One More Reason Why Addiction Is a Shared Burden

Recent studies show that drug addiction impacts more than one’s social and economic standing. The idea that addiction affects a single person is long gone, but until recently, there hasn’t been much information on the drug industry’s influence over the well-being of our planet.

In fact, through these latest analyses, we are now able to see that drugs, both legal and illegal, are making major changes in our environment.… [Read more]

Egypt in Turmoil: What It Means for the Rest of the World

With all the fears ISIS has generated about the possibility of homegrown terrorism cells sprouting up throughout Western nations, the recent attack in Egypt, which left at least 25 people dead, is a stark reminder that Islamic fundamentalists are a threat in predominantly Muslim countries as well.

Some reports claim the attack was made with a car bomb, while other sources claim an RPG struck a vehicle containing ammunition.… [Read more]

How Low Can Congress’ Approval Rating Get? We’ll Know After the Elections

With the midterm elections just a few days away, politicos across the country are on the edge of their seats waiting to see whether the Republicans will take back control of the Senate. It seems as though the GOP has a stranglehold on retaining a majority presence in the House of Representatives, and now the polls indicate that they might in fact edge out the Democrats in the other chamber of Congress as well.… [Read more]

How Does Your Credit Score Measure Up?

Do you know what your credit score is? Do you at least have a ballpark figure? We all have far too many numbers to memorize in life to keep all of them around for instant recall, but your credit score is probably among the more important ones to know.

I’m not here to tell you how a credit score is calculated; frankly, there’s a lot that goes into it, and even financial experts are occasionally in disagreement about which factors actually influence your score.… [Read more]

Gun Control: The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same

What exactly would it take for the people of the United States to come together and agree that maybe buying guns should be just a little bit harder to do? The tragedy of Sandy Hook seemed almost like a cartoonishly evil hypothetical answer to that kind of question. Maybe, you might have said, if a classroom full of kindergartners was shot to death, that would be enough for people to agree that some limits on gun ownership wouldn’t be totally crazy.… [Read more]

Mitt Romney: Zombie Candidate for 2016?

Chances are, the last time you saw Mitt Romney it was when he was on TV giving his concession speech or, days later, when a photo of the disheveled looking former presidential candidate was snapped as he pumped his own gas. This, it seemed, is what it looks like when someone’s political career is over. When they don’t care anymore if their hair is perfect, if their face is stuck in a perma-grin, or if they’re stuck doing menial chores that they wouldn’t have had to do as leader of the free world.… [Read more]

Texas’ School Marshals Program the First of Its Kind

In a move that will almost certainly be divisive, the state of Texas has just finished training its first class of armed school marshals. The goal is to do for the nation’s public schools what air marshals did for airlines in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

Like air marshals, school marshals are meant to remain anonymous, with only school personnel aware of their identities.… [Read more]

Gender Politics in New Jersey: The Shape of Things to Come?

A story out of New Jersey likely has many in America wishing for a time machine – for an escape into a (hopefully) near future where we can put race, gender, and sexual politics behind us once and for all.

Rachel Pepe, a 13-year-old student at Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, has been told by school officials that she will not be allowed to return to school if she continues to dress, and identify as, a girl.… [Read more]

On the Horizon: The United States is Facing Political Dynasties

There’s a crisis at our nation’s borders. The official unemployment rate might seem manageable, but a deeper analysis of those numbers reveals that more people are leaving the workforce, causing some to peg the “real” rate at 18 percent. There is social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Sure, America has a lot on her plate in terms of problems and crises.… [Read more]

A Census Of Our Lost Lifetimes

Have you ever wondered just how much life drugs and alcohol have taken from us? It turns out that the U.S. Census Bureau keeps detailed records of a statistic called Years of Potential Life Lost, or YPLL. This measures the average life expectancy against premature deaths.

If we were to add up all of the early deaths attributable to drug and alcohol abuse, we’d find that we lose an unthinkable 2,002,016 years of potential human life each year.… [Read more]

Urban vs. Rural Drug Abuse

One of the fundamental questions about human behavior is whether or not our surroundings can influence our development and our habits. Do our personalities and heredity override everything else, or can we be a product of our environment? More specifically, what factors help create the habits of a drug addict? Does a person’s likelihood of encountering drug abuse – or specific drugs – change depending on where they live?[Read more]

America’s “favorite” drugs by state

There are many ways to examine and quantify America’s illicit drug use. Geography is one such method, but even then there are a number of ways to look at the same data. Each of the nation’s 50 states have a “drug of choice” – that is, the narcotic most frequently cited by law enforcement officials as the greatest threat to the health and safety of the public.… [Read more]