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The Elusive Link Between Casinos and Crime

With a study of the impact of Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino, a heated debate gets fresh ammunition.

Quick Studies

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Doctors Are Not Prescribing the Right Kind of Drugs for the Flu

If you come down with the flu, your doctor is more likely than not to write out a prescription for the wrong type of drug.

This Is Your Brain

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The Limitless Drug: What If It Were Possible to Learn Any New Skill as If We Were Children?

You’ve heard to start studying foreign languages (and music and reading and memorization skills and more) at a young age, when your brain is better prepared to retain that information. New research suggests a drug typically used to combat epilepsy and bipolar disorder could help us retain that skill even as we age.

Findings

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What Happens When Penalties for Pot Smoking Are Reduced? Hardly Anything

At least, that has been the experience in Great Britain, according to a new analysis.

Substance

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We Try More Drugs Than Anyone Else, and 9 Other Ways Addiction Is Different in America

Whether it’s our drug use, our laws, or the treatment options we have on offer, the U.S. frequently stands out. And that’s not always something to celebrate.

Substance

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The Future of Addiction: Stanton Peele’s Predictions for the Next 40 Years

My book Love and Addiction, published in 1975, proved prescient in the decades that followed. How optimistic should we be as we look further ahead?

Mosaic

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HIV Research Hopes

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi shares her views on three exciting areas of HIV research.

Substance

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Teen Drug Dealers Should Not Be the Victims of Our Thirst for Revenge

A Minnesota high school student overdosed on a synthetic drug she got from some fellow teens. The prosecutor is charging them as adults—with third-degree murder—in order to “send a message.” That’s the wrong one.

ProPublica

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Did Tyson Gay’s Coach Give the Sprinter Banned Substances?

Jon Drummond, saying he is facing a lifetime ban, is suing Gay and the head of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for defamation.

Substance

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Can Recovery High Schools Keep Kids Off Drugs?

Treatment for teens with drug problems can be stigmatizing and punitive. Advocates say that recovery high schools offer a kinder, less dogmatic, and more effective alternative.

ProPublica

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Weak Sanctions: A Major Shift in Anti-Doping Strategy

Anti-doping investigators say they would rather trade leniency for information on coaches and other athletes involved in doping.

True Crime

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The Dangers of Criminalizing Pregnancy Outcomes

New legislation in Tennessee has implications much wider than the use of illegal drugs by pregnant mothers-to-be.

Health Care

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The High Cost of Living With Cancer

The biggest pharmaceutical companies are celebrating huge profits while their patients struggle to afford their cancer-fighting drugs.

Mosaic

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How Malaria Defeats Our Drugs

In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat.

ProPublica

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The War on Cancer: Big Pharma Is Keeping Us From Developing Low-Cost Treatments

Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out research into potential treatments that are more affordable. Says one researcher: “What is scientific and sexy is driven by what can be monetized.”

Substance

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This Cop Says It’s Time to Legalize All Drugs

Who exactly is prohibition supposed to be helping? After many years of enforcing drug laws as a police officer, Diane Goldstein’s experience with an addicted family member changed her attitude for good.

Health Care

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A Growing Number of Americans: Drug Abuse Is a Health Issue, Not a Crime

Other countries, like Canada and Switzerland, have shown how the shifting opinion can result in action.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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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.

ProPublica

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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.

True Crime

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16 Months in the Hole: Lessons From Solitary Confinement

A reformed drug dealer on the prisons of North Carolina.

ProPublica

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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.

This Is Your Brain

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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.

True Crime

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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.

Hmmm

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How Do Psychiatrists Treat Werewolves?

With psychotropic drug cocktails, of course.

Substance

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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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The Rise of the Nuisance Flood

Minor floods are afflicting parts of Maryland nearly 10 times more often than was the case in the 1960s.

America’s Streams Are Awash With Pesticides Banned in Europe

You may have never heard of clothianidin, but it's probably in your local river.

How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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