Category Archives: California

Addiction and Decriminalization: Portugal’s success in coping with an epidemic of opioid drug abuse

written for Inspire Malibu

It’s easy to forget that not every country in the world approaches issues of drug abuse and addiction as if it were a war. In fact, federal and state laws on illegal drug use in the United States seem uncompassionate at best and barbaric at worst, when compared to some other developed nations. read more

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Sanctuary City Pushback: Protestors disrupt community event about Los Angeles sanctuary policies

November 18, 2017

A member of We the People Rising argues with LAPD Officers at sanctuary town hall

LOS ANGELES – An anti-immigrant group of Trump supporters stormed a community town hall organized to educate residents on the city’s immigration and sanctuary policies. Community organizers called the Los Angeles Police Department when the protestors tried to stop the event from taking place. Officers removed two members of the anti-immigrant group in handcuffs, but made no arrests. read more

Fighting “Trump’s Deportation Machine”: Advocates hold community forum to educate undocumented and native-born citizens on potential LAPD policy update

Attendees of the community forum view an immigration timeline exhibit and add their personal immigration stories with sticky-notes

November 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Police Department is considering changing a 40-year-old policy that forbids officers from asking residents about their immigration status. The department is drafting recommendations and will submit them to the L.A. Police Commission later this year. read more

Citywide Sanctuary: Los Angelinos come out to support calls for an ordinance that protects undocumented residents

October 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES – About 300 people packed the basement auditorium of the Service Employees International Union building in Koreatown on Thursday to support a resolution that named L.A. a “city of sanctuary.” read more

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Did Congress Collude with big Pharma to Keep Americans Addicted to Prescription Painkillers?

written for Inspire Malibu

October 25, 2017

The Trump Administration declared the crisis of opioid and heroin overdoses a national emergency in August this year. As it turns out, though, identifying an emergency doesn’t necessarily mean the government is quick to take any action. read more

Advances in Harm Reduction: Fentanyl Test Strips Might Prevent Heroin Overdoses

written for Inspire Malibu

As the nation comes to recognize drug abuse and addiction as a public health issue rather than a moral failing or lack of character that far too many people are incarcerated for, harm reduction strategies have leapt to the forefront. These tactics are taking on new forms and making advances that save lives. read more

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Pass the Talking Stick and Listen Closely: Restorative Justice in Los Angeles Unified Schools

By Josh DuBose

September 19, 2017

photo by navymailman

LOS ANGELES – “Restorative justice is a philosophy and a way of being in a school community,” says Deborah Brandy, director of district operations for Los Angeles Unified School District. In many ways, LAUSD, the largest district in California and the second largest in the country – behind the New York City school system – is leading the charge to change the way public schools approach discipline in the K-12 educational system. read more

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Opioid Crisis and the White House: A National Emergency of Mixed Messages

written for Inspire Malibu

A little more than a week ago, on August 10, President Trump announced plans to declare a national emergency in lieu of the nation’s crisis of opioid overdose deaths. According to the White House’s own survey, opioid related fatalities now kill 142 Americans every single day. read more

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Naltrexone and Alcoholism: Treating a Disease with Medicine

written for Inspire Malibu

Alcoholism is among the most pervasive diseases in the United States. The statistics stagger the mind. More than 15 million adults over the age of 18 suffer from alcohol use disorder, reports the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and that number falls short because these are just the diagnosed cases. read more

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Opioid Crisis: Rx’s are down but use hasn’t declined

written for Inspire Malibu

August 2, 2017

There’s good news and bad news. The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is in decline. Since 2010, the peak of opioid prescriptions, the agency tracked a 41 percent decrease. However, the analysis also revealed the prescribing rate is still three times higher than in 1999, near the beginning of America’s opioid crisis. read more

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