Category : View from the Hill

What Could Have Been


2014 saw Congress and federal agencies pay more attention to substance abuse and addiction than any other time in recent...

Andrew Kessler
30 Aug, 2014
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Entering A World of Pain(Killers)vvv


In 1986, the drug in the news was cocaine. It was portrayed as the drug of choice for the wealthy, jet-setting, indulgent, yuppie...

Andrew Kessler
02 Jun, 2014
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View from the Hill


The budget process in Washington in a “normal” year is nothing short of mind-boggling. Yet it usually follows a certain...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
3945

View from the Hill


In the spring of 2011, the eyes of the entire nation were on Washington as Congress debated whether to raise the debt ceiling. In...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
3945

View from the Hill: One Step Forward, Two Steps...


Over the last few years, the advocacy community in Washington, that works on substance abuse issues has scored some tremendous...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
4273

Bath Salts: It’s Not a Day at the Spa


A new narcotics threat has emerged in recent years under the name bath salts. In truth, this narcotic is anything but what its...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
5354

Recovery Month


September is once again Recovery Month, when advocates for substance abuse and addiction recovery around the United States...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
3849

Substance Abuse Policy in the 112th Congress: A...


With the 2010 midterm elections behind us, there are literally hundreds of questions surrounding Washington. While anyone who...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
3723

Stirring the Pot: California’s Proposition 19


Mary Jane. Pot. Weed. Chronic. No matter what name you give to it, marijuana remains at the center of drug policy in the United...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
4860

View from the Hill: You’ve Got a Friend


In late 2003, a new coalition was formed in Washington. Led by Dr. Bill Dewey and Dr. Charles O’Keefe of Virginia Commonwealth...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
1680

Increasing the Odds on Funding for Gambling...


Most in the public only view the term “addiction” in terms of illicit drugs and alcohol, but the recent spate of celebrity...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
4102

Substance Abuse and Health Care: What Might Be or...


For the past year, health care reform has dominated the headlines and monopolized the time of Congress and the White House.  Not...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
592

Mergers and Acquisitions


For several months, the advocacy community for addiction prevention and treatment has followed the review process that is...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
587

View from the Hill


In many jurisdictions, a non-violent drug crime such as simple possession is a misdemeanor.  First-time offenders rarely receive...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
3945

Eye on the Needle


Needle exchange programs that run on state, local, and private dollars exist all over the country. There are currently over 200...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
707

Prescription Drug Policy in America


Drug policy in America tends to focus on illicit drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, etc.  However, of...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
643

Parity


On October 3, 2008, the United States Congress passed into law the Paul Wellstone & Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
718

Salvia: the Leaf and the Law


There has been debate recently as to whether the herb Salvia divinorum should be treated as a narcotic, and whether there are any...

Andrew Kessler
16 Sep, 2013
766

Parity Act: Finally a Reality


For years the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Parity Act was just a dream. The law itself passed in 2008, but just two weeks...

TIAN DAYTON, MA, ,
16 Sep, 2013
201

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