The McMartin Preschool trial began in 1987 after accusations of sexual abuse and satanic rituals from a mother whose mental instability later became an issue in the case.
What these new patterns of drug usage [the migration of drug use from centers of urban poverty to places that are suburban, white and middle- or marginally middle-class] so readily remind us is that it is not marijuana that ought to be feared as a pathway to more insidious forms of addiction, it is those substances that remain perfectly legal. Jacqueline Fiore, the executive director of the Staten Island Y.M.C.A. Counseling Service, a highly respected drug treatment facility, said she and her colleagues in the recovery world had anticipated and worried about a heroin problem for several years because of the soaring rates of painkiller addiction they were seeing. Prescription painkillers had been notoriously easy to get on Staten Island until a state initiative implemented more rigorous monitoring two years ago.
—Robert Stolarik, Addicted on Staten Island
The second thing I realized was that Kappa Beta Phi was, in large part, a fear-based organization. Here were executives who had strong ideas about politics, society, and the work of their colleagues, but who would never have the courage to voice those opinions in a public setting. Their cowardice had reduced them to sniping at their perceived enemies in the form of satirical songs and sketches, among only those people who had been handpicked to share their view of the world. And the idea of a reporter making those views public had caused them to throw a mass temper tantrum.