As a society, if we dedicated the sums of money we sink into fighting substance abuse into helping our children discover and be true to themselves, we would have a very different society.
A densely populated nation of some 150 million people, Bangladesh is the latest country to fall for a neatly packaged dose of stimulants that includes caffeine, vanilla flavorings and bulking agents along with meth.
To quote an old social justice slogan, harm reduction is the art of "building a new society in the vacant lots of the old." And those lots are filling up, due to the hard work of people around the world.
While no one treatment approach is right for every teen, it is clinically sensible -- but not easy -- to find comprehensive care. We tell families to look for three things.
Just yesterday, on the last day of my college experience, a Juggalo girl made herself known in my sociology class. Juggalos are everywhere and can be anyone. You could be a Juggalo and not even know it.
Liberals and conservatives across the Americas are addicted to the war on drugs. Most leaders across the political spectrum privilege hard-line policies over harm reduction.
Sixty is not the new fifty. Sixty is what it is: beyond middle-age. I'm not saying this to be mean. It's just that my friends here in the Baby Boom Generation don't want to talk about it. Sixty is hard to accept. So are the AARP envelopes that go in the trash unopened. Heck, we have concerts to go to. We have skiing to do. We have online classes to take.
Just because someone is convicted of a crime doesn't give the government license to impose punishment that is cruel and unjust. To me, that's the real human rights challenge -- protecting unpopular people whatever their circumstances, whatever they've done, wherever they live.
The clarion call from Republicans: Fraud! Using fear in promoting selfish and ultimately destructive policies has become the GOP methodology -- the b...
Currently, at least 125 million people use marijuana, 14 million people use amphetamines, 12 million people use opioids, and 14 million people use cocaine. Illegal drugs have a plethora of negative impacts.
Jerry is one of those rare writers who goes between Hollywood screenplays and novels. He writes dark subversive stories and he somehow continues to get away with it.
I respect, although I don't agree with, citizens who feel public assistance recipients should be drug-tested. But I loathe Washington insiders who have one set of rules for ordinary Americans, and a different set for their friends.
My vision is for a World AIDS Day in the near future where we can say with pride that we have achieved universal access to treatment. This goal is within reach, but only by supporting important initiatives to make medicines available, appropriate, and affordable will we fully be able to grasp it.
Anyone who has tried to talk to someone with a serious drug or alcohol problem has learned the hard way that the two sides might as well be speaking different languages. Yet we have done very little to get at the route of that gap in understanding.
These stories are rich with drug war ironies: political figures who have supported criminalizing drug users but who also like using drugs themselves; white men with stature suffering only minor punishment when compared to the poor and people of color.
Edward H. Jurith, a key figure in American drug policy making since the 1980s, died peacefully at home in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Ed has been my friend since 1981.