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Hillsborough County opens four boxes to dump your old drugs listen

10/25/13 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: prescription, drugs, pill mills, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, drug take-back

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Seven people die everyday in Florida from prescription drug overdoses. One way to reduce the availability of addictive drugs is for there to be a safe, easy way to dispose of unneeded prescription medicine. To that end, law enforcement departments are holding drug take-back events throughout the Tampa Bay area Saturday. In addition, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office has set up four permanent drug take-back boxes where people can make sure their old pills don’t wind up in the wrong han...

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Hillsborough group remembers victims of drug abuse, tries to curb addiction listen

10/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: drugs, pill mills, prescription drugs, drug abuse, NOPE, Kevin Beckner

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Family members of people who have died from drug overdoses or other narcotic-related tragedy and some recovering addicts came together Thursday night to pay tribute to those who have lost their battles with addiction. During a candlelight vigil at a community center in West Tampa, a 15-foot long wall was lined with picture after picture of people who have died in Hillsborough County alone. Michele Phillips’ son was one of those photos.

“There’s never going to be anything that fills that ...

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Medical marijuana may hit Florida ballots in 2014 listen

10/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: medical marijuana, John Morgan, United for Care, marijuana, drugs, elections

A group called United for Care is in the midst of a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

The organization is headed by prominent central Florida attorney, John Morgan.

WMNF spoke with Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United For Care about where the effort is at and what still needs to be done.

"There are thousands upon thousands of people in the state of Florida who are suffering from diseases and conditions where their lives can be dramatically improved...

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Operation Medicine Cabinet nets hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs for disposal listen

04/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Bay area residents turned in hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday.

Rich Mills is a sergeant with Tampa Police Department.

He oversaw the Operation Medicine Cabinet collection at a Sweetbay Supermarket on North Dale Mabry Hwy.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said at two locations they collected 74 boxes – about 1300 pounds – of unwanted drugs, almost double what they collected last September.

The take-back initiative was also supported...

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Tampa City Council passes impound fee on prostitution and drug charges listen

12/15/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council passed an ordinance Thursday morning they hope will reduce prostitution and drug slinging in neighborhoods. The so-called John ordinance allows police to impound vehicles used in those crimes. The fee to get the car back will be $500.

During the first reading early this month, Council member [Mary Mulhern](http://www.tampagov.net/dept_city_council/about_us/Mary_...

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Discussion of the high cost of a college education and local law enforcement spies on hydroponics shoppers

12/05/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Two topics today: first we'll discuss the rising cost of a college education. We'll talk with Tamara Draut who is a vice president at DEMOS. She's the co-author of a new study on the cost of college. Among other things the study found: "...most U.S. adults age 18 to 34 also view college as harder to afford than just five years ago. They feel that people are leaving school with too much debt, and they oppose proposals to cut federal student aid, according to a survey released today by three ...

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Public employees sue FL Gov. Rick Scott over order to drug test state workers listen

06/01/11 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A public workers union and a state employee from St. Pete are suing Governor Rick Scott because of an executive order requiring random drug testing of all state workers. A lawyer from the ACLU of Florida is joining with Peter Walsh, a Miami trial lawyer, to represent the plaintiffs.

"Executive order 11-58 calls for random drug testing. It requires the state to set up a regime of random drug testing for all state empl...

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Randy Heine running for Pinellas County Sheriff on marijuana legalization platform listen

05/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After the 2012 elections Pinellas County residents will have a new Sheriff in town. In a field of other candidates, Randy Heine announced his bid for Pinellas County Sheriff this morning at the Supervisor of Elections office in Largo.

Randy Heine wants to change the face of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office: by supporting and proposing policies that aim to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use. It’s a stance he’s always had, but this morning he made official...

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FAST assembly addresses citizen's concerns listen

04/08/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) is a Pinellas County faith-based orginization that works toward community justice.

FAST held its annual Nehemiah Action Assembly in Largo last night, where local community leaders, members of law enforcement and local government officials were invited to answer questions about issues that FAST members feel should be addressed.

The topics included education, affordable housing and crime. Members of FAST asked a series of yes-or-no questions t...

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New report, same old story on race and drug sentences listen

12/10/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week a report came out showing that blacks are far more likely to be locked up for drug offenses than whites.

Robert Batey is a professor of criminal law at Stetson University College of Law. He’s reacting to the report from the Washington-based Justice Policy Institute, which after examining nearly 200 of the nation's largest counties, found that 97 percent had racial disparities in drug incarceration rates.

Overall, African Americans were 10 times more likely than whites to be...

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