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Decriminalize Drug Use, Seek Public-Health Options

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 11:45 am (UTC-4)
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Ultimately, addiction policies should be decriminalized and replaced by civil interventions focused on treatment. A pragmatic first step toward reaching this goal would be to treat drug possession as a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

Bridges to Care, not Incarceration

Posted August 31st, 2016 at 1:03 pm (UTC-4)
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[T]his went further than the community policing philosophy dating back to the early 1980s where educating community members and creating neighborhood watches would complement police patrols; where foot patrol would be increased with a commitment to be more accountable to the citizens they serve…

Opiates of the Masses

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 1:24 pm (UTC-4)
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In contrast to a true public health approach, Obama’s policies do not address the [heroin] epidemic’s spread, do not target the source of the pathogens, and do not prevent new victims from succumbing to addiction. It is an agenda that will neither contain nor reverse the epidemic.