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    Pill control is not enough

    More widespread availability of anti-addiction medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone would help with the opioid crisis, Sally Satel writes in Politico, as would “a better addiction treatment infrastructure.” Motivated patients also benefit greatly from cognitive behavioral therapy and from the hard work of recovery—healing family rifts, reintegrating into the…
    Joseph Coletti, March 9, 2018
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    Missing workers, missing black men

    Two recent analyses illustrate some of the underlying challenges in America. Labor force participation is lower in states that voted for Donald Trump, and even lower in the metropolitan areas that voted for Trump in those states. Unemployment rates are lower than in blue states, but it is…
    Joseph Coletti, March 7, 2018
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    State awards additional $59,400 to sex ed advocacy group

    SHIFT NC, which seeks to “improve adolescent and young adult sexual health,” will receive an additional $59,400 in federal funds from the N.C. State Board of Education. Combined with the $211,600 contract awarded in 2016, the total received for this contract is $271,000. The description of the amendment to the…
    Terry Stoops, February 22, 2018
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    Do Boring Things

    Kevan Kjar has helped me understand a lot about the importance of telling a story. Like all good advice, I heed it more in the breach. Kevan has some stickers printed with the phrase “Do Hard Things.” Yes, there’s a story behind the sticker. Reading the review…
    Joseph Coletti, February 16, 2018
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    Private action succeeds more than government

    Philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and politicians in a Philanthropy Roundtable video explain why private actors have done and can do better than government in addressing social problems and building social capital. Andy Smarick notes that civil society has been responsible for the many of the “most important things that have happened…
    Joseph Coletti, January 31, 2018
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    Energy codes help the rich, hurt the poor

    North Carolina’s building code for energy conservation is nowhere near as strict as California’s. A new working paper suggests this is a good thing if we care about living conditions for people with low incomes. stricter codes create a non-trivial reduction in homes’ square footage and the number…
    Joseph Coletti, January 22, 2018
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    Long-term care insurance

    Markets are not painless panaceas to prickly problems. We can marvel at the marvels of markets in the old movie Trading Places when the Duke brothers’ plans are foiled and they fall into financial ruin, but the pain that comes from bad outcomes from the best of intentions can have…
    Joseph Coletti, January 19, 2018
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    Questioning the ‘deaths of despair’ argument

    A new paper challenges the notion that the rise in overdose deaths is tied to economic conditions. The authors conclude, “the fatal overdose epidemic is likely to primarily reflect drug problems rather than deaths of despair.” I’m not sure if that’s reassuring, but it does suggest caution when examining…
    Joseph Coletti, January 8, 2018