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Fat city: the obesity crisis that threatens to overwhelm Mexico's capital

Fat city: the obesity crisis that threatens to overwhelm Mexico's capital | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
A ‘sugar tax’ has been among strategies to tackle the issue nationwide, but the capital has a specific challenge: make residents less reluctant to exercise or risk a public health and economic catastrophe
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Richard Branson gives Nick Clegg £20,000 to fund drug research

Richard Branson gives Nick Clegg £20,000 to fund drug research | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
The billionaire music magnate helped the ex-Deputy PM set up a not-for-profit firm to "work on international drugs policy"
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Colombia overtakes Peru to be the world's largest producer of cocaine

Colombia overtakes Peru to be the world's largest producer of cocaine | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia has appealed to America for help in eradicating coca crops after Colombia returned to the top of the world-producing table
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Injection rooms for addicts to open next year in drug law change, says Minister

Injection rooms for addicts to open next year in drug law change, says Minister | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says Misuse of Drugs Bill set to unblock legislative obstacles
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'Europe needs to unite on reform of drug policy'

'Europe needs to unite on reform of drug policy' | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
On 19th April next year, the countries of the United Nations will meet in special session in New York to debate the future of global drugs policy. The starting gun on government negotiations for the summit was fired last week at a meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna.
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How Portugal went from junkie capital of Europe to showing the way forward

How Portugal went from junkie capital of Europe to showing the way forward | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
When dead bodies lying around on the pavement became common, the nation faced with 100,000 drug addicts in the late 90s did the unthinkable
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Landmark Case in Mexico's Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization

Landmark Case in Mexico's Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
This debate in Mexico's Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: because it is being argued on human rights grounds, and because it is taking place in one of the countries that has suffered the most from the war on drugs.
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UN denies Richard Branson's claim it is poised to call for drug decriminalisation

UN denies Richard Branson's claim it is poised to call for drug decriminalisation | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
Businessman wrote on his blog that the UN office of drugs and crime was poised to embrace decriminalising personal possession and use
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PMA: 'not just another drug scare story'

PMA: 'not just another drug scare story' | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
Otherwise known as pink ecstasy, paramethoxyamphetamine has been linked to a spate of recent deaths of young people
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UN drugs office urged to publish leaked paper backing decriminalisa...

UN drugs office urged to publish leaked paper backing decriminalisa... | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
Delegates at an international drug-policy conference in Malaysia urged the UN drugs office on Wednesday to officially release a leaked policy paper in which ...
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Censored UN paper calling for decriminalization marks beginning of the end of drug war as we knew it

Censored UN paper calling for decriminalization marks beginning of the end of drug war as we knew it | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
A UN agency censored an official paper calling for drug use decriminalization. But its message is here to stay
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Why are drugs illegal? You asked Google – here’s the answer | David Nutt

Why are drugs illegal? You asked Google – here’s the answer | David Nutt | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
Every day, millions of internet users ask Google some of life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the most common queries
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Rolf Harris taken to hospital 'after chocolate overdose'

Rolf Harris taken to hospital 'after chocolate overdose' | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
Convicted paedophile, 85, feared to have fallen ill after gorging on chocolate and sweets in jail
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Indonesia drugs: Crocodiles 'to guard death row prisons' - BBC News

Indonesia drugs: Crocodiles 'to guard death row prisons' - BBC News | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
The head of Indonesia's anti-drugs agency proposes building a prison island guarded by crocodiles to house death-row drug convicts.
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Nephews of Venezuela first lady held in Haiti on drug smuggling charges

Nephews of Venezuela first lady held in Haiti on drug smuggling charges | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
Two nephews of Nicolás Maduro’s powerful wife accused of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into US in a move likely to heighten tensions with Washington
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The Ketamine Connection

The Ketamine Connection | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
From Far East karaoke bars to an unlikely English city - the story of how a worrying new drug trade is made in China.
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Liberal Democrats set up expert panel on cannabis legalisation

Liberal Democrats set up expert panel on cannabis legalisation | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
Group including former government adviser and ex-chief constable will consider how a legal market for cannabis could work in Britain
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The criminalisation of people who use drugs is cruel and unjust. It's time to speak out against it | Anyone's Child

The criminalisation of people who use drugs is cruel and unjust. It's time to speak out against it | Anyone's Child | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
This blog is written by Hope Humphreys, one of the members of the Anyone’s Child project. It is said that prison is only used as a last resort.  So, if someone gets a criminal record and is sentenced to two and a half years for a first ever offence, they must have done something pretty terrible. …
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My daughter might still be alive if the government had moved the drugs discussion into the 21st century | Anyone's Child

My daughter might still be alive if the government had moved the drugs discussion into the 21st century | Anyone's Child | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
This blog is written by Liz Spinks. My daughter, Lorna Spinks, was born on 23rd October 1981 and died on 7th May 2001 – 48 hours after swallowing one ecstasy tablet whilst out clubbing with friends from University. She was born in Geneva and spent her too brief, but happy life living in France, attending a …
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A study has revealed how legalising cannabis in the UK would benefit the economy

A study has revealed how legalising cannabis in the UK would benefit the economy | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
Legalising cannabis would raise taxes worth hundreds of millions of pounds and produce large savings for the criminal justice system, a private analysis for the Treasury has concluded. It judged that regulating cannabis, which was used by more than two million people in the UK last year, could generate “notable tax revenue” and “lead to overall savings to public services”.
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Richard Branson says the UN is about to call on governments around the world to decriminalise all drugs

Richard Branson says the UN is about to call on governments around the world to decriminalise all drugs | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
The UN may be about to call on the governments of all countries to end the "war on drugs" and decriminalise the use and possession of all illegal substances. In an extraordinary post on his Virgin website, Richard Branson said he had been showed a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which dramatically changed the organisation's stance on drug control.
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The truth behind the UNODC's leaked decriminalisation paper | Transform: Getting Drugs Under Control

The truth behind the UNODC's leaked decriminalisation paper | Transform: Getting Drugs Under Control | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
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Can Anyone on Earth Come Up with a Good Reason to Jail People Who Take Drugs? | VICE | United States

A leaked document from the United Nations that voiced support for the decriminalization of all drugs is a sign that global drug policy is shifting—and that even old-school drug warriors know the end is near.
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My heroin addict friend: 'When Shelly starts using again, I will be there for her'

My heroin addict friend: 'When Shelly starts using again, I will be there for her' | Drugs, Crime and Control | Scoop.it
Drug addiction is anything but black and white, says photographer documenting the lives of street addicts in the Bronx
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