Additional Reading

  1. AP IMPACT: After 40 years, $1 trillion, US War on Drugs has failed to meet any of its goals – Fox News

2. 1998 Nancy Reagan tells the United Nations that the War on Drugs will not work – The New York Times

3. In 2009 the White House Drug Czar called for an End to the “War on Drugs” – The Wall Street Journal

4. Top advisor to Richard Nixon admitted that ‘War on Drugs’ was policy tool to go after anti-war protesters and ‘black people’

5. The ‘War on Drugs’ is essentially just a war on black people in America Shaun King – Daily News

6. Why hardly anyone dies from a drug overdose in Portugal – Washington Post 5/6/2015

7. In Portugal, drug use is treated as a medical issue, not a crime. NPR 4-18-2017

8. DPA_Fact_Sheet_Portugal_Decriminalization_Feb2015

9. Portugal shows How to Win a War on Drugs – The New York Times

10. Innocent Victims of the Painkiller Addiction Epidemic – Ali Gorman WPVI-TV Philadelphia 6/8/2016

11. Born in Drugs – Lee Health 6/3/2016

12. Treating Addiction in Pregnancy – Case Western Reserve University Department of Psychiatry, Grand Rounds 10/25/2013

13. The Republican tax plan is a disaster for addiction treatment – Mother Jones

14. Addicts can be High Functioning – Attorney at Work

15. Although an improvement, “Fix Rooms” don’t go far enough – NPR Parallels

16. We’re Number One: World Prison Populations – BBC News

17. Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017 – Prison Policy Initiative

18. States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2016 – States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2016

19. Racist Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Chris Christie for President supporter, blames black people for state’s drug problems – Shaun King Daily News

20. White people are more likely to deal drugs, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it

21. Drugs a ‘new form of slavery’, Pope Francis says – Catholic News Agency/EWTN

22. For Pope Francis, Fake News Goes Back to the Garden of Eden

23. Pope Francis condemns ‘evil’ fake news New York Post 1/24/2018

24. Fentanyl Deaths up 540 Percent in Three Years The New York Times Josh Katz 9-2-2017

25. monthly-drug-overdose-death-estimates as of 8-6-2017 from the CDC

26. The Opioid Epidemic: A Crisis Years in the Making By Maya Salam Oct. 26, 2017

27. Trump said the Opioid Crisis is a National Emergency, but he never filed the paperwork – NYTimes August 24, 2017

28. The Facts on America’s Opioid Epidemic By YOUSUR AL-HLOU, JOSH KATZ, and DREW JORDAN NYTimes

29. Congress continues investigation into Springboro pharmacy distributor By Kaitlin Schroeder Dayton Daily News January 31, 2018

30. Opinion: We cannot arrest our way out of this crisis – Former Police Chief Wayne Turner of Northern Kentucky – Jan. 29, 2018

31. Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, says top U.S. official – NBC News by CYNTHIA MCFADDEN, WILLIAM M. ARKIN and KEVIN MONAHAN 2/7/2018

32. Cincy-area congressman stands by ‘moochers’ comment about VA health care

33. 1.5 million Veterans are on Food Stamps

34. West Chester Republican Voter: I’m fed up with all the crap that’s going on in Washington,” he said. “It’s time for a change and a big change. We don’t want the status quo in there.” BUT ENDS UP VOTING FOR THE KOCH CANDIDATE?!?!?

35. Puerto Rico: An ongoing disaster The Week (US)12 Jan 2018

36. No Family Is Safe From This Epidemic – The Atlantic – JAMES WINNEFELD NOV 29, 2017

37. Why companies like Disney are willing to give out temporary bonuses – By David Akadjian Feb 11, 2018, The Daily KOS

38. Did Americans Turn to Opioids Out of Despair – or Just Because They Were There


40. Opioid overdoses in ERs up 30 percent as crisis worsens

41. Time Special Report: The Opioid Diaries. Time 2018

42. Perfect storm: How opioids were pushed on Americans in pain RT America Nov 20, 2018

43. Trump’s Plan to “Liberate the Country from Opioids” Instead Liberates Big Pharma from Oversight

44. Breaking Down Addiction – Denison Magazine Issue 1 2018


46. An Overdose Death Is Not Murder: Why Drug-Induced Homicide Laws Are Counterproductive and Inhumane

47. Opioid Overdose Deaths Fell After Colorado Legalized Weed

48. The Economic Impact of Illicit Drug Use on American Society 2011

49. Diacetylmorphine versus Methadone for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction

(Spoiler alert. Heroin almost twice as effective as Methadone.)

50. As feds focused on detaining kids, border drug prosecutions plummeted

51. Hating Big Pharma Is Good, But Supply-Side Epidemic Theory Is Killing People

52. Newt Gingrich: Opioid deaths are a health crisis — Treatment, not jail, is the cure

53. U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Amid ‘Disturbing’ Rise In Overdoses And Suicides – NPR 11-29-2018

54. Four Pillars drug strategy – City of Vancouver 2005

55. Generic-drug industry is riddled with price-fixing schemes, investigators say Los Angeles Times 12/13/2018

56. Drug firm poured 3 Milllion opioids into WV town in just 10 months, report says

57. After the overdose: A family’s journey into grief and guilt AP News 1/28/2019

58. Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”

59. Internal drug company emails show indifference to opioid epidemic 7/19/2019 Washington Post

60. The pharmacy that received the highest number of pills in Ohio from 2006 to 2012 is three miles from my house. Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database. Wash Post 7/21/2019

61. Opioid Medication-Assisted Treatment Out of Reach for Many July 26, 2019 by Tom Infield

62. Court-Ordered Rehab Is Costly, Ineffective

63. Why Those With Opioid Use Disorder May Not Receive Treatment

64. Philadelphia’s Drug Overdose Death Rate Among Highest in Nation

65. They were devastated by pain pills. Now they demand justice. from The Washington Post – August 8, 2019

66. As Scotland’s ‘Trainspotting’ Generation Ages, the Dead Pile Up What happens as opioid abusers hit middle age? New York Times 8-7-2019

67. Heroin Addiction Explained: How Opioids Hijack the Brain New York Times 12/18/2018

68. With opioid overdoses on the rise, the U.S. should consider one proven safety measure: Giving people a safe place to do drugs

69. National Drug Threat Assessment 2011

70. 50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

71. The War on Drugs Isn’t Even Working in Prison