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Three studies show 'addiction' is not a disease and recovery is the norm

Three studies show 'addiction' is not a disease and recovery is the norm | Drugs and Society | Scoop.it

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Useful insight into how research funding and the focus on available populations can skew the picture about the chronicity of substance misuse.

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NME Drugs Survey: The full results (UK)

NME Drugs Survey: The full results (UK) | Drugs and Society | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, we asked NME readers to tell us about your drug taking habits. We had a huge response – thousands of you took part in our online survey from across the UK, telling us your views on all things drug related, from legalisation to legal highs.
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If we get past lifetime prevalence (which only measures experimentation) and consider use in the last 12 months the usual suspects still predominate. We found the same picture 10 years ago in a school based sample. Roy,Wibberley and Lamb (2002) The usual suspects, in Drugs: education! prevention and policy.
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Three studies show 'addiction' is not a disease and recovery is the norm

Three studies show 'addiction' is not a disease and recovery is the norm | Drugs and Society | Scoop.it

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Useful insight into how research funding and the focus on available populations can skew the picture about the chronicity of substance misuse.

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Noam Chomsky - On Social Cleansing, the 'war on drugs', Marijuana and prohibition

.. chemical warfare, and oppressing+imprisoning the "dangerous classes" - in the guise of the (so-called) "War On Drugs"; excerpt from "Hosting the Stranger:...

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Culture change is the way to deal with drug problems. Too true. 

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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, October 11, 2013 10:51 AM

MUST SEE

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, October 14, 2013 12:21 AM

Cultural change is the way to handle drug dependence and not policing, chemical warfare, border controls argues Noam Chamsky

The war on drug he says is the least effective, costly and totally immoral approach.

 

Well worth listening to!

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Dr Carl Hart reflections on Race & the US Drug War

Dr Carl Hart reflections on Race & the US Drug War | Drugs and Society | Scoop.it

  

In 1971, three years before he would be forced from presidential office, Richard Milhous Nixon said to hell with former president Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty—an effort that was showing some promise as the numbers of Black people struggling in the economic margins had begun a slow spiral downward. Still, “Tricky Dicky” Nixon said poverty wasn’t the problem. Drugs were.

And so began the war against drugs, America’s other long, national nightmare (this one even more unwinnable than the one in Vietnam). Four decades, two million prisoners, and literally countless avoidable deaths from preventable overdoses and infected needles later, voices once considered too radical for primetime or non-profit funding have moved center stage. Perhaps nowhere has a voice been more resonant in a single place than in Dr. Carl Hart’s profoundly impacting new memoir, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery that Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.


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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, June 12, 2013 5:08 PM

The war on drugs is not about drugs. Prohibition is about....

 

....the fear of the other, about maintaining cultural hegemony, it's about maintaining profit and business interest, it's about deflecting attention from the real underlying issues of poverty and inequality and as Dr Carl Hart reminds us ...it's sadly about racism.

 

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NME Drugs Survey: The Government Responds (UK)

NME Drugs Survey: The Government Responds (UK) | Drugs and Society | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, we asked NME readers to tell us about your drug taking habits. We had a huge response – thousands of you took part in our online survey from across the UK, telling us your views on all things drug related, from legalisation to legal highs. You can read more about our findings here. We put the results of our survey to the new drugs minister Norman Baker.
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Demonstrates a depressing investment in the legal divide whilst alluding to the fact that it is based on flawed conceptions.
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The CBHSQ Report: A Day in the Life of American Adolescents: Substance Use Facts Update

The CBHSQ Report: A Day in the Life of American Adolescents: Substance Use Facts Update | Drugs and Society | Scoop.it
A CBHSQ report highlighting a day in the life of American adolescents: substance use facts update, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Reports from SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality...
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The home of the war on drugs. Read it and weep all those whose hard earned tax dollars continue to be invested in it.
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Australian National Council on Drugs Position Paper on Drug Testing - Questioning the evidence base & appropriateness


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Nice peice. Key idea for me:

 

The ANCD therefore believes that drug testing of welfare beneficiaries is based on a faulty rationale and incorrect assumptions about people who use drugs, the nature of drug dependence, and the effects of drug testing, and would emphasise that drug testing welfare beneficiaries is legally and ethically questionable. p.14

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, August 1, 2013 12:00 AM

EXTRACTS:

There is limited evidence available on the effectiveness of drug testing welfare recipients for deterrence of drug use, increasing employment participation, or reducing welfare spending. p.13
 
...such programs are highly problematic in ethical and legal senses.  p.14
 
Drug testing of welfare beneficiaries thus lacks evidence as a method to support employment participation or to reduce drug use or related harms  p.14
 
The ANCD therefore believes that drug testing of welfare beneficiaries is based on a faulty rationale and incorrect assumptions about people who use drugs, the nature of drug dependence, and the effects of drug testing, and would emphasise that drug testing welfare beneficiaries is legally and ethically questionable. p.14

 

 

Overall a well considered report that rightly expresses concern about the evidence, place, purpose and outcome of drug testing.

For further critical analysis see: http://www.slideshare.net/JulianBuchanan

>> Emerging Drug Trends UK's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:49 AM

 

via @julianbuchanan & @nzdrug: "There is no evidence that drug testing welfare beneficiaries will have any positive effects..." "Drug testing of welfare beneficiaries ought not be considered." "There should be a presumption against a broader introduction of workplace drug testing."

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Drug Testing in Schools Divides North Jersey District

Drug Testing in Schools Divides North Jersey District | Drugs and Society | Scoop.it
As a Bergen County school district considers random drug testing of high school students, the argument between some school board members and the public has turned personal.

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Who wins when drug testing is introduced in schools? Those who invest in companies which develop technology around the war on drugs mentality. Who loses? Those unlucky lotter winners who happen to be selected for testing.

 

Thanks to Julian Buchanan for picking this one up.

 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:36 AM

Coming to your work place, college, schools, shopping mall, maybe even into your home!

 

For a critique on drug testing:

http://www.slideshare.net/JulianBuchanan/drug-testing-reductionism-the-fear-of-the-other-and-the-craving-for-certainty