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The Unheard Victims of the Opioid Crisis: Grandparents

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Feb 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM
 

In July of 2018, president Donald Trump signed into law the bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Children Act. As the opioid crisis has sowed destruction and death across the nation, it’s been important to recognize the needs of victims across the spectrum.

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Purdue Pharma, Part 2: Oklahoma

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Feb 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM
 

Purdue Pharmaceutical has been subject to a number of state lawsuits for the company’s role in the opioid epidemic we are seeing today. Previously undisclosed court documents from Massachusetts were released in January. These documents, along with other state lawsuits like the one in Oklahoma allege that the company, and the family that runs it, misled doctors and patients about the dangers of powerful opioid painkillers, despite a federal lawsuit from 2007 in which the company plead guilty and had to pay more than $600 million for deceptive marketing tactics.

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Purdue Pharma, Part 1: The Sackler Family

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Feb 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM
 

Previously undisclosed court documents were revealed on January 16, alleging that Purdue Pharmaceutical and the Sackler family, the family which owns Purdue, used deceptive methods to bring OxyContin to the mainstream. The documents contend that the family and company misled doctors and patients about the dangers of powerful opioid painkillers, even after the company had to pay $600 million for deceptive marketing tactics in 2007. The company and executives plead guilty for misleading and downplaying regulators about the OxyContin’s risk of addiction.

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The History of The War on Drugs: Reagan Era and Beyond

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Feb 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM
 

While the war on drugs may not have officially started until 1971 when Nixon took office, there were many drug prohibition laws that were passed before the 1970s. However, the war officially began when Nixon declared illicit drugs to be public enemy number one and went on to pass the Comprehensive Drug Prevention and Control Act of 1970. This act included the Controlled Substances Act which put all drugs into an organized system based on addiction potential and medical utility.

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Kentucky Counties With Worst Drug Problems

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Feb 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM
 

The drug epidemic in the United States is fueled by the rise of opioids, predominantly fentanyl, a drug involved in 30,000 overdose fatalities in 2017. Many states across the country are suffering from this drug epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.

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Can Trump's Wall Stop The Opioid Epidemic?

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jan 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM
 

During his address on 1/8/19, President Trump iterated that building his proposed wall on the southern border would help stop the flow of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl into the United States. But how truthful is that claim?

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DC's Slow Response To The Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jan 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM
 

The District of Columbia is currently the 3rd highest state in the nation for rate of fatal drug overdoses, edged out only by Ohio and West Virginia. The scope of the problem within our nation’s capital has prompted outcry and even resulted in a Washington Post investigation to find out exactly why a response to the epidemic has been so laggard.

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Oklahoma Marijuana Laws

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM
 

Marijuana legality is one of the most debated topics when it comes to drugs in the United States. In fact, President Donald Trump signed a bill into law in late December that legalized industrial hemp for commercial use. While use of psychoactive marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, many states have elected to pass laws that legalized the medical and even recreational use of the drug.

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The History of The War on Drugs: Pre-1970s to Nixon

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM
 

The war on drugs is a national campaign that officially began in the 1970s under the Nixon administration. Despite being a national effort, there has been support from a number of other countries and international organizations that have come together to fight drug production, distribution and use.

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The Dangers of Vaping

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jan 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM
 

In November, the Food and Drug Administration and attorney general of Massachusetts investigated Juul Labs, makers of the popular e-cigarette device the Juul, to decide whether they deliberately advertised their products to teenagers.

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