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INCB say Uruguay's move breaks UN Treaty & proclaim cannabis as more carcinogenic than smoking tobacco!

INCB say Uruguay's move breaks UN Treaty & proclaim cannabis as more carcinogenic than smoking tobacco! | Drug addiction ScoopIt-Byung Kim | Scoop.it
VIENNA (Reuters) - Uruguay's legalisation of marijuana violates an international drug control convention and fails to consider a negative health impact, a body set up to monitor compliance with the five-decade-old...

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Studies have shown that marijuana contains more carcinogens (cancer causing properties) than tobacco. This article would be directly aimed at not only smokers, but people who abuse these types of drugs. This relates back to my topic because it describes the dangers of marijuana

 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, December 11, 2013 5:59 PM

The INCB statement says: "Cannabis is not only addictive but may also affect some fundamental brain functions, IQ potential, and academic and job performance and impair driving skills. Smoking cannabis is more carcinogenic than smoking tobacco,"

A combination of exaggeration, scare tactics and nonsense!

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The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers

The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers | Drug addiction ScoopIt-Byung Kim | Scoop.it

NEW YORK — Despite an increased emphasis on treatment and prevention programs in recent years, the Obama administration in its 2013 budget still requested $25.6 billion in federal spending on the drug war. Of that, $15 billion would go to law enforcement, interdiction and international efforts.

The pro-reform Drug Policy Alliance estimates that when you combine state and local spending on everything from drug-related arrests to prison, the total cost adds up to at least $51 billion per year. Over four decades, the group says, American taxpayers have dished out $1 trillion on the drug war.

What all that money has helped produce — aside from unchanged drug addiction rates — is the world’s highest incarceration rate. According to the Sentencing Project, 2.2 million Americans are in prison or jail.

More than half of federal prisoners are incarcerated for drug crimes in 2010, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and that number has only just dipped below 50 percent in 2011. Despite more relaxed attitudes among the public at large toward non-violent offenses like marijuana use, the number of people in federal prison for drug offenses spiked from 74,276 in 2000 to 97,472 in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The punishment falls disproportionately on people of color. Blacks make up 50 percent of the state and local prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes. Black kids are 10 times more likely to be arrested for drug crimes than white ones — even though white kids are more likely to abuse drugs.

A chart produced by the American Civil Liberties Union shows just how staggeringly large the US prison population has grown.


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This article gives a consequence to what happens to those who abuse drugs. Many go down this path and never look back, which is why this article is geared towards teenagers to warn them.

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The Ryno's curator insight, April 10, 2013 1:14 PM

The War on Drugs is an abject failure, pushed on by pharmaceutical companies who want their drugs to be the only legal drugs, private prison industry that wants to keep their beds filled, and local law enforcement that needs the Federal money to pay the bills. Notice how none of those factors is public health and safety. 

Rishi Suresh's curator insight, December 11, 2014 12:26 AM

The political viewpoint of this article aside, what it is saying is that in 2010, more than half of all federal incarcerated criminals were arrested for drug crimes. In addition, it shows the social view towards drug abusers, as it says Caucasians are more likely to actually use drugs, but African-Americans are 10 times as likely to be arrested for the crime. 

 

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Celebrity Rehab Success Stories

Celebrity Rehab Success Stories | Drug addiction ScoopIt-Byung Kim | Scoop.it

“Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn't matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover.” ―...My Comment: Drug Addiction Should Be Treated As A Disease, Not A Crime


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This article gives a motivation to those who are drug abusers and want to rehabilitate. These celebrities are people who were just like the abusers, but managed to push through and triumph. I included this in my ScoopIt because this article would be a good morale booster for drug abusers.

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Social Implications of Drug Addiction

According to UNDCP study for the World Summit for Social Development, Social Implications of Drug Addiction come into various ways like: Family and community: Rapid social, economic and technologic...

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I found this article interesting because it argues drug addiction as a social phenomenon. This would be targeted at anyone who wants to be aware (especially teens) of why drug addiction occurs.

