The Daily Buzz: Doctors' Journal Urges Drug Policy Reform; "Brutal Guards' Retaliations" in NY Prison; LA Anticipates Return of Its Porn Industry

Nov 15 2016

The Daily Buzz: Doctors’ Journal Urges Drug Policy Reform; “Brutal Guards’ Retaliations” in NY Prison; LA Anticipates Return of Its Porn Industry

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The War on Drugs Has Failed: Doctors Should Lead Calls for Drug Policy Reform [British Medical Journal]
The prestigious publication joins with the Global Commission on Drug Policy to call for reform—a cause already championed by many doctors.

“I Was Terrified”: Inmates Say They Paid a Brutal Price for a Guard’s Injury [New York Times]
Mass beatings, sexual assaults and racial slurs were apparently the guards’ response to one of their number getting injured at New York’s Mid-State Correctional Facility.

America’s Heroin Trail: The Outdoor Factory That Feeds the US [BBC]
This somewhat sensationalized film portrays participants in Mexico’s heroin trade.

Worlds Apart Video-Only “Visitation” Shrouds the Reality of Life in Custody [Real Life]
The Influence‘s Sarah Beller reports on the ethical flaws of online “visits” for incarcerated people’s loved ones.

Could Alcohol During Adolescence Affect the Brains of Future Generations? [Forbes]
The latest study in the eternal back-and-forth about the effects of alcohol has sparked horrified headlines; it should be noted that at this stage, such effects have only been observed in rats.

Porn Industry Optimistic That Production Will Return to LA After Defeat of Condom Proposal [LA Times]
Opponents of the defeated Prop. 60 think that adult entertainment business that had fled to Arizona and Nevada will now return.