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The War on Drugs

Bert McCracken Bert McCracken Huffington Post Although Richard Nixon declared war on drugs in 1971, we must look to an economic and historic analysis of anti-drug laws in the U.S. to put the “war” into context. In the late 18th and well into the 19th century, before the drug-conviction craze, the issue of addiction was […]

Economists Slam the War on Drugs in a New London School of Economics Report

Abby Haglage 05.05.14 Daily Beast The ‘singular approach’ to fighting drug abuse isn’t working—and it’s time for a change, says a new report produced by the London School of Economics. What they suggest, in five steps. In an 81-page report released Monday evening, the best and brightest minds in the economic drug policy world send […]

Ebola toll rises in ‘unprecedented’ outbreak

By Matt Smith and Joseph Netto, CNN updated 8:51 AM EDT, Tue April 1, 2014 (CNN) — An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa has spread to Guinea’s capital and beyond its borders in an “unprecedented epidemic,” a leading aid agency reported Monday. Ebola virus spreads to Guinea capital Man tested for Ebola […]

Comment: How much does the war on drugs cost you?

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:17 AM 4 Politics.co.uk Jason Reed Vienna recently played host to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), but the tone of this year’s event was noticeably different to previous sessions. For many years the dialogue of ‘to legalise or not to legalise’ has been wholly hypothetical and taboo, but this year […]

Global Warming to Release Smallpox Virus from Corpses; Gruesome Global Pandemic Looming?

By Reissa Su | March 11, 2014 6:09 PM EST IBT Smallpox was one of the most feared diseases in the world since it could cover the human body with painful and pus-filled rashes. Since its elimination in 1979, scientists now fear that smallpox and a host of other diseases could reemerge and spread again […]

To End The War On Drugs – A Guide For Politicians, The Press and Public

MAR 11, 2014 Ladybud Dean Becker For fifteen years, I have sought the most knowledgeable people on the planet to discuss the policy of Drug War. I’ve interviewed more than a thousand congressmen, scientists, doctors, all kinds of politicians, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, police chiefs and priests. I’ve invested more than 30 thousand hours investigating […]

No solution, no end, and no hope in sight for American war on drugs

Posted on March 5, 2014 by Noah Buyon Georgetown Voice We Americans love our wars. There are literal ones (The War on Terror), metaphorical ones (The War on Poverty), and downright silly ones (The War on Christmas). While we haven’t won any of these wars per se, I think the argument can be made that […]

3 Scariest Illnesses With The Potential To Become Pandemic; Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs, Chagas A Growing Threat

By Susan Scutti | Mar 4, 2014 07:00 AM EDT Medical Daily Simply the thought of disease is frightening. For those with a deep imagination, a whole assortment of ugly pictures will appear before the mind’s eye. What makes one illness more frightening than another? The number of people it affects? The way it is […]

A fool’s errand: LePage’s enforcement-centric war on drugs

By Bruce Campbell, Special to the BDN Posted Feb. 13, 2014, at 12:02 p.m. Fourteen additional Drug Enforcement Agency agents, four new drug prosecutors, four new drug court judges. This is Gov. Paul LePage’s response to the $1.4 billion drug problem in the state of Maine. As the saying goes, insanity is doing the same […]

A&M Research on Flu Will Change Government Response to Pandemics

Updated: Tue 3:13 PM, Feb 11, 2014 kbtx.com COLLEGE STATION Each year, thousands of people die from the flu. Thousands more are hospitalized because of the virus. What happens when those numbers start climbing higher? Research happening at Texas A&M could help protect us from the next pandemic and save millions of lives. “We had […]