Carrie Wade

Why is opioid addiction on the rise despite a decline in prescriptions?

Opioid prescription rates have fallen continuously since their peak in 2010. Prescriptions, which had more than quadrupled from 180 morphine milligram equivalents per-capita in 1999 to 782 in …

E-cigarette regulation is hurting, not helping, society

Every so often, a burst of technology can change society’s trajectory in major ways. Airplanes have shrunk world travel to less than 24 hours. Cellphones have freed us …

Why is Chuck Schumer so afraid of consumers who want to snort chocolate?

It seems that you can snort just about anything these days. That has Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., worried. In 2015, he introduced a bill to prevent sales of …

TESTIMONY: R Street opposes ordinance amending Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 5.91 to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products

The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy research organization based in Washington, with a Western region office in Sacramento, California. We strive to promote free markets …

Harm reduction is about making better choices, not perfect ones

Dr. Mark Boom, president and CEO of the Houston Methodist hospital system in Texas, suggests in a recent piece in The Hill that proponents of vaping are simply …

Testimony in opposition to San Francisco ordinance amending Health Code Article 19Q.1

The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy research organization based in Washington, with a Western region office in Sacramento, California. We strive to promote free markets …

Testimony in opposition to Contra Costa County Ordinance No. 2017-01

The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy research organization based in Washington, with a Western region office in Sacramento, California. We strive to promote free markets …

California needs to think twice about banning flavored e-cigarettes

Drug use can kill people. Smoking can kill people. But these behaviors don’t have to, and Californians know it. California—especially the Bay Area—has been a leader in promoting proven …

Public health experts to Congress: Support H.R. 1136 to update the FDA’s deeming date for nicotine-delivery products

Dear Member of Congress, We, the undersigned public health experts and practitioners, ask you to support House Resolution 1136, introduced by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Rep. Sanford Bishop …

Oppose: Louisiana House Bill 271

Mr. Chairman, My name is Carrie Wade and I serve as director of harm reduction policy at the R Street Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public-policy research organization headquartered in …

How Scott Gottlieb’s ‘boring’ approach could transform the FDA

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, confirmed earlier this week by the U.S. Senate to become the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, has a pragmatic—some might even say …

Fierce debates dominate D.C.’s first E-Cigarette Summit

If you imagined an e-cigarette conference full of policymakers at a Marriott in Washington would be a tame event, you would be wrong. I suppose I shouldn’t be …

Testimony: Oakland ordinance prohibiting sale of flavored tobacco products

In OPPOSITION to Ordinance Amending Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 5.91 To Prohibit the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy research organization based in …

Letter: Don’t classify use of ecigarettes as smoking

As a medical doctor who has pioneered new smoking cessation efforts, a therapist heavily involved in issues that impact the LGBT community and the Director of Harm Reduction …

Lawmakers must recognize that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit

As the electronic cigarette industry prepares for the devastating impact of Food and Drug Administration rules that would force nearly all products off the market 15 months from now, …

Nixing e-cigarettes because of flavor is nonsensical

I like Jolly Ranchers, especially cherry-flavored ones. The flavor doesn't dull as they dissolve, they last a few minutes, they are relatively low in calories, and they disrupt …

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