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Fear tough laws may jail more Aborigines (Aus) - [Drug control is often rooted in racism]

Fear tough laws may jail more Aborigines (Aus) - [Drug control is often rooted in racism] | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

LABOR senators have expressed concern that proposed tougher penalties for alcohol offences in indigenous communities could lead to higher rates of Aboriginal imprisonment.


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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.

 

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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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Reconsidering Addiction and Addiction Treatment: A Talk with Dr. Stanton Peele @speele5 & DPA's Asha Bandele

Reconsidering Addiction and Addiction Treatment: A Talk with Dr. Stanton Peele @speele5 & DPA's Asha Bandele | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Stanton Peele, author and pioneer in the study of addiction discusses the differences between problematic drug use and addiction, realistic treatment options, and the relationship between addiction, stigma and drug policy reform.

Dr. Peele fielded questions from colleagues in the treatment field, from advocates inspired by his writing, and from grieving parents who had lost children to overdose.

As represented by this conversation, there is no one experience of or answer to addiction, but as Dr. Peele said, we can unify around one message: we cannot have a drug policy reform conversation without first addressing underlying assumptions about drugs and addiction.

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Stanton Peele always speaks a lot of sense...

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100,000 prisoners are in for low-level drug offenses. Obama just gave relief to 8.

100,000 prisoners are in for low-level drug offenses. Obama just gave relief to 8. | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Despite recent pardons, Obama is still the least-forgiving president in history.
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62% of SWAT Raids are for drugs. The USA carried out over 80,000 raids last year

62% of SWAT Raids are for drugs. The USA carried out over 80,000 raids last year | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Michael SnyderAmerican DreamJune 26, 2014 The number of SWAT team raids in the United States every year is now more than 25 times higher than it was back in 1980.  As America has conducted wars overseas in recent years, our police forces have become increasingly militarized as well.  And without a doubt, many of our cities…
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The militarisation of the state?

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Big Pharma Owns the Congressman Who Destroyed DC Marijuana Plans. Surprised?

Big Pharma Owns the Congressman Who Destroyed DC Marijuana Plans. Surprised? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
After 71 percent of Washington D.C. residents voted in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, leave it to a... Read more »
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Since the 1961 UN Single Convention on the Drugs on the list  we’ve had a Drug Apartheid 

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REPORT: Understanding the Limitations of Drug Test Information, Reporting, and Testing Practices in Fatal Crashes

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Time to End Drug Driving Hysteria

1. Presence is not impairment
2. The research is inconclusive on levels of use and driving impairment
3. Drug Tests are unreliable


It’s time for debate and campaigns about drug driving to reflect this complexity and seek to promote an evidenced based approach, rather than being rooted in propaganda, fear and ignorance.

The drug war propaganda has to end not extend.

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PODCAST 65mins Interview with Dr Rebecca Tiger "Just Say No to Drug Courts?"

PODCAST 65mins Interview with Dr Rebecca Tiger "Just Say No to Drug Courts?" | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Our guest this evening is Rebecca Tiger, Ph. D. author of Judging Addicts: Drug Courts and Coercion in the Justice System. Dr. Tiger is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College.
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220 people charged at Sydney dance festival! #ThatWillFixIt #NOT

220 people charged at Sydney dance festival! #ThatWillFixIt #NOT | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A large number of partygoers have been found with drugs at a Sydney dance festival.

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My Aus friends @ReGenUC's explained:
 

"That's a significantly larger number than usual for a festival. We'd guess it had more to do with a heavier police presence than a spike in illicit drug consumption. It's yet another example of the importance of harm reduction initiatives: some people are going to use, no matter how many times they are told not to.  We need to recognise this reality and help prevent potential harms."

Testing kits onsite would have a lot more positive impact than police arrests 

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ReGenUC's curator insight, December 4, 5:50 PM

That's a significantly larger number than usual for a festival. We'd guess it had more to do with a heavier police presence than a spike in illicit drug consumption. It's yet another example of the importance of harm reduction initiatives: some people are going to use, no matter how many times they are told not to.  We need to recognise this reality and help prevent potential harms. 

