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Leo Beletsky
Leo Beletsky is an Assistant Professor of Law and Health Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston and an Adjunct Professor at the Division of Global Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine. His research, teaching and advocacy focus on the use of law to improve public health in a variety of areas, including substance abuse, prevention of HIV, and criminal justice. Follow him on Twitter @leobeletsky.

Entries by Leo Beletsky

With Massive Prisoner Release, Averting Fatal Reentry

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 2:08 PM

This November marks the beginning of the largest prisoner release in this country's history. Just over the first weekend, the federal prison system discharged over 6,000 inmates who saw their drug-related sentences reduced as a result of recent reforms. An estimated 40,000 additional federal prisoners will be eligible for...

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As Heroin Deaths Skyrocket, Prescription Monitoring Programs May Do More Harm

(13) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 1:09 PM

This post was co-authored by Michael Gilbert.

When it comes to drug overdose, we may be winning one battle, but losing the war. As deaths involving prescription painkillers are leveling off, the latest stats on heroin fatalities could not be more dire. These deaths have quadrupled between 2000...

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To Honor Hoffman, Focus on Prevention, not the Drug War

(10) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 9:21 AM

As devastating details about Philip Seymour Hoffman's apparent heroin overdose are beginning to emerge, we are already hearing speculation about police efforts to identify the drug source. If and when the suppliers are found, authorities will likely use the full extent of the law to prosecute...

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We Can Fight This Feeling: The Loss of Cory Monteith and How We Can Prevent Future Overdose Fatalities

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 2:15 PM

A coroner's report confirmed last week that actor Cory Monteith's death was a result of an overdose. Monteith joins icons like Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, John Belushi, and Jim Morrison in meeting a premature end by overdosing on prescription opioids, heroin, or some mixture of these drugs with...

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Beyond the Anti-Prostitution Pledge: The Public Health Buck Does Not Stop Here

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 12:59 PM

Yesterday's Supreme Court's 6-2 decision in US Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International invalidated the "anti-prostitution pledge." Advanced by religious and other anti-human-trafficking groups, this provision was integrated in the Leadership Act--the law that authorized the Bush Era's flagship PEPFAR initiative to fight HIV/AIDS....

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Sequester the Drug War: Drug Control Spending and the Opportunity to Stop Throwing Good Money After Bad

(104) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 11:00 PM

With the squeeze of the sequester increasingly palpable across the country and the battle over next year's budget unfolding on Capitol Hill, there is no better time for a sober, bipartisan and data-driven conversation about our spending priorities. One area where dismal return on investment dictates fundamental change is the...

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