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Keith Humphreys
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Keith Humphreys is a Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University. His scholarly work focuses on how to improve treatments and public policies regarding addiction and mental illness. He has published in academic journals such as Lancet, JAMA and British Medical Journal, as well as in mass media outlets such as in the New York Times, American Prospect and Wall Street Journal. He has consulted extensively with public policymakers, and served as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2009-2010.

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Preventing the Tragedy of Suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 5:34 PM

A presenter at a scientific conference I attended put up a slide showing that the British suicide rate dropped by a remarkable one third from the early 1960s to the early 1970s. The presenter then asked members of the audience to guess the reason for the welcome change. Audience members...

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Can the United Nations Block U.S. Marijuana Legalization?

(94) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 10:04 AM

The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board's latest annual report expressed dismay at the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado and urged "the Government of the United States to take necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties in its entire territory". This...

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What Tobacco Tax Advocates Can Learn From American Drug Policy

(21) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Among my colleagues in the public health and addiction fields, I am nearly alone in disliking President Obama's proposed doubling of federal cigarette taxes. My reservations stem from the hard lessons of America's policy towards illegal drugs.

As recently noted by drug policy expert Dr....

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