When taking into account total drug overdose deaths per year, the opioid epidemic today is worse than the AIDS epidemic in the late 20th century in terms of lives lost.
How negligent media have helped inflate a deadly moral panic over prescription opioids and ignored the real sources of addiction, while hurting people who live with devastating chronic pain.
How do we best deal with the countless numbers of people, young and old, who are getting hooked on pills? Intervening early, for starters.
Too many members of Congress fail to see strong border controls as a way to stop the opioid overdose epidemic.
Very few lawsuits against opioid makers were brought by victims or their families. Instead, they are being filed by cities, state’s attorneys general, and even Native American tribal councils.
When telling the stories that lead to real and comprehensive change in the fight against addiction, the culture and the media need to do better.
These kinds of prevention campaigns are important for targeting potential addicts, but don’t do as much for the people already languishing in the midst of their problems.
WalletHub just released a report on the states with the biggest drug problems in 2018 to highlight the states that are winning and losing the war on drugs.
The opioid epidemic has taken the lives of more than 300,000 Americans since 2000. Cooperation between the United States and China is a key element to fight back.
There should be no drug czar. But that doesn’t make the exposé by ’60 Minutes’ and The Washington Post any less simplistic or misleading.
To date, research shows marijuana-based chemical compounds can be everything from anti-inflammatory to neuroprotective, with fewer side effects than pain drugs.
Harm-reduction and law enforcement are a losing battle because our society’s saturation with opioids inadvertently unmasked a dormant, lingering pain: the breakup of American families.
May the plant’s close brush with regulatory disaster be a lesson to citizens: the government doesn’t always hold our best interests as a top priority.
In Akron, Ohio, residents grapple with a heroin epidemic, new industries that create too few jobs, and an election that no one wants to talk about.
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