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“DRONES ARE A TOOL, not a policy. The policy is assassination…”

“From his first days as commander in chief, the drone has been President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice, used by the military and the CIA to hunt down and kill the people his administration has deemed – through secretive processes, without indictment or trial – worthy of execution. There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state’s power over life and death.”

SLATE – What “Addiction” Really Means ~ The reporting on Prince’s death reveals how much we don’t understand about chronic pain management.
By Jerrold C. Winter (Jerrold C. Winter is a professor of pharmacology and therapeutics at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University at Buffalo and the author of Optimal Aging)
MAY 3 2016

” … But a rational discussion of the death of Prince—and of so many others—should not be guided by notions of “doctor-shopping,” an opioid “epidemic,” or vague images of those in pain enslaved by drugs. Instead, we should seek an understanding of the drugs of concern: how they work to relieve pain, how they kill in overdose, how deaths might be prevented, and how we should respond as a society both to their risks and to their benefits…”

“Partly owing to the stigma around painkillers, those who suffer chronic pain that is effectively treated with opiates may be reduced to “doctor shopping” in an endless quest for adequate treatment. They may find a skilled professional schooled in pain management; more likely, they will find a “scrip doctor,” an unscrupulous physician who makes his living writing opiate prescriptions. Even worse, they may be driven into the illicit market where heroin and fentanyl, a particularly dangerous opiate, are available, often for less than the cost of prescription drugs.

The Crime Report: Fixing The Broken Criminology-Policy Making Connection
Ted Gest
May 3, 2016

The American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences have joined forces to create the Crime and Justice Research Alliance (CJRA), which the groups declare is “a centralized resource of authoritative experts and scholarly studies created to provide policymakers, practitioners and the public direct access to relevant research on crime and criminal justice issues.”

Last week, the alliance formally launched its website, crimeandjusticeresearchalliance.org which features an “expert directory” of criminologists whose advice is deemed reliable for policy makers, journalists, and others who are interested in accurate information about crime and justice.

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