This week, we are talking about what’s being called America’s “heroin epidemic”. Not too many years ago, the war on drugs demonized addicts of heroin, crack and various other illegal drugs. The opioid use in America has spread to a more affluent (and frankly, whiter) demographic and we’re noticing the response has become more subdued than in the past and has been more about prevention and treatment than incarceration. Why the shift? Is this going to produce more of a humane response for all or just a select few? Also, how does marijuana legalization factor into all of this? We attempt to answer these question and give our views on how we think this’ll effect us going forward in the current administration.

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