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15 reasons why the drug war is actually a great success! by @CounterPunchOrg

15 reasons why the drug war is actually a great success! by @CounterPunchOrg | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The Drug War would indeed be a failure if its real function was to reduce drug consumption or drug-related violence. But the success or failure of state policies is rightly judged by the extent to which they promote the interests served by the state. The Drug War is a failure only if the state exists to serve you.

 

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Unintended consequences or deliberate strategy? Either way some have a vested interest in continuing the war on drugs.

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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/

 

 

 

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

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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
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Should ‘ecstasy’ be regulated in New Zealand? – Expert reaction cites Julian Buchanan

Should ‘ecstasy’ be regulated in New Zealand? – Expert reaction cites Julian Buchanan | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

“No substance is safe. We regulate and market peanuts but they pose a life threatening risk to some people. We celebrate with the most dangerous of all substances – alcohol. Clean regulated MDMA at the right dosage poses relatively low risk. Research by Professor David Nutt suggests MDMA is much less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

 
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Effect of reclassification of cannabis on hospital admissions for cannabis psychosis: A time series analysis

This study shows a statistical association between the reclassification of cannabis and hospital admissions for cannabis psychosis in the opposite direction to that predicted by the presumed relationship between the two. However, the reasons for this statistical association are unclear. It is unlikely to be due to changes in cannabis use over this period. Other possible explanations include changes in policing and systemic changes in mental health services unrelated to classification decisions.

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Human rights and drug policy

Human rights and drug policy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

An accessible but comprehensive primer on why TNI believes that human rights must be at the heart of any debate on drug control.

 

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Silk Road sentencing: why governments can't win the war on internet drugs

Silk Road sentencing: why governments can't win the war on internet drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Dread Pirate Roberts may have been sentenced to life, but experts and customers say the tide has turned and internet markets for illicit products are here to stay
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Drugs are going to continue to be bought and used - and the internet ‘eBay-type’ service offered greater safety and quality control for purchasers, so all we’ve done is make it more dangerous. How can that be sensible? 

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Clay Faris's comment, June 1, 4:48 AM
It isn't sensible. It is a continuation of the failed policies (40+ years now) of the "war on drugs". But you know, hey, let's keep right on pretending that what we do makes a difference. At its core the drug issue is simple economics......law of supply and demand. Prohibition doesn't work.
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Excess stimulant drug health warning

Excess stimulant drug health warning | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Drinking more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day may be damaging to health, according to the European Food Safety Authority.
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There's never been a war on drugs - society loves drugs and this one is a favourite

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New South Wales Greens push to ban sniffer dogs

New South Wales Greens push to ban sniffer dogs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The New South Wales Greens will introduce a bill to parliament calling for a ban on sniffer dog operations across the state, describing the current approach as wasteful, dangerous and ineffective. 

Mr Shoebridge said the use of sniffer dogs "does not target high-level drug dealers or suppliers. It targets young people, the poor and Aboriginal communities."

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Sniffer dogs, drug testing, policing possession - are programmes from prohibition that have dubious validity, do more harm than good and target the poor, the indigenous, Black people, ethnic minorities and anyone else considered an ‘other’.

We are better without them. 

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Rob Duke's curator insight, May 28, 1:25 PM

Seems like they're doing it wrong then.  Sniffer dogs are often deployed at the constriction points in the supply chain.  This disrupts delivery of the product and shouldn't target many low level offenders....

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VIDEO 7mins ▶ Drugs debate: blanket ban or decriminalise? Carl Hart & Neil Mckeganey

“The vast majority of people who use drugs, don’t abuse drugs." That’s the view of the scientist Carl Hart, who supports decriminalising some drugs. He was f...
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Ana's death by Russian roulette should make us think again about drugs - Independent.ie

Ana's death by Russian roulette should make us think again about drugs - Independent.ie | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The war on drugs is being lost, one incarcerated or dead young person at a time. Ana Hick was the latest victim, last Sunday. Ana's 19th birthday was a funeral. She was dead because she
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, May 26, 7:16 AM

"If your kid is going to take a pill this weekend they will take one, legal or not. Would you rather they were playing Russian roulette and buying from some dealer they barely know or would you rather they knew what they were taking and there was some form of regulation and support in place to prevent things from going horribly wrong and to help when things do go wrong?"

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New INCB President may be willing to accept harm reduction #ReConfigurationOfNewProhibitionNOTHANKS

New INCB President may be willing to accept harm reduction #ReConfigurationOfNewProhibitionNOTHANKS | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It is encouraging to hear that harm reduction measures should be included within a ‘well-balanced’ drug control system, even if the Board still cannot bring itself to articulate the ‘two word phrase’.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Further evidence that the prohibitionist driven UN are totally unfit to manage any system of international drug control - they are only just accepting harm reduction may have a role. Sheesh!

Thanks - but no thanks - to any global well-balanced drug control system.

