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David Sheff

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If You Want to See Inequality in the U.S. at Its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot

(7) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 3:45 PM

For millions of Americans a towed car can lead to a crippling spiral of stress, debt, joblessness, illness and, in many cases, incarceration.

On a recent San Francisco afternoon, I returned to where I'd parked my car, but it was gone. A "No Parking" sign indicated that parking was prohibited...

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Marijuana Should Be Legal, but We Should Protect Our Kids

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:08 PM

It's not often that the White House responds directly to a newspaper op-ed, as it did last week when the New York Times editorial board published its opinion that the federal government should repeal the ban on the production, sale and use of marijuana. The Office of National Drug Control...

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The National Park Service Tells an Oyster Farm to Shuck Off

(62) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:52 AM

"'O Oysters,' said the Carpenter, 'You've had a pleasant run!'" -- Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and the Carpenter

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated Lewis Carroll's pronouncement when it refused to hear an appeal of a lower-court decision that would banish an oyster company from its home on a...

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Solving the Prescription Drug Misuse Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 12:52 PM

An addiction scientist named Tom McLellan told me that he was once visiting one of America's top colleges, sitting in the office of the school's president, who was bemoaning the fact that he was losing a student or two a year to drug overdoses. Indeed, there's been a dramatic up-tick...

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