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Drug testing news and analysis from The Nation
October 1, 2018
Can the US Provide a Public Option for Prescription Drugs?
Patient advocates and health-care experts say the government can get into the generic pharmaceuticals business—and it wouldn’t even require a new law.
July 26, 2018
Our Foster-Care System Shouldn’t Separate Families Either
It’s not just our immigration system; taking children away from their parents should always be a last resort.
February 23, 2018
15 Million Reasons Why Russian Olympians May Get Their Flags Back
Two failed drug tests mean little compared to a large payout from Russia to the IOC.
February 20, 2018
We Need a Better System for Addressing Olympic Doping
A bungled response to Russian doping allegations shows that our regulatory patchwork is disorganized and unjust.
February 12, 2018
The Farce of the ‘Olympic Athletes from Russia’
The IOC wants to look tough on doping, but the designation has fanned the very nationalism that the Olympics are supposed to hedge against.
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July 25, 2016
The Problem With the International Olympic Committee’s Decision on Russia
The problem isn't Russian doping. It's the absence of any moral authority in the IOC.
January 21, 2015
In the New World of Incarceration, Your House Is Your Prison
So is your block, your school, your neighborhood… your city, state and country.
December 10, 2014
The State Where Giving Birth Can Be Criminal
Tennessee is arresting new mothers for having used drugs in pregnancy—but in a cruel Catch-22, many can’t get the treatment they need.
October 15, 2014
What Happens When A City Decides to Offer Addicts Services, Not Prison Sentences?
Inspired by Seattle, Santa Fe adopts the LEAD program to divert people arrested for drug possession away from the criminal justice system and into treatment.
April 18, 2014
Will the Supreme Court Let Florida Drug-Test All Its Government Employees?
What does a positive test mean when your economic fate hinges on the result? What kind of “discipline” is maintained by subjugating bodily privacy in the name of “public safety”?