Category Archives: Drugs

One Reason Why the U.S. “Veered So Decidedly Toward Mass Incarceration”

Eduardo Porter has a good piece about how the U.S. prefers to spend money on mass incarceration than other nations despite still having a higher crime rate and despite the harms these policies inflict on prisoners’ children, thus perpetuating the … Continue reading

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How Bad Is Massachusetts’ Opiate Epidemic?

No one really seems to know (boldface mine): Massachusetts is under siege from a frightening surge of heroin overdoses, Governor Deval Patrick said last month in declaring a state of emergency. That grim view has become unquestioned consensus among law … Continue reading

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Back Bay, Meet Your New Neighbor

I’m guessing this new establishment to be located in Back Bay, Boston on Boylston Street between Arlington and Berkeley isn’t going to be particularly popular with the neighborhood (boldface mine): A medical marijuana business planning to open in Boston’s Back … Continue reading

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One Way to Lower Drug Overdose Deaths

In light of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s recent drug overdose death, this seems like a good public health initiative (boldface mine): Although opioid overdoses typically take several hours to kill, once breathing has slowed past a certain point, it takes just … Continue reading

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When Someone Claims the War on Drugs Is a War on Minorities…

…they might be right. John Ehrlichman, Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under President Richard Nixon: The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar Left, and black people. You understand … Continue reading

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The Wrath of Dookhan: Massachusetts’ Inadvertent Experiment on Drug Decriminalization

For those of you who live outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (God save it!), you probably haven’t heard of Annie Dookhan, the drug lab chemist who was found to have falsified evidence in drug cases. Here’s a good description … Continue reading

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Marijuana: Arrests Versus Jail Time

While the number of people who go to prison for marijuana possession is quite small (and make up a very small fraction of prisoners), it’s worth noting that the number of arrests for possession, if New York City is any … Continue reading

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