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The Food Stamp Vaccine

Jason Silverstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

What if there were a vaccine against the harmful effects of hunger? According to researchers at Children's HealthWatch, there is. But these vaccines aren't shots or sprays. They're food stamps.

How the War on Drugs Punishes Those Who Suffer

Jason Silverstein | Posted 11.09.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

Though nearly 50% of the world's cancer patients and 90% of the world's HIV/AIDS patients live in low-to-middle income countries, they only receive 6% of the world's morphine supply.

More Treatment, Less War: The White House Drug Policy Reform

Jason Silverstein | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

Many people who want substance abuse treatment can't get it. The White House wants to fix this. Can they do it, and will it help?

How Mass Incarceration Threatens Public Health

Jason Silverstein | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

We have a problem, you know, and it's only getting worse. It doesn't strike us equally -- it's a problem that mostly affects young men, minorities, and people without high school diplomas.