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Foucault on Acid

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On May 29, 2019
In case you need to read about Foucault tripping at Zabriskie Point: But once he was “tripping his brains out”, what, finally, did Foucault see? Foucault in California, though filled with anecdotes, observations and facts, is not a tell-all piece in which the truth of this experience is finally revealed, and it is definitely not […]
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The answer to that question is of course multifaceted. But one part of the answer is, not surprisingly, the drug companies who profit handsomely by flooding the nation with opioids. Drug wholesalers sent 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills into West Virginia over six years, according to an investigation by the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Meanwhile, 1,728 […]

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 thes

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How Republicans Govern

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On March 10, 2016
The Senate nearly unanimously passed a bill for new programs to fight against opioid addiction. Something can be bipartisan! Well, sort of. Republicans did much of the legwork on this, particularly Rob Portman and Kelly Ayotte, both of whom really need to show they have actually done something in the last 6 years. So Republicans […]

Sno-Blo

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On September 15, 2015

There is not a single one of you who couldn’t benefit from seeing this collection of advertisements for cocaine and cocaine accessories from the 1970s. Share

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

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1915’s Greatest Headline

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On March 7, 2015
The Denver Post really reached new heights of journalistic excellence on March 6, 1915 with this lurid story of the problems drug addicts faced now that the federal government had criminalized opiates. Combined with the white slavery story on the same page, this could not be more 1915. I think the link below works for […]

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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