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One spliff and you're off the road: crackdown on drug driving

One spliff and you're off the road: crackdown on drug driving | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Motorists who get behind the wheel after smoking cannabis face losing their licence for at least a year under a “one spliff and you’re over the limit” crackdown on drug driving.
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Abstinence and war on drugs gather momentum!

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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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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.
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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.

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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.

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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...
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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.
 

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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
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Video of a paper I gave in Preston in June this year exploring recover and reintegration.

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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.
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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. 

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

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When Arizona Decided to Drug Test Welfare Recipients, These Were the Shocking Results

When Arizona Decided to Drug Test Welfare Recipients, These Were the Shocking Results | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A policy gone awry.
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It's a human rights issue -  sadly we carry out drug tests on welfare recipients here in New Zealand.

There is a whole growing business enterprise designed to profit from managing and controlling the poor - the drug testing business is one of them! That's the real motivation.

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VIDEO 6mins ▶ Anne-Marie Cockburn calls for legalisation and regulation of Ecstasy

At the 2015 "Support. Don't Punish" event in Dublin on June 26th, Anne-Marie Cockburn spoke about her daughter Martha who died after consuming ecstasy in 201...
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Wastewater analysis best way to spot new drug trends??

Wastewater analysis best way to spot new drug trends?? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Wastewater analysis has moved from being an experimental technique to being a new method in the epidemiological toolkit. Its rapid ability to detect new trends can help target public health programmes and policy initiatives at specific groups of people and the different drugs they are using.…
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What a waste!

The Drug War Industry is seriously 'Taking the Piss!'


People take legal drugs ....and yes guess what, people take illegal drugs. Learn to live with it and stop wasting our resources, time and energy by counting and measuring it!

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Does tobacco use cause psychosis? Systematic review and meta-analysis - The Lancet Psychiatry

Interpretation

Daily tobacco use is associated with increased risk of psychosis and an earlier age at onset of psychotic illness. The possibility of a causal link between tobacco use and psychosis merits further examination.

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Legal drugs have gone under the radar for too long

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Every Drug Court Should Allow Methadone Treatment

Every Drug Court Should Allow Methadone Treatment | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Indefinite maintenance is a proven treatment for drug addiction. All drug courts should allow it. But they don’t.
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Why did Drug Court deny people effective drug treatment in the first place?

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PODCAST 55mins: Foundations for Good Drug Law, Policy & Practice

the presentation is here: https://prezi.com/7m2ybawftcja/drug-policy-threats-challenges/
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Rethinking drug law, policy and practice

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Mum of overdose victim wants drugs law change - and calls for decriminalisation & drug regulation!

Mum of overdose victim wants drugs law change - and calls for decriminalisation & drug regulation! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
THE mother of Martha Fernback – the teenager who died from a lethal drug overdose at an Oxford park – has visited 10 Downing Street to…
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Campaigns like this will help change public opinion and reach people in ways that articles, reports and inquiries have failed to do - well done Anne- Marie!

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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.

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NZ moving towards Naloxone by @nzdrug

NZ moving towards Naloxone 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.
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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 murder or 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.

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'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.
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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

 

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

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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.
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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. 

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

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Are Britain and America's Drug Laws Racist?

Are Britain and America's Drug Laws Racist? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
By Kojo Koram That Justice is a blind goddess, Is a thing to which we black are wise, Her bandage hides two festering sores, That once perhaps were eyes. Langston Hughes,Justice (1923) Last week, a...
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Harmful drinking among middle-class over-50s is a 'hidden phenomenon'

Harmful drinking among middle-class over-50s is a 'hidden phenomenon' | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
People over 50 who are healthy and highly educated are more at risk of harmful drinking than less well-off peers, says research
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Phew  - for a moment I thought they were taking drugs!

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The Human Rights Case for Drug Reform

The Human Rights Case for Drug Reform | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Nearly every country in the world plays a part—as producer, consumer, or transit point—in the multibillion-dollar illicit drug trade that supplies more than 150 million people every year and keeps on growing.
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It should be a Human Right to ingest whatever you choose in your own body without threat of criminalisation, punishment or incarceration from the state. 

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EMCDDA | Alternatives to punishment for drug-using offenders

Based on the options provided by the international drug control legal framework, this paper considers the rehabilitative measures of treating, educating or reintegrating drug users as alternatives or additions to conviction or punishment that are established in the laws of many countries in Europe today.

 

 

 
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Neuroscientist: Addiction Is Not a Brain Disease

Neuroscientist: Addiction Is Not a Brain Disease | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A neuroscientist takes on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s assertion that addiction is a brain disease—a classification he finds not only flawed but dangerous.
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Two Charts Show How the Drug War Drives US Domestic Spying

Two Charts Show How the Drug War Drives US Domestic Spying | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
By Andy Greenberg for WIRED. There’s a reason the television show  The Wire wasn’t just called “The Cops vs. Drug Dealers Show.” Law enforcement’s surveillance in America—and particularly its ever-...
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Suicide by soda: Sugary drinks kill 184,000 people a year, study says #DrugsUnderTheRadar

Suicide by soda: Sugary drinks kill 184,000 people a year, study says #DrugsUnderTheRadar | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
f you love the taste of an ice cold soda, you may want to determine whether the flavor is actually worth the risk. Sugary drinks are killing around 184k ...
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Our Drug Apartheid refuses to recognise or categorise our much loved and heavily promoted addictive substances as 'Drugs'.  So alcohol, tobacco, caffeine sugar and cocoa go under the radar and our gaze has instead to be firmly fixed on substances like cannabis, LSD, ecstasy etc.

Time for a mature, informed and rational discussion about what is a drug.

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