addiction

Stuart McMillen’s Anti-Prohibition Cartoon Exposes Destructive War on Drugs

Stuart McMillen’s Anti-Prohibition Cartoon Exposes Destructive War on Drugs

Stuart McMillen, a young comic artist residing in Australia, has created a lovely illustrated guide to the social impact of the War on Drugs. It cuts right to the heart of prohibition policies without requiring that the audience read paragraphs of “boring” history and political science/cultural analysis. Beautifully illustrated and succinct in its analysis of […]

Lady Business: Shaleen Title of THC Staffing Group

Lady Business: Shaleen Title of THC Staffing Group

FEATURE PHOTO: Shaleen Title by Alison Heckard, Bird in Flight Photography I first met Shaleen Title at a photo shoot for Pot Couture in Brooklyn in 2010 and while that publication is no longer online, we formed a strong bond that exists in this new paradigm of cannabis legalization. She’s one of the movement’s great treasures […]

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

For too long in our country, the rhetoric in the War on Drugs has focused on representing drug users as the “other,” as the bad guys in this culture war. Those who preach compassion and rehabilitation and harm reduction instead of criminalization are often dismissed as “bleeding heart liberals” willing to give anyone a free […]

Legalizing Psychedelic Therapy with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Legalizing Psychedelic Therapy with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

What is psychedelic therapy? Psychedelic therapy is a mode of treatment that uses psychedelic drugs (such as LSD, MDMA, psilocybin, ibogaine, ayahuasca, or others) to enhance the effectiveness of therapy. Psychedelic therapy is only administered a small number of times, as opposed to traditional drug-based treatments which require patients to take medications every day, sometimes for […]

The Sentencing Project Finds Reducing Prisoners Reduces Crime

The Sentencing Project Finds Reducing Prisoners Reduces Crime

The Sentencing Project, an organization dedicated to tracking and exposing inequalities in the criminal justice system, has released a new report that takes a surprising stance on criminal activity and prison. The report, titled “Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States,” analyses the broad impact of the efforts of three states to intentionally […]

RIP Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

RIP Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

Amy Winehouse died three years ago today. I remember seeing her at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia with my friends Ed and Kate a few months before she died. She looked very skinny and drawn and was wearing those tiny faded jean shorts and gold belt with a tank top with flimsy and often dirty pink […]

Locked Up – Who, For What and Why? Three Questions We Fail to Ask

Locked Up – Who, For What and Why? Three Questions We Fail to Ask

On June 21st, I stood below the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. alongside hundreds of participants in the first annual Free Her Rally. Many of us had shared experiences of wrongdoing at the hands of the criminal justice system and it was no coincidence that many of us were black women. The reason for the […]

Tennessee Arrrests Post-Partum Woman for Drug Use

Tennessee Arrrests Post-Partum Woman for Drug Use

This article was published as a press release by the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an organization that defends the human rights of women who are pregnant.   As if the recent Supreme Court decisions were not enough, the last few weeks have been a frightening reminder that it is not just women’s rights to […]

Diane Goldstein Participating In Twitter Chat About Opiods

Diane Goldstein Participating In Twitter Chat About Opiods

Although addiction to prescription medications is a serious health issue currently, there is still such social stigma attached to drug use (including prescription drug abuse and opiod addictions) that many people do not understand the severity of this public health issue. Thankfully, there are many brave people who are speaking up about opiod addiction, opiod […]