By Jeffrey Benzing | PublicSource | March 22, 2015
In Allegheny County, Judge Lester Nauhaus sees his drug court as an alternative to the carnage of the drug war.
Drugs drive crime. But locking up addicts doesn’t stop crime. Nor does it stop drug addiction.
“Nail ‘em and jail ‘em wasn’t working,” Nauhaus told PublicSource in an interview. “All it was doing was costing everybody a fortune.”
2014 was the year heroin became an epidemic. In Pennsylvania, emergency rooms, courtrooms and jails were filled with heroin addicts. Hundreds of community members showed up at town hall meetings and parents who lost children to overdoses started support groups. Pennsylvania joined dozens of states in approving the use of an antidote - naloxone - for overdoses.
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Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.
Since early February, there have been at least four train derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.
To keep up with these incidents, PublicSource will provide a roundup of stories every Friday.
About one-sixth of the food that Americans eat comes from abroad, and the proportion of foreign food is steadily growing. That’s increasing the burden on federal regulators who are tasked with inspecting food coming into America’s ports, according to a recent story by The Center for Investigative Reporting.
The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger is choosing one story as his last hurrah after two decades in charge of the paper: Climate change.
Connecticut is considering a “right-to-die” law similar to the one in Oregon that received media attention last year after 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who had terminal brain cancer, ended her life there.
Police shootings are notoriously difficult to measure.
For one thing, the government admits that its estimates of death by police has been badly flawed for years. Second, observers mostly focus on shootings that end in death, leaving out non-fatal incidents that could have been deadly in slightly different circumstances.
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