Decriminalise all personal possession and regulate drug business not drug using people - and do it nationally not internationally.

The international drug control is part of the Drug War - let's no reconfigure a needless and dubious organisation into some new system.

Abolition is required.

We don't have a UN well balanced global control system for Sugar, Caffeine or Alcohol

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Chemical Found In Ayahuasca May Be Able To Reverse Diabetes

Chemical Found In Ayahuasca May Be Able To Reverse Diabetes | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Diabetes currently affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In America alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that number to be approximately 20 million. Potential cures and methods to reverse the disease are showing some promising results, and one of them is a chemical that’s commonly found in a number of plants […]
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ARTICLE: Global Epidemiology of HIV Among Women and Girls Who Use or Inject Drugs:

Background: Women and girls who use and inject drugs are a critical population at risk of HIV. In this article, we review data on the epidemiology of drug use and injection among women globally and HIV prevalence among women and girls who use and inject drugs.
Results: Women and girls comprise o...
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Podcast 41mins: Drug Control, Human Rights and Bridging 'Parallel Universes' by @LinesRick

Podcast 41mins: Drug Control, Human Rights and Bridging 'Parallel Universes' by @LinesRick | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Part one of the 'Interventional Perspectives on Substance Use and Misuse' seminar series which took place in Hilary Term 2014.
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Regulated sale of MDMA in New Zealand? - expert reaction

Regulated sale of MDMA in New Zealand? - expert reaction | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Wellington emergency medicine doctor Paul Quigley has made a public call for pure MDMA to be considered for legal sale.

 

Assoc Prof Julian Buchanan, Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, comments: "No substance is safe. We regulate and market peanuts but they pose a life threatening risk to some people. We celebrate with the most dangerous of all substances - alcohol. Clean regulated MDMA at the right dosage poses relatively low risk. Research by Professor David Nutt suggests MDMA is much less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

  

 

 

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While criminalisation has limited impact on usage, it does make using drugs much more dangerous, as users have no idea of the strength or indeed content, so I would go further and argue that all drugs should be regulated not just MDMA

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VIDEO 6mins▶ Drug consumption rooms - via EMCDDA

Supervised drug consumption facilities, where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff, have been operating in Europe for the last th...
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I'm quoted in Rolling Stone Article "UK Bill Banning Psychoactive Drugs Could Stifle Scientific Research"

I'm quoted in Rolling Stone Article "UK Bill Banning Psychoactive Drugs Could Stifle Scientific Research" | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

“In theory, the New Zealand Psychoactive Substance Act 2013 introduced this option in respect of [new psychoactive substances], provided they could be proved low risk,” Julian Buchanan, associate professor of criminology at Victoria University of Wellington tells Rolling Stone, adding that the purpose was actually to extend prohibition, not curb it. “Perhaps not surprisingly, given the main focus of the act, not a single [new psychoactive substance] has been approved for sale here in New Zealand.”

“We must end penalties for all personal possession, not extend them as we have done here in New Zealand,” Buchanan says. “We cannot construct a new model for drug regulation on the foundations of prohibition in which people are encouraged to consume state-approved products and punished for possessing unapproved products. We need to concentrate on developing strict regulation on businesses, not people, and ultimately this process should not be confined to [new psychoactive substances] but include all substances currently listed under the Misuse of Drugs Act.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/uk-bill-banning-psychoactive-drugs-could-stifle-scientific-research-20150529#ixzz3bx3ZPMmP ;
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If you want to understand further what's been happening in New Zealand with respect of the legal high ban see my blog

Unmasking NZ’s ‘World Leading Drug Reform’


https://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/lessons-from-the-world-leading-kiwi-drug-reform-magic-trick/

 

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, June 27, 8:22 PM

> Unmasking NZ’s ‘World Leading Drug Reform’

 

this phrase was purloined by Jim Anderton when he was told it in response to his pending 'restricted substances regulations' at about the time  of the UN consultations held in conjunction  with the Ministry of Health at Te Papa. Subsequently when National Was elected (the day the above rules became law) and peter Dunne was anointed with the poisoned chalice of drug policy he was keen to look good and stop the phrase while bastardising everything that was good about Class D regulation. 

A pity the Law Commission inquiry into cannabis and other drugs was again bastardised from its original  blue skies approach to constrained to the 'art of what was politically possible' (quote from the  chair of the commission, Sir Geoff Palmer) - else Class D may have got the green light.

Unmasking NZ's drug policy requires one to have the mental aptitude to see it for what it has become, a litany of lies, half truths and convenient lapses in memory..... despite best practice this has been tolerated for political expediency. Take for example the $50,000 a year (1996 dollar) budgeted to do the 'cost benefit analysis' - dropped for reasons of, and I quote, 'legislative implications'.

That would be in excess of $million dollars today... yet an eminent and experienced Emeritus Professor of Economics gave us a quote to do it for less than $50,000 ...

