drugs http://iowapublicradio.org en Surviving a Dysfunctional Family during the Holidays http://iowapublicradio.org/post/surviving-dysfunctional-family-during-holidays <p>The holidays bring families together and sometimes that can cause stress.&nbsp; In fact, navigating family togetherness when hurt and dysfunction abounds can seem impossible.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:01:37 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 33485 at http://iowapublicradio.org Surviving a Dysfunctional Family during the Holidays Iowa's Mandatory Minimum Sentencing & Special Courts http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-mandatory-minimum-sentencing-special-courts-2 <p>We continue our series on corrections in Iowa by talking about mandatory minimum sentences. What is the goal of mandatory sentences and how effective are they? What are their legal, social and economic impacts?</p><p>In the second half hour, host Ben Kieffer takes a look at Iowa’s special courts – drug courts and mental health courts, for example. We find out how they work differently than conventional courts, the case for how special courts save lives and money, and why several drug courts in the state have closed.</p><p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:13:31 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Ben Kieffer 23633 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Mandatory Minimum Sentencing & Special Courts Legislative Monday: Health Exchanges and K2 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-monday-health-exchanges-and-k2 <p>States are forming health insurance exchanges in advance of a mandate from the federal government.&nbsp; Host Joyce Russell talks about the bill to set up Iowa&rsquo;s exchange.&nbsp; Then, we talk about efforts to put further restrictions on synthetic marijuana, or K2.&nbsp; That comes after a death, and several hospitalizations involving Iowa teenagers.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Joyce Russell 194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Heroin in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/heroin-iowa <p>Deaths from heroin overdoses have spiked in Iowa in recent months and the Drug Enforcement Agency reports a cheaper, more potent version of the drug is in the state. We&#39;ll examine the drug&#39;s prevalence with Dale Woolery of the Governor&#39;s Office of Drug Control Policy and Kelly Reitzler of the Area Substance Abuse Council in Cedar Rapids.</p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 173 at http://iowapublicradio.org