Drugs, Society, H...
Follow
47.6K views | +2 today
 
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
onto Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice
Scoop.it!

LA Times investigation: Legal prescription drugs, deadly outcomes

LA Times investigation: Legal prescription drugs, deadly outcomes | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Prescription overdoses kill more people than heroin and cocaine. An L.A. Times review of coroners' records finds that drugs prescribed by a small number of doctors caused or contributed to a disproportionate number of deaths.

 

[The Drug Apartheid has resulted in a bifurcation of licit & illicit drugs as if somehow the former are safe and the latter are dangerous - this is so misleading]

more...
No comment yet.
Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice
Reason, rationale and evidence are the way forward. Please share and recommend the site!
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

VIDEO 29mins: Julian Buchanan The Social Construction of Drugs: Stigma, Discrimination & the Drug Apartheid

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 

more...
MildGreen Initiative's comment, March 27, 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, 8:23 PM
I love your thinking on this
Julian Buchanan's comment, May 29, 7:45 AM
thx
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Why addiction isn't a disease but instead the result of 'deep learning'

Why addiction isn't a disease but instead the result of 'deep learning' | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Neuroscientist Marc Lewis' new book challenges long-held beliefs about addiction and how it should be treated.

Lewis himself knows that the success of his book is a double-edged sword. "I did this talk show in New York and one of the callers was pleading with me, 'Don't take this away from us. I need this in order to get on with my recovery.' That's pretty heartbreaking for me. I don't want to take away from somebody something that's going to make them feel better. I just think in the big picture the disease model is doing more harm than good." 

 

Julian Buchanan's insight:

 Nature Journal (506:5 2014) misleadingly asserted that scientists understood addiction was a disease. 

In response, ninety-four international experts and scientists in the field signed a letter to Nature entitled "Addiction: not just brain malfunction" to refute this claim:

"Irrespective of the animal-rights issues you discuss, we disagree with your one-dimensional view that addiction is a disease, and with your claim that this view is not particularly controversial among scientists..."

To download the letter and signatures 
https://www.academia.edu/.../Letter_published_in_Nature...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Chile Is About to Decriminalize Cannabis -Latin America Leading The Way

Chile Is About to Decriminalize Cannabis -Latin America Leading The Way | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The moves in Santiago highlight a growing movement toward acceptance of pot in Latin America.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

The move in the US has come from the grass roots not from the politicians, whereas in Latin America the government and politicians are prepared to lead and push forward the change.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

How Govt Fear Campaigns and Prohibition of Bath Salts, Flakka, and Other Synthetics Is Only Going to Cost More Lives

How Govt Fear Campaigns and Prohibition of Bath Salts, Flakka, and Other Synthetics Is Only Going to Cost More Lives | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Not only is banning drugs ineffective, it arguably increases the harms associated with the use of these drugs.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Harper Is Waging a War on Drugs in Canada — And Scientists Say He's Clueless [aren't they all]

Harper Is Waging a War on Drugs in Canada — And Scientists Say He's Clueless [aren't they all] | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, a group of scientists released a summary of scientific evidence to debunk common claims about the dangers of marijuana — including some that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Never been a drug war that hasn't been clueless 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

The legal supply of cannabis in different countries compared

The legal supply of cannabis in different countries compared | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
This is the seventh in a weekly blog series based on the findings of the 2015  annual European Drugs Report published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. In it, I explore new models being trialled for the legal supply of cannabis. Models for the legal supply of ca…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Prestigious Study Found Heroin-Assisted Treatment Produces Benefits to Individuals & Society

Prestigious Study Found Heroin-Assisted Treatment Produces Benefits to Individuals & Society | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A seminal review recently published in the prestigious British Journal of Psychiatry confirms that heroin-assisted treatment, also known as supervised injectable heroin treatment or heroin-maintenance, is an effective treatment for patients who have not responded to standard treatment options such as methadone or residential rehabilitation. Heroin-assisted treatment refers to the supervised administration of pharmaceutical-grade heroin to a small group of particularly difficult-to-treat chronic heroin users.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

