DEA And Opioid Distributors, Undocumented Dairy Workers, Wrongful Convictions

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A new report shows that Congress weakened the Drug Enforcement Agency’s ability to crack down on opioid drug distributors. We find out how it could affect the fight against the opioid epidemic. Wisconsin’s dairy farms rely heavily on the labor of undocumented immigrants. We look into how the industry got to that point and how political issues are impacting farms and workers. We also discuss the psychology and politics that lead to wrongful convictions in the justice system.

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  • Where We Stand In The Opioid Epidemic After New Report

    A new report from the Washington Post and 60 Minutes takes a hard look at a bill that was passed in April of 2016 that effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of its power to go after prescription drug distributors. The report says that a handful of Congresspeople worked with some of the nation’s biggest prescription drug distributors to persuade the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to more the more industry-friendly law, known as the Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act. This was passed at the height of the opioid epidemic.

    How has the opioid epidemic touched your life? What do you think about this new report? What do you think should be done to address this nationwide crisis? What kind of changes would you like to see to legislation or prescribing guidelines?

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    Here is a link to WisContext reporting on the opioid epidemic in Wisconsin.
  • The Wisconsin Dairy Industry's Reliance On Immigrant Workers

    A new report from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism looks at how Wisconsin’s dairy industry has come to depend so heavily on immigrant labor, and how government policies and laws play into it.

  • The Systemic Reasons For Wrongful Convictions

    More than 2,100 known exonerations have taken place in the U.S. since 1989, according to The National Registry of Exonerations. We talk with a former prosecutor about how his beliefs about wrongful convictions changed over time and about the issues within the system that can play a role in this issue. We also discuss possible solutions for these problems and consider the future of the innocence movement in this country.

    Have you – or someone you know – faced wrongful conviction? Do you know someone who was exonerated? Do you think wrongful convictions are a major problem in the justice system? You can join our conversation by emailing, posting on the Ideas Network Facebook page and tweeting at @centraltimewpr.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Host
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Breann Schossow Producer
  • Dr. Caleb Alexander Guest
  • Dee Hall Guest
  • Mark Godsey Guest

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