Introducing: The Stop the Drug War Speakeasy

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[inline:borden12.jpg align=right caption="David Borden"]It's an auspicious moment at Drug War Chronicle -- the publication of issue #450, not only a nice, round number, but also an indicator of roughly nine years having passed since Drug War Chronicle's founding. Doubly auspicious, though, as I am pleased to announce a major upgrade to DRCNet's web site and the launching within it of "The Stop the Drug War Speakeasy." Please visit http://stopthedrugwar.org -- each day -- to check it out and for original writing on a range of tracks dealing with the issue in a blog format.

The Speakeasy, among other things, will serve as the launching point for a campaign, as our slogan expresses it, to raise awareness of the consequences of prohibition. Stay tuned for some calls to action on how you can be involved. The Speakeasy will also serve as our daily soapbox where we briefly address the latest important developments in drug policy (without waiting until Friday morning's in-depth treatments in the Chronicle) and in which we also extend our tradition of supporting the work of all the different groups in the movement. Speaking of the Chronicle, that will continue too, and Chronicle editor Phil Smith will also be blogging, sharing his "inside" insights on the drug war and the process of reporting on it as well as offering observations on the kinds of stories that don't usually make the Chronicle.

[inline:dc-beer-raid-reduced.jpg align=left caption="photo of prohibition-era beer raid in the District of Columbia, from the Library of Congress archive"]The Speakeasy can also be your daily soapbox, via our new "Reader Blogs" section. Start your own blog on DRCNet to help us preach to the unconverted via the blogosphere -- especially excellent posts will get displayed on the DRCNet home page!

If you take a moment to check out the new site -- again, http://stopthedrugwar.org -- you will see that there are many other new features and reasons to visit daily besides the Speakeasy. An extensive set of topical categories on drug war issues, consequences of prohibition and articles' relation to politics & advocacy; a "Latest News" feed; content in Spanish and Portuguese; links to the most popular articles or to articles that are similar to the one you're reading; pages to watch the important Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and BUSTED videos; a "tracking" page where you can remind yourself of pages you've visited before; an improved Reformer's Calendar; more. And even more coming soon.

Please send us your thoughts and suggestions as we continue to add to this new web site direction. Onward and upward, with your help!

Special thanks to Antinomia Solutions web site design for going above and beyond the call of duty on this project.

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Pain management

To all,

I appreciate the work being done to help maintain a good health care system that will treat chronic pain patients with dignity and respect. The chronicle is the best breaking news forum I have seen. And they are out there pointing out, not only the suffering because of questionable activity of a DEA that acts like a group of fascists when it comes to the treatment of pain doctors. But also pointing out the fact that the DEA and the "drug war" have been a big failure, scoring "0" on one of their last evaluations, done by an independant government agency. The war has been turned against doctors and results in many pain patients losing their compassionate doctors. Because law enforcement and medical boards and their political agendas to follow, probably 20%, or more, who treat chronic pain patients with high dose opiod therapy, are not practicing now. Some , like Dr Hurowitz, area in prison! Good work DRC Net!

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