LEGISLATION

Karen in Legislation
March 3, 2021

Decriminalization Not a Silver Bullet For Americans, Part 1

With Oregon being the first state to decriminalize all drugs, it's time to look at how decriminalization can—or can't—be done in a way that does NOT increase deaths resulting from drug abuse. Part one of a two-part series.

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Ren in Legislation
January 10, 2021

More States Move to Legalize Cannabis

The Presidential race was not the only attention-grabbing aspect of the November 2020 election. In an historic move, several states, even red states, moved to legalize cannabis for recreational use. What does this mean for the health of those states' populations? And for the future?

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Ren in Legislation
January 2, 2021

What Legalizing Drugs Will Do to Perceived Risk and Young Adult Drug Use

Oregon’s recent legalization of psychedelics for medicinal use raises many questions about the sense (or lack thereof) in legalizing mind-altering drugs, even for medicinal purposes.

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Ren in Legislation
December 31, 2020

Oregon Decriminalizes Drugs—What This Means for the Future

In an effort to keep addicts out of jail, Oregon just voted to decriminalize possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone, and other hard drugs. However, many criticize the law for legalizing harmful substances.

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Karen in Legislation
February 14, 2020

What Was Johnson & Johnson's Role in Triggering the Opioid Epidemic?

Oklahoma's lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson revealed the role this company played in encouraging the too-liberal use of opioid painkillers. Witness testimony also pointed to the special way this company profited from increased prescribing – of their own drugs or even drugs from other companies.

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Karen in Legislation
September 23, 2019

Suboxone Maker to Pay $1.4 BILLION to Settle Illegal Marketing Claims

In July 2019, Pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser Group settled a federal lawsuit that they fraudulently marketed their addiction treatment drug Suboxone. They’ll pay a huge fine but why doesn’t this settlement actually result in justice?

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Ren in Legislation
September 9, 2019

Tide Turns On Pharmaceutical Industry As Leading Advocate Changes Mind On Pain Medication

An article in the New York Times from April 29th, 2019 shone a light on the opioid addiction crisis and highlighted a phenomenon we are very glad to see. Medical doctors, usually pain pill advocates, are turning their backs on pharmaceutical opioids and are making a stand against the very companies that manufacture them.

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Ren in Legislation
August 22, 2019

Makers of Fentanyl Under Fire for Bribing Doctors

There’s something special and even a little energizing when the bad guy finally gets caught. When the underdog hero somehow manages to win against insurmountable odds.

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Ren in Legislation
July 21, 2019

Drug Court Vs. Treatment: How Drug Courts Can Help | Narconon

In a nation that struggles with a drug addiction epidemic, our society rapidly seeks solutions and methodology for reducing the drug problem.

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Ren in Legislation
July 17, 2019

Pharma Loses Major Lawsuit

Many of us silently cheer when we hear about a mega-corporation losing a lawsuit against an underdog. This particular aspect of human nature is evidenced in Hollywood films, music, books, pop culture, and bedtime stories.

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