A report by the Open Society Justice Initiative calls for an international investigation of two massacres committed by drug gangs in the Mexican state of Coahuila on the U.S. border that left 450 people dead. The incidents illustrate what researchers say is a nationwide pattern of collusion between narco-cartels and corrupt authorities that has turned the U.S. closest southern neighbor into a killing ground.
Hallucinogens like LSD and other psychedelic drugs are currently illegal. But like marijuana, they have medicinal properties that make them potential non-addictive tools for treating chronic pain sufferers caught in the opioid epidemic, argues an addiction specialist.
The recent decision not to prosecute the doctor who prescribed opioid pills to Prince makes clear the difficulty of trying to fix legal responsibility for opioid overdoses. An addiction specialist argues that ultimately counseling and therapy are more effective in reducing the epidemic’s death toll than using punishment as a deterrence.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses seen by hospital emergency rooms increased between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017 across the US. “We have an emergency on our hands,” says acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat.
Top police, judges and health experts at the John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America weighed in Thursday on the origins of the national opioid crisis—and strategies for reducing the toll it takes on American families.
The high rates of opioid addiction for females in America’s rural and tribal areas are exacerbated by intimate partner violence and the lack of access to treatment, advocates and caregivers told a webinar last week.
We might never have a “cure” for addiction. But the failures of the War on Drugs make clear there are smarter ways to assist individuals dependent on opiates than criminalizing them, argues a patient advocate.
The Sentencing Project released a report Wednesday assailing the grievous lack of medical treatment for addiction in prisons and jails, hours before the newly appointed Bureau of Prisons director was scheduled to testify before the House of Representatives.