Julian Buchanan's comment, December 8, 6:04 PM
Testing kits onsite would have a lot more positive impact than police arrests
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REPORT: New Zealand Drug Foundation Briefing to the Incoming Parliament #NoMentionOfNaloxone

This briefing is designed to help you get your head around New Zealand’s ‘drug problem’ and highlight opportunities to make real reductions in drug related harm.
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Full of some excellent stats and info and really well presented.

It highlights 63 deaths from solvents over 12yr period and rightly calls for action it but makes: 

 


No mention of 100s of opioid deaths over the same period

No mention of the need to roll out naloxone take home

No mention of ending drug testing for people on welfare benefits 

No call for Good Samaritan Laws to end manslaughter/murder charges for assisting drug use when someone subsequently dies

No call to introduce injectable prescribing

No call to rescind the new offence of possession - attached to all unapproved psychoactive substances under the PSA 2013

 

 


#Priorities #CouldDoBetter 

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ARTICLE: Does tougher enforcement make drugs more expensive?

ARTICLE: Does tougher enforcement make drugs more expensive? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Aims
To review empirical research that seeks to relate marginal increases in enforcement against the supply of illicit drugs to changes in drug prices at the level of the drug supply system being targeted.

Method
Review of empirical studies.

 

Findings

Although the fact of prohibition itself raises prices far above those likely to pertain in legal markets, there is little evidence that raising the risk of arrest, incarceration or seizure at different levels of the distribution system will raise prices at the targeted level, let alone retail prices. The number of studies available is small; they use a great variety of outcome and input measures and they all face substantial conceptual and empirical problems.

Conclusion
Given the high human and economic costs of stringent enforcement measures, particularly incarceration, the lack of evidence that tougher enforcement raises prices call into question the value, at the margin, of stringent supply-side enforcement policies in high-enforcement nations.

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Stop & Search Is No Laughing Matter - It’s a serious violation of human rights that targets particular groups

Stop & Search Is No Laughing Matter - It’s a serious violation of human rights that targets particular groups | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Young people and students must be protected by the police, no matter what age or ethnicity they are. Young Black and Asian men in particular are more likely to be a target for unwarranted harassmen...
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If you are white and privileged then you might not appreciate this lived experience..... but the unjust treatment of one us is an affront to all of us. 


So wrong that poor people, people of colour and indigenous people are treated this way.


It’s a disgrace.

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No charge against Police Officer who arrested & killed a Eric Gardner for selling unregulated tobacco

No charge against Police Officer who arrested & killed a Eric Gardner for selling unregulated tobacco | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A grand jury in Staten Island voted Wednesday not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold.

Garner, 43, died July 17 while he was being arrested for ...
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So much for video evidence - it raises questions about the proposal for police to wear cameras.

 

More fundamentally it raises huge questions about justice - particularly for black, minority ethnic groups, people of colour and indigenous people.

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VIDEO 9mins: 'Anyone’s child' Anne-Marie Cockburn speaks about the death of her 15yr old daughter & drug policy

Anne-Marie Cockburn speaks about drug policy and the death of her 15 year-old daughter, at the HIT Hot Topics Conference 2014.

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"People just dismiss me": UK Chief Constable challenging the War on Drugs

"People just dismiss me": UK Chief Constable challenging the War on Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A year ago, Mike Barton was surprised that he was being described as the "former" Chief Constable of Durham. He had not left the post. He had just penned an article denouncing the War on Drugs for The Observer. “They just automatically assumed that nobody would say that much and say it when they were in power.”

 

 

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Drug policy in Sweden: a repressive approach that increases harm

Drug policy in Sweden: a repressive approach that increases harm | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, December 19, 5:50 AM

"The Swedish model – in particular its antipathy to proven harm reduction measures – has had serious negative consequences, such as alarmingly high rates of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs, and a 600% increase in drug-induced deaths over the last 20 years. The number of people convicted of drug offences has more than doubled over the last 10 years. And while fines are by far the most common penalty issued, the vast majority of convictions (83%) are for simple drug possession or use. It is therefore minor offenders who are overwhelmingly criminalised."

