Kindred Spirits

Kate Strain is a history major at Grinnell College from Baltimore, Maryland. On April 2, 1840 the owner of a tavern started a conversation with six members of a drinking club in which he criticized temperance lecturers, calling them hypocrites. From this conversation, part of the unlikely group of heavy drinkers attended a temperance lecture. Convinced… Read more Kindred Spirits

Trickle-Down Addiction

by Patrick Dowd Between 1999 and 2010, sales of opioid analgesics like Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin, quadrupled in the United States [1]. Overdose deaths have increased proportionately during the same timespan, with more Americans dying from prescription opioid overdoses than from heroin and cocaine overdoses combined [2]. Still, the distinction between prescription and illicit drugs… Read more Trickle-Down Addiction