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Russell Brand on How the War on Drugs Was a Way to Vilify and Control

The “Trews” host, who struggled with addiction for many years, sees drug dependence as the inevitable outcome of a consumerist, capitalist society that has stripped human lives of meaning.

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A Heroin Crisis Rears Its Head as a Presidential Campaign Issue

With New Hampshire battling record overdose deaths, the sense has emerged that candidates who are not prepared to discuss the matter may as well skip the state’s primary.

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VIDEO: John Oliver: Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences Are a Relic of Reagan-Era Drug Paranoia

The “Last Week Tonight” host makes the compelling case for not only getting rid of mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenses, but for passing legislation that would allow existing prisoners to apply to have their sentences reduced retroactively.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Portugal’s Approach to Drugs Is Saving Lives; Why Aren’t We Copying It?

In 2001, the Southern European country tackled drug use with what seemed like a radical plan.

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Vice President’s Son Expelled From Navy for Cocaine

The son of Vice President Joe Biden has been discharged from the navy reserve after testing positive for cocaine use, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Should Women Be Charged With Murder for Giving Birth to Stillborns Due to ‘Fetal Harm’?

Rennie Gibbs, a 16-year-old in Mississippi when she gave birth to a stillborn child, is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among a burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children.

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Teens: Smoke, Don’t Drink?

Teens who drink alcohol are more likely to damage brain tissue than those who use marijuana, a new study shows.

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Reformulated Drug Sends Users Elsewhere

A harder-to-abuse version of OxyContin released two years ago has pushed users to other drugs that mimic the effects of opiates, including heroin.

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