Drug Abuse

What is Drug Abuse?

1. pharmacology drug: a drug, especially one derived from opium, that has effects ranging from mild dulling of the senses, pain relief, and sleep, to stupor, coma, and convulsions. Most narcotics are addictive.

2. drugs illegal drug: a drug whose use is illegal, whether or not it is an addictive narcotic Encarta® World English Dictionary

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California Health & Safety Code 11550.  (a) No person shall use, or be under the influence of any controlled substance

Welfare and Institutions Code  5170.  When any person is a danger to others, or to himself, or gravely disabled as a result of inebriation, … place him in a facility …

Holding of supreme court that Welf. & Inst.C. ? 6650 providing that husband, wife, father, mother, or children of mentally ill person or inebriate (drunk) should be liable for his care, support, and maintenance in state institution of which he was an inmate denied equal protection of laws did not bar recovery by county from mother for medical care of son, who had been injured in automobile accident, and who had been admitted to county hospital at request of mother when he was 20 years old. Alameda County v. Kaiser (App. 1 Dist. 1965) 48 Cal.Rptr. 343, 238 Cal.App.2d 815. Child Support 113

The Americans With Disabilities Act gives full protection to students who have suffered from drug addiction or alcoholism in the past (not using currently). Information on college policy and procedures to be used when working with these students is avail able to all faculty. Specific accommodations must be determined on a case by case basis.

In Re:  Spinks – Criminal Case having to do with Addiction

5350.  A conservator of the person, of the estate, or of the person and the estate may be appointed for any person who is gravely disabled as a result of mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism.

California Drug Courts Pasadena Dept. G.  The Commissioner in that department is truly a caring and compassionate Lady and Jurist.

One recent client should have gone to state prison, and she had said so before, and that he would if he failed out of the program again.   He did fail, then split and  jumped bail. He got caught.  Maybe it was my eloquent plea, but it was really her not wanting to give up on him.  A really smart talented young adult who spiraled out of control when a parent died.  He’s now in county awaiting a bed at Impact in Pasadena, one of the best toughest, but best programs  I’m betting he makes it and he will go to thank her after its all said and done.
Marc Legget, Esq.

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