Oregon decriminalized personal-use quantities of drugs in 2020 with the intention that this new law would help drug users go to rehab rather than jail. This has turned out to be a big gamble that the State was possibly not ready for.
Many public health experts believed that, partially because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was going to be the worst year yet for drug overdoses. They were right, and final numbers for the death toll exceeded even the most gloomy predictions.
How Indigenous Communities are Robbed of Their Land and Their Lives by Drug Trafficking and Addiction
Indigenous Americans in both North and South America spent much of the last 500 years subjected to land theft at the hands of settler-colonial powers. Today’s Indigenous communities face a similar existential crisis, this time in the form of land grabs by illegal drug cartels and a complicit pharmaceutical industry.
When we consider the overall harm of drug addiction in our society, we almost always look at the financial toll of drug abuse, the crime, the loss of life, the ruined families, and the lost workplace productivity. We seldom consider the environmental implications of drug addiction, manufacturing, and trafficking. It’s time we did just that.
When people think of America’s addiction epidemic, they almost always think of opioids. And while opioids have certainly played a huge role in the crisis, opioids are not the only drugs that kill—cocaine and methamphetamines are claiming lives as well.
Forty-seven U.S. States have filed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, requesting a total of $2.2 trillion dollars as compensation for Purdue’s contributions to the opioid epidemic. Is this a fair number?
Narconon International dedicates this 55th anniversary to all essential workers and healthcare heroes around the world.
Despite sincere efforts on the part of the Scottish government and its people, over 1,000 Scots still die every year from drug overdoses. Why is the death rate so high? And what might be done to bring the death toll down?
There are darker sides to this storybook nation. And as in many other countries across the globe, drugs and alcohol are the two sides of this slippery slope downwards. Especially for the young Danes who want to party with their friends, binge drink, and try a few mind-altering drugs.
Controversy has surrounded facilities established to give injecting drug users a safe space with medical supervision in which they can consume their drugs. Up to now, it's been hard to tell if they were truly beneficial or actually harmful. A new report from the Government of Alberta provides a possible answer.