We’ve just had a major report on reducing OverDose but no mention of HAT
Doh! 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

UK Drug policy reform & the reclassification of cannabis: A cautionary tale of net widening

When the legal classification of cannabis was downgraded in 2004 it represented the most significant liberalisation of British drug law in more than 30 years. Paradoxically, however, this apparently progressive reform led to an intensification of police efforts targeting minor possession offences and its failure was confirmed in January 2009 when the decision to downgrade cannabis was reversed. This article documents the impact that reclassification had on law enforcement activities and seeks to explain why it failed to deliver a more progressive approach. Drawing on official statistics, the analysis charts the process of net-widening that followed the reform, identifying a sharp increase in the number of people caught in the criminal justice net for minor possession offences. While police targeting of such offences was an unintended consequence of performance targets, broader political influences were also at play. The contradictions and reversals involved in the reclassification of cannabis, it is argued, can be readily understood in terms of the broader politics of crime and control and the ‘structured ambivalence’ of state responses.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

And an often forgotten fact is that when cannabis was downgraded to Class they delayed the process because they were busy increasing the maximum penalty for supplying a Class C drug from 7years to 14 years in preparation for the downgrading of cannabis.
And when cannabis moved back upstairs to a Class B - they left supply of Class C at 14 years!

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

The language of ‘clean’ & the stigma given to methadone undermines progress, achievement & recovery.

Because we cling to the stereotypes about opiate abuse, feeding the stigma, there will be no last names, no identifying details for these recovering addicts.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

We have been indoctrinated by the Drug War propaganda that fuels notions or clean/dirty and unacceptable bad drugs/ promoted good (non)drugs.

This language of ‘clean’ & the stigma given to methadone undermines progress, achievement & recovery.

more...
Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, August 2, 11:54 PM

We have been indoctrinated by the Drug War propaganda that fuels notions or clean/dirty and unacceptable bad drugs/ promoted good (non)drugs.

This language of ‘clean’ & the stigma given to methadone undermines progress, achievement & recovery.

Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Gentrified Decriminalization - Stepping up the Privilege

Gentrified Decriminalization - Stepping up the Privilege | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
I’m seeing a lot of celebration amongst reformers on the rainy shores of the United Kingdom. After a statement by police in Durham that they would no longer be busting cannabis users and small scal...
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Drug laws have always been applied unevenly and unfairly.
It’s the poor, unemployed, people of color, indigenous people, youth, working class, homeless and other that are much more likely to get policed, profiled, apprehended, arrested, prosecuted, found guilty, sent to prison and excluded once released.
 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

VIDEO: featuring @julianbuchanan @aliroy01 & @Alistair1965 speaking about "Reclaiming and Redefining Recovery"

VIDEO: featuring @julianbuchanan @aliroy01 & @Alistair1965 speaking about "Reclaiming and Redefining Recovery" | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Video of a paper I gave in Preston in June this year exploring recover and reintegration.
SET QUALITY TO “LOW” FOR SMOOTH VIDEO DISPLAY :)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Police (Aus) want new powers to strip search people not under arrest

Police (Aus) want new powers to strip search people not under arrest | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
POLICE across Australia want the power to strip search people who are not under arrest, in a desperate bid to identify ice users and dealers.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

The Drug War ratchet is uncontrollable and dangerous.

Drug war policy is a greater threat to people, families and communities than any drug could possibly be. 

There can be no incremental improvement to adjust drug war policy, we have to abolish it. End prohibition entirely for all drugs. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

You Can Now Inhale Caffeine Instead of Drink It #DontWorryItsNotADrug?

You Can Now Inhale Caffeine Instead of Drink It #DontWorryItsNotADrug? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A new e-cigarette-like inhaler gives users a boost of caffeine. But how safe is it?
Julian Buchanan's insight:

So long as people don't take drugs these legal products must be safe???

