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Note: History of opioids in U.S. shows two periods of major use before 1900 and now, with the government’s current drug policy it appears that Jeff Sessions who is the head of the DOJ has taken the government backwards to fight the states that have legalized cannabis. Fortunately, the will of the people has been spoken and cannabis continues to offer both medical and economic solutions.

America’s long affair with opiates

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Comment: this is the first database on deaths in a “justice” system. But it’s only for one state since congress “in their wisdom” had forbidden collection of such data for the US.
With the recently documented police murders of mostly black men this data collection gap might close – at least I hope so. The Texas data shows systematic racism at its core.

A Database Shows How People Died in Custody in Texas – The Atlantic Inbox