Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
Journalist, consultant and drug policy expert Jim Gogek — whose background includes stints as an editorial writer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellow, and communications chief for PIRE and the University of California at San Diego — has launched ATODBlog, featuring discussions on tobacco-control policy, marijuana legalization, and dangerous drinking.
In one of his latest postings, Gogek – currently the associate director of the San Diego County Alcohol Policy Panel — notes that Joe Camel has become “Jane Camel”: a year after RJ Reynolds launched the Camel No. 9 brand, the pink-packaged cigarettes had become a favorite among young girls. Gogek’s solution: limit cigarettes to plain packaging like they plan to do in Australia.
Another post takes on the recent “marijuna is safer than alcohol” argument from legalization proponents. Calling it a “made up story,” Gogek says that legalizing marijuana won’t make kids less inclined to consume alcohol — we’ll just have more kids smoking pot AND drinking.