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

New Zealand’s Drug Policy 2015-20 #WoefulOmissionOfNaloxone #WorryingCompulsoryTreatmentLaw

New Zealand’s Drug Policy 2015-20 #WoefulOmissionOfNaloxone #WorryingCompulsoryTreatmentLaw | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The National Drug Policy 2015 to 2020 sets out the Government’s approach to alcohol and other drug issues, with the overarching goal of minimising alcohol and other drug harm, and promoting and protecting health and wellbeing.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Underneath the gloss of soundbites and the right words this strategy document merely offers to review (once again) various issues (such as the criminalisation of utensils) - but further reviews after a major Law Commission Review in 2011 that is now gathering dust,  are simply used to offset pressure. They masquerade as positive action but are a commitment to nothing more than hot air. By contrast the document is quite prepared to commit to some worrying enforcement measures including:

A New Compulsory Assessment & Compulsory Treatment of Addictions Act (p.21)

A major focus to get tough on tackling cannabis cultivation (p.23)

There are some woeful omissions too particularly in respect of naloxone, hardly surprising since the New Zealand Drug Foundation 20pp Briefing to Parliament on policy priorities to reduce harm, failed to even mention naloxone let alone prioritise it. So not surprisingly neither does this 30page NZ Drug Policy Five Year Plan to reduce drug related harm mention naloxone - a disturbing omission in my view. 

The New Zealand Drug Foundation Briefing to Parliament did however, emphasise the importance of New Zealand representation in Vienna at UNGASS (presumably by the NZDrug Foundation) and that has been included as a NZ Drug Policy priority (p.22).

Here’s the link to the NZDF Briefing Document to Govt
http://issuu.com/nzdrugfoundation/docs/ndf15765_bim-fa3_lge?e=0/11731252

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Fake, Drug-Test-Foiling Dicks Are a Growing Business in Queensland #SadWorldOfProhibition

You need to be clean for 72 hours to give a drug-free urine sample. Unless you have a fake dick and pee, then you can do whatever you want.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Prohibition spawns a huge industry concerned with checking, testing and observing drug use, and a significant industry concerned with avoiding detection such as http://alwaystestclean.com/pass-drug-test/#products-to-pass-a-drug-test
 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

VIDEO: Prof David Nutt- How Irrational Drug Laws are Hampering Medical Research’

VIDEO: Prof David Nutt- How Irrational Drug Laws are Hampering Medical Research’ | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Throwing the Baby Out With the Bath Water: How Irrational Drug Laws are Hampering Medical Research’.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Woman: Deputy put her fingers in me - CNN Video

Woman: Deputy put her fingers in me  - CNN Video | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Don Lemon speaks with Charnesia Corley, a Texas woman accusing police of sexual assault stemming from a body-cavity search following a traffic stop
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Holding a woman down and forcibly penetrating her vagina to search for pot is official policy?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Many Anti-Pot [anti-illicit drugs] Arguments Are Based On Weak Science, Say Researchers

Many Anti-Pot [anti-illicit drugs] Arguments Are Based On Weak Science, Say Researchers | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
"False claims like these... ultimately lead to harmful policies."
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Let’s be honest we’d expect the same findings in relation to all anti-illicit drug argument not just cannabis - the arguments are rooted in prejudice and then flimsy evidence used to support them.

Ideological based law which subsequently search and construct evidence to support the  ideology.

 

Rather than developing drug laws based upon the evidence already available..

