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Race and Drug Discourse

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On April 10, 2019
Once again demonstrating that everything should be written by historians, Donna Murch has a great piece on how we are talking about opioid crisis, especially noting the deep racism underlying it. In March 2018, President Donald Trump delivered a forty-minute speech about the crisis of addiction and overdose in New Hampshire. Standing before a wall tiled […]
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Opioid Tax?

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On June 11, 2016
The opioid epidemic is real and terrible. However, a tax on opioids, even if it claims to be paid by the manufacturer, will probably end up leading to higher costs to the people who actually need these drugs to function on a daily basis with chronic pain. That’s not to say that doctors don’t overprescribe […]

Superfly

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On March 26, 2015

This week in my film class, I made the students watch Birth of a Nation out of class and Superfly in class to get at depictions of African-Americans in film over the 20th century. The great Gordon Par

Taxation without Representation: The developments capped a roller-coaster 24 hours in the worst possible way for advocates of the District’s marijuana measure. Late Monday, congressional aides had floated the possibility that the spending deal would include a provision sought by conservative House Republicans to block the voter-approved measure. By midday Tuesday, it appeared negotiators had […]

The Opium Power

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On December 10, 2014

The aftermath of the Civil War brought on America’s first drug epidemic. The massive amount of pain caused by the war, both spiritually and physically, led to a wave of opium usage. Dealing with

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