Author Archives: Joe Hooker

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Linked to Reductions in Opioid Overdose Deaths

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

June 22, 2016

New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that state implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) was associated with a reduction in opioid-related overdose deaths. The study, published in Health Affairs, also found that PDMPs that monitored greater numbers of drugs with abuse potential and updated their data more frequently […]

Swarens: Aubrey’s journey — from sex trafficking victim to survivor

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Indy Star

5/13/2016

Kelly Wilkinson

Aubrey Lloyd is a survivor of sex trafficking. Two decades later, she helps counsel girls who have been caught up in human trafficking. The grooming of Aubrey Lloyd, the manipulation that pushed her down the path to forced prostitution, began with a new friendship. The older girl who befriended Aubrey showered her with all of […]

Extended-release naltrexone lowers relapse rates in ex-offenders

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

03/31/2016

Science Spotlight New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) revealed that the initial relapse rates among opioid-dependent adults in the criminal justice system was lower for participants receiving extended-release naltrexone than for those receiving treatment as usual (brief counseling and referrals for community treatment programs). Administered as a monthly injection, naltrexone […]

Alcohol Monitoring: A Vital Part of Probation

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NPAMC Blog

March 01, 2016

The Honorable Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.)

Crime and Substance Abuse are Linked The link between substance abuse and crime is clear. About 90% of criminal cases have involvement of alcohol or other drugs. Because of this link, it is not unusual for abstinence to be a requirement for release on bond or own recognizance; a condition of probation; or, a condition […]

Ga. leads US in probation; critics say money is reason

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AP

11/21/2015

  ATLANTA — Georgia leads the nation in placing its citizens on probation, a distinction that is now being studied by the state’s criminal justice reform experts, a federal report shows. The state’s probation population at the end of last year was 471,067, according to newly released numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. […]

New NIH-funded study shows possible link between e-cigarettes and initiation of tobacco use

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National Institutes of Health

August 18, 2015

Students who have used electronic cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine to the lungs by heating a liquid solution […]

Court documents on Indy drug ring read like a movie script

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Indy Star

09/08/2015

Mark Alesia and Tim Evans

The planned shooting had gone awry. The “mission” was foiled when the intended target, who was in the shower, had been alerted by his dog. David McMichel, the alleged leader of a violent Indianapolis drug ring, lamented the missed opportunity in a phone call with an associate — captured, according to court documents, on a […]

States Try To Remove Barriers For Ex-Offenders

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Stateline

June 18, 2015

Rebecca Beitsch

  Raymond Daughton has been out of prison for 36 days. When he got out he was homeless, had no clothes and no money. All his belongings from his old apartment have disappeared. Daughton, 31, doesn’t want to get into trouble again, so he is staying out of his old neighborhood—one of the roughest parts […]

Can One Man End the Global Drug War?

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May 27, 2015

Nathan Siegel

In between slurps of soup and sips of coffee,  Jindřich Vobořil  tells a story of his youth that would sell out a Broadway theater. He lived on and off the streets in his hometown of Brno, Czechoslovakia, running with local gangs. By age 12, he was burning through 30 cigarettes a day and says he […]

Technology & Intimate Partner Violence

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Indiana Court Times

February 24, 2015

Ruth Reichard

While technology is not inherently violent, people who engage in intimate partner violence often employ technology as a means of obtaining and maintaining coercive control. Various technologies equip offenders with very efficient means to commit the crimes of stalking, intimidation, and harassment, while also enabling them to pinpoint their victims’ physical locations. Although it is […]

SAMHSA’s new report tracks the behavioral health of America

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SAMHSA

January 26, 2015

SAMHSA’s new report, the “National Behavioral Health Barometer” (Barometer), provides data about key aspects of behavioral healthcare issues affecting American communities including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The Barometer shows this data at the national level, and for […]

Drug Addiction Treatment in the Criminal Justice System

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

April 2014

Drug Use, Crime, and Incarceration The connection between drug use and crime is well known. Drug use is implicated in at least five types of drug-related offenses: Offenses related to drug possession or sales Offenses directly related to obtaining drugs (e.g., stealing to get money for drugs) Offenses related to a lifestyle that includes association […]

More Older Adults Are Struggling with Substance Abuse

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New York Times

10/03/2914

Abby Ellin

BEFORE her drinking spiraled out of control, Sylvia Dobrow “drank like a lady,” as she put it, matching her wine to her sandwiches: “Tuna and chardonnay, roast beef and rosé.” But soon she was “drinking around the clock,” downing glasses of vodka and skim milk. “When you try to hide your drinking from your grandchildren, […]

Indiana Probation Standards revised effective July 1st

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Indiana Court Times

06/26/2014

The Judicial Conference of Indiana Board of Directors voted unanimously at its March 2014 meeting to approve revisions to the Indiana Probation Standards. The revisions mark the first significant changes to the Probation Standards since 2001 and become effective on July 1st. The Probation Officers Advisory Board worked on the revisions for two years, with […]

Sealing Court Records: The How and the Why (Not)

Full Article Indiana Court Times June 26, 2014 by Ruth Reichard Some cases are embarrassing for the parties involved—with free, easy public access to many court records via the Internet, some people rue the day they ever decided to go to the courthouse and file a case. For a variety of reasons, the parties would […]

IMPD: Drunk steals Marion County jail wagon

Full Article Indystar.com Bill McCleery June 19, 2014 A drunk man swiped a Marion County Sheriff’s Department van from an Eastside church parking lot late Wednesday, police said. A deputy apparently left keys inside the van when he parked it at a church in the 900 block of Wallace Avenue near the deputy’s home, said […]

Report: America’s Prison Population Is Growing Again

Stav Ziv

Report: America’s Prison Population Is Growing Again The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported a slight increase in the number of inmates in state prisons on Friday. The ACLU calls the U.S. the largest jailer in the world, holding roughly 25 percent of the world’s prison population despite the fact that national population represents only 5 […]