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Jeff Beeson: Using data to fight the crisis

On average, 115 people die from a drug overdose in the United States every day. It’s the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 50. In the past, drug addiction was historically associated with poor, urban communities ...

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Sean Kennedy: The good, the bad and the ugly on the opioid front

First the bad. Four times as many Marylanders died of opioid overdoses (2,044) than died in traffic accidents in 2016 (505). Almost 90 percent of all drug and alcohol poisonings in Maryland were opioid-related. That grim toll might climb further ...

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Max Boot: The value of a diverse student body

The controversy over race and admissions at elite educational institutions is heating up. Harvard University is under pressure to stop discriminating against Asian Americans, who make up a smaller percentage of its student body (22.2 percent) than their grades and ...

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James P. Scanlan: Discipline disparities in Md. schools

On Aug. 13, 2013, at a time when the Maryland Department of Education was considering relaxing discipline standards in order to reduce the several-fold racial differences in out-of-school suspensions commonly observed in the state’s public schools, I published a commentary ...

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