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Hayward: Trump Claims to ‘Know the Answer’ to Drug Crisis, But Experts Disagree About Causes

2017 was the year rising mortality rates for middle-aged whites in America came onto the public and government policy radar screen, two years after a landmark study from Princeton economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case first detected the statistical spike. The causes of the White Death are complex, but it seems clear that one of the important factors is the rise of drug addiction, particularly opioids – from prescription painkillers to heroin.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Micheal Rouwhorst, 28, prepares a shot of heroin and cocaine near the train tracks along E Tusculum St on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Iran Battles Opium Epidemic, Addicts Double in Six Years

According to a new study from Iran’s Drug Control Organization, the number of people regularly consuming drugs has grown from 1.3 million six years ago to at least 2.8 million today. The vast majority of these drug users favor opium, which flows in from Afghanistan.

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Maher: Trump Voters Are ‘F*cking Drug Addicts’

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated, “let’s stop calling Trump voters idiots and fools and call them what they are: f*cking drug addicts.” Maher said, “[L]iberals have to stop calling Trump voters rubes and simpletons,

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Obama, Macklemore Discuss Addiction During Weekly Address

President Obama and rapper Macklemore discussed drug addiction during Saturday’s Weekly Address. Transcript as Follows: THE PRESIDENT: Hi, everybody. I’ve got a special guest with me this week – Macklemore. For those of you who don’t share the same love[i]

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Columnist: SF’s ‘Needle Access’ Is a Disaster

San Francisco’s needle exchange program, which began in 1988 in an attempt to prevent, reduce and eventually thwart the spread of HIV among users, has spiraled out of control and into a public health disaster for inhabitants of the burgeoning city.

San Francisco needles (Christopher Michel / Flickr / CC / cropped)

Middle-Class Despair, and Life Without Pain

“Pain is part of life” is not what the culture of 2015 wants to hear, and it’s bound to raise sarcastic chuckles as the impromptu slogan of Bush’s presidential campaign… but he’s right, and the quest to avoid pain has gone far beyond the point of diminishing returns. This is true of every form of discomfort – from physical and emotional pain, to economic anxiety and the “trigger words” culture of hyper-sensitivity on campus.

The prescription medicine OxyContin is displayed August 21, 2001 at a Walgreens drugstore in Brookline, MA. The powerful painkiller, manufactured to relieve the pain of seriously ill people, is being used by some addicts to achieve a high similar to a heroin rush. Its popularity among abusers of the drug …

Hillary Clinton Hired a Former Drug Abuser. So What?

The New York Post reported Wednesday that Hillary’s newest addition to her campaign communications team was arrested for drug possession two years ago. Zac Petkanas is a former Media Matters operative who has worked for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid

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Middle America Waking Up to a Mexican Cartel Heroin Nightmare

When most Americans hear the word heroin, they probably imagine a junkie underneath a highway overpass or an aging rock star with a needle sticking out of his arm. But the face of heroin abuse and addiction in America has changed dramatically in the last few years, and Mexican cartel drug traffickers are making sure those deadly little “balloons” filled with black-tar venom get into the hands of Middle America’s youth.

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