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As Drug Court Proponents Rally Around Capitol Hill, Legislators Beware

07/11/2017

As drug court proponents call for expanding drug courts as an alternative to incarceration for people arrested on drug-related charges, they are failing to address the intense debate about the efficacy of the courts and the need for policy reform that will allow people to access treatment outside the criminal justice system.

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Attacks in Syria and Yemen are turning disease into a weapon of war

07/07/2017

Today we are seeing another cruel method of warfare emerge on the battlefield: the weaponization of disease, particularly in Syria and Yemen.

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Homer Venters: Q&A With a Physician for Human Rights

06/19/2017

Homer Venters, MD, MS, recently joined PHR as director of programs. A physician and epidemiologist, he is an internationally recognized leader in health and human rights.

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How Drug Courts Are Falling Short

06/08/2017

At 19 years old, Joshua Smith (not his real name) was diagnosed with an opiate use disorder. Following several attempts at treatment, Smith moved from California to a town in Arizona known for being home to recovery houses for those struggling with substance use disorders. Six months after he arrived in Arizona, Smith relapsed and overdosed on heroin.

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In Syria and Yemen, Hospitals Are No Safe Haven

05/03/2017

A child in Yemen and a child in Syria. Separated by hundreds of miles, they share the experience of warfare – in Syria, a conflict that has churned along for over six years, in Yemen, a war that’s intensified since 2015. Children in both countries share an uncertain future, with the ever-present specter of illness, trauma, and death.

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