drugs

America’s Drug Problem Hits Home for North Carolina’s Cherokee Tribe

An eight-county region in Western North Carolina saw 17.7 unintentional overdose deaths per 100,000 people between 2012 and 2016. The epicenter is the Qualla Boundary, historic home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, where residents have launched a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers.

guns

Stolen Guns: Who’s Responsible?

More than 238,000 guns were stolen from law-abiding firearms owners around the country in 2016, and the figure has likely increased since then. In McLean County Ill., both sides of the gun control debate agree that safe firearms storage should be a priority.

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Jailed 80 Days, Homeless Man Sparks Furor Over New Orleans Bail Practices

Both the prosecutor and defender advised pretrial release of Matthew Aldous, who was caught writing  graffiti in the city’s historic district.  But a judge set his bail at $10,000, effectively placing behind bars an individual who advocates said should have been diverted to mental health services.