The response from a 'fiscally responsible' National government is best described as the  "fuck you" agenda.   


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Forfeiture: Armed Robbers With Badges - 'They Took Everything'

Forfeiture: Armed Robbers With Badges - 'They Took Everything' | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

When the cops raided Ginnifer Hency's home in Smiths Creek, Michigan, in July, "they took everything," she told state legislators last Tuesday, including TV sets, ladders, her children's cellphones and iPads, even her vibrator. They found six ounces of marijuana and arrested Hency for possession with intent to deliver, "even though I was fully compliant with the Michigan medical marijuana laws," which means "I am allowed to possess and deliver." Hency, a mother of four with multiple sclerosis, uses marijuana for pain relief based on her neurologist's recommendation. She also serves as a state-registered caregiver for five other patients.In response to mounting reports of abuses, Michigan legislators consider forfeiture reform.

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Drug Courts May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Drug Courts May Be Doing More Harm Than Good | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
On paper, drug courts seem like a smart, progressive way to help people kick their dependence. But a recent report suggests otherwise.
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Want to Stop Crime? Legalize Drugs, Says Police Organization LEAP

Want to Stop Crime? Legalize Drugs, Says Police Organization LEAP | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Police group say protests in Baltimore and Ferguson are symptoms of the country's failed war on drugs, and ending that policy will help fix broken a police system.
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The problem is there are sixteen groups that benefit from keeping prohibition:
https://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/15-benefits-from-the-war-on-drugs/

 

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Brittney Menzel's comment, May 29, 3:51 PM
Legalizing drugs will not stop crime. It may lower some crime rates but it will only higher other crime rates. I hate politics very much.
Rob Duke's comment, May 30, 12:47 AM
Look at Marginal Deterrence: marginal deterrence The concept that a penalty for a crime may prompt commission of a marginally more severe crime because that crime receives the same magnitude of punishment as the original one.

Siegel, Larry J. (2011-04-14). Criminology: 11th Edition (Kindle Locations 32517-32519). Cengage Learning. Kindle Edition.
Bethany McNutt's comment, June 2, 4:25 PM
I think the legalization of marijuana is both a tricky and controversial subject. I do believe that legalizing marijuana would not only be beneficial to the United States financially because of tax, but it can also help contribute to taking the power away from major drug cartels and in the long run can help lower crime rates. However, I am not in favor of the legalization of other harsh drugs such as cocaine and crack. Crime should involve both a perpetrator and a victim. If the United States were to legalize and distribute marijuana in such a way that it would take all power away from drug dealers and gangs, there wouldn't be any victims. Marijuana arrests waste too much money and police time that could otherwise be utilized more wisely on more heinous, serious crimes.
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The case for prescription heroin

The case for prescription heroin | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Our refusal to treat addiction in the most straightforward way creates crime, misery – and more addicts
1982 Dr John Marks offered a different evidence based approach

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2min Video - Working with Dr John Marks:

http://www.fead.org.uk/.../Julian-Buchanan-on-working...Video: Julian Buchanan on working with Dr John Marks in Liverpool - by FEAD
 Establishing the South Sefton Community Drugs Team providing low threshold full range of harm reduction services with John Marks:

http://www.fead.org.uk/.../Julian-Buchanan-on-working-in...Video: Julian Buchanan on working in Merseyside in 1983 and lessons learned - by FEADfead.org.uk
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, May 26, 7:10 AM

If you inject cement into your veins, you don’t have to be a medical expert to work out that’s going to cause harm!

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A New Study Shows that Anti-Cannabis Claims are Wrong. #ResearchThroughTheLensOfProhibition #NoSurprise

A New Study Shows that Anti-Cannabis Claims are Wrong. #ResearchThroughTheLensOfProhibition #NoSurprise | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A recent study that was published in the Psychiatric Research Journal is shaking up claims made by drug prohibitionists' that cannabis usage is responsible for psychotic episodes in teenagers.
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Drug Courts: Equivocal Evidence on a Popular Intervention

Drug Courts: Equivocal Evidence on a Popular Intervention | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
This paper offers an overview of drug treatment courts as a way to reduce drug-related incarceration.

In spite of good intentions, these courts do not represent reform if they undermine health and human rights, if they put health decisions in the hands of judges and prosecutors who reject clinically indicated treatment, or if they impose punishment for relapses that are a normal part of drug dependence.

 
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A prohibitionists attempt at treating the 'diseased addict'

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Women Behind Bars: Photo Essays Show The Human Cost of Current Drug Policy in the Americas

Women Behind Bars: Photo Essays Show The Human Cost of Current Drug Policy in the Americas | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Across Latin America the effects of disproportionate punishment for low-level, non-violent drug offenses are particularly severe for women. To shed light on this issue, WOLA has created a photo essay to show the human cost of current drug policies in the Americas

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