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VIDEO 22mins Intoxiphobia: Discrimination against people who use drugs by @TheNewImpostor

Speaking at HIT Hot Topics 2014, Dr Russell Newcombe discusses his research into what he has termed ‘intoxiphobia’. The ways in which some drugs, and the peo...
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Important issue - Discrimination of people who use illicit drugs

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EMCDDA | Best practice portal

EMCDDA | Best practice portal | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Discover what works (and what doesn't work) in the areas of drug prevention, treatment, harm reduction and social reintegration.

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Interactive Map: Drug Offences and the Death Penalty

Interactive Map: Drug Offences and the Death Penalty | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Of the 58 countries in the world that still have the death penalty in place, over half have made it applicable to people who have committed, for the most part, non-vio
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The Crack Baby Hysteria of the 1980s Was Completely Unfounded. Now, We’re Repeating It. Thx @rtigernyc

The Crack Baby Hysteria of the 1980s Was Completely Unfounded. Now, We’re Repeating It.     Thx @rtigernyc | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
In 1985, as crack cocaine use was surging in American cities, the New England Journal of Medicine published a provocative study. Based on preliminary data from 23 women who’d used cocaine while pregnant, the study yielded a rash of news stories suggesting that cocaine use during pregnancy could lead to...
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No Surprise as the pattern continues

#ReeferMadness

#HeroinScrewsYouUp

#SmackBabies

#JustOneE 
#CrackBabies 

#IceMethInstantAddiction 

#ZombieBathSalts

#FleashEatingKrokadil

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How to Run a Drug Dealing Network in Prison

How to Run a Drug Dealing Network in Prison | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
People tend not to hear about the prison drug dealing operations that succeed. Substance.com asks a veteran of the game to explain his system.
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The fact that illicit drugs are available in the highest security prisons in the world illustrates the futility of seeking to eradicate drugs.

We need to learn to live with drugs, to manage and regulate them as a health and social care issue not as a law enforcement issue. 

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RECOMMENDED VIDEO 50mins ▶ High Price: Thinking about Drugs with a Social Conscience by @DrCarlHart

Dr Carl Hart talking about neuroscience, drugs & politics at the HIT Hot Topics Conference in Liverpool, November 2014.
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Welfare drug testing pilot program approved by Michigan House

Welfare drug testing pilot program approved by Michigan House | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The Michigan House on Wednesday approved a long-discussed pilot program that would mandate suspicion-based drug testing for welfare recipients, who could lose cash benefits for failing more than one test.
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It's not about evidence, outcome or effectiveness.
We know drug testing makes no sense.
It is about exploiting the poor for new business opportunities.

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VIDEO 5m: Damaging BigPharma drugs fail to control his son's epilepsy but natural cannabis CBD makes a difference

Ripped from documentary The culture high.
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In society have no hesitation whatsoever prescribing and consuming big pharma meds.

Rarely do we really know what we are taking, what the risks are, yet we find it problematic and challenging to even consider a herbal remedy???

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Imagine being forced to squat naked, while police searched you for drugs you didn't have

Imagine being forced to squat naked, while police searched you for drugs you didn't have | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Invasive naked searched by police have increased by almost a third in NSW, with thousands of NSW residents forced through the invasive process on the basis of sniffer dogs incorrectly indicating they are carrying drugs.
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Even if you did have unapproved drugs - hey this is unacceptable, excessive and unwarranted use of law enforcement

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, December 5, 1:01 AM

Honorable Dogs on Mission Impossible.

A sniff is not an indication of possession, it is merely a reliable dogs nose telling us that there is trace residual 'whatever' that could have come from anywhere, and sometime ago at that.  It has no rational correlate to guilt under law, rather, in particular for cannabis, for its very presence is in essence everywhere and anywhere such that a innocent person could easily come into contact with sufficient residual  smell without having any knowledge of so doing. The dog's sniff is thus mere 'fishing' conducted to purposely achieve nothing more than reinforce prohibition as a merchantable paradigm that is 'seen to be working' without actually doing so. 

I see the use of Ion detectors at airports doing exactly the same thing. Except Ion detectors don't respond to prejudice cues by their handlers.

It is nothing more than 'smoke and mirrors'.