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Watch: Why the World Will Debate the War on Drugs

February 8th, 2016 The United Nations special session on drugs (UNGASS 2016) will take place in New York City this April...

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These 30 Scottish Phrases All Mean “Drunk”

Eskimos use 50 different words for “snow,” runs a much-debated cliché.  The idea behind it is that constant ...

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Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” Campaign Was a Disaster: How to End It for Good?

The phrase with which Nancy Reagan will forever be associated came out quite naturally, when the First Lady visited some...

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George Martin, the “Fifth Beatle,” Was Perfectly Creative Without Drugs

George Martin, who died “peacefully at home” in England, aged 90, on Tuesday, was the producer behind the gr...

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If These “Just Say No” Cartoon Characters From Singapore Could Only Use Their Powers for Good

It should come as little surprise that a country with a chewing gum prohibition and rattan caning sentences for vandals ...

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The Price of Prejudice: Colorado Town Pays $350,000 to Keep Methadone Clinic Out

The town of Monument, Colorado has reportedly reached a settlement of $350,000 in a case where a methadone provider sued...

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Dutch Soccer Genius Johan Cruyff Succumbs to Lung Cancer

March 24th, 2016 Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest players in soccer history, has died of lung cancer at the age of 68. ...

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How Effectively Will Newly Released Federal Funds Boost Syringe Exchange Programs?

An act signed by President Barack Obama on December 18th, 2015 finally allowed federal money to be used to fund syringe ...

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Top Reformers Share Hopes and Disappointments as UNGASS Looms

April 5th, 2016 A high-powered group of reformers ushered in the month of UNGASS—the first special UN drugs summit since...

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From Kenya, One Human Story Among Millions Shaming the Worldwide War on Drugs

April 18th, 2016 Lugard Abila stood in Foley Square, Manhattan today at an anti-drug war rally. He wore a black sweatshi...

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Global Commission Slams UNGASS 2016 Outcome That Strains the Credibility of International Law

April 21st, 2016 At a packed press conference in Manhattan this morning, a formidable panel—including former presidents ...

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Judge Gives Man 23 Years After Someone OD’d on His Heroin, Lectures Us About Ruining Lives

May 13th, 2016 It’s an outcome all the more horrific for being unforgivably common. A man from Rock Island, Illino...

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How Actually Druggy Is “Alice in Wonderland”?

May 31st, 2016 Since a hundred years before Don McLean’s “American Pie” and later-stage Beatles songs ...

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With Ceaseless Turmoil Seething, the World’s Greatest Drug-Induced Poem Turns 200

June 1st, 2016 Ah, those Romantics. If they weren’t bedding their half-sisters or drowning in the Gulf of La Spezi...

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The New Opioids Bill Is Progress, But Nowhere Near Perfection

July 14th, 2016 The US Senate yesterday voted 92-2 to pass the long-awaited opioids bill—S. 534, or the Comprehensive Ad...

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Bereaved Mother Attacks Her Daughter’s Heroin Dealer in Viral Post—But We Should Resist

August 23rd, 2016 On August 15, Tina Wells Louden marked the day that her daughter, Ashley, would have turned 28. “...

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Is Drug Decriminalization the Way to Go? Well, Portugal Did It 15 Years Ago and Just Look

October 13th, 2016 “Will decriminalization solve the drug scourge?” wonders a Washington Post column today. ...

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“A Family of Drug Users”—Meet the New Leader of the Harm Reduction Coalition

October 24th, 2016 “I’m really comfortable being in the background,” Monique Tula tells me. It’s a bit surprising to hea...

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Indiana Cops Revel in the Self-Righteous Shaming of a Young Mother Photographed on Heroin

October 27th, 2016 Cops in Hope, Indiana have self-righteously released and publicized a photograph of a young mother pa...

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Record Harm Reduction Gathering Opens With a Racial Justice Focus

November 3rd, 2016 The wall-to-wall crowd in the vast ballroom of the San Diego Sheraton this morning made confirmation ...

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Top Drug Policy Reformers Weigh the Impact of Historic Marijuana Wins—And Donald Trump

November 9th, 2016 On a day of extreme mixed feelings, some of the architects of last night’s string of state-leve...

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Trump’s Pick for Attorney General: The KKK Was Fine “Until I Found Out They Smoked Pot”

November 18th, 2016 In a grim development for those fearful about drug policy reform and wider human rights under the Tr...

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Global Commission Leaders Issue Call to Decriminalize Drugs for Public Health and Human Rights

November 22nd, 2016 At a press conference in Washington, DC yesterday, five members of the Global Commission on Drug Pol...

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NY Council Candidate Attacks Idea of “Shooting Gallery for Heroin Junkies,” Seems Ideal for “Post-Truth” GOP

November 28th, 2016 In a city of 8 million people, there has to be one bad egg. (Or two.) Enter New York City Council ca...

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Euthanasia of “Alcoholic” Man Demonstrates the Despair Generated by Fatalistic Views of Addiction

November 30th, 2016 On July 14 this year, it’s being reported, Mark Langedijk, a 41-year-old father, legally recei...

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Seven Deaths in 24 Hours in Philadelphia From What Reports Questionably Call “Heroin Overdoses”

December 5th, 2016 A cluster of drug-related deaths took place in Philadelphia yesterday, with six confirmed by police l...

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NYC Suddenly Cancels Fentanyl Harm Reduction Project—Did the Mayor’s Office Decide It “Encouraged” Drug Use?

December 9th, 2016 Earlier this week, The Influence reported on a forward-thinking fentanyl outreach project in New York...

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