Bath Salts
Krokodil
Meth

Heroin

Crack 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Tough Prohibition Pays - Very Well Indeed

Tough Prohibition Pays - Very Well Indeed | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The scourge of a growing ice epidemic in the South West has caused a former Busselton detective to change his line of work after witnessing first-hand the devastating effects of illicit drug use on families.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

I counted over six different Drug Detection/Testing Agencies  New Zealand - often run/owned by ex Law Enforcement staff.
Prohibition pays dividends for lots of people:
https://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/15-benefits-from-the-war-on-drugs/

 

more...
Christopher L. Baca's comment, August 16, 4:24 PM
I agree with his thoughts and ideas on wanting to educate people about the use of these drugs rather than spending his time catching them. Proactive justice over reactive justice any day.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Drugs & Cultural Accommodation:The surprising history of London's lost tobacco houses

Drugs & Cultural Accommodation:The surprising history of London's lost tobacco houses | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Considered a cure for cancer, ripped-off fingernails and more, smoking in times of yore was a debonair delight practised throughout London; if you know where to look, a tour brings the history of the capital's tobacco houses back to life
Julian Buchanan's insight:

What drugs we take and how we see them changes in time and has more to do with culture than substance

more...
Murray Campbell's curator insight, August 7, 2:31 AM

What drugs we take and how we see them changes in time and has more to do with culture than substance

Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Harm reduction works | UNAIDS

Harm reduction works | UNAIDS | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Abundant evidence shows that harm reduction programmes can significantly reduce HIV transmission among people who inject drugs. Several countries are demonstrating the benefits of actively scaling up quality programmes that are based on human rights and public health needs.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

NZ moving towards Naloxone? The case presented by @nzdrug

NZ moving towards Naloxone? The case presented by @nzdrug | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

(Naloxone kit with instructions) Better emergency overdose interventions are required to reduce the number of preventable deaths in New Zealand. Recommendations for action are included in the Drug Foundation’s background paper on this vital aspect of reducing drug harms.

Here’s a link to the report with my comments on it:
https://julianbuchanan.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/nzdrug-emergency-overdose-prevention-background-julian-buchanan-comments3.pdf

 

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Excellent to see this paper promoting naloxone distribution in New Zealand – I just hope they don't have difficulty persuading MoH / Govt it really is a drug policy priority – given that the Foundation didn’t even mention it in their 20 page Drug Policy Priorities Briefing Paper to Parliament.http://issuu.com/nzdrugfoundation/docs/ndf15765_bim-fa3_lge?e=9926752%2F11819155

 

Fingers crossed for immediate and total roll out but worryingly this robust paper  has included a few self destruct buttons and omissions that could undermine full adoption:

a) The document is well referenced and informed but asserts and sows unsubstantiated claims such as "Due to the controversial nature of drug harm reduction and naloxone access" Do we really want to be suggesting harm reduction and naloxone is controversial – I don’t think it is, nor do I think the Foundation should be suggesting it is.

 

b) The recommendations over-emphasise training - I hope this doesn't become unnecessarily, cumbersome or costly because it could stall community access, dent the naloxone budget and really it's hardly needed anymore than an epi-pen – five minutes would be enough. Most important is getting naloxone out into the community.

 

c) Internationally the literature indicates that, in a high percentage of fatal opioid OD's the person is dead on arrival of emergency services - this is a vital point to explain why distribution to family, friends and fellow users is what is most important, but this important fact is missing unless I’ve overlooked it by mistake?

 

d) Most importantly the paper ducks any recommendation on issue that will seriously undermine naloxone administration if not addressed - that is recommending a Good Samaritan law that will remove the charge of manslaughter for assisting someone who subsequently suffers a fatal OD.

e) Indeed the legal recommendation in the report is weak in respect of possession and injecting naloxone it states we should offer: "legal protection from arrest for drug possession and/OR the act of injecting someone for people who administer naloxone in an emergency situation" [my capitalisation] This 'OR' fudge and the ambiguous wording is surely no mistake? It could result in simply making the act of injecting naloxone on another person legal.

 

f) The reclassification for naloxone is an excellent move, but again it needs to be more robust and called for ‘pharmacy only’ rather than  with: "reclassifying naloxone as a pharmacist only with restricted medication".

