Gun Violence Debate Needs To Include Police Militarization And Drug Prohibition Violence

By Morgan Humphrey, Drugpolicy.org -

On March 14th thousands of students walked out of school to protest gun violence, demanding legislators enact more stringent gun control in the U.S.  Later that night, black Brazilian city [...]

If You Want To Kill Drug Dealers, Start With Big Pharma

By Domenica Ghanem, Otherwords.org -

At a recent rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump called for the death penalty for drug traffickers as part of a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. At a Pennsylvania rally a [...]

What It’s Like For American Drug Reformer To Go To A Country With A Compassionate System

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet.org -

The American activists couldn't wrap their heads around it. Sitting in a dingy office in a nondescript building in central Lisbon, they were being provided a fine-grained explanation of what [...]

Morgan County Had 27 Overdose Deaths From 2011 To 2015

By Russell Mokhiber, Morgancountyusa.org -

That’s according to the Appalachian Overdose Death Mapping Tool released yesterday by the Appalachian Regional Commission and NORC at the University of Chicago. Outside of coal country, Berkeley [...]

Norway Takes First Steps From Extreme Drug War To Sensible Policy

By Péter Sárosi, Drogriporter.hu -

This was definitely a result of a bottom-up movement. It has had a few strong voices for quite some time, like Arild Knutsen and Thorvald Stoltenberg. Since the beginning of 2016 The Association [...]

The Logic Of Drug Legalization

By Jeff Berg, theguardian.com -

By Jeff Berg for Counter Punch - The Drug Lords of today exist because of the extraordinary profits resulting from criminalization. Estimates run in the half a trillion range globally per year. [...]

Opiod Crisis Demands Care Not Criminalization

By Ellie Hamrick et al, www.socialistworker.org -

By Ellie Hamrick, Katherine King and Neil Hamrick for Socialist Worker - After Tori was arrested on drug charges in 2015, she began suffering from heroin withdrawal in jail. She was denied [...]

Diseases Of Despair

By Chris Hedges, www.truthdig.com -

By Chris Hedges for Truth Dig - The opioid crisis, the frequent mass shootings, the rising rates of suicide, especially among middle-aged white males, the morbid obesity, the obsession with [...]

Don’t Blame Addicts For America’s Opioid Crisis. Here Are The Real Culprits

By Chris McGreal, www.theguardian.com -

By Chris McGreal for The Guardian - America’s opioid crisis was caused by rapacious pharma companies, politicians who colluded with them and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another. [...]

The Fight Over Price Gouging By The Pharmaceutical Industry

By Lydia O'neal And David Sirota, www.ibtimes.com -

By Lydia O'neal And David Sirota for International Business Times - As the Democratic Governors Association raised $2.28 million from drug companies and health insurers in the first half of 2017, [...]

Again, Body-Camera Footage Shows Officers Planting Drugs

By Kevin Rector, www.baltimoresun.com -

By Kevin Rector for The Baltimore Sun - For the second time in as many weeks, Baltimore police body-camera video has emerged showing what defense attorneys say is officers planting drugs on a [...]

Drug Prosecutions Drop To Historic Lows Under Trump

By Staff, www.trac.syr.edu -

By Staff of Trac Reports - Despite widespread concern about an epidemic of opioid abuse, and announcements by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others of stepped of efforts by his department and [...]

Ex-Cop Posing As Heroin Addict Wants Drugs Decriminalized

By Kashmira Gander, www.independent.co.uk -

By Kashmira Gander for Independent UK - For 14 years, Neil Woods risked his life as a drug squad police officer posing undercover as a heroin and crack addict. As among the first of his kind in [...]

Massachusetts: 21,000 Drug Cases Could Be Dismissed

By Staff, www.aljazeera.com -

By Staff of Al Jazeera - More than 21,000 convicted drug offenders in the US state of Massachusetts may have their cases dismissed because a former police chemist tampered with evidence and [...]

A Nation Of The Walking Dead

By Chris Hedges, www.truthdig.com -

By Chris Hedges for Truth Dig - Opioids and experiences that simulate the deadening effects of narcotics are mechanisms to keep us submissive and depoliticized. Desperate citizens in Aldous [...]

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