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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Addiction Researcher Who Wants to Translate Science for a Broad Audience

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Rocky Mountain High or Reefer Madness? The Risks of Legal Pot in Colorado

A reporter returns to his hometown and confronts the new reality of legalized marijuana.

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16 Months in the Hole: Lessons From Solitary Confinement

A reformed drug dealer on the prisons of North Carolina.

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Does It Matter That Teaching Hospitals Have Close Ties to Drug Companies?

Nearly every large drug maker based in the United States had at least one academic medical center official on its board, raising questions about their independence.

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Kicking Methadone With Johnny Winter

How sleight-of-hand—and obsessive-compulsive disorder—helped the guitarist shake 30 years of addiction.

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Joining a Gang Makes People Sick

Seattle’s version of the 7 Up series reveals the long-term damage to adults who were in gangs as kids.

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How Do Psychiatrists Treat Werewolves?

With psychotropic drug cocktails, of course.

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This Is (Finally) the Beginning of the End of the War on Drugs

With the advent of marijuana legalization, alternatives to incarceration, harm reduction as treatment, and other rational approaches to addiction, 2014 could be an unprecedented turning point.

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How Drug Money Is Funding Drug Education

Projected revenue figures for Colorado on marijuana taxes have been revised up and up and up, and Governor John Hickenlooper plans to put almost all of that money toward public health and addiction prevention programs.

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Media as Both Weapon and Defense in the Mexican Drug War

The impact of social media and the press on the drug war, and vice versa.

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How Dangerous Is Tylenol? The FDA Is Reviewing Its Rules for Over-the-Counter Drugs

Federal regulators announce that they will examine the regulation of non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.

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As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

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The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

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Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

The Big One

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