US PA: Guarded Optimism For Pope's Jail Visit
Chicago Tribune, 27 Sep 2015 - Advocates of Reform Hope Francis Does Justice to Their Cause PHILADELPHIA - Ed Gilchrist grew up in the rough Philly neighborhood of Kensington, dealing drugs "as soon as I was old enough to count money."
US PA: Prison Visit Comes Amid Reform Efforts
Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep 2015 - Inmates, Advocates Hope Francis Will Encourage Changes in U.S. Criminal Justice. PHILADELPHIA - Ed Gilchrist grew up in the rough Philly neighborhood of Kensington, dealing drugs as soon as he "was old enough to count money." Now serving his second jail stretch, for a marijuana bust, he's about to experience something that more-solid citizens could never hope for: an audience with Pope Francis.
US PA: Column: Why Do We Continue to Fight a War We Can't Win?
The Daily Local, 23 Sep 2015 - How many wars can we fight? Our presidential candidates demand "stronger action" against both illegal immigration and illegal drugs. But those goals conflict. The War on Drugs makes border enforcement much harder!
US PA: Column: Law And Border
Standard-Speaker, 20 Sep 2015 - How many wars can we fight? Our presidential candidates demand "stronger action" against both illegal immigration and illegal drugs. But those goals conflict. The War on Drugs makes border enforcement much harder! America's 44-year-long Drug War hasn't made a dent in American drug use or the supply of illegal drugs. If it had some positive effect, prices of drugs would have increased, but they haven't. American authorities say drugs are more available than ever.
US PA: LTE: Drugs Are Killing Communities and People We Love
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 13 Sep 2015 - I have written this letter a thousand times in my head. Always hoped I wouldn't have to send it. I write this from a war zone. As a war correspondent, you can report only what you see firsthand. The Post-Gazette won't report on this casualty ... After all, this is just one more death, a casualty of our war on drugs. A young man whose family has been intertwined with ours for years died recently of an overdose - one more victim of the epidemic that is sweeping our country. There will be no quarter-column news story about his death. His passing will be remembered only in an obit.
US PA: Series: Roadblocks To Research
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 26 Aug 2015 - ROADBLOCKS TO RESEARCH Obtaining Marijuana to Test Its Medical Properties Can Be a Long Process. Research on marijuana's potential for medicinal use has been hampered for years by federal restrictions, though nearly half the states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug in some form.
US PA: 'Ground Zero' For the Heroin Crisis: 2 Days, 25
Washington Post, 24 Aug 2015 - Washington, Pa.- The first call came at 7:33 p.m. last Sunday: Two people had overdosed on heroin in a home just a few hundred yards from the station where firefighters were awaiting their nightly round of drug emergencies. Six minutes later, there was another. A 50-year-old man had been found in his bedroom, blue from lack of oxygen, empty bags of heroin by his body.
US PA: 17 Local Overdoses In 1 Day
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 18 Aug 2015 - Three Heroin Users Die, Three Saved With Narcan in Washington County A woman heading to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting Sunday collapsed and lay unconscious in a Canonsburg parking lot after a heroin overdose. She was one of 17 overdoses that day in Washington County that may have caused as many as three deaths.
US PA: Judge Reverses 158 Drug Verdicts
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 08 Aug 2015 - It Was the Largest Dismissal in One Day in City History. A Philadelphia judge on Friday reversed 158 narcotics convictions tainted by allegations of police corruption - the largest such dismissal in one day in city history.