Category Archives: Drugs

Acceptable Drug Dealers

They attended the best schools and wear very nice suits (boldface mine): …in recent months, as government officials seek to assign blame for the opioid crisis that has strangled large parts of the nation, McKinsey’s advice is surfacing in ways … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Drugs

Occasionally, Jury Nullification Works Out For The Better

Jury nullification, where a jury decides to find someone innocent of a crime even though it is obvious to everyone including the jurors, has an odious history in the U.S., since it was overwhelmingly used to set free people who … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Drugs

We Can Speak To Different Audiences And At Different Volumes: The Pot Legalization Edition

Last week, this article arguing Democrats should embrace marijuana legalization made the rounds (boldface mine): To put it simply, liberals’ slow evolution on the issue is hurting the party; It’s clear Democrats could easily turn marijuana into a winning issue. … Continue reading

Posted in Democrats, Drugs

Who Owns The Opioid Crisis?

This is prompted by something Brendan Nyhan tweeted: Why is the political system failing to even try to seriously address this issue? Only moderately salient at national level. Vastly less attention/debate than, say, drug war at its peak even though … Continue reading

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The Opioid Crisis Will Be With Us For Decades: Lessons From D.C.

D.C. offers a sobering lesson about just how long a drug addiction crisis lasts in a community (boldface mine): While other jurisdictions across the country grapple with opioid overdoses among their white residents, the District offers a unique perspective. The … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Drugs, Public Health

The ‘Opioid’ Crisis Runs Deep

As we’ve noted before, while opioids rack up the highest body count, many kinds of drug use have become much more lethal: Since 2011 opioid and opiate deaths combined in Ohio have increased from 1,228 to 4,365 in 2016–a 3.55-fold … Continue reading

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What’s The Matter With Ohio?

Because Ohio’s drug-related deaths have skyrocketed since 2011: (the link has a good interactive chart). Since 2011 opioid and opiate deaths combined in Ohio have increased from 1,228 to 4,365 in 2016–a 3.55-fold increase. But cocaine overdose deaths have increased … Continue reading

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Sessions’ War On (Some People Who Use Certain) Drugs: A Page From LePage

So Attorney General and elite racist Jeff Sessions wants to restart the War on Drugs, 1980s style (boldface mine): Attorney General Jeff Sessions has brought Cook into his inner circle at the Justice Department, appointing him to be one of … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Drugs, Racism

The Rise In White Drug Abuse Deaths Is Long-Term And Gradual

There has been a lot of chatter about a recent Case and Deaton paper and follow-on media interviews which ascribe the increase in white working class mortality to ‘diseases of despair.’ Interesting how, when the white working class gets hammered, … Continue reading

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Maybe This Has Something To Do With The Reproducibility Problem?

Recently, the Atlantic had an article about people who earn a living as clinical trial test subjects. Some ‘methodological notes of interest’ (boldface mine): Intrigued by the promise of an easier way to make money, he enrolled as a guinea … Continue reading

Posted in Drugs, Statistics