Review: ‘Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism’ by Anne Case and Angus Deaton

heroin opioidsAmericans, you may have heard, are dying "deaths of despair": suicides, drug overdoses, and alcoholic liver disease that are together driving down the nation's life expectancy. The concept has been bandied about since it was coined by a pair of Princeton economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton. After five years, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism is the pair's book-length offering on what they believe is driving the crisis.

GOP Senators: Treat Drug Cartels As Terror Groups

Bill cites Nov. 4 killing of Mormon family

A group of Republican senators is pushing for the United States to treat drug cartels the way it does terrorist organizations following the massacre of nine American women and children in Mexico.

Kamala Harris Blames Weed Arrests for Mass Incarceration

1,974 people were put in prison for weed on Harris's watch

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris lamented the mass incarceration of those convicted of marijuana-related offenses Thursday, without acknowledging the thousands who were incarcerated in California under her watch.

Analysis Casts Doubt on Weed’s Ability to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Researchers dispute major marijuana lobby talking point

marijuanaMarijuana may not be an effective tool for those struggling with opioid addiction, according to a new analysis. While marijuana advocates have claimed that the drug can help fight the opioid epidemic, an analysis published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal finds the science behind this claim is equivocal at best.

Cocaine-Carrying Texas Dem Turns Himself In

Texas Democratic state representative Alfonso "Poncho" Nevárez turned himself in Thursday after a video surveillance camera captured him dropping a cocaine-filled bag at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.