Dan Werb

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Let Cory Monteith's Overdose Death be a Loud Wake-Up Call

(18) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 8:48 PM

Actor Cory Monteith often spoke frankly about his ongoing struggles with addiction, acknowledging it had complicated his high school years and that in many ways he was lucky to be alive. With news that Mr. Monteith died of an overdose involving alcohol and heroin, his passing...

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Canada's Addiction to the War on Drugs Has Ugly Side-Effects

(19) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 8:46 AM

At the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, Harper said: "I think what everyone believes and agrees with, and to be frank myself, is that the current approach is not working, but it is not clear what we should do."

It was a surprising and refreshing admission,...

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Who Do We Blame for Bath Salts? William-Sonoma, or Government Drug Policies?

(11) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 4:18 PM

The recent episode of cannibalism in Miami sent shockwaves of disgust and horror across the world, with some commentators likening it to an impending zombie apocalypse. When it was announced that the perpetrator was high on something called "bath salts" during the time of the attack, a new...

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Change My Mind: Should Taxpayers Support Drug Users?

(61) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 9:49 AM

While drug abuse is a widespread problem, it's fair to ask: Whose problem is it exactly? With the recent controversy surrounding Insite -- a facility where drug addicts can safely inject themselves with drugs using clean syringes and under the supervision of trained nurses -- the...

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Taxpayers Should Pay for Needles and Sites so Addicts can Inject Safely

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 11:01 AM

In science, debates are often the best forum to tackle issues where evidence supports both sides of an uncertain issue. The harms of anti-depressant medication among youth, the value of genetically modified crops, the dangers of cellphone use -- these are all areas where scientific evidence is split, and for...

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