prescribing opioids -- could have had so many deaths.
  • Up in Smoke: The Chris Bartkowicz story"

    After KUSA aired promotions for a story taking viewers inside a medical marijuana grow house, the Drug Enforcement Agency immediately raided the grower's home. Protests outside the KUSA studios followed, along with a discussion of states' rights versus federal law regarding medical marijuana.
  • Unnecessary epidemic

    This extensive investigation showed that Congress and the Drug Enforcement Administration could have stopped methamphetamine growth across the West during the 1990s and still can. The newspaper explained how the drug is able to be controlled because it relies on chemical ingredients produced by only a handful of factories worldwide. Two clampdowns on the legal trade of the chemicals caused meth shortages, prompting users to quit and meth-related property crime to fall. But the drug trade survived because of loopholes and lax enforcement. The scope of this story includes examinations of DEA drug seizures, DEA-registered sellers of the drug, ephedrine drug shipments, ephedrine seizures, congressional records, the federal budget, federal audits, property tax records, patents, academic studies and public policy.
  • The Jack in the Box Shootings

    The Post-Dispatch refutes the official police version about the shooting of two suspects by undercover drug detectives in June 2000. The story reveals that -- contrary to what the detectives claimed -- the suspects' car was moving away from the detectives when they fired, not forward toward the detectives.
  • DWB* (*Driving While Black)

    Esquire reports on the DEA's program Operation Pipeline, an attempt to stop interstate drug trafficking that has come under file for encouraging, if not sponsoring, racial profiling. Despite numerous civil rights law suits and statistics that show an overwhelming majority of the motorists pulled over are black and Hispanic, the DEA still calls the program one of its "most successful." The Supreme Court basically handed law enforcement a license to do these kind of searches when it ruled that a cop can pull someone over for any minor traffic violation. U.S. District Judge James Carrigan wrote a criticism of the program which said, the task force, "systematically violated the constitutionally protected rights of blacks and Hispanics to travel and be free from unreasonable seizures."
  • The Drug War

    In trying to answer the question, "How effective is the Drug War," the National Journal reports on the drug war's history and societyal effects. Special sections are devoted to users, prevention, interdiction, treatment and punishmet as the Journal examines this complex issue.
  • Singled Out

    WAGA-TV reports "a statistical analysis of six months' worth of passenger searches by U.S. Customs inspectors at Hartsfield International Airport. We found inspectors routinely targeted African-American passengers looking for drugs. The searches included hands-on body searches, strip searches, monitored bowel movements and x-rays of passenger's intestines at a local hospital. The analysis determined inspectors rarely found drugs. In fact, of all the African-American passengers searched in six months, 99 percent were innocent.."
  • Blind Justice (series of ten articles)

    A criminal ring of Puerto Rican policemen, dubbed "the Fabricators" by a previous El Vocero investigation (see story # 14384), finally were found guilty by the Puerto Rican Supreme Court of inventing cases and lying to investigators. The U.S. Justice Department admitted its role in covering up the corruption, but halted further investigations.
  • Bad luck on an otherwise fine night

    One evening Matt Shaunfield overdosed on herion and died. In the past two years, as many as 10 more kids in Plano, Texas, have died for their love of the drug. This had never happened to Plano. It also had never happened to Austin or Orlando or Boulder or any of the other places in America designed to keep harm away. Esquire investigates.
  • Butorphanol (Stadol): A study in problems of current drug information and control

    Nerology examines the history and regulatory control of a synthetic narcotic promoted heavily for the treatment of migraine headaches that was known to have adverse side affects, including addiction. This information was not available to the general public except through the Freedom of Information Act.