Tag: public health

  • Calling bullshit on addiction treatment bullies

    About three years ago, I was attending a national conference on public health (American Public Health Association) and presenting my posters on the relationship between drug use and violence, and sexually transmitted infections and injecting drugs. As I walked the aisles I ran into a woman who runs a Florida addiction “treatment” facility. We talked […]

  • Should all drugs be decriminalized? A UK debate

    Bob Ainsworth, a senior UK politician, calls for a policy of decriminalizing all drugs to replace the failing War on Drugs. What might a system of decriminalization look like and could decriminalization better place us to meet public health and crime targets than under the current system of prohibition?

  • Proposition 19 – Marijuana legalization or nothing? The business of weed

    On November 2nd, California voters will be asked to determine whether they’d like to change the legal status of marijuana, and for the first time ever, advocates of legalization may actually accomplish their goals. There are a number of reasons why a well-intentioned voter would choose legalization, from the potential billions of dollars in tax […]

  • Know before you speak – Why etiquette is important

    You know, I try to write this blog from a completely objective point of you, but guess what – I’m a person, so things take on a personal tone once in a while. There’s nothing I hate more than readers who come to this site, read a single post, and then decide they know who […]