Monthly Archives: December 2011

Tell Congress: FTC Should Stop the Four Loko Deal

Your U.S. Senators and Representatives need to tell the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to withdraw  its sweetheart deal with the makers of supersized alcopop Four Loko. If you are one of the many who have already sent an opposition message to the FTC – thank you! Now it’s time for the leaders of the Congressional FTC oversight committees to tell the FTC to stop the bad deal with Phusion. The sweetheart deal benefits the corporation at the expense of public health and safety. We dare to call the deal a “license to kill youth.” The FTC’s own investigation of supersized alcopop Four Loko identified deceptive marketing practices by Phusion Projects. However their proposed solution does nothing to reduce the dangerous size or alcohol content of the youth-oriented product.  It will merely change the label and add a cap to the can…none of which will remove the harmful product from the market. It’s still  a binge in a can, and youth will still be able to consume 24 ounce containers of 12% alcohol content. Please alert key oversight committee members and your own senators and representative, that they should tell the FTC to withdraw the bad deal and start over. Click the link below to log in and send your message:

Critics of School Zero-Tolerance Policies Say Principals Need More Flexibility

Critics of drug and alcohol “zero-tolerance” policies imposed by school districts say principals need more flexibility in dealing with students who break the rules. They argue students’ intent or history should be taken into account.

In Shreveport, Louisiana, 14-year-old Lindsey Tanner was punished for offering a Midol pill to a fellow student, according to USA Today. Lindsay, who had no prior discipline issues, had to attend a six-week drug and alcohol awareness program and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. She was also forced to attend an alternative school for the rest of eighth grade and part of ninth grade. She is one of thousands of students who are judged as harshly as more violent or regular offenders because of zero-tolerance policies, the newspaper reports.

These policies came about as the result of the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994, which required states that received federal funds to mandate that local school districts expel students who bring a weapon to school for a minimum of one year. School districts around the country have created their own interpretations of how to handle less severe offenses, ranging from bringing illegal drugs to school to possession of over-the-counter medication.

The newspaper notes 94 percent of American schools have zero-tolerance policies for weapons or firearms, 87 percent for alcohol, and 79 percent for violence or tobacco.