The Edit, Episode #1: A Conversation About New Treatment Options for Opioid-Addicted Moms
On the latest episode of Pacific Standard's podcast about how our stories are made, staff writer Francie Diep discusses her experiences covering the opioid epidemic and a promising new treatment program at the University of Kentucky.
Reducing Crime With Limited Legalization
Expanding on the Situational Crime Prevention theory that making crimes harder or less appealing to commit will make them less likely to occur, two criminologists make the case for "providing opportunities" for would-be criminals to commit their acts legally and safely.
Drug Courts Are the Answer: Save Money and Reduce Prison Populations
Eric Holder’s plan to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders is met with praise, and supported by the facts.
Tribal Communities Explore Creative Alternatives to Incarceration
From elder meetings to equine therapy, programs focusing on healing are found to be cheaper and more effective than jail time.
Supervised-Injection Site in Vancouver Meets Big Hurdle
With the backing of numerous scientific studies and provincial health authorities, Insite will fight for its life against the Canadian federal government in court.
Portugal Benefits by Treating Drug Abuse as Medical, Not Legal, Issue
Portugal’s example suggests that de-escalating the war on drugs might create a new sort of peace dividend.
Strict Policy Prevents Use of Alcohol, Not Marijuana
A cross-national comparison of alcohol and marijuana use among adolescents indicates that stricter laws may prevent high school kids from drinking, but not from smoking pot.
Connection Found Between Body Art and Deviant Behavior
A new study of college students finds a correlation between body art and deviant behavior, but only for those with multiple tattoos or piercings.