Written By: Andrew Kessler Date: December 18th, 2012. Topic: View from the Hill.
In the spring of 2011, the eyes of the entire nation were on Washington as Congress debated whether to raise the debt ceiling. In the end, a compromise was reached in the form of the Budget Control Act, or BCA. This gave birth to the Supercommittee, comprised of three Democrats and three Republicans from each [...]
Written By: Andrew Kessler Date: March 7th, 2012. Topic: View from the Hill.
Over the last few years, the advocacy community in Washington, D.C that works on substance abuse issues has scored some tremendous victories. In 2008, more than a decade of work came to fruition when the Wellstone/Domenici parity act was passed. In 2010, we celebrated as the Affordable Care Act was passed, inclusive of not only [...]
Written By: Andrew Kessler Date: November 18th, 2011. Topic: Chemical Dependency.
A new narcotics threat has emerged in recent years under the name bath salts. In truth, this narcotic is anything but what its name describes. A far cry from the water-soluble, inorganic solid products designed to be added to a bath to improve cleaning and act as a cosmetic agent, bath salts in the world [...]
Written By: Andrew Kessler Date: September 14th, 2011. Topic: View from the Hill.
By Andrew Kessler September is once again Recovery Month, when advocates for substance abuse and addiction recovery around the United States celebrate their achievements with their communities. While many communities celebrate in similar fashion – via recovery walks or attending professional baseball games where recovery advocates are honored for their work – each community is [...]
Written By: Andrew Kessler Date: February 7th, 2011. Topic: View from the Hill.
With the 2010 midterm elections behind us, there are literally hundreds of questions surrounding Washington. While anyone who says they have all the answers is lying, we can make educated guesses in some cases. Readers of Recovery View are most likely to ask how the current political situation will impact funding for substance abuse treatment [...]
Written By: Andrew Kessler Date: December 2nd, 2010. Topic: View from the Hill.
Mary Jane. Pot. Weed. Chronic. No matter what name you give to it, marijuana remains at the center of drug policy in the United States. No other illicit drug is as controversial or causes as many schisms in the treatment and advocacy communities. In California this November, voters will cast a ballot that could have [...]
Written By: Andrew Kessler Date: August 5th, 2010. Topic: View from the Hill.
In the spring of 2010, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its National Drug Control Strategy, the first such document released by the Obama White House. Although it was supposed to be released earlier in the year, it was delayed due to the passage of health care reform. The strategy lays out [...]