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.
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 White House budget proposal to Congress for the next fiscal year includes a large sum aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic and an even-larger amount for border security and immigration enforcement, including the southern border wall.
Researchers found that almost half of a sample group under community supervision in Washington DC had not been examined by a physician for signs of mental distress. But after testing, some 30 percent tested positive for moderate depression and 21 percent were diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Few Americans realize that sex trafficking is as close to home as their own communities. As the nation notes “human trafficking awareness” month, a West Virginia advocate explores the special tragedies it inflicts in a state that leads the nation in both poverty and drug addiction.
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.
Drug deaths among African Americans in urban counties rose 41 percent in 2016, far outpacing any other racial or ethnic group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death rate among whites rose 19 percent.
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.
White homicide victims increased by 22 percent between 2014-2016—not too far off the 29 percent increase in black victims. One possible reason: the opioid epidemic. New evidence reveals a spike in drug-related violence reminiscent of the crack cocaine era, says a leading criminologist.
The Attorney General tells a news conference that “effective enforcement” should be a priority for new legislation. He also announced a new DEA Division for the Appalachian region, and the appointment of Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s top advisers, to oversee White House initiatives to combat opioid abuse.