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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)

Prescribing Heroin to Save Lives (USA) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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
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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'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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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'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's comment, June 2, 2013 7:33 PM
:) well said!
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ARTICLE: Race, Drugs, and Law Enforcement in Journal of Criminology & Public Policy

A response and critique of Race, Place, and Drug Enforcement Reconsidering the Impact of Citizen Complaints and Crime Rates on Drug Arrests by Engel et al (2012)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1745-9133.2012.00841.x/pdf
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VIDEO 29mins: Julian Buchanan "Barriers to Recovery: Stigma, Discrimination & Exclusion"

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/

 

 

 

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

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The Great Marijuana Experiment: A Tale of Two Drug Wars

The Great Marijuana Experiment: A Tale of Two Drug Wars | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
As Washington and Colorado create rules and regulations for selling legal marijuana, in many other cities across the country pot arrests are near record highs
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It's great news that marijuana is now legal in some places - but sad the focus is on financial gains rather than human rights

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VIDEO 22mins: Neuroscientist Carl Hart argues drug policy should be informed by science rather than recycled anecdotes, racist fears, exaggerated scientific evidence and shock horror

VIDEO 22mins: Neuroscientist Carl Hart argues drug policy should be informed by science rather than recycled anecdotes, racist fears, exaggerated scientific evidence and shock horror | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
"We haven't had an adult conversation about drugs in America," says acclaimed neuroscientist Carl Hart, who's trying to do just that with his new book,
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Carl Hart speaks sense and recognises that the damage of criminalisation is worse than the drug and calls for an adult conversation on drugs. 

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Reegan Bourgeois's curator insight, July 23, 2013 12:44 PM

So you're telling me that no one is throwing around actual information when it comes to the "War on Drugs"? That isn't the least bit surprising.

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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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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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