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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'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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The Beginning of the End of the Abstinence Rule? | The Fix

The Beginning of the End of the Abstinence Rule? | The Fix | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
When Hazelden realized traditional treatment for young opiate-painkiller addicts was failing, it introduced maintenance therapy. Only a week later, the backlash has begun.
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Second study raises questions over the benefits of Tamiflu #VaccinePeopleForProfit?

Second study raises questions over the benefits of Tamiflu #VaccinePeopleForProfit? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Research published in Lancet suggests Tamiflu shortens flu symptoms by only a day, but causes nausea and vomiting
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BigPharma BigBusiness and a cosy relationship with Health Service professionals

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Blog: Half the picture – beyond drug overdose as a cause of death in opioid using people

Blog: Half the picture – beyond drug overdose as a cause of death in opioid using people | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Illegal Drugs Laws: Clearing a 50-Year-Old UN Obstacle to Research

Illegal Drugs Laws: Clearing a 50-Year-Old UN Obstacle to Research | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
For over 50 years, many medical drugs have been effectively banned from research and clinical treatment in the vain hope that this will stop recreational use. The scientific community should now challenge this pointless ban and get governments to improve their regulations so science can flourish.
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Lick this! Tobacco company launches 'melt-in-mouth' caffeine strips - BizNews.com

Lick this! Tobacco company launches 'melt-in-mouth' caffeine strips - BizNews.com | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Imperial Tobacco Group, the world's third largest cigarette maker, is launching melt-in-your-mouth caffeine strips designed to give an energy boost in seconds.
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ARTICLE: The brain disease model of addiction: is it supported by the evidence?

ARTICLE: The brain disease model of addiction: is it supported by the evidence? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Julian's insight:

easy answer No

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Woman Thrown in USA Jail for Having an Addiction While Pregnant

Woman Thrown in USA Jail for Having an Addiction While Pregnant | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Supporters of the law say it's supposed to get women treatment. Then why is this woman going to jai?
Julian's insight:

New Prohibition

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In the New World of Incarceration, Your House Is Your Prison

In the New World of Incarceration, Your House Is Your Prison | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
So is your block, your school, your neighborhood… your city, state and country.
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VIDEO 9min: The War On Drugs: Russell Brand speaks to Johann Hari

Russell Brand The Trews (E238). Author of "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs" Johann Hari (@johannhari101) joins me to discuss ...
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Really important but not new.
Set and setting are much more important than the substance
Not sure that addiction hijacking the brain is a left wing perspective.
For more debate  on the social context of problematic drug use see:

Buchanan, Julian (2004) Missing links? Problem drug use and social exclusion. http://collections.crest.ac.uk/317/


Buchanan, Julian (2006) Understanding Problematic Drug Use: A Medical Matter or a Social Issue? http://collections.crest.ac.uk/94/


Buchanan, Julian and Young, L (2000) The War on Drugs – A War on Drug Users. http://collections.crest.ac.uk/257/

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We Need to Talk About [the real] Kevin Sabet

We Need to Talk About [the real] Kevin Sabet | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Derided or applauded as America's No. 1 opponent of marijuana legalization, Kevin Sabet strives to strike a moderate tone. But where is he really coming from?

 

But now I’m not so sure if [money] is the key. After all, this is a guy who cut his teeth with folks who were prepared to let drug users die in the street in the pursuit of their fundamentalist agenda. Kevin was a prodigy of sorts, a 20-year-old kid working with wealthy, prominent fanatics.


So I’ve lost some faith in the idea that Kevin is a money-driven opportunist who latched on to the anti-pot movement because he saw a gap in the market. Unfortunately the alternative is, if anything, even more disquieting.


I think we need to talk about Kevin.

 
Julian's insight:

Worrying that this guy get invited as an ‘authority' on cannabis - been invited to speak in New Zealand twice on the subject!

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REPORT: Considering Cannabis Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions | RAND

REPORT: Considering Cannabis Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions | RAND | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Marijuana legalization is a controversial and multifaceted issue. This report provides a foundation for thinking about the consequences of different marijuana policy options while being explicit about the uncertainties involved.
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Were the changes to Sweden’s maintenance treatment policy 2000–06 related to changes in opiate-related mortality and morbidity?

Ironically, the fact that opiate substitute prescribing has been opposed and limited in Sweden has meant that country has been able provide solid evidence of its lifesaving potential. This study concluded that easing the restrictions was associated with and may have led to fewer opiate-related deaths.


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Let’s face it, we need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol — and legalise other drugs - Spectator Blogs

Let’s face it, we need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol — and legalise other drugs - Spectator Blogs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
In the last few years alcohol has become the leading cause of death in men under 50 years of age, and it will soon achieve a similar deadly status in…
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, January 30, 5:50 AM

"Today the cost of alcohol misuse in the UK is around £30 billion per year —about £1000 per tax-payer. Estimates that have modelled the value of minimum pricing suggest that a 50p unit price would lead to at least a 10 per cent reduction in consumption!"

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Moderate lifetime cannabis smoking associated with airway irritation but not lung function #SoNoMoreLies

Moderate lifetime cannabis smoking associated with airway irritation but not lung function #SoNoMoreLies | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A research study based on analysis of publicly available data has found that recent marijuana use was associated with symptoms of airway inflammation, but that moderate lifetime use was not associated with clinically significant changes in measures of lung function. The study is the largest cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between marijuana use and measures of lung health to date.

 

Julian's insight:

Massess and masses of money has been spent searching desperately for the dangers posed by illegal drugs - and for cannabis in particular. 

