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Pot Opponents, Legalization and Democracy

On Tuesday, marijuana officially became legal in Canada─adding momentum to a pro-pot campaign that now seems assured of success across the US. But last-ditch blocking efforts in states still wrestling with the issue only divert politicians from the need to develop regulations addressing safety and health concerns, writes an addiction expert.

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The ‘Phony War’ Against Opioids: Some Inconvenient Truths

The opioid crisis has very little to do with prescription drugs, says a leading researcher.   Patients treated for chronic pain with opioids–many of them elderly—are not dying from overdoses, and they shouldn’t be treated like addicts.

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Should the Media Limit Coverage of Mass Shooters?

“When someone is desperate for fame or attention, committing a high-profile mass killing is one of the only guaranteed ways to get it,” criminologist Adam Lankford told a recent gathering of journalists. Responsible media, he argued, should guard against providing killers with a platform.

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Not Guilty—But Not Free 

When exonerated individuals finally leave prison, they are often free in name only. For many of them, the struggle to find employment, housing and mental health treatment is the “stuff of nightmares,” writes a former Baltimore public defender.

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Police in America: Warriors or Peacemakers?

Training cops to avoid excessive use-of-force is only part of the challenge. The hardest part is learning a different mindset about policing—in the face of society expectations and peer pressure, experts and senior officers tell TCR.