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PODCAST 60mins Ending Prohibition With a Hangover by Julian Buchanan

PODCAST 60mins Ending Prohibition With a Hangover by Julian Buchanan | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

This socially constructed bifurcation of substances established a Drugs Apartheid that outlawed particular drugs so what we have is a 'War between Drugs' that ultimately became a war on people who used substances that didn't have government approval.

Black and Minority Ethnic groups and the discarded working class have been major casualties in this war. Radical drug law reform rooted in scientific evidence and human rights is needed to end the oppressive and unjust drug laws that have caused more harm than good.

 

Julian Buchanan's insight:

While there is some understandable excitement and celebration at seeing prohibition begin to crumble - these are critical, if not dangerous times of change. Using international examples this lecture will outline the need for change, critically evaluate the risks of particular drug policy changes and explore principles to underpin drug law reform.

 

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Common Myths, Lies and Misconceptions Informing Drug Policy

Common Myths, Lies and Misconceptions Informing Drug Policy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Drug law and policy has its roots in fear, ignorance, racism and vested interest. Sadly, this has changed little over the years. Drug law and policy continues to be shaped more by punitive populism and moral crusades rather than scientific evidence, reason and rationality.

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I did this for a lecture and thought it might be useful to share - although punchy and accessible in style, each point is carefully considered and can be academically supported.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, February 2, 2014 7:26 PM

A lot of good points about drugs, our policies toward them, and effectiveness of our drug laws. -Lon

Roy's curator insight, February 22, 2014 5:49 AM

Drug  law  and  policy.

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ARTICLE:UK downgrade of cannabis B to C linked to decline in hospital admissions for cannabis psychosis

ARTICLE:UK downgrade of cannabis B to C linked to decline in hospital admissions for cannabis psychosis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Drug law enforcement has little positive impact on use, problematic use, crime or health.
It actually has a discernable negative impact in many of these areas.

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The emergence of neuroscience to explain addiction (and everything else?)

The emergence of neuroscience to explain addiction (and everything else?) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Raymond Tallis: Increasing claims for neuroscience – that it can locate jealousy or Muslim fundamentalism – are ludicrous


The grip of neuroscience on the academic and popular imagination is extraordinary. In recent decades, brain scientists have burst out of the laboratory into the public forum. They are everywhere, analysing and explaining every aspect of our humanity, mobilising their expertise to instruct economists, criminologists, educationists, theologians, literary critics, social scientists and even politicians, and in some cases predicting a neuro-savvy utopia in which mankind, blessed with complete self-understanding, will be able to create a truly rational and harmonious future.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Beware a neuroscientific approach to addiction is making claims its discovered it's a brain disorder, or better still a brain disease - not only is this reductionist nonsense it's a dangerously flawed foundation upon which to build drug law, policy and practice.

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MildGreen Initiative's comment, June 2, 2013 4:24 PM
All that technology and we cant find how to stop people from being silly or making a mistake. And when they do, revelation! 'its a disease or worse, a brain chemical deficit'. I feel absolved just thinking about it. Curioulsy it is a very poor argument for putting people in jail for some pennance/treatment, in the mean time. I think they should put down the MRI manual and read some 'Stanton Peele'. Cool images though. The false colour is about as instructive to 'self determination' as an Andy Worhol.
Julian Buchanan's comment, June 2, 2013 7:33 PM
:) well said!
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UN Expert Group Mtg Report: Socio-economic assistance as a key component of drug prevention and drug treatment

On May 12-14, 2011, UNODC held a three-day Experts Group Meeting, entitled “Basic socio-economic assistance as a precondition for effective drug dependence treatment and related HIV/AIDS prevention”. Participants were comprised of experts from industrialized, developing and least-developed countries. International experts  examined how interventions aimed at the alleviation of very basic needs arising from poverty can address and reduce problematic drug use and drug-related health risks.

 

Outcomes of the meeting are to be used for future policy development.

 

To download the report:

http://www.unodc.org/documents/commissions/CND-session55/ECN72012_CRP4_eV1251321.pdf

 

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How to Make Drugs Better in 2014 | by @Narcomania for VICE UK

How to Make Drugs Better in 2014 | by @Narcomania for VICE UK | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Higher, longer, safer, stronger.

The best way to improve drugs in this country – after making sure they don’t kill you – is surely to make sure they don’t suck millions of British users into the criminal justice system.

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Worth reading -  sensible and informed analysis

 

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Prescribing Heroin to Save Lives (USA)

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When it comes to addiction, every option should be on the table. That's just common sense. Anything that works, or shows great promise, however we feel about it, must at least be discussed -- seriously and carefully.

Via ReGenUC
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Needle exchanges, Drug Consumption Rooms, Naloxone take home, methadone, heroin, maintenance, oral and injectable are all basic and crucial harm reduction services for every country ... how does your country compare?

