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a collection of data counter to the war on drugs narrative

Drug War Obscures Decades of Police Success

If I were a cop, I would not be happy about this In the US these days, discussions about crime are almost never just about crime, it’s always drugs-and-crime, as if referring to a single unified phenomenon, like a dog-and-pony show. But it was not always this way. In fact, for most of America’s 243…
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Suggested New Year’s Resolution for the USA 2019

Today, New Year’s Day, is a day for resolutions. Whether big or small, we make promises to ourselves that we will try to do concrete things to make ourselves, our lives or our community better. So I would like to propose a New Year’s Resolution for the USA: End the 105 year-long experiment of Drug…
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One of the Lucky Ones

I was diagnosed with pancreas divisum, a condition that is not deadly but causes chronic, severe, unrelenting pain and some on-and-off nausea. In some ways, I am a lucky sufferer of chronic severe pain. My pain is controllable with 2 extended-release opiate pills, and 0-3 immediate release opiate pills for breakthrough pain. If medicated, I…
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Date Rape Drugs: The Zombie Sex Toy Narrative

Ok, so the first thing I need to say is that two weeks ago, I started writing the draft of an article about date rape drugs. I was thinking the topic was narrow enough that I could cover in a brief essay that would not take too much time to write. I had recently done…
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How is that supposed to work?

Suppose you have a family member, let’s call her Auntie Ellie, who is a law-abiding citizen who has a medical condition that is not deadly, but does cause severe pain. Suppose another family member, Cousin Rob is in prison for a crime, let’s say he robbed a bank. He was not high at the time…
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The First Step Isn’t What You Think It Is

How often have you heard this, “The first step is admitting you have a problem”? This sounds like a perfectly reasonable way to begin the process of addressing a problem, and it is probably understood by the majority of people who hear it, and/or repeat it, to be the first of the famous 12 Steps…
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Let’s Explore The Alleged Placebo Effect

  The concept of the Placebo Effect is very much ingrained in our culture. I remember years ago watching an episode of M*A*S*H that included successful use of placebos (especially interesting since “The Powerful Placebo” was published in JAMA in 1955, meaning these Army doctors must have been much ahead of their time, since the…
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“No Accepted Medicinal Use” Marijuana-based drug approved by FDA

  June 26, 2018 The Federal Drug Administration granted approval for the CBD-containing drug Epidlolex to treat seizures. It would be nice if marijuana was moved off “Schedule 1” to make it easier to test other uses of other active ingredients of marijuana.

Measurable (unintended) Effects of the War on Drugs

  The US has been in the business of preventing access to various drugs for over a century now, beginning in 1914 with restrictions on opiates. After decades of outlawing increasing numbers of drugs and enforcement of increasingly harsh penalties, President Nixon named drugs “public enemy number one” and declared the War on Drugs in…
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Difficulties with Numbers in A Time of Prohibition

  I would like to discuss some numbers I encountered recently in the context of two publications that were supporting the narrative that opiates are a desperately urgent issue for the general American Public. For the first part of this exploration, we will take the reported numbers at face value, momentarily setting aside circumstances that…
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