Al Gore's son busted for drugs in hybrid car

By ~lostgurl~ · Jul 5, 2007 · ·
  1. ~lostgurl~
    Al Gore's son busted for drugs in hybrid car

    Thursday, 5 July 2007

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    HOW INCONVENIENT: Al Gore III, the 24-year-old son of former US Vice President Al Gore, was arrested for drug possession after he was stopped for allegedly speeding in his hybrid Toyota Prius.

    The 24-year-old son of former US Vice President Al Gore has been arrested for drug possession after he was stopped for allegedly speeding in his hybrid Toyota Prius, a sheriff's official said.

    Al Gore III - whose father is a leading advocate of policies to fight global warming - was driving his environmentally friendly car at about 100 miles per hour on a freeway south of Los Angeles when he was pulled over by an Orange County sheriff's deputy at about 2.15 am.

    A subsequent search yielded a small amount of marijuana, along with prescription drugs including Valium, Xanax, Vicodin and Adderall, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. There were no prescriptions found, he said.

    Gore was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and booked into the Inmate Reception Center in Santa Ana, about 34 miles south of Los Angeles, on $20,000 bail, he said.

    It was not Gore's first brush with the law. He was arrested in 2003 for marijuana possession and in 2002 for suspected drunken-driving.

    Gore was still in custody as of mid-morning and was sharing a holding cell with an unknown number of people, said Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. "There are no special privileges," he told Reuters.

    Gore cooperated with law enforcement as soon he was pulled over and quickly identified himself as the son of the former vice president, Amormino said.

    A spokesman for the elder Gore said he was traveling and could not immediately be reached for comment.

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  1. Alfa
    Speeding in a toyota prius? Thats quite an acomplishment. I was under the impression that a prius can not go very fast.
  2. Bajeda
    ahahahha. He was going at 100mph? I'd say it wouldn't be too hard to speed in the US then, where most speed limits are half that.

    But yeah, damn. 100 miles per hour in a Prius?

    Looks like Gore Jr. knows how to party.
  3. Beeker
    Funny how this didn't make national US news.
  4. enquirewithin
    At least it was in an environmentally-friendly car (if there really is such a thing)!!

    I guess it was an inconvenient truth that he had drugs in his car....
  5. Bajeda
    That was cheesy, but made me laugh.
  6. beentheredonethatagain
    I like the way it has turned into a story about the car and not the former second son. what about fairplay and wring the hands over and over like the twin bush girls. swim says he believes in turnabout is fair play, not the Democrats, why is this?
  7. Orchid_Suspiria
    Because Al Gore didn't murder thousands of people for oil and his own psychotic belief system.
  8. FrankenChrist
    I bet this song was playing on his radio at the time...
  9. ~lostgurl~
    Gore Arrest Highlights Rx Drug Abuse

    Gore Arrest Highlights Rx Drug Abuse

    CHICAGO, Jul. 6, 2007
    CBS News

    Drug abuse experts say the arrest of Al Gore's son underscores the growing problem of prescription drug abuse among America's youth. College students use the stimulant Adderall, an attention deficit drug, to get a speedy high or pull all-nighters.

    The other drugs police say they found in Al Gore III's possession _ marijuana, Xanax, Valium and Vicodin _ also are campus favorites, experts say.

    "Al Gore's son is just like everyone else's," said Dr. Donald Misch, director of health services at Northwestern University in Evanston. "The only thing missing was the No. 1 abused drug, which is alcohol."

    Students commonly pair pills with beer and cigarettes, experts say. They trade tips about the effects of prescription drugs on networking sites like Facebook and trade pills they've stolen from home medicine cabinets, ordered on the Internet or taken from friends with legitimate prescriptions.

    Prescription drug abuse among 18- to 25-year-olds rose 17 percent from 2002 to 2005, according to the White House drug policy office. In 2004 and again in 2005, there were more new abusers of prescription drugs than new users of any illicit drug.

    Young people mistakenly believe prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, doctors say. But accidental prescription drug deaths are rising and students who abuse pills are more likely to drive fast, binge-drink and engage in other dangerous behaviors.

    The White House plans a national advertising campaign aimed at getting parents to clean out their medicine cabinets and lock up any prescription drugs they need, said deputy drug czar Scott Burns.

    "We found in focus groups of young people across the country that in large measure they're getting the drugs from their own medicine cabinets and the Internet," Burns said. Some Web pharmacies deliver ordered drugs without legitimate prescriptions, but other sites steal credit card information and never fill orders, Burns said.

    Nearly 60 percent of Americans who report abusing prescription drugs say they get them from friends or family, according to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the largest survey on substance abuse in the country with about 70,000 participants.

    According to another survey, the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are 14.6 million current marijuana users and 6.4 million prescription drug abusers, with most prescription drug abusers using painkillers such as Vicodin. Cocaine ranked third, with 2.4 million current users.

    The same survey found the annual average number of new abusers of prescription pain relievers was 2.4 million, edging out the 2.1 million new users of marijuana.

    Al Gore III, 24, was driving about 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway when he was pulled over Wednesday. He was arrested for illegally possessing marijuana and prescription drugs. While a student at Harvard University, he was arrested in 2003 for marijuana possession.

    Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday his son is getting treatment.

    "We're very happy that he's sought and is getting the treatment that he needs," Gore said on CNN's "Larry King Live" Thursday. "And beyond that, we appreciate the good wishes that have come our way."

    The drugs police say they found when they searched the young Gore's car are commonly found on campus, according to experts.

    Vicodin, a brand name for acetaminophen and hydrocodone, is a painkiller that works by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain; it can be addictive and can bring on a feeling of euphoria when abused. Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium (diazepam) are both used to treat anxiety and can cause withdrawal symptoms when stopped suddenly; they produce feelings of relaxation or drowsiness.

    Adderall (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine) is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and can cause sudden death or serious heart problems, especially if misused. Students crush ansnort it to get a fast rush or swallow the pills to stay awake for a late night of studying.

    Abuse of Adderall and other prescription stimulants is more common on college campuses than among young adults not attending college, experts say.

    Prosecutors said Thursday they have until Aug. 1 to decide whether to file charges against Gore's son.

    A study published in the medical journal Addiction in 2005 found that rates of abuse of prescription stimulants including Adderall were higher at northeastern colleges and schools with more competitive admission standards. About 4 percent of college students in that study reported non-medical use of prescription stimulants in the past year.

    Al Gore III's arrest may raise awareness among parents, Misch said.

    "This is an opportunity for people to understand this is happening in your household," he said. "These are your kids. The drug dealers they're going to are their doctors, their parents and their friends."
  10. tayo
    What's the top speed on a Prius?

    Headline should be as follows... "Al Gore III: Speeding To Save The Environment"
  11. Orchid_Suspiria
    Doubt he even needs treatment,if he had been caught with alcohol no one would say he needs treament.The second anyone gets caught with even a minor amount of drugs though the word "REHAB"is gonna get screamed.
  12. Felonious Skunk
    Well I've seen people reveling (on other forums) in AG Jr's troubles, and I think this is a mistake. While the Bush mutations scurry around in a BMW or Mercedes, the Gores seem to practice what they preach, and besides, AG Sr. is a self-proclaimed Frank Zappa fan, so give credit where it is due...

    People who do 100 mph in a semi-electric car are proving to the hydrocarbon-hounds that fun can be had without depleting the planet's energy resources.

    And the fact that it can be done whilst in possession of "deadly substances" is one more thorn in the side of the narco-cowboys...
  13. Woodman
    I don't give a shit about who he is.

    Ask yourselves, if it was: "my friend, aunt, uncle, boyfriend/girlfriend, wife, husband, kid, etc..."

    ...would this shit even make the news?

    FUCK NO!!!!

    This guy is a target just because his FATHER is important.

    Let's just try to stay focused on the issue; here, please.
  14. Bajeda
    What issue was that again?
  15. tayo
    saving the environment!
  16. Nagognog2
    Regardless, his dad will likely give him an example of Global Warming.Oh course the Bush brats get their chauffer to do 160mp while they're in the backseat popping Xanax.
  17. enquirewithin
    Gore's Son Gets Treatment

    Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday he's glad his son is safe and getting treatment a day after the 24-year-old was arrested in California on suspicion of illegally possessing marijuana and prescription drugs. "We love him very much," Gore told NBC's "Today" show, adding, "We are going to leave it as a private matter."

    Gore, who appeared on NBC to publicize this weekend's Live Earth concerts, also briefly discussed politics. He called President Bush's decision to commute the perjury and obstruction of justice sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby "disappointing" and reiterated that he has no plans to run for president, saying: "I don't expect to be a candidate again ever."

    "I've kind of fallen out of love with politics," Gore said. He said the best use of his experience is to bring awareness and a sense of urgency to the issue of climate change. Gore laughed when asked if he was ready to endorse a candidate for president. He said his evaluation would be based on what each decides to do about climate change.

    "Some of them have made good, positive statements, but it's still treated as a side issue. I will predict for you that within the next 500 days that this issue will be the Number One issue on the agenda," he said.

    The arrest early Wednesday of Gore's son overshadowed Gore's work on the Live Earth concerts. The former Democratic presidential candidate and star of "An Inconvenient Truth" has been planning the worldwide event to raise awareness about the environment and funding for Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit organization he leads.

    Al Gore III was driving about 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway when he was pulled over and deputies found a small amount of marijuana plus Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall, which is used for attention deficit disorder, Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

    The younger Gore did not have a prescription for any of the drugs, Amormino said. He was released from jail Wednesday afternoon on $20,000 bail.
    "We are glad he is safe and that he is getting treatment," his father said Thursday.
  18. Motorhead
    Xanax, Valium, Vicodin, Adderall, and Weed. Thats quite a cocktail. Perhaps he's a dealer who doesn't need rehab at all.
  19. Woodman
    The issue that some guy got busted with a little pot.

    Big deal!

    The only reason it made news is because his Daddy is famous. THAT is the issue, to me.

    It's fucking ridiculous!

    Viva Jorge Busssh; Viva el Mexico!!!!
    Yeeepahh, Anndeleee! Aaarrrreeeeebbaaa!!!
  20. Nagognog2
    I hope you're not thinking of dropping Jorge off in Chiapas. I have friends down there. It wouldn't be a pleasant sight.
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