There are many ways to prevent some violent tragedies, including high-quality mental-health treatment at all levels. But calling for more involuntary hospitalizations isn’t among them.
Caring for my dying parents reintroduced substances into my life.
Narcotics-related mortality in the U.S. has been on the rise for years. Should it be easier for addicts to inject as safely as possible?
New guidelines from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education urge schools to abandon "zero-tolerance" policies.
For young, progressive Catholics in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the new pope is inaugurating a new era: one where the issues that matter to them are back in the spotlight.
In Eric Holder's suggested substitution for mandatory minimum jail sentences, a troubling intersection of public health and criminal justice
In a desperately poor, dangerous part of town, Memphis Street Academy decided to ditch its metal detectors and focus on supporting students. Violence dropped by 90 percent.
A social worker familiar with Philadelphia's often violent schools says cuts to support staff could be disastrous.
Amid criticism of America's continued war on drugs, Dr. Kermit Gosnell -- who could have been arrested for murder years earlier if medical oversight agencies had been more vigilant -- was only taken down when he crossed the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The poor women who landed on at the door of a doctor who allegedly performed late-term abortions would not have been shunted into that market if earlier services were safely and freely available.
Rapper Lil Wayne's seizures and hospitalization highlight a double standard in hustler culture. Crack cocaine and heroin users are considered junkies. Meanwhile codeine "sizzurp" and pills are less stigmatized, but not necessarily any more benign.
Reintroducing patients with PTSD to whatever triggers their symptoms -- gradually, in a clinical setting -- can be effective. Veterans Chris Kyle and Eddie Ray Routh were not at a shooting range as part of exposure therapy.
Philadelphia's mental health interventions aim to prevent random acts of violence and misguided jail time.