Robin Williams is Gone, but Millions Will Still Suffer Until Things Change

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 8:55 am

Comedian Robin Williams was found early this morning of an apparent suicide. He was 63 years old. He struggled with addiction and depression for most of his life and recently checked into rehab as part of his constant battle. But if the statistics are correct, he was one of 9.2 million people in the United States who suffer from what’s known as “dual diagnosis” of substance abuse and mental health problems.


Study Indicates E-Cigarettes May Help People Quit Smoking

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 2:20 pm

Whether e-cigarettes will be on net good or bad for public health comes down primarily to two important questions. The first is how relatively dangerous are they to use. The second is what impact they have on actual tobacco smoking rates. A new study published in the Journal of Addiction sheds some more light on that second question.

Study Says Tougher Enforcement Doesn’t Seem to Make Illegal Drugs More Expensive

By: Monday March 24, 2014 9:04 am

It would appear very aggressive drug enforcement produces a huge social cost without even accomplishing what should be its main goal, according to a new article by Harold Pollack and Peter Reuter in the Journal of Addiction. The supposed point of criminalizing drugs is to stop people from using them. And one of the big [...]

FDL Movie Night: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

By: Monday February 3, 2014 4:59 pm

Thirty people could name thirty different scenes as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s best – and they’d all be right. In twenty five years, the actor appeared in fifty movies, numeorus plays, received countless awards. And now he is dead.

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman was sudden and horrible shock, a hideous reminder of the shittiness of drug addiction.

Sunday Late Night: George McGovern Saved My Life

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 8:01 pm

Thanks to George McGovern’s advice (“Three words: Never. Give. Up.“) my parents helped me to get alive again. Thank you, Senator McGovern, for all your leadership for America, but most of all: thank you for saving my life.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jonathan Caulkins, Mark Kleiman, and Angela Hawken, Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs To Know

By: Saturday August 11, 2012 1:59 pm

Marijuana legalization is going to be an actual voting option for many people in this election cycle, and despite attempts by most politicians to avoid the topic, it has already become harder to do so. We have Presidential candidates this year openly calling for legalization, and President Obama has had to transition from laughing off legalization questions in a Town Hall to seriously acknowledging Latin American leaders calling for a real discussion about “market alternatives.” Regardless of how voting turns out this year, it seems inevitable that marijuana is heading inexorably toward some kind of legalization.

It is, perhaps, perfect timing for a book like: Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.

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