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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
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  October 19, 2012
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Strange world

Bob Pfeifer's debut novel, University of Strangers (published by Power City Press, the print arm of the punk label Smog Veil Records), is a fictionalized retelling of a sensational, true-life murder case, as related in the voices of real people.
In his stream-of-consciousness thriller University Of Strangers , former punk rocker, label head, and convict Bob Pfeifer turns real life into something really weird
By BOB PFEIFER  |  February 18, 2011
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Justin Townes Earle fights the family tree

No one wants to stand in the shadow of his famous family.
No country for young men
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 17, 2010

A clean mind and dirty hands

Three people walk into a bank ...
Moral dilemmas for the Maine Clean Election Fund
By AL DIAMON  |  February 12, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Dispatches from Splitsville

Ladies and gentlemen, the unthinkable has happened: Fall Out Boy have split up.
FOB fall out; Scorpions subsist; Tyler frightens shoppers
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 12, 2010

Fight for your right to party

Rhode Island's tragic collision with teen drinking in recent years has heightened concern about substance abuse in the state's school districts.
Civil Liberties Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 13, 2009


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Hard times

"You just shit yourself — every muscle, every joint aches. Your entire body cries for heroin. Just one bag of heroin, you know that's all you need, and you'll feel better."
A former junkie looks back at tough days in Lowell
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2009

From the mouths of innocents

It has become an unwelcome reality, living from paycheck to paycheck and worrying about job stability, but what about being born a guiltless young person growing up with a drug-addicted parent, no job skills, and no home?
Modern poverty
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 15, 2009
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He's not a doctor . . .

Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon — and Dr. Dre's right-hand man — Berklee grad Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 15, 2009

Mickey Rourke

We predict that Mickey Rourke's comeback will last a little longer than Michael Jackson's penis. There's a reason this weathered leather-skinned degenerate can so convincingly play scoundrels, drug addicts, and criminals: he really is one.
We predict that Mickey Rourke's comeback will last a little longer than Michael Jackson's penis. There's a reason this weathered leather-skinned degenerate can so convincingly play scoundrels, drug addicts, and criminals: he really is one.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Sexual Politics

Duchovny, now 48 and with a nearly complete doctorate from Yale in English lit, says he is back in rehab for sex addiction.  
Everybody wants some, but women don’t call it an illness
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 09, 2008


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Will Harvard drop acid again?

In a moment of delightful whimsy in the annals of drug history, Albert Hofmann, after purposely ingesting LSD for the first time, rode his bicycle home and experienced all manner of beatific and hellish visions.
Psychedelic research returns to Crimsonland
By PETER BEBERGAL  |  May 28, 2008
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Unspeakable

Just when you thought Hillary Clinton couldn’t be more vile or shameless, along comes her remark about Bobby Kennedy’s assassination on the campaign trail.
What lies ahead in the trial of two former CVS officials?
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  May 28, 2008
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The failure of ‘tough-on-crime’ tactics

It was after midnight, and Dawn Jacques lay sleepless in her cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions, shuddering. Bathed in sweat, she stared at the ceiling for hours until it blurred.
Left untreated, drug addicts pose greater costs for everyone else 
By TE-PING CHEN  |  May 08, 2008

The addicted city

This article originally appeared in the April 1, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Why is it that one out of 125 Gloucester residents is a junkie?


By RIC KAHN  |  April 03, 2008
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Yule appeal

Aimee Mann has written many songs about heroin addiction so it’s pretty remarkable — even comic — that she launched a Christmas variety show last year.
Aimee Mann’s Christmas show hits the road
By COLE HADDON  |  December 10, 2007


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The problem with heroes

Even the hardest-hearted news consumer had to wince this past week when the private autopsy results of Paul Cahill and Warren Payne were leaked to some of the press.

Lessons from the build-them-up, tear-them-down Boston firefighter backlash


By ADAM REILLY  |  October 10, 2007
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Betting your brain

It's no surprise that it feels good to win money.
You just think you’re going to win
By SAMANTHA HENIG  |  April 25, 2007
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Wasted again

Who was Edie Sedgwick? Was she a muse who inspired some notable work by Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan or just a footnote in their careers? Did she have any talent or accomplishments of her own? Why, in short, does she deserve a bio-pic? Watch the trailer f
Factory Girl isn’t the bio-pic Edie deserves
By GARY SUSMAN  |  February 07, 2007
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Paula Spencer dries out

Purgatory offers less inherent drama than Hell.
Roddy Doyle’s heroine recovers
By CLEA SIMON  |  January 30, 2007
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Can RI back away from the war on drugs?

When Rhode island voters narrowly approved a measure last November to allow felons on probation to vote, it marked an important step away from the kind of supposedly “tough on crime” policies that have long typified American criminal justice policy.
Deficits and prison crowding propel the search for a more effective approach
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 24, 2007


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Killer coke

If you follow presidential politics, you know that Barack Obama’s past use of illegal drugs is suddenly a topic of great interest.
Obama, Bush, and the warped politics of drug use. Plus, ConCon coverage falls short, and Finneran’s foes raise a fuss
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 10, 2007
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Candy

When the first of three segments in a film about drug addicts is titled “Heaven,” you have a pretty good idea where it’s headed. Watch the trailer for Candy  (QuickTime)
Not so tasty
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 29, 2006

The Stones

This article originally appeared in the August 26, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
An essay on the older
By CAMILLE PAGLIA  |  November 16, 2006
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Nanook of the north

Well, it’s official now. The Cincinnati Bengals have surged past the Portland Trailblazers as America’s pre-eminent sports-crime family.
Sports Blotter: Alaskan edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 27, 2006
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Citizen Slaine

Trying to get to the bottom of one of the Boston scene’s more controversial rappers is no easy feat.
In the studio with Boston’s hardest-working rapper
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  September 27, 2006


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Healey gets it wrong

First the good news: the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives have voted to legalize over-the-counter pharmacy sales of hypodermic needles to those over 18 years old who provide adequate proof of their age.
By opposing needle legalization, the Republican lieutenant governor plays politics with life and death
By EDITORIAL  |  June 28, 2006

Ditto drama

It’s so reassuring when a holier-than-thou “family values” judgmental-type turns out to be human. Rush Limbaugh certainly made my weekend.
Limbaugh’s anti-drug rhetoric reeks of hypocrisy  
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  May 03, 2006

Flashbacks, April 21, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 19, 2006
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Beautiful locals

Remember when there was music on MTV? Now I check in occasionally to see if Real World er Ruthie’s finally been put in rehab.
What if good new music was right on your TV?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 23, 2006