Drugs

15 Dec 2020

Scott Wiener Tries Again to End Mandatory Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, introduced legislation Tuesday that aims to end minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders. In a Tweet Tuesday, Wiener said: “The War on Drugs failed. Let’s own that failure & move forward.” As one commenter quickly pointed out, the War on Drugs succeeded at one thing:

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20 Oct 2020

Safely Get Rid of Prescription Meds in Friday’s National Take Back Day or Year-Round

The opioid crisis sharpened its teeth last year, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that in 2019, opioids were responsible for the deaths of nearly 72,000 people in the U.S., a 5 percent increase from the prior year. While many people find their way to illicit street

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16 Mar 2020

If Biden Wants to be President, He has to Stop Being a F***ing Narc

by Hannah Harkness Well, it’s finally happened. We’ve all reached a point in society where we are trapped in our homes due to a dystopian scenario being forced to smoke the whole pack of streaming services. The election talking points have now taken on a virus-y tone with the stakes

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02 Mar 2020

A Former Overmedicated 90s Kid’s Message for Today’s Parents

by [REDACTED] By the time I went from elementary to junior high school in 2000, I had been on 8 different psychiatric medications, and as an adult I’m starting to get angry. I’m writing this anonymously because I don’t want to put my parents on blast. My parents were young

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17 Feb 2020

Secular Addicts Need Secular Rehab Options

by Kate Brunotts Getting care for addiction isn’t cheap— According to the Addiction Center, a 30-day program can cost anywhere from 6000-20,000 dollars with inpatient treatment significantly more expensive. Unfortunately, recidivism rates are also alarmingly high. Addiction recovery rates for popular 12-step based programs are as estimated as low as

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03 Feb 2020

The Deep Historical Roots of America’s Opioid Crisis

by Xan Holbrook During the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, I happened to be at my mother’s house. We watched a news report that detailed the extent of Jackson’s pharmaceutical drug addiction. My mother, a proud NHS nurse of 40 years, shook her head in incredulity at the drugs Jackson’s

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27 Jan 2020

Britain Invented Narco-Diplomacy

by Xan Holbrook In the words of Vito Corleone, Drugs are a dirty business. Who can disagree, even when spoken by a pretentious hood? What isn’t so well appreciated is the way in which drugs and political power are so closely interlinked. The often-parroted Marxist misquote about faith is a

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13 Jan 2020

No One Does Scandal like the Religious Right

by Xan Holbrook When Werner Herzog said that Los Angeles had the most substance out of any city on Earth, he talked of the mass of contradictions that comes in a city which “manufactures dreams.” This sentiment, grand as it already is, hints at a larger truth (or series of

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