Category Archives: Drugs

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

When the War on Planned Parenthood Makes People (Very) Sick

A few years back, when the rightwing assault on Planned Parenthood kicked into high gear, I explained why I supported Planned Parenthood: For the younger readers–and by younger, I mean those in their twenties–it’s hard to describe the AIDS-related paranoia … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Drugs, HIV, News Media, Public Health