It is time for a new approach, one that treats addiction as a health problem, not a criminal one, and invests in education instead of incarceration. We have a long, long way to go. But at least that journey has started.
I am among a number of educators who intuitively believe drugs like pot are more insidiously harmful -- at least to kids -- than presently realized. Now a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience gives data to support this view.
The government-imposed barriers to entry in the pharmaceutical industry don't just raise prices by 20 or 30 percent, as may be the case with taxi fares; they raise prices by a factor or 10, 20, or even 100 (that would be 10,000 percent).
Listen up, Urban Outfitters: Teaming up with a salon called "Hairroin," which uses "addicted" in its slogan, and handing out needle-shaped pens isn't funny or cute or even catchy. It's pathetic, sad and beyond poor taste. It's disgusting.
Substance abuse and eating disorders are both mental illnesses. We are prone to blame the sufferer, to dwell in ignorance and shame those who suffer. We forget that lives are lost, we forget that families mourn each day. The nation mourns when we lose great talent, but we do not mourn when we lose the unknown.
Guatemala is a major drug corridor between South America and Mexico. Narco gangs thrive in rural areas and along the southeastern border, while street gangs dominate the urban centers. As a result, the country's capital, Guatemala City, has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Now the market is crowded with candy-sounding labels -- K2, Spice, Bliss, Bombay Blue -- that mimic the effects of illicit narcotics like opium, cannabis and MDMA. Hazardous to your health? You bet. Illegal? Not necessarily.
Denial can be deadly. When teenagers aren't educated about sex because adults insist that it's not happening in schools, the outcomes are unplanned ...
John P. Walters, director of drug control policy under President George W. Bush, wrote on what he views as an inconsistency between libertarian philosophy and support for ending the war on drugs. He claims libertarians get it wrong on drugs. Mr. Walters gets it wrong on drugs, as well as on libertarians.
There's a lot of buzz going around about marijuana legalization. Now that Colorado and Washington state have legalized recreational marijuana use, mar...
The future of Colombia had never been so dark and uncertain. Two years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos embarked the country into a negotiation process with the terrorist organization FARC in Habana, Cuba.
As drug overdose reigns as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, naloxone has emerged as one of the most promising solutions t...
What we require is a wholesale mass-decarceration initiative that acknowledges the traumatic generational effects on the communities we've failed.
Sasha Shulgin, who passed away Monday at the age of 88, was many things to many people. He was not just a pharmacologist, author, and medical chemist, but a pioneer in drug policy reform.
"Weed." "Pot." "Marijuana." The answers began pouring out. College kids are familiar with the five-leaf hemp plant, but only as a drug. The "other" he...
If I started a business and it was clearly failing, I would shut it down. The war on drugs has failed -- why isn't it being shut down?