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White House Pushes 'Drug Policy Reform,' a.k.a. Prohibition - Hit & Run

White House Pushes 'Drug Policy Reform,' a.k.a. Prohibition - Hit & Run | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
Today the Obama administration hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Drug Policy Reform. But don't be confused: Although "drug policy reform" usually means moving away from the use of violence to stop people from consuming arbitrarily proscribed psychoactive substances, that is not what President Obama has in mind."

Via Julian Buchanan
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The citizens of the US should be informed on what decisions are being made in the White House that affect all of us. This article shows us that drug abuse is not just coming from the criminals locked up, it's also coming from our streets. This tactic suggests that the way to stop drug addiction or decrease the rate is to threaten the dealers with jail time. This means that the best way to take down a problem is through the source right? WRONG! Although getting the drug dealers off of the street may do some good, it will not permanently end the drug war. We have seen that when people can't get to their drugs they will be willing to do anything to find some source, so why would getting the dealers now off the street really imact the rates? Drug buyers can become drug dealers without any college degree, so it's not like there will be a break before the epidemic emerges again. What happens if taking the drug dealers out of the picture causes more violence because the buyers will become more vicious in order to get their drugs? There is a lot of factors that have to be taken into consideration when it comes to how to end the drug war, not on a temporary basis but permanently becuase drug addiction can end this world quicker than it's suppose to be.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, December 9, 2013 4:23 PM

The prohibitionists have been repositioning and rebranding themselves for the past year. They are forced to shift from incarceration so have moved to Drug Court (companies will make money in drug testing paraphinalia and delivering abstinence 'treatment').
They are shifting from shock horror misinformation - to subtle questioning using redherrings and strawmen. They have shifted from drug a crime problem to drugs a medical problem neuroscience problem in which brain scans become the new measurement.
Once brain scan 'prove' addiction who know what controls might be excercised on 'addicts'.
Essentially its prohibition of those substances listed in the UN Convention but with a new strategy - but those States who have legalised cannabis will continue to present a headache. One strategy might be for the US to make an exception.

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Police: We Have Mayor's Alleged Crack Video

Police: We Have Mayor's Alleged Crack Video | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
TORONTO -- TORONTO (AP) — Toronto's police chief said Thursday they have recovered a video deleted from a computer that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking from a crack pipe.
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Supply and demand: the changing nature of the War on Drugs

Supply and demand: the changing nature of the War on Drugs | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
The United Nations has recently announced that Peru has taken over Colombia as the largest producer of illegal coca leaves, the base for the drug cocaine.
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Toxic bootleg alcohol kills dozens in India - Aljazeera.com

Toxic bootleg alcohol kills dozens in India - Aljazeera.com | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
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Toxic bootleg alcohol kills dozens in India
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At least 32 people have died after drinking toxic bootleg alcohol in northern India, while dozens more have fallen ill.
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I chose this article to show that the drug epidemic does not only exist in the US. Other countries are struggling to get ahead of the drug war. It's become where people think that it's safe to make their own homemade drugs which might be more dangerous than the drug itself if the right information about different drugs and chemicals isn't referenced. Too many people are dying becuase of the unsafe uses of drugs and it is becoming impossible to stop the violent epidemic. All of us should be aware that we are not the only people struggling on this matter.

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Doctors Put Foster Children at Risk With Mind-Altering Drugs

Doctors Put Foster Children at Risk With Mind-Altering Drugs | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
Doctors are prescribing foster children drugs at doses beyond federal limits, sometimes in potentially dangerous combinations, according to a new report by the federal Government Accounting Office.

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This article should be alarming to everyone in the US. We try so hard to lower the rates of drug addiction, yet we allow kids to get on drugs at such a young age. This is another example of how the drugs we use to help manage extremely life changing diseases become drugs that we begin to use out of context, because we are not aware of the side affects it can have, especially on children with very young ages. Before giving a drug to a child, research must be done so that we can be aware of what might happen once the child is given a drug, especially if the child is given it on a regular basis. We can't count on the children to be aware of what they are taking so the adults looking after them should be more cautious and care enough to take the time and do the research on the drugs given to their children.

