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How drug testing may lead cannabis users to move to legal highs

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Findings: Most of the users in the qualitative sample sought a legal alternative to cannabis (their drug of choice) to avoid positive drug test screenings and criminal sanctions. Many were attending abstinence-only drug treatment programmes, under community corrections, or were seeking a career in the US military. These individuals were randomly drug tested and knew that the metabolites of synthetic cannabis are not detected in standard urine drug screenings.

 

Conclusions: US drug policies – the prohibition of marijuana and the proliferation of drug testing – have led users to seek out legal highs.


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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 10, 2013 12:28 PM

Another example of the damage caused by prohibition and the war on drugs ... in this case tough punishments and social sanction resulting from drug testing are creating a growing demand (and indeed culture) for undetectable and often unknown legal highs which probably pose much greater risk than cannabis.

MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, May 31, 2013 9:23 AM

Witness the drug by drug failure of New Zealand's latest Psychoactive Substances ammendments.... while the holistic approach, joined up thinking required by our National Drug Policy goes down the toilet along with the "worlds best" regulations,  are deleted from the books... to satisfy a moral panic. The premis is, enough people knashing teeth and politicians jump for more of the same.

 

NZ is a living laboratory, not for SAFER drugs, rather  of applied prohibitory concepts and evidence of its failure....

 

We should test regulation vs prohibition for 'safety' and policians for stupidity.

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Suns confirm AFL drug probe - The West Australian

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Gold Coast CEO Travis Auld says he has not been officially told that star AFL player Nathan Bock is being investigated in a major drugs in sport probe.
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Exclusive: Cronulla Sharks team doctor David Givney warned coach Shane Flanagan injections must stop

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THIS is the email sacked Cronulla doctor David Givney sent to coach Shane Flanagan warning about Stephen Dank's supplement program in 2011 - seven weeks before the controversial sports scientist was dismissed from the club.
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ACC wants three years' jail for drugs - Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney Morning Herald

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It is the first suggestion that coaches knew of, or assisted with, the dissemination of banned drugs.
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London's Olympic drugbusters 'misled me for years over the test that got me ... - Daily Mail

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Dana Johannsen: Head in the sand approach over drugs threat - New Zealand Herald

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New Zealand is not immune to these types of threats and sporting bodies need to be proactive.
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Suns confirm AFL drug probe - The West Australian

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Federal Sports Minister Kate Lundy says she has no regrets over drug ... - Herald Sun

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