Gloucester, MA, Police Will Treat Drug Addiction As A Disease, Not A Crime


Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello has initiated a program within the city to treat drug addiction as a disease rather than a crime. Under the new program, addicts who come in to a police station with the remainder of their drugs and supplies will not be charged with a crime, but will be assigned an “angel” on the spot to walk them through the process of treatment, detox, and recovery. In addition, Nasal Narcan, a life-saving drug that treats heroin and opiate overdoses, will be made available for free in local pharmacies, paid for by money seized from drug dealers. Chief Campanello is going to be traveling to Washington, D.C. to speak with national leaders about Gloucester’s revolutionary plan for treating addiction and to challenge them to make these changes on the federal level. [The Atlantic]


In less optimistic police-related news, here’s a rundown of why police brutality is part of an entrenched law enforcement culture, including police closeness with prosecutors, police culture that makes it easy for officers to close ranks around a cop who’s been charged with brutality, and decentralized government oversight of police departments. We are taking small steps forward, with reparations being made to police torture victims in Chicago and searchable police brutality and lawsuit databases being established in Baltimore and New York state, but we’re taking those steps slowly and only after a great deal of violence has taken place. [VICE]


Philip Zimbardo, psychologist of Stanford Prison Experiment fame, has produced a TED talk, a series of speeches, and now a book about why men are “failing.” Are you shocked to learn that he believes the reason is that our culture favors women? Everything he has to say on the subject is riddled with logical sinkholes and outdated language and ideas about gender, but I don’t expect more from a man who is best known for an experiment he botched four decades ago. [The Guardian]


Following the acclaim of Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts and Anne Garétta’s Sphinx, recently-published novels both of which reject a gender binary, Flavorwire has compiled a reading list of the best non-binary and gender-fluid contemporary novels. It covers everything from Virginia Woolf to China Mieville and highlights some of the best sci-fi of recent memory as well. [Flavorwire]

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