Magazine March 20, 2017, Issue

Letters

Needles and other drug paraphernalia in a park in Philadelphia, Pa., 2017. (Reuters photo: Charles Mostoller)

Pain and Punishment

Psychiatrist Sally Satel’s piece “Treating Opioid Addiction” (March 6) favors “benign paternalism” in public policy regarding what some have hysterically called an “epidemic” but Dr. Satel more soberly calls a “crisis.” What caused this crisis? According to Dr. Satel, it all started when “patient advocates” and “narcotics manufacturers” encouraged some physicians to “over-prescribe” medications for such minor ills as “toothaches.” However, having said so, Dr. Satel immediately acknowledges that “the average drug abuser is not a person being treated for pain” but someone who “obtains pills from friends, shady doctors, or street sellers.” Just so. But if the

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City Desk

A City of Shopkeepers

The city is full of walk-in businesses — shops, stores, eateries, bars, banks, fix-it places. That means the streets are full of business names. Many belong to chains — Victoria’s ...

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The Week

‐ We’re told the envelope given to Warren Beatty actually contained Nate Silver’s projection. ‐ To replace Michael Flynn as national-security adviser, Donald Trump selected someone uniquely suited for the position. ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

GLOUCESTER Lizard-voiced, the seagull, esurient And flush with light, cuts through sapphire and salt Waves, to gratify pure appetite. Granite endures like graves. Briars bloom. On planks and shelves, books dock like sailing ships And wait ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Pain and Punishment Psychiatrist Sally Satel’s piece “Treating Opioid Addiction” (March 6) favors “benign paternalism” in public policy regarding what some have hysterically called an “epidemic” but Dr. Satel more soberly ...

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