 

See also:
VIDEO: Erin O'Mara talks personally and professionally about benefits of being prescribed injectable heroin http://sco.lt/6UZbn7

 

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Ash's comment, September 1, 2013 10:19 PM
Firstly, there's no need to be sorry for me. I wanted to be on that script for all that time. Fought tooth and nail for it. Now I'm in a different frame of mind I can see how it might not have been the best use of those years but then the attitude is that it's my choice, don't force anyone to do anything they don't want to do. I was a heroin user, I wanted to use heroin. Thing is, the 'norm' in alcohol treatment is for a detox. That's not the norm in heroin treatment. People are encouraged to 'stabilise'. Over a period of months usually. That's not the same with alcohol or even diazepam. I'm not just blowing off steam here, I'm genuinely interested in your opinion because I've yet to hear an answer to this question that explains the disparity to me.
Julian Buchanan's comment, September 2, 2013 6:38 AM
My answer is the one I posted earlier - there should be no difference. The norm should be client/patient led determining what they are ready/able wanting to do.
Tom Gilbert's comment, September 5, 2013 11:07 AM
Hi Ash, sounds like you are now doing well, congrats. I'm pleased you lived through your period of heroin addiction & suspect that your prescription may have helped. I lost my best friend in the USA to sepsis. He was getting his life together, helped by buprenorphine, but still suffered cravings for heroin. He 'fell off the wagon' just twice in many months, but the illicit heroin was filthy, the route of ingestion was injection, and he died in hospital some time (weeks?) after the last dose, a casualty of the drug war IMHO. I still miss Mark dearly. I therefore think others should have the chance you were given.
Pure opiate drugs, safely administered, cause no (credible) known damage to the body beyond constipation. However opiate addicts have usually endured circumstances resulting from addiction under prohibition, often incidents in themselves sufficient to cause PTSD. For example prostitution and associated rape may be repeated over many years. The shame of being unable to stop oneself hurting others in order to afford the prices charged by the illicit market can lead to lower self-esteem and a reduced barrier to the next destructive action. A period of stabilisation with pure, extremely cheap opiate(s) can help resolve such issues. In any case this allows a user to separate themselves from exposure to often violent and dangerous criminals, to learn to manage their money and start building a life. Many remain in full time employment.

Alcohol is already legal, cheap and available just about everywhere. Alcoholics have their own demons to deal with and I know little about the subject so don't want to offend. Suffice to say that it is apparently the drug itself that causes the terrible side effects that go along with alcoholism. When a drug is so very destructive in itself (alcohol, tobacco-delivered nicotine, cocaine, meth) I can see why carers want to try and help the patient to stop as soon as possible. Even in this case, however, the best treatment is one that WORKS.
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VIDEO 1min: Ethan Nadelmann Trounces Former DEA Chief in Marijuana Debate at Aspen Institute

Drug Policy Alliance's executive director, Ethan Nadelmann, debates Asa Hutchinson, former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chief, in a debate about mar...
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VIDEO 10mins: The dubious scientific evidence of the Crack Babies. http://retroreport.org/crack-babies-a-tale-from-the-drug-wars/

VIDEO 10mins: The dubious scientific evidence of the Crack Babies. http://retroreport.org/crack-babies-a-tale-from-the-drug-wars/ | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The truth now about the big stories then

 

for more background context see:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/booming/revisiting-the-crack-babies-epidemic-that-was-not.html?hp&_r&_r=2&;

 

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The social construction of evidence to suit the outcome you desire

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VIDEO: The Social Construction of Drugs: Stigma & Discrimination CLICK HERE to view as the link below has been disabled by the host

This paper 'Barriers to Recovery: Stigma & Discrimination' given at the New Zealand Drug Policy Symposium 'Through the Maze: Making Treatment Better' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scoqktXn52Q


I argue that the social context is much overlooked in drug dependence, and in this paper I illustrates how problem drug use is to a large extent a social problem, exacerbated by criminalisation, exclusion, stigma and discrimination.

 

If you want to follow the PREZI Slide Presentation (which you are free to copy and use) click here:
http://prezi.com/p3fuglzqymmg/barriers-to-recovery-stigma-discrimination/

 

 

 

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Time to end stigma & discrimination of people who use illegal drugs 

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MildGreen Initiative's comment, March 27, 2015 5:05 PM
And this research ( http://www.alternet.org/how-our-vengeful-society-destroys-vulnerable-people?akid=12937.104214.aaGEgM&rd=1&src=newsletter1033900&t=9 ) reinforces the notion that negative outcomes are a consequence of attitudes, perceptions and prejudices.
Jude Byrne's comment, May 26, 2015 8:23 PM
I love your thinking on this
Julian Buchanan's comment, May 29, 2015 7:45 AM
thx