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Illicit drugs news and analysis from The Nation
September 17, 2020
Why Drug Overdoses Have Gone Up During the Pandemic
“It’s really hard to think about recovery, or putting down substances, when your basic human needs aren’t being met.”
July 16, 2020
Austin, Texas, Just Voted to End the Drug War
Voters just nominated a candidate for DA who says, “On day one, we will end the prosecution of low-level drug offenses.”
December 27, 2019
Vape Bans Won’t Make You Safer
Harm reduction advocates oppose vaping bans of all kinds, arguing that vaping is the most effective way to permanently ease smokers off cigarettes.
April 9, 2019
America’s Drug War Is Ruining the World
A half-century of Washington’s harsh drug prohibition policies has brought misery to millions across the globe.
January 31, 2019
Forget the Wall—the Opioid Crisis Is Trump’s Real National Emergency
Opioid overdoses claimed nearly 50,000 American lives in 2017 alone, more than 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
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November 12, 2018
4 Years After the Forced Disappearance of 43 Students, a Father Is Still Looking
The disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa is not over for Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño.
October 26, 2018
Trump Wants to Restart the Failed War on Drugs
There’s a better way to lessen the deadly impact of drug abuse.
June 29, 2018
Can Doctors Lead the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis?
The solution requires much more than reducing access to the potentially harmful drugs.
May 4, 2018
Should States Tax Opioid Manufacturers to Pay for Addiction Treatment?
Legislation has been introduced in at least 15 states to tax the companies that make and distribute painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin.
April 12, 2018
Drug Addiction Isn’t a Crime—We Just Treat it Like One
A new film proves that there is an alternative, and that it works.