guns

Where Do the Guns Come From?

The current gun debate has focused on background checks for legal firearms purchases. But gun violence is often committed by criminals who obtained their weapons illegally, according to podcasters who talked with youths and with researcher Philip J. Cook of Duke University about Chicago’s flourishing underground gun market.

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Opioids: ‘End the Stigma of Addiction’

A columnist praises Cheri Walter, head of Ohio’s Association of County Behavioral Authorities and a recovering substance-abuser, for highlighting the failure of policymakers to address the roots causes of the opiate epidemic at this month’s Guggenheim Symposium.

Opioids: ‘I’m Tired of Dying Every Day’

Inmates leaving the Harris County jail in Texas will soon be offered monthly Vivitrol injections to help them combat heroin and opioid addiction. The innovative pilot program has sparked some criticism, but defenders say the treatment can help keep addicts out of the justice system.

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Military Surplus for U.S. Cops ‘Saved Lives’ after Hurricane: Houston Chief

The so-called “1033” program providing free surplus defense equipment to police, revived by the Trump administration, has been the subject of fierce controversy. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says it was a lifesaver for residents trapped during Hurricane Harvey, but critics still question the program’s rationale.

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Opioids: Chronic Pain Sufferers Seek a Voice

A Las Vegas TV station takes a hard look at the impact of the opioid epidemic on chronic pain patients in Nevada in a special investigation called “The Other Side of Opioids.”

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Can Police Take a Juvenile’s DNA for ‘Investigative Purposes’?

A bill introduced by a California assemblywoman aims to stop the practice, currently followed by the San Diego Police Department—after a Voice of San Diego investigation revealed it. It’s already illegal to collect DNA from minors without parental consent, a warrant or criminal conviction, but the San Diego cops argue that only applies if they send the DNA to state or national databases.

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The ‘Chaos’ of Arizona Prison Health Care

An Arizona public broadcasting investigation finds that the state and Corizon Health, its private contract health care provider, haven’t lived up to the terms of a 2015 settlement with Arizona inmates over alleged flaws in dental, medical and health care in the state’s 10 prisons.