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Falling behind in the war on drugs

Compassion | The United States is struggling to keep up with fentanyl’s innovative assault on communities
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/20/19, 02:40 pm

A little blue pill called “Mexican oxy” illustrates the unprecedented threat that the synthetic opioid fentanyl poses to public health in America.

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Sizing up food stamps

Compassion | Trump says the program is shrinking, but experts argue it’s not contracting fast enough
by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 2/13/19, 05:13 pm

During last week’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump boasted of a drop in the number of food stamp recipients during his administration. “Nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps,” he said, touting the statistic as a sign of economic prosperity. Conservative members of Congress responded with 15 seconds of applause.

Food stamp enrollment numbers have gone down significantly in recent years, but they could—and should—be much lower with better policy, according to welfare reform advocates.

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From middle school to prison?

Compassion | A murder charge against a 12-year-old in Texas puts juvenile justice in the spotlight
by Charissa Crotts
Posted 1/30/19, 02:19 pm

Authorities in a small Texas town near San Antonio charged a 12-year-old boy with capital murder this week, raising questions about the best approach to juvenile justice.

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