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Jacob Sullum
senior editor at Reason magazine and syndicated columnist covering drug policy, criminal justice, & civil liberties
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Jacob Sullum Apr 23
A editorial calling for further restrictions on prescription opioids grossly exaggerates the danger they pose to patients who take them for pain.
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Walter Olson Apr 20
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Jacob Sullum Apr 20
Chuck Schumer's cannabis conversion highlights Democratic politicians' shameful hesitance on this issue. The party's members are way ahead of its leaders.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 20
Replying to @NazgolG
But my main point in that post was that the "opioid crisis" mainly involves illegally produced narcotics, and restricting pain pills is not an effective way of reducing deaths related to those drugs.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 20
Replying to @NazgolG
That small drop might have had something to do with restrictions on the supply of legally produced opioids, or it might be a fluke.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 20
Replying to @NazgolG
For "natural and semisynthetic opioids," the number fell by 5% between 2011 and 2012 before climbing again. I agree that it's interesting, since otherwise the number climbed steadily from 1999 on.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 20
Replying to @NazgolG
If you include methadone, the number of deaths rose from 16,111 in 2011 to 17,860 in 2016.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 20
Replying to @NazgolG
According to the CDC, deaths involving "natural and semisynthetic opioids" (i.e., excluding methadone and "other synthetic opioids," a category that seems to be dominated by illicitly produced fentanyl) rose from 11,693 in 2011 to 14,487 in 2016.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 19
Opioid prescriptions keep dropping while opioid deaths keep rising. The DEA, as usual, is doubling down on a strategy that is manifestly not working.
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Walter Olson Apr 19
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Jacob Sullum Apr 18
Vetting of visitors, immigrants, and refugees is about as "extreme" as can be justified by the risk of terrorism, a new Cato study concludes.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 18
Practicing medicine (and central planning) without a license, DEA wants to dictate the supply of opioid analgesics based on the “legitimate medical needs of patients" rather than the number of pills manufacturers expect to sell.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 18
Trump claims the authority to wage war wherever and whenever he wants. Congress seems OK with that.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 13
Trump tells he will keep his promise to let states set their own marijuana policies without federal interference and will support legislation to that effect:
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Jacob Sullum Apr 13
Legislator proposes ban on selling (or giving) energy drinks to minors, based on one death among about 8 million regular consumers in five years.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 12
Explaining his cannabis conversion, John Boehner cites a widely accepted myth about prisons overflowing with marijuana users busted for possession.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 11
Upholding a state law banning sex offenders from public parks, the Illinois Supreme Court relies on fake recidivism numbers, even while acknowledging that they have been discredited.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 11
A Michigan prosecutor wants to put this guy in jail for handing out pamphlets about jurors' rights near a courthouse.
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Jacob Sullum Apr 10
. in : "Our government is now, in effect, dictating what constitutes acceptable prescribing of controlled substances," without taking into account wide variation in metabolism of opioids.
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Orin Kerr Apr 10
Future tweets likely to cover the President's views on the warrant requirement, scope of the exclusionary rule, the crime/fraud exception, Miranda, the right to counsel, and the plain view exception. Stay tuned at 7am est, as always.
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