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Ecstasy remains a choice for many despite risks - but tougher approaches have no deterrent effect

Ecstasy remains a choice for many despite risks - but tougher approaches have no deterrent effect | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it
Drug policy researcher Julian Buchanan told the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs conference this week that an international comparison of drug policies indicated that tougher approaches had no deterrent effect.

"It just makes drug use much more dangerous," Associate Professor Buchanan said.

When drugs were pushed underground, users had no idea of the strength, purity and content of the drug, which could be mixed with toxic ingredients, he said.

"The first and foremost change to reduce harm and restore human rights would be to prioritise the decriminalisation of personal possession of all substances."

Via Julian Buchanan
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I can't believe that this is still available and dangerous as I read.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, November 16, 2014 4:23 PM

Nice to be quoted accurately and fairly :)

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 17, 2014 3:38 AM

"The first and foremost change to reduce harm and restore human rights would be to prioritise the decriminalisation of personal possession of all substances."

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NBC/WSJ Poll: Americans Think Sugar Is Worse Than Pot - NBCNews.com

NBC/WSJ Poll: Americans Think Sugar Is Worse Than Pot - NBCNews.com | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it

NBC/WSJ Poll: Americans Think Sugar Is Worse Than Pot
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From the outside, you'd never know MMT was there. Owner Jeremy Bufford ...

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Great article, well worth the read, I.M.H.O.!! I agree with this about sugar& cannabis. 

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Methadone or Buprenorphine for Maintenance Therapy of Opioid Addiction: What's the Right Duration? http://t.co/Ja03Xa7V9q
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Common Myths, Lies and Misconceptions Informing Drug Policy

Common Myths, Lies and Misconceptions Informing Drug Policy | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it

Drug law and policy has its roots in fear, ignorance, racism and vested interest. Sadly, this has changed little over the years. Drug law and policy continues to be shaped more by punitive populism and moral crusades rather than scientific evidence, reason and rationality.


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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, October 14, 2013 12:10 AM

I did this for a lecture and thought it might be useful to share - although punchy and accessible in style, each point is carefully considered and can be academically supported.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, February 2, 2014 7:26 PM

A lot of good points about drugs, our policies toward them, and effectiveness of our drug laws. -Lon

Roy's curator insight, February 22, 2014 5:49 AM

Drug  law  and  policy.

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'Miracle drug' touted in fight against heroin deaths - nwitimes.com

'Miracle drug' touted in fight against heroin deaths - nwitimes.com | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it
'Miracle drug' touted in fight against heroin deaths nwitimes.com ...
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Impact of Cannabis Use during Stabilization on Methadone Maintenance Treatment - Scavone - 2013 - The American Journal on Addictions - Wiley Online Library

Impact of Cannabis Use during Stabilization on Methadone Maintenance Treatment - Scavone - 2013 - The American Journal on Addictions - Wiley Online Library | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it
Impact of Cannabis Use during Stabilization on Methadone Maintenance Treatment - Scavone - 2013... http://t.co/dqedObXq5C
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ARTICLE: Trends in Alcohol and Other Drugs Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers in the United States, 1999–2010

ARTICLE: Trends in Alcohol and Other Drugs Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers in the United States, 1999–2010 | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it

 The increase in the prevalence of nonalcohol drugs was observed in all age groups and both sexes. These results indicate that nonalcohol drugs, particularly marijuana, are increasingly detected in fatally injured drivers.


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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, February 4, 2014 5:56 PM

Drugs like cannabis can be detect days , weeks even months later, so presence is not indicative of intoxication or impairment.

What really matters is drug impaired driving.

What percentage of fatal crashes involve cannabis impairment rather than cannabis presence?

Do these figures incl. alcohol + cannabis?

What are the figures for fatal crashes when cannabis was the only drug present and the levels detected suggest impairment?


Importantly the article acknowledges:

"There is no universally accepted definition of drug impairment. Further, in this study, a positive drug test could represent an inactive drug metabolite resulting from past use. It is possible for a driver to test positive for cannabinol in the blood up to 1 week after use. Thus, the prevalence of nonalcohol drugs reported in this study should be interpreted as an indicator of drug use, not necessarily a measurement of drug impairment" (p.6)

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Poor retention on buprenorphine cf. methadone. Also front page ...

Poor retention on buprenorphine cf. methadone. Also front page ... | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it
Poor retention on buprenorphine cf. methadone. Also front page article in NYT on bupe. Hser YI, Saxon AJ … Ling W. Treatment Retention among Patients Randomized to Buprenorphine/Naloxone Compared to Methadone in ...
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A Drug-by-Drug Guide to a Rational UK Drug Policy | #EndAllPunishmentForPossession

A Drug-by-Drug Guide to a Rational UK Drug Policy | #EndAllPunishmentForPossession | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it
This is how the United Kingdom would be taking drugs if the law had anything to do with how harmful they actually are.

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Could a compound found in cannabis treat epilepsy? - Health News - NHS Choices

Could a compound found in cannabis treat epilepsy? - Health News - NHS Choices | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it

The summary of evidence on the potential use of the active ingredients in cannabis to reduce epileptic seizures highlights one thing: the evidence does not point to any clear answers.

 

This summary also has a significant risk of bias because it did not employ systematic methods to identify all the relevant information on the topic.

 

Nonetheless, it reached cautious conclusions, highlighting the need for more robust information from randomised controlled trials (RCT) to inform the debate.


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What is Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)?

What is Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)? | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it
In the early 1960's, two New York physicians, Vincent Dole and Marie Nyswander, discovered that if methadone is taken every day - called a "maintenance dose" - (Methadone is not a cure for addiction, and it is used as part of a recovery program...
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Methadone maintenance therapy during pregnancy

has been used for treatment of opioid addiction during pregnancy since the 1960s. Perinatal methadone substitution therapy provides several potential maternal, obstetrical, and neonatal benefits ().
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Why Are These Judges Ordering Patients to Stop ...

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“Ordering people to stop treatment is bad for patients and the public. (RT @NYHarmReduction: SHAME!” (Why Are These Judges Ordering Patients to Stop Drug Treatment?
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Wife's shooting death haunted Burroughs, says new bio - STLtoday.com

Wife's shooting death haunted Burroughs, says new bio - STLtoday.com | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it
Wife's shooting death haunted Burroughs, says new bio STLtoday.com But the last 17 years of his life, he was on a maintenance dose of legally prescribed methadone.
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I Believe In Methadone Treatment | Sober Mommies Blog

I Believe In Methadone Treatment | Sober Mommies Blog | addiction and treatment, family, understanding. | Scoop.it
My name is Adam and I am not a sober mom. I have, however, been working in the addiction field for more than a decade. Throughout these years I have worked in numerous types of treatment facilities. I have worked in ...
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