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Jeff Sessions Declares War on Drugs and Drug Users
Among those responding was former Attorney General Holder who was highly critical of the memo, who said that, “The policy announced today is not tough on crime. It is dumb on crime. It is an ideologically motivated, cookie-cutter approach that has only been proven to generate unfairly long sentences that are often applied indiscriminately and do little to achieve long-term public safety.”

Advocates are noticing a reemergence of the War on Drugs that also includes the American Health Care Act (AHCA). … The AHCA would take billions of dollars away from mental health and substance use treatment programs, jeopardize access to treatment for 1.3 million Americans who receive care through Medicaid, and any one with health insurance in states that chose to opt out of ACA-era Essential Health Benefits. President Trump’s promise to end the opioid epidemic cannot be fulfilled if he endorses legislation that change Medicaid as we know and cut federal funding to the program by about $880 billion over 10 years.
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Historically, the war on drugs has disproportionately affected people of color, particularly Black Americans. Similarly, the HIV epidemic in the United States disproportionately affects people of color, including many of the Black Americans who are unjustly targeted and imprisoned in the war on drugs. Given the recidivism, poverty, and social ostracism that often accompanies incarceration and the fact that incarcerated populations have rates of HIV infection more than 5 times that of the general populous, along with the lack of testing and prevention programs in many prisons, this could result in a sizable spike in HIV transmission.
by:AidsUnited  from:Poz.com  hiv/aids  healthcare  politics  geo:UnitedStates  DonaldTrump  JeffSessions  stupid  MentalHealth  narcotics 
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