The discourse surrounding addicts and their culpability in their addiction is remarkably similar to the discourse surrounding the poor and their culpability in their poverty. Believing an addict is to blame for their addiction is a fundamentally conservative philosophy.
Too often, the people who use drugs are invisible or worse they are stigmatized and demonized as "junkies," "addicts," and "criminals." Drug users are "others" to be held in stark contrast to the rest of "us."
We, as a nation, need to acknowledge that overdose is not a problem confined to famous people or heroin or drugs that involve syringes.
Esequiel Hernandez, Jr. is a boy whose life will not go out of my memory while I breathe, and, perhaps, even longer. I thought about Ezequiel when I heard the current Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, candidate for governor, say he wanted to spend $300 million on another 500 state troopers to patrol the border.
Ask your doctor. You may be suffering from Made-Up Disease....
I was auditioning for commercials and bit parts in LA. It was a huge, risky leap for me to make. I hated the question of 'What do you do?' I never felt comfortable saying I was an actor until the day I met Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The U.S., therefore, instead of focusing on a military strategy which objectively puts itself on the side of the Colombian paramilitaries, should instead be supporting those brave souls in Colombia who are struggling for peace at the risk of their very lives.
Although exaggerated for Hollywood, it's clear why students might be tempted to take a pill that might lend mental clarity and energized focus. I wondered, though ... how are people getting their hands on it?
I was mortified to discover the story of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind known as Dread Pirate Roberts who was behind the multimillion dollar online drug hub, Silk Road.
If Obama doesn't want to take the political risk that such a mass pardoning may bring, he could at least start with the most heinous cases, like the many people serving life sentences for as little as cocaine residue in a clothing pocket.
The origin of this figure is research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the federal drug abuse research institute, published in a 1994 article in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. The problem is that their survey was chock-full of bias.
The basic tenet of the meditation technique is everything changes. Why get attached to something that's going to change? Why fear it, avoid it, crave it or hate it? It's not going to last. Just observe it and let it go.
No study has proven a cause-and-effect relationship between the heightened drinking age and reduced drunk driving deaths, and since similar reductions have occurred in other countries with lower minimum ages, the drop in fatalities is probably more due to things like public awareness and lowering the BAC limit than the drinking age.
With almost half the states allowing marijuana to be used medicinally, and with Obama's stated opinion that it is "less dangerous" than alcohol, the time has come for rescheduling marijuana. Obama should use the his upcoming State of the Union speech to outline this historic change.
What has been shocking until now is that politicians have been so far behind the American public when it comes to the drug war. But there's reason for hope.
Five decades ago, tobacco was everywhere in America. It was perfectly normal to enter a smoke-filled restaurant for dinner, encounter lit cigarettes o...