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Black Ivy League professor on his fears: I'd rather my children take drugs than interact with the police

Ivy League professor and Influence contributor Dr. Carl Hart has written an op-ed for the Washington Post stating that he feels more fear that his children will have encounters with police than with drugs. Invoking the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the 2012 shooting of Ramarley Graham, who was killed by police during a narcotics investigation, Hart says his research on a variety of drugs shows consistently that they are not as dangerous—or unpredictable—as an encounter with police can be for black men.

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Man dies of thirst in jail run by Trump-loving sheriff after guards cut off his water for six days

38-year-old Terrill Thomas was arrested in connection to a shooting and taken to Milwaukee County Jail. Nine days later, he was dead of dehydration. His death has been ruled homicide.

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In a hugely irresponsible move, Michigan cops post false info about Zika to try to catch meth users

Police in the township of Bath, Michigan have been playing odd games with public safety by posting a fake “Breaking News” bulletin that warns, “we have read reports about meth possibly containing the Zika virus.”

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Shameless 'celebrity addiction expert' Dr. Drew stokes unfounded rumors about Hillary Clinton's health

Ever hungry for attention, Dr. Drew Pinsky has decided to offer his two cents by stoking conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health.

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Far-right anti-semites and far-right Israel supporters attack George Soros after email leaks

George Soros, the Hungarian-born business magnate and philanthropist who funds many liberal causes, including drug-policy reform, has long been a hate-figure to the Right. But fringe reactions to the latest Wikileaks-dump of emails related to the billionaire’s Soros Foundation are still mind-boggling.

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California's gang database disturbingly includes 42 babies -- along with other innocent people

An audit of the California State gang database “CalGang,” run by California law enforcement agencies including the LAPD and San Diego Police Department, has exposed shocking incompetence, illegal practices and some disturbing anomalies. The auditors, working on behalf of the state legislature, discovered “42 individuals in CalGang who were supposedly younger than one year of age at the time of entry—28 of whom were entered for ‘admitting to being gang members.'”

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'Your brain on drugs': A new ad campaign is resurrecting silly propaganda from the 80s

Oh, how times have changed. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is now called the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and it’s playing on the nostalgia of Millennials and Generation X-ers.

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Here are 5 important ways 'Synthetic Marijuana' does not make people act like zombies

“Why does synthetic marijuana make people act like zombies?” asked an actual CBS News headline Thursday, seeming to take the idea that this occurs as established fact.

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These five classic songs chronicle the cruelty of the war on drugs over the decades

Since Richard Nixon declared his War on Drugs back in 1971—in order, according to one of Nixon’s own advisers, to attack black communities and hippies—popular culture, largely shaped by black and alternative artists, has lambasted prohibition’s brutality and pointlessness.

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The incredible story of how large quantities of nuns' urine made fertility drugs possible

Fertility drugs are one of the miracles of modern science. They work by using hormones to induce ovulation, a concept that was pioneered by the Italian Scientist Piero Donini in the late 1940s, while he was working for the Italian company that would eventually become Serono. As Quartz reports, he was the first scientist to purify the FSH and LH hormones to be used in fertility drugs.

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Budweiser co-opts a Native American tribe's slogan and logo -- and gets sued

The North Carolina-based Lumbee tribe is suing booze conglomerate Anheuser-Busch and local distributer RA Jeffreys after Budweiser stole both their logo and their slogan—“Heritage Pride Strength”—to use on posters advertising the beer.

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Microsoft gets involved in the marijuana business

Software giant Microsoft has announced that it will partner with KIND Financial to promote software that will help the government keep track of the marijuana agricultural process in accordance with stringent state regulations, reports Tom Angell on Marijuana.com. The partnership appears to be related to the access Microsoft has to the government contract market. In accordance with the deal, Microsoft will pitch the software to relevant government bodies.

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This 9-year-old girl has learned how to administer naloxone because of her drug-addicted brother

Nine-year-old Audrey Stepp’s 26-year-old brother, Sammy, has been using heroin for as long as she can remember. She’s close to her brother and wants to help protect his health, NBC News reports, so she’s taken action that many more mature people would do well to follow.

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Here are 5 crazy made-up drugs from video games

The reasons for video games featuring made-up drugs, rather than real ones, may not be entirely noble—avoid any need for any scientific accuracy; dodge any accusations of “promoting” real drugs; demonize drug users with impunity because it’s all just imagination-land—but they also allow for some fantastical and entertaining effects. Here are five of the best:

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This is what it's like to be a loving mother on methadone

Samantha*, who works full-time as a security guard in a large store, goes to the Bellevue clinic in Kips Bay, Manhattan once a week to pick up her supply of methadone. She’s permitted to pick up her whole week’s supply in one go because she has tested negative for heroin and other illegal drugs for years. Sometimes she takes her 12-year-old daughter with her.

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