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The Link Between the Foster Care System and Opioid Epidemic

The Opioid Epidemic was the result of pharmaceutical companies producing a high rate of prescribed opioid pain relievers, assuring medical communities that users would not become addicted. However, opioids cannot simply be cut out of medication due to their vitality in modern medicine and improving the health of millions. The problem occurs when people start to become addicted to these prescribed drugs. An estimated 2 million people in the United States suffer from substance abuse


How Not to Legalize Marijuana: A Lesson From Justin Trudeau

Of all the issues to be raised during the 2015 Canadian election, it is marijuana legalization that has garnered the most global attention and acclaim. Justin Trudeau’s pledge to legalize recreational use of the drug has, in the eyes of many in the international community, cemented Canada’s image as a world leader in progressive politics. However, as many countries seem primed to follow suit in moving past an era of failed prohibition, they shouldn’t exactly


Another Reporter in Mexico Found Dead — Javier Valdez

The death toll of journalists in the “deadliest country for journalists in the Americas” since March of 2017 alone has now hit five with the death of award-winning journalist Javier Valdez. He was killed in the northern state of Mexico, Sinaloa.  A state government official has stated that Valdez was killed within the city capital, Culiacan. However, besides confirmation that gunmen were seen at Valdez’s office, government officials have not been authorized to speak any more on the issue.

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DARE To Do Drugs: The Problem With American Drug Initiatives

Growing up in a suburban neighborhood and attending an incredibly small private school of upper-middle class families, my exposure to drugs in my childhood was confined to limited, but resounding, message of “Don’t do drugs. You’ll die.” It was not until middle school when I switched from private to a public school that drugs were actually an issue that plagued the teenage population of America — and not just those who were from low-income families or

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How to Stay Safe at Music Festivals

In Miami, spring break usually marks the beginning of music festival season. With Rolling Loud Music Festival less than a month away, here are some safety tips for those planning to rave. Hydrate This one should be obvious. Music festivals get hot very quickly. Add that to all the movement you will be doing, and it’s a recipe for dehydration. Make sure to drink water frequently. Bring a bottle of water or two to avoid


Marijuana To Be Legalized In Canada by July 1, 2018

The legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical usage has been a recurring hot topic globally for years. From the hippies and free thinkers of the new age in the 70s to people nowadays- consumption of marijuana and the THC it contains that gets the user high is almost normalized, in some places more than others. While only a handful of U.S. states have medical marijuana legalized, an even smaller amount (just 8 out


Portugal Legalized All Drugs And So Should America

The United States government has been in an ongoing fight against the use of illegal drugs since the Nixon presidency, and it shows no sign of stopping any time soon. Meanwhile, another country has taken a radical approach to how they regard recreational drugs with surprising results. In 2001, Portugal essentially legalized the usage of all drugs. Although the very idea would send a large population of Americans into fits of indignant rage, the law–or lack thereof–


Moonlight: Masculinity Blues

Everyone has been talking about ‘Moonlight’. And rightfully so. Watching ‘Moonlight’ was an overwhelming experience for me, to say the least. Jenkins and McCraney’s film, based on the unpublished play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’, takes you into the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. Presented in the form of 3 chapters, evocative of 3 shorts or acts, titled ‘i. Little’, ‘ii. Chiron’ and ‘iii. Black’, taking us from


Watering Down the Death Penalty: Another Bad Decision By The Philippine Government

Last year, there was talk of the death penalty being reinstated back in the Philippines. The proposal was approved, but it had not been passed—until today. The initial proposal indicated 21 different crimes punishable by hanging, firing squad or lethal injection, these crimes included: treason, piracy, destructive arson, bribery, parricide, murder, plunder, infanticide, rape (depending on the situation), possession, sale, trading, administration, importation, delivery, distribution, transportation, manufacturing of dangerous drugs, cultivation of plants classified as


What Trump May Have To Offer Against Overpriced Prescriptions

In recent decades, the prices for prescription drugs have continued to rise through the roof. Many place blame on the free market, believing that pharmaceutical companies are able to take advantage of citizens by pricing these drugs in ways that benefit the companies and not at all the people. Tom Sackville, chief executive of the International Federation of Health Plans, stated, “You’re paying higher prices for exactly the same unit of care… It suggests that

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