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Feb 07 2016

Hey Politicians, Here Are 10 Proposals That Would Actually Address the Opioid Crisis

Campaigning for the imminent primary in New Hampshire, a state greatly affected by the opioid addiction and overdose crisis, presidential candidates have been falling over each other to express their sensitivity, empathy and proposed solutions. It seems everyone—from Clinton and Sanders to Cruz to T...
Feb 17 2016

What It Was Like to Hand Out Clean Needles With Cops Threatening to “Beat Your Ass”

In the late 1980s, Richard Curtis, who was conducting a study of police crackdowns on open-air drug markets, saw first-hand the misery HIV infection inflicted on New Yorkers who used heroin. “I was so overwhelmed by what I saw that I couldn’t walk away from it. I just couldn’t,” Curtis, who is now a...
Flint water
Feb 10 2016

Does the Lead-Contaminated Water in Flint Pose a Danger to People Who Shoot Up?

In January, President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan over the city’s water supply, which had been contaminated with lead after the water source was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Residents have developed a slew of health problems like hair loss and ...
drug courts
Feb 05 2016

Drug Court Judges Should Never Act as Doctors—Here’s a Better Way Forward

Over a decade of heroin use taught me there are many paths to recovery. Robert Lepolzski, a 28-year-old sales rep from New York, was denied the opportunity to discover this for himself. He was enrolled in a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program, taking methadone, when he entered a state drug c...