addiction

The Waiting Game: A Powerlessness That’s Long Harmed Drug Users

As our nation wakes up anxiety-ridden, collectively uncertain of whether we’ve been delivered from political catastrophe, many of us who…

November 4, 2020

So We’re Drinking Our Way Through the Pandemic? It’s What Drugs Are For.

People are drinking (and using marijuana) more during the pandemic. Alarms have predictably been raised, but anxiety is misdirected. RAND…

October 8, 2020

Follow the Money: Why Marijuana Research Tells Us the Same Old Story

Scientific research enriches minds but drains wallets. In the US and globally, public and private funders have directed more money…

September 2, 2020

Breaking Down a Model Bill to Decriminalize All Drugs

On August 6, the Drug Policy Alliance* released a detailed proposal to decriminalize all drugs at the federal level. The…

August 20, 2020

Alcohol Harm Reduction: A World of Growing Possibilities

In her early professional life, Louise liked to unwind with wine. She loved the way it looked in a glass;…

August 17, 2020

Rx Opioid Users Have More Labor Rights Than Heroin Users

In the United States, access to disability accommodations and protections are not guaranteed to all employees with opioid use disorders.…

August 17, 2020

Navigating the Baffling Systems of Care That Failed My Son

[The following article is excerpted from two chapters of Cover My Dreams in Ink, the author's account of the journey…

July 22, 2020

SAMHSA Rule-Change Strips SUD Patients’ Privacy, Invites Police Intrusion

The long-awaited final rule revising 42 CFR Part 2—the confidentiality regulation applying to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records—is out. …

July 16, 2020

Joe Biden’s Criminal Justice Reform Task Force Passes on Marijuana Legalization

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders’ "Unity Task Force"⁠—six committees set up to shape policies in an attempt to unite the…

July 13, 2020

“The Civil Death Penalty”—My Motherhood Is Legally Terminated

It’s afternoon on the Monday after the Fourth of July. My daughters, ages five and six, sit perched on the…

July 13, 2020