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When Adults Smoke in Cars, Child Passengers Suffer: Study

When Adults Smoke in Cars, Child Passengers Suffer: Study | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
Even with window open or air conditioner on, kids still exposed to secondhand smoke...

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This article appeals to those who don't understand what smoking around someone can do to their health. When people smoke and get addicted to different drugs they don't take into account that they are not only hurting themselves, but they are also hurting those around them. Those who are more easily affected may be their own children. When people have children and they choose to smoke or use drugs, they are faced with answering the question, "Is this drug really more important than being a good parent or even a good friend?" Secondhand smoke is just as dangerous as smoking straight from the stick. Smokers need to realize it's not just about them. This article demonstrates the affects a smoker can have on their loved ones.

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Laura Gibbons's curator insight, April 6, 2013 9:44 PM

this article is about smoking in the car, it can effect your children who are sitting in the back seat. this can effect the child's health and cause problems such as constant ear infections and asthma when they are older just to name a few

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Drugs and their effects

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An article that describes the effects of drugs on the body.

 

http://health.ninemsn.com.au/family/familyhealth/689830/drugs-and-their-effects


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I chose to make this article apart of my page because everyone needs to be knowledgeable about the different types of drugs. They also need to know what effects the abuse of a certain drug can cause. This covers the whole topic of drugs, their shorterm/longterm affects, and what other problems can arise if the victim does not seek help.

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Drug addicts 'can quit smoking' with additional therapy - Medical News Today

Drug addicts 'can quit smoking' with additional therapy - Medical News Today | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
Drug addicts 'can quit smoking' with additional therapy Medical News Today New research from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health, suggests that people who are addicted to cocaine or methamphetamine are...
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This article can benefit those who are struggling to quit both smoking cigarettes and stop their drug addictions. It relates to the study of drug addictions because it focuses on how getting treatment for one substance abuse can be more helpful and also treat the abuse of another substance safely. This is on my page because those who are struggling with their addictions need to see that solving one problem can open doors to solving others as long as they are willing to put in the work to end their addictions. This article provides another option for addicts to really get back on the right path.

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Perth couple unknowingly used as drug mules

Perth couple unknowingly used as drug mules | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
Federal police uncover a scam which saw an elderly Perth couple unknowingly used as drug mules.
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Call for specialised drug treatment prisons

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A Victorian magistrate is calling for the establishment of special drug rehabilitation prisons.
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White House Pushes 'Drug Policy Reform,' a.k.a. Prohibition - Hit & Run

White House Pushes 'Drug Policy Reform,' a.k.a. Prohibition - Hit & Run | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
Today the Obama administration hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Drug Policy Reform. But don't be confused: Although "drug policy reform" usually means moving away from the use of violence to stop people from consuming arbitrarily proscribed psychoactive substances, that is not what President Obama has in mind."

Via Julian Buchanan
Dallas Thompson's insight:

The citizens of the US should be informed on what decisions are being made in the White House that affect all of us. This article shows us that drug abuse is not just coming from the criminals locked up, it's also coming from our streets. This tactic suggests that the way to stop drug addiction or decrease the rate is to threaten the dealers with jail time. This means that the best way to take down a problem is through the source right? WRONG! Although getting the drug dealers off of the street may do some good, it will not permanently end the drug war. We have seen that when people can't get to their drugs they will be willing to do anything to find some source, so why would getting the dealers now off the street really imact the rates? Drug buyers can become drug dealers without any college degree, so it's not like there will be a break before the epidemic emerges again. What happens if taking the drug dealers out of the picture causes more violence because the buyers will become more vicious in order to get their drugs? There is a lot of factors that have to be taken into consideration when it comes to how to end the drug war, not on a temporary basis but permanently becuase drug addiction can end this world quicker than it's suppose to be.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, December 9, 2013 4:23 PM

The prohibitionists have been repositioning and rebranding themselves for the past year. They are forced to shift from incarceration so have moved to Drug Court (companies will make money in drug testing paraphinalia and delivering abstinence 'treatment').
They are shifting from shock horror misinformation - to subtle questioning using redherrings and strawmen. They have shifted from drug a crime problem to drugs a medical problem neuroscience problem in which brain scans become the new measurement.
Once brain scan 'prove' addiction who know what controls might be excercised on 'addicts'.
Essentially its prohibition of those substances listed in the UN Convention but with a new strategy - but those States who have legalised cannabis will continue to present a headache. One strategy might be for the US to make an exception.

