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ARTICLE: Drug Driving Tests: No transparent policy analysis, breach human rights, no evidence base

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Drug testing is driven by punitive politics, moral entrepreneurs, business interest, zero tolerance and over simplicity.

 

It's policy driven evidence rather than scientific evidence based practice - we need to think through carefully how best to tackle driving under the influence.

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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.
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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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A sugar tax is simply a tax on the poor #DrugRegulation

A sugar tax is simply a tax on the poor #DrugRegulation | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Why is it that whenever anyone proposes a tax on the wealthy all hell breaks lose, but when someone proposes a tax on the poor there is no more than… Continue reading
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Full ARTICLE Open Access "Ending Prohibition with a Hangover” by @julianbuchanan

Full ARTICLE Open Access "Ending Prohibition with a Hangover” by @julianbuchanan | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Globally, there are a growing number of countries, agencies and individuals exploring drug law reform, albeit, largely related to cannabis. These are critical and important times, but after the debacle of prohibition, we should be careful not to get over-excited and simply lurch uncritically towards any reform that’s proposed. We need to be rigorous and well informed when considering and assessing appropriate drug policy change, otherwise we will fail to address the fundamental problem – the decades of damage caused by drug policy abuse. In this paper I shall clarify why drug law reform change is urgently needed, explore lessons from drug policy changes in other countries, highlight risks inherent within drug reform, and establish some guiding principles for change.

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If you want to hear the podcast (and see the Prezi) from the 11th Annual Community Justice Public Lecture that this paper was based upon click on the link below. The audio will begin automatically once you move on to the next slide:

https://prezi.com/xszcyjomjspq/ending-prohibition-with-a-hangover/

Any comments or feedback email me:
julianbuchanan@gmail.com

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Drugs: Regulate 'home-brew' opiates

Drugs: Regulate 'home-brew' opiates | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The research community and the public require a fast, flexible response to the synthesis of morphine by engineered yeasts, urge Kenneth Oye, Tania Bubela and J.
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Science Seeks to Unlock Secrets of Cannabis

Science Seeks to Unlock Secrets of Cannabis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.
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As Barcelona Attempts Crackdown, New Report Underscores Benefits of Catalonia’s Cannabis Clubs

As Barcelona Attempts Crackdown, New Report Underscores Benefits of Catalonia’s Cannabis Clubs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
On the eve of municipal elections Barcelona’s mayor has threatened to close nearly 90 percent of the city’s cannabis social clubs (CSCs), a myopic proposal that ignore
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Hepatitis C Drugs Added To WHO List Of Essential Medicine

Hepatitis C Drugs Added To WHO List Of Essential Medicine | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
WHO updates Essential Medicines List to include hepatitis C medications, expanding and promoting off-label drug use in the process to improve treatment for a variety of serious conditions.
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REPORT: Cannabis Social Clubs in Spain Explained

A Preliminary Sketch of the Legal Landscape

for Cannabis Social Clubs in Spain (2015)

Amber Marks

This briefing is a preliminary sketch of the legal landscape for cannabis social clubs in Spain. Its author is presently conducting legal analysis and empirical research in Spain and her findings will be published in due course.

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An insight into the Cannabis social clubs in Spain (in English)

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VIDEO 5mins: Anyone’s Child - the life and death of Jake Coe

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Excellent video - highlights the dreadful problems caused by stigma, drug prohibition and abstinence, that illustrates why we desperately need a campaign to get our drug policies under control.

 

Most of this damage is caused by drug policy and not drugs - so it’s not so much the danger of drugs and the need to get them under control, (it would be misleading and misguided to perceive drugs as the cause of this damage), but the danger of prohibitionist & abstinence driven drug policy and the need to get policy under control so it stops destroying lives, families, communities and nations.

If Jake could buy clean legal drugs from a chemist or a progressive Drug Consumption Room that also prescribed and dispensed clean drugs,, if he, family friends could carry naloxone, if he didn’t have to keep everything a secret for fear of the police and stigma and rejection from others, if he could be prescribed clean maintenance drugs via his GP, if abstinence ’treatment' and being ‘clean’ hadn’t made him feel 'dirty' etc. etc. then without all this drug policy junk - maybe Jake would be alive today?

