If Safehouse is ultimately able to open its doors in Philadelphia, look for the model to spread across the country. That would be good news for those who doubt the federal government’s ability to solve the opioid crisis with prosecutions and prisons.
These overreactions would seem laughable if they didn’t have such a great potential to inflict harm — both on tobacco smokers trying to quit and teen vapers who are more likely to use dangerous bootleg products.
The California Senate is considering a bill requiring postponement of non-lifesaving surgery to change the sex characteristics of an intersex minor until that individual becomes old enough to give informed consent.
The confluence of views among women of child-bearing age, medical experts, and now legislators from both ends of the political spectrum provides a great opportunity to liberate women from the paternalistic policy that makes them pay a toll — a doctor’s office visit — to obtain contraception.
Journalists, commentators, and lawmakers must be more accurate and precise with their terminology. They must resist the temptation to confer legitimacy on an unproven "addiction," and they should be called out when they do so.
It is scandalous that we doctors and our patients are the latest victims of America’s war on drugs, while deaths from nonmedical use of licit and illicit drugs continue their exponential and perpetual climb—with no end in sight.