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Controversial Topics (Pro/Con)

Issues by Topic

Abortion | Alcohol/Drugs | Assisted Suicide | Death Penalty | Environmental | Gambling | Gun Control | Immigration
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Almanac of Policy Issues: Abortion [?]

Provides overview of the issue, news, statistics, & links to many external resources.

American Civil Liberties Union [?]

Presents Pro-Choice viewpoint with current news, timelines, legislation, links to additional resources, & more.

National Right to Life [?]

Presents Pro-Life viewpoint, with current news, factsheets, & legislation.

Alcohol & Drugs

CDC: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [?]

Fast Facts about Illicit Drugs--includes statistics & data by territory or state.

DEA: Drug Enforcement Agency [?]

Provides background information on variety of drugs, including Control Status, Trafficking Trends, Legislation, & more.

Office of National Drug Control Policy Publications [?]

Searchable database that includes research documents, topical information, and resources for relevant information (including Health & the Justice System).

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information [?]

Provides links to information on specific drugs, current issues, & by audience (i.e. College Students, Minority Groups, Gender, etc.).

National Institute on Drug Abuse [?]

A division of the National Institute on Health, this site includes information about "Drugs of Abuse", as well as related topics like Trends & Statistics, Drug Testing, Addiction Science, etc.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices [?]

NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities.

SAMSA: Substance Abuse & Mental Services Administration [?]

Provides information on a broad range of topics & includes current related news, statistics, & links to treatment locators.

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Assisted Suicide / Euthanasia

ProCon.Org: Euthanasia [?]

Presents facts, laws, surveys, and pro and con statements on questions related to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

American Medical Association: Euthanasia [?]

Provides links to variety of articles--ethical and medical--from the physicians' point of view. [?]

Site takes "con" side against euthanasia & includes links to news articles, statutes, & other sites.

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Death Penalty

Almanac of Policy Issues: Death Penalty [?]

Provides overview of the issue, news, statistics, & links to many external resources.

Death Penalty Curriculum [?]

Interactive site geared toward high school students that includes statistics, pro & con arguments, links to additional resources, & more.

Death Penalty Information Center [?]

Contains current news, a searchable execution database, state statistics, & more.

ProCon.Org: Death Penalty [?]

Presents facts, laws, cases, and pro and con statements on questions related to capital punishment and the death penalty.

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Environmental Issues

Almanac of Policy Issues: Environment [?]

Provides overview of the issues, news, statistics, & links to many external resources.Can be narrowed down to Air Quality, Energy, Global Warming, Hazardous Waste, Land Use, Recycling, Toxics & Pesticides, Water Quality & Wildlife.

The Environment Directory [?]

Provides links to a broad range of web resources, ranging from agriculture to wildlife.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [?]

Browse by broad topics--such as air or pollution prevention--or check the A-Z listing of the most popular topics. Includes links to the Federal Register of environmental documents, a glossary of environmental terms & acronyms, & resource links. You can also search by zipcode to find environmental issues by geographic location.

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Almanac of Policy Issues: Gambling [?]

Provides links to additional resources on of the issue, including site listings & articles.

Center for Gaming Research [?]

Created by UNLV, it includes the history & news of well-known companies & analysis of Nevada's gaming statistics. Go to the "Reading Room" for articles, research guides, & law information.

Gaming Statistics by State [?]

Provides links to 21 State Gaming Agencies

North American Gaming Regulators Association [?]

Includes links to resources on Indian Gambling, Gambling Addiction, Gaming Agencies, & Regulation.

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Gun Control

Almanac of Policy Issues: Gun Control [?]

Provides overview of the issue, statistics, & links to many external resources.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives [?]

Includes statistics, regulations, news, & more information regarding firearms.

Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research [?]

Includes original research & publications, as well as links to additional resources.

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ProCon.Org: Immigration [?]

Presents facts, laws, and pro and con statements on questions related to illegal immigration in the United States.

Cato Institute: Immigration [?]

Presents a "Pro" Immigration viewpoint & includes links to news articles, briefings, & studies.

NC State University: Immigration [?]

Provides variety of resources for both sides of the issue.

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