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When I told my students in Rhode Island that Oregon had decriminalized all drugs, they were basically shocked at how such a state could do that. It wasn’t like it was all a “wow that place is paradise” kind of response either. It was just not something they had ever really thought possible. I suspect […]
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We lost George Segal last week. This….was not one of his best films. It’s the 1985 ridiculous anti-drug TV film Not My Kid. I’d like to think that the pained expressions of Segal and Stockard Channing are not about their kid’s drug use, but rather wondering to themselves why they took these roles. You can […]

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 anecdote

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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 […]
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