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The status quo is failing us 

Reducing overdose deaths is a priority worthy of the resources allocated by our local and federal governments. Just knowing these fatalities have quadrupled in the last decade drives home the urgency for effective interventions. But pervasive misinformation surrounding drug use, ...

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The double-glazed glass ceiling (access required)

“The bias that I face as a woman of color has become the elephant in the room. It means that I have to keep proving myself to clients, peers, superiors, and subordinates, even after each success. Sometimes others assume that ...

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A reminder on new PPP changes

President Biden recently announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, including a new 14-day window where loan applications must be exclusive to small businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. As a result of this change, the PPP is ...

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Blood plasma can help us live with COVID-19

This past year has forced many of us to experience more isolation than ever before. With over 2 million deaths worldwide and more than 650,000 U.S. hospitalizations, almost every American knows someone who has been impacted by COVID-19. The new ...

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Protecting those being treated for addiction (access required)

No one who suffers from addiction should be subjected to sexual harassment or abuse as a condition of getting help. In Maryland, this fundamental principle has been violated because women themselves have been violated in addiction treatment facilities. Regrettably, the ...

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The 5 biggest myths about the Paycheck Protection Program (access required)

Through the first month of the 2021 version of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), about half of the $284 billion allocated to the program this round have been secured by businesses impacted by the pandemic. That leaves a lot ...

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Democracy depends on people doing the right thing (access required)

As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to offer. In particular, I keep returning to ...

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Mediating gun violence in Baltimore (access required)

For more than two decades, young people killed each other over lucrative drug trading territory in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City. The area was so dangerous locals called it “Baby Afghanistan.” “Lots of shootings and murders,” says Elgin ...

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The Conversation: Americans still need a lifeline (access required)

As Congress prepares another injection of COVID-19 aid for businesses and individuals, there’s been debate about whether it’s necessary on top of the $3.5 trillion spent so far. President Joe Biden had initially hoped to get bipartisan support for his ...

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Making health care in Md. more affordable (access required)

In addition to the devastating health impact of COVID-19, the pandemic has also caused undue financial stress on Maryland families, forcing many to choose between their health and financial stability. Unfortunately, some health insurers are making matters worse by preventing ...

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