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Afghanistan, the drug addiction capital

Afghanistan, the drug addiction capital | Drug addiction ScoopIt-Byung Kim | Scoop.it
Afghanistan produces 90% of all opiate drugs in the world, but was not a major consumer until recently - now, more than a million Afghans are addicted.

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This article shows not it's not only in the western world that consumes drugs, but also in different parts of the world. Aimed at the public to help them be aware of the world, drug addiction occurs anywhere else.

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A Line Of Jewelry Inspired By Illicit Drugs

A Line Of Jewelry Inspired By Illicit Drugs | Drug addiction ScoopIt-Byung Kim | Scoop.it
The jewelry, by Aroha Silhouettes, turns the molecular structures of coke, meth, LSD, and more into intricate accessories. I'll take the overdose necklace, please.

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I included this article because this is exactly why the younger generations tend to use illegal drugs or abuse legal ones. This article is directly targeted at parents because popular culture glorifies drugs as the only way to have fun or making them sound amazing. Although it may not be intended to have these outcomes, but possibilities of the media are endless. Furthermore, this relates to my topic of drug addiction because if popular culture continues to influence the minds of the young, it could possibly lead to a higher rate of drug addiction.

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Addiction is not something we can control


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I included this in my article to give the other side of the story. Many articles talk about how rehabilitation and other ways to control addiction. However, this particular article talks about how we can't control our addictions.

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What is Cocaine and Their Dangerous Effects

What is Cocaine and Their Dangerous Effects | Drug addiction ScoopIt-Byung Kim | Scoop.it
According to Medical Professional Cocaine is categorized as a stimulant drug which is also known as a recreational drug. Cocaine has a large number of other names such as coke, crack, flake, rock a...

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This article also explains the dangers of drug addiction, but I would assume that this article is directed at teens due to the pictures and more flashing colors. It relates to my topic of drug addiction because it explains what cocaine can do to you physicaly, psycologically, and socially.

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Side Effects of Cocaine Abuse

Side Effects of Cocaine Abuse | Drug addiction ScoopIt-Byung Kim | Scoop.it
Cocaine is a deadly drug that is found to have negative effects on the physical health of the abuser. The effects of cocaine are noticed on brain, heart, throat, lungs, and on other vital body orga...

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This article explains the dangers of using cocaine. Targeted at directly those who depend on cocaine to function, the article relates to my topic of drug addiction by explaning dependence and abuse/side effects.

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INCB say Uruguay's move breaks UN Treaty & proclaim cannabis as more carcinogenic than smoking tobacco!

INCB say Uruguay's move breaks UN Treaty & proclaim cannabis as more carcinogenic than smoking tobacco! | Drug addiction ScoopIt-Byung Kim | Scoop.it
VIENNA (Reuters) - Uruguay's legalisation of marijuana violates an international drug control convention and fails to consider a negative health impact, a body set up to monitor compliance with the five-decade-old...

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Byung Kim's insight:

Studies have shown that marijuana contains more carcinogens (cancer causing properties) than tobacco. This article would be directly aimed at not only smokers, but people who abuse these types of drugs. This relates back to my topic because it describes the dangers of marijuana

 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, December 11, 2013 5:59 PM

The INCB statement says: "Cannabis is not only addictive but may also affect some fundamental brain functions, IQ potential, and academic and job performance and impair driving skills. Smoking cannabis is more carcinogenic than smoking tobacco,"

A combination of exaggeration, scare tactics and nonsense!

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Acid-Suppressing Drugs Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency - New York Times (blog)

Acid-Suppressing Drugs Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency - New York Times (blog) | Drug addiction ScoopIt-Byung Kim | Scoop.it
New York Times (blog) Acid-Suppressing Drugs Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency New York Times (blog) People who use certain acid-suppressing drugs for two years or longer are at increased risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, which can lead to anemia,...
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I added this article to my ScoopIt because I thought this was interesting to read. Studies showed that certain acid-suppressing drugs (if used for two years or longer) can inevitably result in vitamin B12 deficiency. This is crucial for parents and teenagers to read because vitamin B12 is essential in the development as well as functioning of the brain and forming blood. Lastly it relates to my subject of drug addiction because addicts are going down this path that will lead them to if not death, loss in brain development.

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