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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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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&;

 

Julian Buchanan's insight:

The social construction of evidence to suit the outcome you desire

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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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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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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