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Just One Pill: Parts One, Two and Three of a Three-Part Series

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Written by Ron Scaglia Thursday, 03 May 2012 00:00

Part One

Forget dealers—new generation of addicts goes straight for the medicine cabinets

The 10th-grader selected her favorite color. It was a very simple task that she and most young people have probably done countless times before. However, this time, the stakes were never higher. She was not choosing a color for a blouse, a cell phone case or curtains for her bedroom. Instead, she was selecting a pill from a menagerie of narcotics that her peers had brought to a “pharm party” – an alarming and frightening phenomenon that’s been making a comeback among teenagers throughout Long Island.

Buying The Pharm

“She was trying to fit in,” said Detective Pamela Stark of the Nassau County Police Department, who met with reporters from Anton Community Newspapers and recounted this horrifying tale, which occurred in central Nassau.

The pill the young teen selected had been prescribed for a dialysis patient. One of the party attendants probably took it from an ill parent or grandparent. When she took a second pill, after also drinking alcohol, she became nauseous, and then continued to get sicker until she had to be rushed to the hospital.


Treading Water: Pros And Cons Of Fracking

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Written by Pat Grace Friday, 20 April 2012 12:00

Panelists split on environmental protection vs economic development 

The two couples sat at opposite sides of a small table but couldn’t be farther apart.

Nancy and Tom Schmidt represented the Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) of New York on the panel discussion about hydrofracking organized by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Port Washington/Manhasset on March 22 at the Manhasset Public Library. The Schmidts believe hydrofracking is safe and necessary.

Patti and Doug Wood spoke on behalf of their organization, Grassroots Environmental Education, a nonprofit environmental health organization, to explain why they believe hydrofracking poses an enormous health risk to future generations.

Hydrofracking, commonly referred toas fracking, simply defined is a method of extracting natural gas from shale using pressurized liquids.


Attack of the Pink Slime

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Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:50

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Dangerous beef filler might be in our kid's school cafeterias

An Anton Newspapers investigation into a national story that impacts our local schools

(Photo courtesy of USDA)

Have you ever wondered what's in that hamburger patty they are serving up in your child's school? You may be surprised to learn that it might not be pure beef, but meat with filler known as "pink slime." Consumer food activists and high-profile chefs have been campaigning against the use of this product often found in fast food, and McDonalds, Taco Bell and Burger King have now all discontinued using pink slime.

However, this year the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has plans to purchase millions of pounds of the "Lean Finely Textured Beef" (aka pink slime) for the National School Lunch Program.


Letter: Gillibrand to USDA: Pull ‘Pink Slime’ Beef From School Meals Now

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:41
(U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent the following letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to Anton Newspapers on March 16.)