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Heroin Drug Addicted - Documentary

Heroin is an opiate, a class of drugs that are either naturally derived from the flowers of the poppy plant, or synthetic substitutes. In the case of heroin,...
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I chose to scoop this video because it lets people know just how dangerous Heroin is. The increase in Heroin addiction is something we all have to look out for. Doctors prescribe medications that contain heroin in hopes of reducing a patient's pain, yet they don't realize that in this process, the heroin is also shutting down the patient's frontal lobe; this is specifically the part that allows us to make good decisions such as not running into the middle of the street. This video can be helpful to everyone and allow them to be more cautious and alert to those who are addicted to heroin. This video provides insight on what the drug heroin can do to someone's health and just what an addict would go through to get the specific drug. We have to be more knowledgeable about these deadly overused drugs so that we know how to deal with these addicts in order to minimize the crime and addicition rates.

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From alive to living: disabilities treated with medical marijuana

From alive to living: disabilities treated with medical marijuana | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
Chris was a carefree, 18 year-old man when he moved into his first apartment. He didn’t have a lot of money but he had his freedom and independence. But one fateful night took away his beloved freedom and independence in an instant.

Via Beckley Foundation, Julian Buchanan
Dallas Thompson's insight:

This article should catch the eye of many scientists doing research trying to find treatments and cures for accidents and diseases. When it comes to drugs everyone thinks of all the bad things that are associated with them, yet no one seems to keep in mind all the good that drugs can do as well. Although there are some bad drugs out there, people can't say, "this drug ruined my life." It's not specifically the drug that ruined your life, it's the unsafe overuse of the drug. In this case you can clearly see that some drugs do in fact help you, so what can you say when a drug really does help you, but because you choose to continue to help yourself to it when it is no longer needed, you end up becoming addicted and your life gets flipped? Do you blame the drug or do you blame yourself for not being as responsible? All of us should become more open minded to the good that drugs do and not only focus on all of the bad.

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Courtney Wyche's curator insight, December 9, 2013 7:04 AM

I think this adds to the many reasons why people believe that marijuana should be legalized.

Zayd El-Ali's curator insight, December 12, 2013 6:16 PM

This is an example of a particular case in which an illegal drug should be allowed to be used. This gives further evidence to people against the restriction on marijuana. And that the bad effects conceal the good effects of the drug. And I included this so that people can become aware of the usefullness of the drug and that it should be legalized for medical usage only. 

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Keeping Teens Away from Marijuana and Other Drugs « Drug Free ...

Keeping Teens Away from Marijuana and Other Drugs « Drug Free ... | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
Keeping Teens Away from Marijuana and Other Drugs. While it may be true that alcohol and tobacco use among young people have decreased over the years, it seems a different case when it comes to teen marijuana use.

Via stevielynburd
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I chose this article because although it doesn't directly talk of the drug, it talks of the kids using and abusing them. Too many teenagers are getting involved with drugs such as marijuana, and they are smoking cigarettes. This article reaches out to the parents who are having a hard time getting through to their kids on just exactly why it is important to stay away from drugs without consent from a doctor or anyone knowledgeable about the drug and its effects.

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Opiate of the Masses: Govt. Enabled Addiction - Painkiller addictions worst drug epidemic in US history

Opiate of the Masses: Govt. Enabled Addiction - Painkiller addictions worst drug epidemic in US history | Drug Addictions | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera - by Amel Ahmed Prescriptions for painkillers in the United States have nearly tripled in the past two decades and fatal overdoses reached epidemic levels, exceeding those from heroin an...

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This article is a reason people should be more careful about the drugs they choose to take. Everyone should be interested in this article because it shares how addicitons ot pain killers is the top addiction there is in the US, over marijuana. More and more people are dying because they are not properly using their drugs or they are abusing them. People need to be more aware of the affects these drugs have to their health.

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