Christopher Dale

Christopher Dale writes on politics, society, parenting, and recovery-based issues. His work has appeared in Salon, The Daily Beast, and, among other outlets, and he is a contributing writer for The Fix, a sober-lifestyle website. Follow him on Twitter at @ChrisDaleWriter.

Recent Articles

It's Time To Go Further to End the Opioid Crisis

The rising death toll is a warning that Congress and the White House need to take more decisive action. If they can’t, or won’t, Americans should turn to the courts.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Shortly after the Centers for Disease Control issued the sobering news that an estimated 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year—the most ever—the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 . Approved with bipartisan support on September 17, the bill takes reasonable measures to combat the over-prescription of opioid painkillers and slow the flow of illicit drugs, such as the hyper-lethal fentanyl, entering the country. The measure includes improved detection and testing technology at the border; grants for comprehensive treatment recovery centers in the hardest-hit communities; first-responder training; and support services for children and families affected by the crisis. But the legislation also has vague language about setting more stringent requirements for manufacturers and distributors, including a provision allowing the Food and Drug Administration to require drug makers to package smaller quantities of controlled substances like opioids, and...