Food stamps help many families who've temporarily fallen on hard times, and about 60 percent of its recipients are in the program for only a year or less. Farmers, however, are multi-generation Federal subsidy junkies.
A couple of years ago, while helping a friend with an errand, I wound up near East Somerset Street in Philadelphia's Kensington section. I was approached by no less than five people offering to sell me heroin, crack cocaine, and an assortment of prescription drugs. There was an end-times feel, like I had walked into a Philly redux version of Mad Max.
Rather than demonizing people who use drugs, we should humanize them. Rather than jailing them, we should get them the treatment they need. Rather than punishing them, we must support them.
Last year Camden had 67 murders in a city of just 77,000. Per capita, that is nearly as high as Honduras, the murder capital of the world.
There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace and the recognition of obesity as a "disease" by the AMA. A line from the movie Jerry Maguire comes to mind: "You complete me!"
The marijuana reform movement has broken through as a legitimate political and cultural force. We're at a tipping point where it's starting to feel like marijuana legalization is no longer a question of if -- but when. But what about the other drugs?
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon...
To put this in perspective, try and imagine the DEA caught an average American with a $45,000 annual income diverting millions of OxyContin on the black market and then settled with the American for a $47.25 fine and no criminal charges.
Needle-stick injury, or being punctured by used syringes that could be contaminated with dangerous viruses such as HIV or hepatitis C, is a common occupational hazard for law enforcement.
Governor LePage of Maine recently vetoed a 911 Good Samaritan bill that would have saved thousands of lives from accidental drug overdose. The bill, L...
I do know that as major treatment centers start to move away from abstinence-based treatment, what I -- and many people I know and love -- received when we were desperate for help is in jeopardy.
*That [marijuana] is not a drug. It's a leaf." Arnold Schwarzenegger A few months ago, a very close friend of mine called me in tears. She said polic...
It's not just that I disagree with Doug Fine about marijuana policy. What I find disturbing is that the Post published a piece containing numerous major factual errors without, it seems, much thought.
Am I naïve enough to believe the government hasn't being spying on us all this time? No, that's ridiculous. Am I still really mad that it's official? Yes. It's like when your significant other admits to cheating on you even though you already presumed it was the case.
I am very sad about what Amanda Bynes is going through. She may have mental health issues or substance abuse issues or both. She is not unlike many other celebrities who take an emotional tumble as they get into their twenties.
Anyone who has ever indulged in hero fantasies about saving lives just might get their chance thanks to new drug overdose prevention laws across the country. On Wednesday, June 5th, Vermont became the 13th state to pass a law expanding lay access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse opiate overdose.