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Prescription opioids have wreaked havoc on the Bay State. Will a new bill give relief?
First there's the pain. Then comes a prescription for an opioid: OxyContin, Tylox, Percocet, Roxicodone, among others. But what often follows is a vicious cycle of tolerance, increased dosages, abuse, and addiction.
The Price of Pain
| October 19, 2012
Anti-gang bill dumped
After a January 27 public hearing featuring a rare insinuation by one legislator that a fellow lawmaker lied, Criminal Justice Committee members were ready to throw out LD 1707, a bill that piles heavy sentences onto people convicted of involvement with
State House Switcheroo
| February 03, 2012
Gang-buster bill gets dissed
A controversial legislative proposal developed by a secretive police group would send an individual to prison for up to 40 years if he or she is convicted of asking someone to join a criminal street gang.
Tattoos As A Criminal Act
| January 27, 2012
Deval's Green Blues
The document in question contains the final regulations for the state's biomass subsidies, and according to environmentalists, the Patrick administration is planning to reverse its pre-election position — and fly in the face of good science — for the be
Long supported by the state's environmental organizations, Governor Patrick has started a war with them over biomass
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| September 02, 2011
There is no mystery to the debt crisis. Plus: Scott Brown, and the Boston Foundation
Understanding the debate about raising the debt ceiling, and imagining the economic crisis that will follow if Congress fails to do so, is really very simple.
| July 22, 2011
Are Civil (Liberties) Unions America's Best Hope?
Ron Paul and Barney Frank make odd bedfellows, but one hopes theirs is more than a one-night-stand.
HARVEY A. SILVERGLATE AND DANIEL R. SCHWARTZ
| July 15, 2011
Deval Patrick is on a second-term winning streak, and casinos might be the next payoff
Last summer, when Deval Patrick's veto killed a gaming bill in the final days of the legislative session, many thought he had badly damaged himself politically. He was, after all, the one who had pushed for casinos in Massachusetts almost from the day he
Gaming the system
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| June 17, 2011
I want fireworks
I'm a law-abiding citizen. Except when I'm not. So far, I've managed to avoid committing murder, rape, robbery, assault, pillaging, insider trading, or violating any leftover protection-from-abuse orders.
Why aren't fireworks legal?
| February 18, 2011
Legislative battle takes shape
The list of Maine's gay-marriage bill co-sponsors — i.e. , those legislators lending the most robust support to the measure — was released last Thursday afternoon.
| March 18, 2009
Although the press covers them pantingly, endorsements often mean little — if anything — in presidential politics.
Can an Oprah endorsement deliver her fans to the Obama camp?
| July 25, 2007
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