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Archive for June, 2014

Driving in a ‘drunk suit’


Fox News recently published an article entitled, “Driving in a ‘drunk suit’.” This article discusses a so-called “drunk suit” that Ford developed, which simulates the effects of intoxication from head to toe.

As stated in the article, “The simple-looking contraption is comprised of unbalanced ankle and wrist weights, braces that restrict the movement of your joints and a pair of Fatal Vision brand “beer goggles” that dazzle and blur your eyesight in a way that mimics the effects of alcohol and drugs. Capping it off is a pair of headphones that impair your hearing and put you further into a sensory bubble.”

Local police initiated a program utilizing this drunk suit to help educate teens on the impact of drinking while driving. Sure enough, when placed behind the wheel, 96% of teens who were fitted with the suit crashed their parent’s vehicles within the first 38 seconds of…

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What If the Best Way to End Drunk Driving Is to End Driving? (Atlantic- CityLab)

A post-automobile world?

Published June 4th, 2014 By Sommer Mathis Tough DUI laws can only go so far if we don’t give people—especially young people—reasonable alternatives in the first place. PHOENIX—The way my life is currently organized, the odds that I will ever commit the crime of driving while under the influence of alcohol are about as close to zero as you can get. I live in Washington, D.C., where alternative transportation options are plentiful (there’s the Metrorail system, good public buses, taxis you can hail on the street, not to mention UberLyft, or just plain old walking). I also don’t own my own vehicle, and when I do end up using a car-share service like car2go or Zipcar, it’s almost always for a quick daytime errand, not an evening out that involves drinking. So virtually the only time I ever have to confront the concept of moderating my…

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You Want to Search My Cell Phone? Get a Warrant!

Common Law

Big news on the search and seizure front – the United States Supreme Court ruled today that cell phones may not be searched without a warrant.

The Supreme Court held that police generally may not search digital information on a cell phone of a person being arrested, unless they first obtain a search warrant. Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from the opinion:

“These cases require us to decide how the search incident to arrest doctrine applies to modern cell phones, which are now such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy.”

“The United States asserts that a search of all data stored on a cell phone is ‘materially indistinguishable’ from searches of these sorts of physical items…That is like saying a ride on horseback is materially indistinguishable from a flight…

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Anti 12-step bias? What’s really going on?

Addiction & Recovery News

Perhaps I'm the Wrong Tool by Tall Jerome “If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” (art by Tall Jerome)

DJ Mac has a great guest post from a professional sharing his first exposure to 12 step recovery.

I was astonished the first time I was taken to an NA meeting. I mean, really gobsmacked – you could have knocked me off my seat. The room was full of recovering heroin addicts; something I’d never seen in my 20 years (at that time) in practice. I was both excited – at the possibilities – and ashamed – at the fact that I didn’t know such places existed.

Wonderful, right? What happened when he shared this exerience with colleagues?

When I began to talk mutual aid with colleagues in practice and with our local addiction psychiatrist, I observed a peculiar thing in many people – a resistance to the concept of self-help at…

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Will it matter in 3 years? If not, let it go

16 Things I Wish My 16-Year-Old Self Knew About Mental Health, Part Three

Homeschoolers Anonymous

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HA note: A while ago we asked members of the Homeschoolers Anonymous community what they wished their 16-year-old selves knew about mental health. We received a significant number of responses, so we’re going to run 4 sets of “16 things” throughout this week. Each set is a group post compiled from various people’s answers.

Part Two

Part Three

1. Most of all, I wish my 16-year-old self knew that it was okay to accept herself exactly where she was at, that she didn’t need to lie awake at night berating herself after her parents had done that for her, that self-loathing isn’t holy, and being made of iron is a coping mechanism, and doesn’t have to be an entire existence.

2. I wish my 16-year-old self knew that my parents’ compulsive behavior was a sign of mental illness, not an edict from god.

3. I wish my 16-year-old self knew not…

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Be a hero to someone at risk for suicide

California Statewide Youth Media Network

This PSA about suicide is part of the Media Arts Center Teen Producer’s Project.

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