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State of Addiction Policy: Looking ahead at a Trump presidency

This article marks the completion of Sovereign’s 10-part State of Addiction Policy editorial series. Over the past year, we have broken open a wide range of controversial political topics and examined their effects on the health of the nation. The series comes to a close with the culmination of the presidential election. See the rest […]


State of Addiction Policy: The debate over marijuana legalization

There is perhaps no drug in the United States more controversial than marijuana. In spite of being a Schedule I substance, marijuana is widely used by otherwise law-abiding citizens and generally regarded as harmless. Five states have declared that marijuana use is legal, and 21 states have decriminalized possession of small amounts of the drug. […]


State of Addiction Policy: A look at competing drug policies in the presidential election

Sovereign Health’s eighth installment in its State of Addiction Policy series focuses on how the two major presidential nominees plan to fix America’s drug problem. Since 1971, when the Nixon Administration ushered in this country’s war on drugs, America has spent over $1 trillion fighting what most experts agree is a losing battle on substance […]


State of Addiction Policy: Behavioral health care challenges in the Hispanic community

The Pew Research Center notes in 1980, there were 14.8 million Hispanics in the U.S. – 6.5 percent of the population. In 2014, there were 55.3 million Hispanics – 17.3 percent of the population. Despite being the fastest growing minority population in the country, Hispanics are largely shut out from or fail to take advantage […]


State of Addiction Policy: A closer look at the states with the lowest overdose rates

In an earlier installment of this series, Sovereign Health looked at the 10 states with the highest overdose fatality rates in the country and examined what they were doing at the state level to reduce substance use deaths. This installment focuses on the policies of states with the lowest overdose fatality rates. As this article […]


State of Addiction Policy: The development of CARA

Editor’s Note: As of September 29, 2016: A temporary government funding bill passed by Congress on September 28 features a provision to fund opioid addiction treatment programs created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The bill, which prevents a government shutdown and funds the federal government through December 8, includes $7 million for CARA. […]


State of Addiction Policy: The criminalization of addiction

If every American who ever possessed unlawful drugs were punished for it, almost half of the U.S. population would carry drug violation records. Over 1.6 million people are detained, prosecuted and imprisoned annually for drug crimes. Yet, these sentences have arguably brought more harm to society than the drug use itself. The $1 trillion drug […]


State of Addiction Policy: Reviewing state strategies for reducing addiction costs

Examining West Virginia, Kentucky, Arizona, Utah and other states The figure “$700 billion” is incomprehensible, like the $3.7 trillion China holds in U.S. securities. Or the seven-year, $217 million contract the Boston Red Sox awarded 30-year-old pitcher David Price, despite the fact he has only four post-season wins. That figure, $700 billion, is the total […]


State of Addiction Policy – Overview of the changing attitudes toward addiction and treatment

“Intemperance: Vice or Disease?” Perhaps the word ‘intemperance’ made it apparent this particular question was not posed recently. In fact, this is the title of an article published by the Medical Temperance Review in 1900. The debate over whether addiction is a disease or a character weakness has been going on for a long time […]


State of Addiction Policy: The growing shift to treat addiction as a health issue rather than a crime

The nation is convulsing in the throes of prescription drug and heroin abuse as drug addiction has evolved into one of the fastest-growing epidemics. Drugs are no longer just an urban problem; they have quietly made their way into even the most peaceful suburbs. The face of addiction has changed from the homeless junkie to […]


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