In the News: The Kratom Debate

September 10, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

The real issue is that Kratom use is already so widespread that attempts at a total ban would inevitably create hardship for those who are already dependent on the drug, as well as fuel the appearance of a thriving black market.

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Should the U.S. Legalize Drugs?

September 6, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

What legalization can’t do is fix any problems inherent in drug use itself.

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Opioid Prescription Laws

September 3, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Once a problem such as opoid overprescribing is widespread, entrenched in practice, good luck eradicating it with new laws.

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Psychedelia

July 30, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

My concern is that these same hallucinogens have a pronounced tendency to escape the research environment and find their way out into the streets

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Why Zero Tolerance Fails

July 26, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

…as one judge told me at a conference: “no matter how many jails you build, judges will fill them. It’s the easiest way to make this someone else’s problem, instead of ours.”

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The NIH, Corporate Sponsors, and Research

July 16, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

So if some enterprising MD or PhD were to show with a proposal for research designed to prove that drinking has definite health benefits, the industry will throw money at it.

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The Vaping Dilemma

July 5, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

From a seller’s viewpoint, no customer is more desirable than someone who is actually dependent on their product.

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Striking a Cannabis Balance

July 2, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

…just as repeal of Prohibition didn’t make alcohol any safer for popular use… neither will legalization remove the risks associated with cannabis.

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Is Relapse a Crime?

June 28, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

But if a community treats a correctional institution as a kind of locked flophouse, what else we can expect?

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Opioid Settlements?

June 21, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

“…over the past five years, less than 10% of the nearly $40 billion in tobacco payments went towards such efforts.”

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