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Purdue Pharma Will Stop Promoting OxyContin to Doctors

Purdue Pharma will stop marketing OxyContin to doctors and has eliminated more than half of its sales force (Jay & Perrone, 2018). Sales representatives will no longer go to doctors’ offices to discuss the opioid drugs (Jay & Perrone, 2018). The company has been criticized for contributing to the opioid epidemic (Correll, 2018). From 1999 to 2016, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). In the United States 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid and sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled (Centers for Disease...

Federal Rules of Evidence: Additions to Rule 902 Will Shift Gears...

Modern technology has allowed our generation to thrive in a digital world. Countless people, businesses, trade markets and various influential institutions are driven by technology while using its global presence to compete and succeed. Social media has also become a platform for news reporting, advertising and simply staying connected with the world. However, cybercrime remains a silent threat to all, but prosecuting it proves challenging despite attempts at collaboration among all law agencies, because of legal restrictions on forensic evidence handling, authenticity and admissibility (Carter, 2007; Feulner, 2017; Liston, 2016; Rosichan, 2017). Not too long ago, the struggle to morph digital evidence into real evidence...

The Increase of Mental Health Cases in Healthcare Facilities

Every year thousands of people seek help for mental health. Yet, hospitals and emergency rooms are understaffed and underprepared for the plethora of mental health patients waiting to be seen. Opinions on mental health vary widely and often exist on a gray scale. Some believe we are living in an age stricken with a mental health epidemic that only continues to grow while others believe the rise of the mental health diagnoses stems from laziness and fear of facing problems head on. The stigmatism surrounding mental health is dangerous on all sides--often times because it avoids the true core factors that cause mental health instability....

New Jersey Creates Community Policing Grant to Honor Fallen Officer

A new grant for police departments across New Jersey has been named after Detective Matthew L Tarentino of Summit, NJ. The “Detective Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant Program” will provide $10,000 individual grants to state, county, and municipal police departments, sheriff’s offices and college campus police departments. The grants are for innovative programs that will foster better police and community relations. “Detective Tarentino was respected and beloved in his community because he embodied all of the best qualities of a police officer and role model,” said New Jersey Attorney General, Chris Porrino. “We hold Matthew up as a model of community policing and public...

Grand Rapids’ Grand Plan for Police and Community Relations

How do community members discuss big issues like policing? Grand Rapids, MI is beginning a “police and community relations” program that will include a series of community listening sessions to increase engagement of all citizens in this issue. The community outreach plan includes listening sessions which will be used to decide how the city will utilize $1 million per year to enrich the relationship between community members and the police in Grand Rapids. Described on the city’s website as an “ongoing, robust and authentic community outreach plan,” it will be led by a commission and will focus on recommendations made by the Safe Alliances for Everyone...

The Stigmatization of Mentally Ill Prisoners and Why We Need Criminal...

Severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, affects approximately four percent of the general U.S. population. That figure jumps to approximately 15 percent when examining individuals in jails across the nation. In comparison to inmates who don’t have a serious mental illness, those who do tend to stay in jail longer. This is attributed to their higher rates of exposure to the physical and emotional traumas of incarceration, which then often leads to violence and self-harm. While incarcerated, prisoners have a constitutional right to adequate health care. This includes treatment for mental health; yet jails are so overwhelmed by the growth of inmate...