Questions for the Drug Czar – The Nation
The director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy talked with The Nation’s Sasha Abramsky on October 1st about drug reform in America. It is a fascinating discussion about the definition and term “War on Drugs” analogy, the work with other countries, etc.
You can also listen to the entire interview on a podcast at The Nation.
NIH study compares buprenorphine to methadone in opioid addicted pregnant women.
Should the drug, naloxone, be more available to reverse overdoses on opioids?
“Massachusetts is the latest state to see a positive change after introducing a naloxone distribution program. As WBUR recently reported, for the first time in 15 years, the state experienced a decline in opioid overdose deaths — and the drop was greatest in cities where friends and family members were provided naloxone and trained to use it. The absolute number of overdose deaths in the state dropped by 43 between 2007 and 2008, a 7% decline. “
“If we want to actually reduce drug-related problems, we need to understand their roots and devise policies that address them effectively. One thing that certainly doesn't work is incarceration and discriminatory enforcement.”
“The gathering includes a Friday night party downtown called Metamorphosis that will present a panel discussion, an auction (which will have a first-edition signed copy of Albert Hoffman's LSD: My Problem Child and "laboratory glassware" from "godfather of ecstasy" Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin) and art displays.”