 

g) I’m not sure I understand the purpose in the NZDF report of presenting spurious arguments in opposition to naloxone. Fair enough if there are genuine issues.But the arguments they mentioned risk giving them oxygen and credibility. Maybe that could be justified if the NZDF then challenges and exposes them as spurious, but the NZDF doesn’t, it takes them seriously.  For example it states: “There may also be views that wider access is not necessary with naloxone already available in hospitals and with advanced paramedics.” What sort of serious argument is that? Or naloxone “will lead to greater risk taking behaviour” Seriously is there evidence to support this argument?

h) One of the groups identified in the report most at risk are those receiving opioid treatment - but the report fails to mention that drug injectors in New Zealand are denied injectable drugs but are prescribed oral substitute drugs, so they inevitably continue to inject drugs that are not designed to be injected and sometimes with little knowledge of the strength. A recommendation for ampoule substitute prescribing would reduce OD deaths, along with Drug Consumption Rooms. Neither ampoules or DCRs are mentioned in this paper on overdose prevention.

 

i) Finally, the way the conclusion of the paper is set out is worrying because it talks about  three ‘options’ and presents them as a choice claiming they could be ‘potentially complementary’. This appears to be an invitation to 'drive a cart horse' through the proposal and simply select one pilot option. It is imperative these three strategies should be presented as three interconnected pillars (not three options) to reduce overdose deaths in NZ.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

'Good Samaritan' on Reddit Sends Naloxone in Mail for Free #DesperatelyNeeded in New Zealand

'Good Samaritan' on Reddit Sends Naloxone in Mail for Free #DesperatelyNeeded in New Zealand | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
An obscure opiate forum has been the source of one person's mission to save lives, no questions asked.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Respect!!
This Woman is a Modern Day Good Samaritan
Naloxone Is A No Brainer 
It’s Prejudice Not Science That Stops Distribution

Not Available Here In New Zealand Where One Person Dies of An Opiate Overdose Every Week

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Durham (UK) takes us one small step towards a sensible policy on drugs

Durham (UK) takes us one small step towards a sensible policy on drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
New figures show that more than a million people aged between 16 and 24 used cannabis in the past year. Now, those in the North-east who keep pot plants – the hallucinogenic kind rather than a Busy Li
Julian Buchanan's insight:

...and we need to extend decriminalisation to all drugs not just cannabis :)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Sandra Bland Marijuana Smear Is Another Cheap Trick of Racist Drug War by @ssekaran

Sandra Bland Marijuana Smear Is Another Cheap Trick of Racist Drug War by @ssekaran | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Sandra Bland's death is a horrific display of how vulnerable black people in this country are at the hands of law enforcement, and how indelicately black lives are publicly scrutinized for character flaws when that vulnerability results in death.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Most Drug Reformers argue strongly that the main reason we need to regulated drugs is to take drugs out of the hands of gangsters.

Reformers then give minimal attention to making all drug possession legal, for example, when a new model was rolled out in New Zealand regarding NPS no drug reformers kicked up a fuss that the NZ PSA 2013 extended prohibition by giving police new powers to arrest people for possession of an "unapproved" NPS (which is every NPS as nothing has been approved).

My point is Drug Reformers must start realising that the greatest threat to people using illicit drugs doesn't come from gangsters - it comes from the state,  the police, the DEA, who while drugs remain illegal, outlawed and stigmatised will demonise, harass and smear the poor, the indigenous, people of colour etc. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Julian Buchanan
Scoop.it!

Sandra Bland Marijuana Smear is Another Cheap Trick of Racist Drug War

Sandra Bland Marijuana Smear is Another Cheap Trick of Racist Drug War | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Two years ago, when marijuana was brought up to smear the reputation of Trayvon Martin, I wrote “In Order to Address Racism, We Must Confront the Drug War.” I said, “From clothing to
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Racism and Classism have always been key drivers at the heart of drug war policy and practice.

more...
No comment yet.