Five decades ago, tobacco was everywhere in America. It was perfectly normal to enter a smoke-filled restaurant for dinner, encounter lit cigarettes o...
Awaiting my first appointment with a psychiatrist, I look down and notice a brochure. "There is no such thing as mental illness anymore," it reads. "T...
The immense volume of people flooding criminal justice systems in the U.S. demands effective policy responses from governments at all levels. Effective diversion models need to be shared widely and expanded.
Criminalizing drugs doesn't make them disappear, it simply drives them underground into much more dangerous settings.
Last year the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition surprised the nation by working with conservative legislators to pass two new drug policy laws i...
No one in her right mind wants to run, walk, or in any way support breast cancer. We run against it. We run to empower the people who have been afflicted and are at risk of being afflicted in the future. We do not run to promote it or to encourage a culture of disease.
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.