Every substances in some circumstances to some people pose risk, but the claims of the British Lung Foundation that cannabis causes cancer was seriously misleading and irresponsible. See https://profdavidnutt.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/smoke-without-fire-scaremongering-by-the-british-lung-foundation-over-cannabis-vs-tobacco/

 

Evidence should inform policy, and indeed evidence should shape research funding priorities  - not scaremongering or punitive populist agendas.
How about researching the positives and benefits of cannabis instead -and  

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There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It? The Heroin Treatment Industry

There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It? The Heroin Treatment Industry | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A yearlong HuffPost investigation into the heroin treatment industry.
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The Drug Treatment Business $$$

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VIDEO 20mins ▶ The 'Fifth Stage' of Drug Control: International Law, Dynamic Interpretation and Human Rights

VIDEO 20mins ▶ The 'Fifth Stage' of Drug Control: International Law, Dynamic Interpretation and Human Rights | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
In this lecture at a conference at Edinburgh Law School, Dr Rick Lines gives an overview of his work on interpretive approaches to international drug control...
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UK PMA Deaths: The case for testing drugs and a push for drug policy reform

UK PMA Deaths: The case for testing drugs and a push for drug policy reform | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
  January saw the devastating news of the deaths of four men over Christmas and New Year – all believed to have taken the same pink Superman pills containing the drug para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA). This drug, which has a similar composition to PMMA, has been around since the 1970s but due to its lack of positive effects was soon rejected by many. It is therefore assumed that most people were consuming what they thought was (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) MDMA. Effects and Psychopharmacology
Julian's insight:

We need to avoid being seen to support drug testing (of people) which is part of the drugs war, and be clear we are talking here about 'Testing Drugs’ - never call it drug testing because of widespread use of that phrase already in an altogether different meaning and context.

 

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, January 24, 7:40 PM

he who controls the language controls the dialog

Edi Schwager's curator insight, January 27, 9:32 AM

The drug testing in Zurich (see: saferparty.ch) does some really important work! By the way: supported by the town of Zurich!

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VIDEO 3mins: UK MPs asked to help tackle youth homelessness

VIDEO 3mins: UK MPs asked to help tackle youth homelessness | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Around six in ten young people become homeless because their parents or carers are unable or unwilling to accommodate them. This is usually due to a relationship breakdown of some kind.

 

From our research, it is clear that households are coming under increasing financial pressure, which is having an effect on youth homelessness. As a result, 11% of youth homelessness cases are due to unemployment while living in the family home, 9% are due to benefit reductions and 5% are due to overcrowding.

 

We believe the impact of welfare reform and changes to individual benefits are affecting young people directly, as well as placing increasing pressures on their families. Loss of tenancy due to benefit changes have also become more common.

 
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How “America’s First Drug Czar” Waged War Against Billie Holiday and Other Jazz Legends

How “America’s First Drug Czar” Waged War Against Billie Holiday and Other Jazz Legends | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The U.S. government’s so-called “War on Drugs” predates Richard Nixon’s coinage of the term in 1971 by many decades, though it is under his administration that it assumed its current scope and character.
Julian's insight:

The drugs war will sit alongside the slave trade, the Iron Curtain and the South African apartheid as another dreadful atrocity. As I said five years ago:  


"In decades to come future generations will look back to this period in history with incredulity and disbelief at the: inconsistencies and stark contrast in approach towards legal and illegal recreational drug use; at the individual, local, national and global damage caused by prohibition of specific recreational drugs; at the way the war on drugs has become a civil war fuelling stigma, prejudice and discrimination upon particular drug users; and at the hypocrisy as we can sit back and read this article while enjoying a glass of red wine, while at a nearby neighbourhood someone might be facing a prison sentence having been caught smoking their home-grown cannabis." (p.259)

Buchanan, J. (2010) Drug policy under New Labour: Prolonging the war on drugs, Probation Journal: The Journal of Community and Criminal Justice, Special Edition: Criminal Justice under New Labour, Vol. 57,  No.3, 

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CBD-Only Laws: The New Prohibitionist Strategy to Distract Voters and Delay Cannabis Reform

CBD-Only Laws: The New Prohibitionist Strategy to Distract Voters and Delay Cannabis Reform | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
CBD-Only Wave Begins Starting in late 2013 and continuing through the 2014 elections, in what appeared to be a sign of change on the horizon, the US saw a surprising new breed of cannabis bills pas...
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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....
Julian's insight:

The arguments are similar to work done by Dr Carl Hart, and myself see:

 

Buchanan, Julian (2006) Understanding Problematic Drug Use: A Medical Matter or a Social Issue? 

 

download free from:

http://collections.crest.ac.uk/.../Buchanan=3AJulian=3A...

 

But this raises issues, because drug reformers are rightly lurching away from the notion that drugs are a crime problem, and embracing the flawed idea that drugs are a health problem. 

 

Chronic problematic drug use is not a crime issue, and not particularly a medical/health issue - its a social/structural problem.

 

While drug use per se is neither a crime, health or social issue!

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EMCDDA | Preventing fatal overdoses: a systematic review of the effectiveness of take-home naloxone

EMCDDA | Preventing fatal overdoses: a systematic review of the effectiveness of take-home naloxone | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Time to role out naloxone take home along with education and training of peers  

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5 Most Absurd Anti-Pot Propaganda Campaigns #reefermadness

5 Most Absurd Anti-Pot Propaganda Campaigns #reefermadness | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The hysterical scare tactics are beginning to backfire.
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