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What's Wrong with the Weed Biz? It Harms People

What's Wrong with the Weed Biz? It Harms People

Promoting entrepreneurship in struggling communities is a laudable goal, but you have to question the wisdom of infusing a community already “disproportionately impacted” by the war on drugs with state-subsidized drug dealers. Encouraging and incentivizing residents to use marijuana is the last thing these communities need, particularly from the state.

Marijuana and Psychosis: Real Data, Real Bad

Marijuana and Psychosis: Real Data, Real Bad
The pitfalls and perils of marijuana legalization are well-documented. But whenever we discuss that research here on BreakPoint, we’re accused of not having the right research. What that means is that we’ve used studies that contradict the very vocal advocates of weed.

A Giant Meteor Explosion and the Dangers of Sugary Drinks and Cannabis: We Are Mortal and Immortal

A Giant Meteor Explosion and the Dangers of Sugary Drinks and Cannabis: We Are Mortal and Immortal
A gigantic meteor exploded over our planet last December. The blast generated energy equivalent to 173 kilotons of TNT, ten times the energy produced by the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima in 1945.

Deaths from Suicide, Drugs and Alcohol Reach Highest Level Ever

Deaths from Suicide, Drugs and Alcohol Reach Highest Level Ever
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released statistics showing that death from suicide, alcohol, and drugs hit their highest level since the federal government started recording data in 1999.

The Dangers of Legalized Weed: Stone-Cold Crazy

The Dangers of Legalized Weed: Stone-Cold Crazy
On election night 2018, while most of the nation’s attention was focused on the Democrats taking the House and the Republicans expanding their Senate majority, few noticed a funny smell wafting in from the Midwest.

5 Things the Church Can Do to Combat the Opioid Crisis

5 Things the Church Can Do to Combat the Opioid Crisis
The opioid epidemic claimed more than 40,000 lives in the U.S. in 2016 alone.

And the problem is growing particularly acute in Appalachia. In Tennessee, for example, 80 percent of crimes are drug related.

On Friday and Saturday (May 18-19) a conference was held to address opioid addiction and brought clinicians, clergy and educators to the tip of southern Appalachia to begin a yearlong conversation on ways churches can help heal and support those caught in the epidemic’s grip.

Among its organizers is Dr. Raymond Barfield, a pediatric oncologist at Duke University who has a joint appointment at its divinity school. For five years he directed a program called “Theology, Medicine and Culture.” He now teaches courses on Christian philosophy and mentors students in the Medical Humanities Study Program.

This interview was edited for length and clarity.

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Christian Counselors Hold Free Training to Combat Opioid Crisis

Christian Counselors Hold Free Training to Combat Opioid Crisis
The American Association of Christian Counselors is holding a free one-day training event at a Pennsylvania church to help guide the Christian community in battling the massive opioid crisis facing our nation.

Russian Athletes Banned from Olympics for Doping Lose Appeal

Russian Athletes Banned from Olympics for Doping Lose Appeal
The 2018 Winter Olympic Games officially begin this evening with an opening ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea. While athletes from around the world are excitedly waiting for their time to shine, many Russian athletes will be absent.

A Chance for Hope, Star of the State of the Union

A Chance for Hope, Star of the State of the Union
During President Trump’s State of the Union Tuesday night (Jan. 30), the American public got to meet an everyday hero, Officer Ryan Holets. Officer Holets and his wife, Rebecca, came into the spotlight after they graciously offered to adopt the baby of Crystal Champ, a homeless woman battling heroin addiction while she was eight months pregnant.

Recreational Marijuana: When Legal and Beneficial Aren’t Synonymous

Recreational Marijuana: When Legal and Beneficial Aren’t Synonymous
We live in a day when the laws of our land don’t necessarily represent what is healthy, moral, or wise.