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Death Penalty for Drug Dealers? Be Careful What You Wish for, President Trump

Death Penalty for Drug Dealers? Be Careful What You Wish for, President Trump

  By Thomas L. Knapp In his first 2020 re-election campaign appearance in New Hampshire, US president Donald Trump addressed some of his typical bombast to the so-called “opioid crisis.” “If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers,” said Trump, “we’re wasting our time. That toughness includes the death penalty.” An odd take, considering […]

Drug Overdose Deaths, 2016: Casualties of War

Drug Overdose Deaths, 2016: Casualties of War

  By Thomas L. Knapp Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50, the New York Times’s Josh Katz reports. In 2016, overdoses claimed somewhere between 59,000 and 65,000 lives. That’s more American lives than were lost in the Vietnam war. It’s 20 times the casualty count of 9/11. It’s […]

The War on Drugs is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, North Carolina Edition

The War on Drugs is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, North Carolina Edition

. By Thomas L. Knapp Apparently this month’s crop of stabbings, armed robberies, rapes/molestations and teacher/student sex scandals in Catawba County, North Carolina aren’t enough to keep the sheriff’s department busy. Or maybe they just have too many deputies on the payroll. Something’s obviously out of balance: They have time to go after gardeners. “A […]