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Democracy Is More Than Just Holding Elections

April 11, 2014 | by Lauren Frohne
Wouldn’t you like to give those in power a report card? This is what citizen engagement looks like, and it’s possible for all of us, according to John Gaventa, head of the Coady International Institute.

How to Stop Overdose Deaths in New York

April 10, 2014 | by Roxanne Saucier
New York has announced big news in the battle against drug overdose deaths. But is it enough?

To Achieve Roma Equality, Europe Must Address Health Disparities

March 27, 2014 | by Maja Saitovic
For years the European Commission has recognized that inequality in health is a pressing issue. But it has made little progress for vulnerable populations like the Roma. We have a chance to change this.

Extreme Abuse in the Name of Drug “Treatment”

March 13, 2014 | by Roxanne Saucier
In private facilities across Latin America, drug users are often detained against their will and tortured under the guise of “treatment.”

Why Does Vancouver Need a Crack Pipe Vending Machine?

March 3, 2014 | by Sarah Evans
The Canadian organization that operates North America’s only legal supervised injection site is turning heads after recently installing the first ever crack pipe vending machines. Here's why.
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Fighting an Epidemic in Russia from 3,000 Miles Away

February 26, 2014 | by Tatyana Margolin
Russia doesn't offer treatment for people who use drugs—only punishment. But an innovative website is helping outreach workers educate drug users about legal rights, empowering them to defend their health.

Development’s Missing Ingredient

February 4, 2014 | by George Soros
We need to persuade members of the UN General Assembly that development targets should involve not just access to education, healthcare, clean water, and other vital services, but also access to justice.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and the American Overdose Epidemic

February 3, 2014 | by Jamie Wood
The backdrop of Hoffman’s tragic death is a growing epidemic of drug overdose in American culture. How do we reverse this trend?
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When Relieving Suffering Means Removing Legal Burdens

January 27, 2014 | by Kiera Hepford, Zipporah Ali
Caring for patients at the end of life often means more than just pain relief. That's why the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association began training health care providers to become paralegals.

Tragedy in Romania: HIV and Shakespeare

January 24, 2014 | by Valentin Simionov
Romania would be better off paying for more Shakespeare festivals than for HIV-prevention efforts, the country's culture minister recently said. He has since resigned, but the belief may be harder to dislodge.