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The Billion-Dollar Rehab Racket That Drains Family Savings

The Billion-Dollar Rehab Racket That Drains Family Savings | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A new documentary by a former rehab insider shines a skeptical light on the tony business of high-priced addiction centers.
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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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Eire welcome availability of life-saving antidote to heroin-related overdoses aimed at reducing drug-related deaths

Eire welcome availability of life-saving antidote to heroin-related overdoses aimed at reducing drug-related deaths | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar and Minister of State with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin both welcomed today’s confi
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VIDEO 19mins: TEDMED 2014: Prof. Carl Hart Speaks truth ...once again. Do listen

Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, offers a provocative, evidence-based view of addiction and discusses how ...
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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, May 21, 5:10 AM

and discusses, well, just how we have it all wrong!

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USA Driver Gets 6 Months for 'Marijuana-Related' Crash That May Have Had Nothing to Do With Cannabis

USA Driver Gets 6 Months for 'Marijuana-Related' Crash That May Have Had Nothing to Do With Cannabis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The state's new standard for stoned driving can make innocent people guilty.
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Presence doesn’t equal impairment

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How America Overdosed on Drug Courts

How America Overdosed on Drug Courts | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Hailed as the most compassionate way for the criminal justice system to deal with addicts, drug courts were designed to balance punishment with rehabilitation. But after 25 years, the verdict is in:

 

Drug courts embolden judges to practice medicine without a license—and they put lives in danger!

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Why I Cringe When My Son Calls Himself a Junkie

Why I Cringe When My Son Calls Himself a Junkie | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
He sees himself as being as worthless as society assumes him to be. My son calls himself a junkie and I cringe.  And why do I do that, when that is how he self identifies?  Because he has internalized the stigma that we have assigned to his disease. Because the image that the term “junkie” …
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VIDEO▶ Drug Consumption Room & More by Insite (Canada) #NotJustWhatTheyDoButTheWayTheyDoIt #MegaRespect

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A model for us all when it comes to services for people struggling with long term problematic drug use.

Once again indigenous people, the discarded working class and people of colour left stranded - awesome the work Insite do!

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Video 45secs Ice destroys lives (Aus) #ShockHorrorDistortsTruthAndIsIneffective

The National Drugs Campaign, Ice destroys lives, aims to contribute to a reduction in the uptake of ice among young Australians, by raising awareness of the ...
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This looks like a refined rehash of the 1936 anti-drug USA public information video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbjHOBJzhb0

 

It’s a ludicrous portrayal of Methamphetamine a drug that is actually prescribed to children http://www.drugs.com/pro/desoxyn.html

 

The advert may well be inadvertently promoting the drug http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/attachements.cfm/att_94042_EN_Boomerang-3.pdf

 

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Scientology - inspired drug rehabilitation clinic under fire over ‘cure' claims (Vic)

Scientology - inspired drug rehabilitation clinic under fire over ‘cure' claims (Vic) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A DRUG rehabilitation centre with links to the Church of Scientology has been fined and ordered to remove unsubstantiated claims made online about “curing” patients.

Via ReGenUC
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Power to the People Who Use Drugs: America's Drug User Unions #ItsNotAHealthProblem

Power to the People Who Use Drugs: America's Drug User Unions #ItsNotAHealthProblem | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
“The gay rights movement is succeeding because gay people stopped apologizing for who they are,” says Shilo Murphy, the founding member of the USU’s Seattle chapter. “Nothing will change until people stand proud to be drug users.”
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VIDEO 18mins: TED Talk Ethan Nadelmann on Why we need to end the War on Drugs

VIDEO 18mins: TED Talk Ethan Nadelmann on Why we need to end the War on Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the "backward, heartless, disastrous" movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus on intelligent regulation instead.
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Always worth listening to...

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Cannabis and psychosis - The Lancet Psychiatry

Cannabis and psychosis - The Lancet Psychiatry | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Causal inferences from case–control studies are always hazardous, particularly with poor matching and incomplete specification and imprecise measurement of possible confounds. The unwanted influence of relevant group differences, whether measured or left unmeasured, might only be compounded by brute application of statistical controls. Awareness of the obvious political and policy implications of results, and the likely misuse to which they could be put, apparently failed to discourage the authors from inappropriate causal inferences and ignoring of obvious limitations of their study. This failure can only serve to distract readers from the important message concerning the need for a distinction between higher and lower potency forms of cannabis, even if it should be made with greater precision and in the context of a prospective study.

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Gianluca Bontempi's curator insight, May 16, 8:38 AM

Interesting comment on the use of appropriate causal inference