Amber Webster

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Chevy Chase’s relapse illuminates America’s deep stigmas with addiction

Haven’t we all, at some point, literally laughed out loud from the brilliant comedy and humor of a SNL skit or film? I will always laugh when …

Mental Health

What Is 'Antifa'? Meet the Fascist-Fighting Coalition Dubbed the 'Alt-Left' by President

They relish in punching Nazis. They protest in all black. And they've vowed to physically confront racists and extremists across the country.<p>But who exactly are the protesters that violently clashed with white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia?<p>During a combative press conference Tuesday, …

Rights & Freedoms

What It Feels Like To Have An Opioid Addiction

I'm a behavioral pharmacologist who has lived the experience.<p>We are in the midst of an epidemic of opioid addiction and death. Almost everyone knows someone living an opioid addiction or who has died from one. And they all have the same question: why can’t we, didn’t we, stop?<p>Why, they wonder, do …

Time I

There’s a highly successful treatment for opioid addiction. But stigma is holding it back.

Medication-assisted treatment is often called the gold standard of addiction care. But much of the country has resisted it.<p>“I’m sick of going to funerals.”<p>If you ask Jordan Hansen why he changed his mind on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, this is the bottom line.<p>Several years …

A Small-Town Police Officer’s War on Drugs

Eric Adams is a handsome, clean-­shaven man, almost 41, with a booming voice and hair clipped short enough for the military, which once was an ambition of his. After high school, he tried to join the Marines but was turned away because of his asthma. He needed three different inhalers then, plus …

New Hampshire

Why did the 2016 election look so much like the 2012 election?

Partisan identity — not policies or even candidates — now drives American politics.<p>A few months ago, I stopped by Larry Bartels’s office at Vanderbilt University. Bartels, alongside Christopher Achen, is the author of <i>Democracy for Realists</i>, which I’d become a bit obsessed with. The book argues that …

Fact-checking Trump’s speech on Paris climate agreement

In announcing that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global accord aimed at addressing climate change, President Trump made more than a few false and misleading claims:<p>Trump said the U.S. would be exposed to “massive legal liability if we stay in” the Paris Agreement. But there is …

Donald Trump

It's not Islam that drives young Europeans to jihad, France's top terrorism expert explains

<i>This article was originally published in May 2017 following a terror attack in Manchester and re-published after an attack in France by an</i> …

Is This a Constitutional Crisis?

Legal experts size up the Comey firing.<p>As the news broke late this afternoon, the politicos of Washington stared into their smartphones, stunned, struggling with what to make of it. TV networks cut into their regularly scheduled programming. Chyrons promising “breaking news” actually delivered it: …

Donald Trump

Sean Spicer called ProPublica a “left-wing blog.” ProPublica came back with the receipts.

Read the epic tweetstorm.<p>White House spokesperson Sean Spicer tried to pick another fight with the media on Monday — and the media fought back. When Spicer called ProPublica, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative journalism outlet, a “left-wing blog,” the organization took the fight to …

Russia hired 1,000 people to create anti-Clinton 'fake news' in key US states during election, Trump-Russia hearings leader reveals

The Kremlin paid an army of more than 1,000 people to create fake anti-Hillary Clinton news stories targeting key swing states, the leading Democrat …

Donald Trump

Trump Russia dossier key claim 'verified'

<b>The BBC has learned that US officials "verified" a key claim in a report about Kremlin involvement in Donald Trump's election - that a Russian diplomat in Washington was in fact a spy.</b><p>So far, no single piece of evidence has been made public proving that the Trump campaign joined with Russia to …

Donald Trump

Disease or bad behavior: Does addiction call for compassion or punishment?

<i>Third of 10 parts.</i><p>PERU — Last April, as her addiction was spiraling out of control, Lauren Leonard was stopped by drug enforcement agents in Auburn …

Portland, ME

Opinion: Trump's attack on the climate will fail, spectacularly

President Donald Trump's most recent assault on the environment not only makes the US into a rogue state on climate change. It will also fail in its …

If Obama had acted like Trump. . .

Right-wing media to President Obama: We are so very sorry.<p>That’s the message I got last week from the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page.<p>The Journal abandoned efforts to make sense of President Trump’s outright fiction that Obama wiretapped him. Its editorial page — never a friend to …

The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

They betrayed you for chump change<p>Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and …

A grieving father's letter to his daughter who died of a heroin overdose

Gary Fusz lost his oldest daughter, Alexis M. Fusz, to a heroin overdose on Dec. 11. Lex, 25, who grew up in Bartlett, had relapsed after nearly six …

Drug Addiction

How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever, in 15 maps and charts

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than HIV/AIDS did at its peak. These maps and charts tell the story.<p>America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever.<p>With all the other news going on, it can be easy to lose track of this fact. But it’s true: In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of …

AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it …

Russia

Substance Abuse Experts on Understanding and Reducing the Stigma of Addiction

<b>Stigmas Associated with Substance Abuse Can Inhibit Sufferers from Seeking Help to Begin Recovery, Say the Substance Abuse Experts at Summit</b> …

Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Last year, Kraig Moss sold the equipment for his construction business in upstate New York and stopped making mortgage payments so he could follow Donald Trump on the campaign trail.<p>The amateur country crooner sang pro-Trump ditties while strumming a guitar emblazoned with Trump campaign …

Donald Trump

Washington's Split-Screen Reality

As FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony contradicted several claims made by President Trump, the presidential Twitter feed offered a distorted account of what Comey said.<p>If you watched James Comey’s sensational testimony on Capitol Hill Monday—or read about it in the ensuing avalanche …

The risk of a single 5-day opioid prescription, in one chart

Limiting the length of opioid prescriptions isn’t inhumane. It could save lives.<p>Now that it’s clear opioid painkillers have helped cause the worst drug epidemic in history, health experts are scrambling to figure out when dependency on these powerful prescription drugs starts — and how to prevent …

Are doctors inadvertently introducing teens to narcotics?

In our media, young people are often introduced to narcotics by someone who is evil incarnate. On TV, these pushers act like witches in Grimms' fairy …

Pediatrics

Andrew Schneider: A real journalist in an era of fake news

Long before<p>Donald Trumpstarted employing a Stalinist locution, “enemies of the people,” to slander journalists, investigative reporter Andrew Schneider was considered a threat, if not an enemy, by inept bureaucrats, miserly corporate bosses, venal con men and abusers of political power. That’s …

Journalism

Trump Voters Stand by Their Man

White working-class voters and "civil war" in Macomb County.<p>Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg returned to Macomb County, Michigan, last month to observe the latest twists in the tortured relationship between the Democratic Party and white working-class voters.<p>Greenberg has been analyzing the …

Voting

According to Scott Pruitt, states only have the right to pollute, not protect their environments

Throughout his confirmation hearing and in a recent interview,<p>EPAAdministratorScott Pruittwrapped himself in the mantle of federalism, calling the shared distribution of power between the federal government and states a “bedrock principle” of environmental laws. Pruitt accused the Obama …

Clean Technology

Comey: FBI launched Trump-Russia probe in July

FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Monday that his agency has been investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials since last July.<p>The newly revealed timeline — which Comey detailed in a much-anticipated House Intelligence Committee hearing — means the FBI …

Donald Trump

Trump Embraces One Of Russia's Favorite Propaganda Tactics — Whataboutism

President Trump has developed a consistent tactic when he's criticized: say that someone else is worse.<p>This week, when the Congressional Budget Office estimated that Republicans' health care plan would leave 24 million additional people uninsured in 2026, Trump's first move wasn't a direct …

Human Rights