The incoming president has repeatedly reassured police they would have his full support if they killed criminals who resisted with violence.
I have always been sympathetic to more compassionate drug policies, and I thought of myself as pretty enlightened. But when I spent over three years researching my book I was startled to discover -- time and again -- that I too had fallen for a shelf-load of myths about drugs.
Most of us assume it's because someone, somewhere sat down with the scientific evidence, and figured out that cannabis is more harmful than other drugs we use all the time -- like alcohol and cigarettes. Not at all.
Drugs are a part of life, but the way we talk about drugs in our society is hugely problematic. We make distinctions based on a drug's legal status, and most people never question why only certain drugs are illegal.
I am asking every family to have a conversation at their dinner table. This conversation could save lives. Lately I've been speaking to people who are asking for help with another problem that many are too embarrassed, or ashamed, to discuss. This public health crisis now kills more Americans than guns, falls, or even car accidents.
While is it common knowledge that dogs, in particular male dogs, urine scent mark their territories, human males often mark their territories in other forms more noxious and poisonous than urine.
For some teens, the world of intoxicants is inviting because it gives them a group to belong to. Alienated or rejected by others, feel like you don't belong? Start drugging and drinking and there's a peer group that out there that will, however unhealthily, embrace you.