It is no secret that the Mexican prison system could use some major improvement. With roughly 200,000 inmates currently behind bars, over-crowding is a main problem and the need for more room is urgent. It seems that on an almost monthly basis, there are new reports of prison riots and inmates dead or injured. While there are 12 new maximum security prisons presently being built and should be ready for use by 2011, one has to wonder if space is the only issue.
The vast majority of inmates currently being … [Read the rest]
About a hundred years ago, drugs in the United States weren't usually regulated. Over-the-counter pills, such as aspirin and cold remedies, contained heroin and cocaine, with the responsibility for safety placed on the consumer's shoulders. If you weren't careful, the medicine you took to cure you could also kill you. In 1914, however, the Harrison Tax Act, limited the sale of heroin and went on to restrict cocaine sales, too.
In a little over two decades, Federal health regulations were overseen by the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act of 1938; … [Read the rest]