BOTEC Bulletin

Mark Kleiman on the Heroin Epidemic

Thursday, February 11, 2016 BOTEC Chairman Mark Kleiman was featured on WNYC’s segment “The Takeaway” on Wednesday to discuss the heroin epidemic in the wake of the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s announcement that it would seek an increase of…

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Should the Federal Government Be Involved in Civil Asset Forfeiture?

February 26, 2016 By: Tyler Jones Civil asset forfeiture – that is, the ability of the government to seize the implements of and proceeds from criminal activities – is a controversial policy to say the least.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation…

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Accuracy, Drug Dogs, and the Supreme Court’s Error in Florida v. Harris

February 12, 2016 By: Tyler Jones As I’ve covered before, drug dogs aren’t as reliable as most law enforcement officers (or courts) believe them to be.  In short, recent experiments in controlled settings and analysis of field data have posed…

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Treating Opiate Addiction in Teens as a Disease, Not a Stigma

February 5, 2016 By: Lowry Heussler The “opiate epidemic” seems to have caused the public and our elected officials to come around on the matter of addictive illness; fewer of them favor jail over treatment, and you don’t hear as many…

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Two Degrees of Change

February 8, 2016 By: Samuel Hampsher According to new research from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2015 had the hottest global average temperature since records began, shattering the previous record set…

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