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The government's plan to curb drug-driving is a car crash

The government's plan to curb drug-driving is a car crash | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
David Nutt: Once again the government ignores the advice of its own scientists, while loosening up rules for pubs on the motorway

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, October 2, 2013 3:35 PM

Cannabis displaces alcohol harms. In particular in and around roads.

Drug Possession Laws's curator insight, October 12, 2013 12:50 PM

Any zero tolerance policy is inherently stupid, especially for THC that could have been consumed weeks ago and is not imparing you.

That's actually the law in Arizona. 

http://www.myarizonadefenselawyer.com/2013/03/actual-impairment-not-a-factor-for-a-marijuana-dui-in-arizona/

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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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Is Nigeria Set to Follow Colombia's Dangerous Example by Fumigating its Cannabis Crops?

Is Nigeria Set to Follow Colombia's Dangerous Example by Fumigating its Cannabis Crops? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) is reportedly set to provide Nigeria with aircraft to destory the country's marijuana crops, a dangerous approach
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Hidden Sugar Truths: 10 Most Unexpected Sources #DrugAddiction?

Hidden Sugar Truths: 10 Most Unexpected Sources #DrugAddiction? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
No, you can’t escape it. Sugar is everywhere.
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Is sugar a highly addictive and potentially harmful substance?

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Stephen Fry: I took cocaine at Buckingham Palace #WhenIWentTheyGaveMeAMoreDangerousDrug!

Stephen Fry: I took cocaine at Buckingham Palace #WhenIWentTheyGaveMeAMoreDangerousDrug! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Writer and presenter tells readers of his new autobiography how he ‘brought noble properties into squalid disrepute’
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Steven Fry took cocaine at Buckingham Palace.
 

When I was invited in 2007 to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh I took a more dangerous drug - and that was actually supplied to me by Her Majesty's servants!!


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they had free flowing champagne and wine ...with the option of non-alcohol drinks and lots of classy canapés! 

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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo & Dr Pepper Join in Effort to Cut Americans’ Drink Calories

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo & Dr Pepper Join in Effort to Cut Americans’ Drink Calories | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The three companies said they would change practices like marketing to encourage less consumption of calorie-heavy drinks.
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There are so many people addicted - sugar is a drug!

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Caffeine: the world’s most popular drug ‹ Impact Magazine

Caffeine: the world’s most popular drug ‹ Impact Magazine | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Society is not against drugs nor has it waged a war against drugs - caffeine is incredibly popular! We have had a war between drugs or a war against particular drugs.
And in very high dosages in rare cases it can be lethal too. 

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Felix Jackson's curator insight, September 23, 5:17 PM

I suspected as much,

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Lancet Develops Reefer Madness: Let's Really Talk About Pot, School, Suicide, and Society

Lancet Develops Reefer Madness: Let's Really Talk About Pot, School, Suicide, and Society | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Get ready for another round of reefer madness. This week, the journal Lancet published a study on daily teen marijuana use and purported correlations to...
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Cannabis Users Are Safer Drivers Than Non-Cannabis Users, New Study Shows

Cannabis Users Are Safer Drivers Than Non-Cannabis Users, New Study Shows | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A new study released by United States auto insurance quote provider 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com shows that statistically speaking, marijuana users are safer drivers than non-marijuana users.
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Cannabis use in teens, suicide and school dropout: the jury is still out by @soozaphone

Cannabis use in teens, suicide and school dropout: the jury is still out by @soozaphone | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Suzi Gage: A recent study found associations between cannabis use and later poor educational achievement and suicide attempts. But was the cannabis really to blame?
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More smoke wafted towards cannabis but where is the fire coming from and who keeps wafting the smoke over cannabis all the time?

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When we talk about Cannabis we decided not to use the term "Marijuana"

When we talk about Cannabis we decided not to use the term "Marijuana" | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
At Harborside Health Center, we choose to not use the term medical marijuana. Instead, we prefer to use the word cannabis, because it is a respectful, scientific term that encompasses all the many different uses of the plant. The word
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Important because drugs discourse is riddled with misinformation, propaganda and stereotype. Let’s reclaim and re-assert evidence based information, honest assessment and appropriate language surrounding drug and drug users.

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VIDEO 6mins ▶ Sanjay Gupta MD: Psychedelic medicine gets a closer look #LSD

Drugs like LSD and MDMA are generating new interest among doctors for use in psychotherapy.
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Linking cannabis and suicide doesn't prove causation - New Scientist

Linking cannabis and suicide doesn't prove causation - New Scientist | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A study linking daily cannabis use to suicide got a lot of coverage earlier this week, but, Michael Slezak says, correlation does not mean causation
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Evidence of the dubious tactics of the alcohol industry (NZ)

Evidence of the dubious tactics of the alcohol industry (NZ) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Nicky Hager’s latest book “Dirty Politics” reports the alcohol industry works behind the scenes to actively try and smear the professional reputation of people


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City starts beer for alcoholics project - Europe's News in English

City starts beer for alcoholics project - Europe's News in English | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A city in western Germany will start a controversial project on Wednesday to employ alcohol and drug addicts to clean the streets in return for beer, tobacco, f
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Legal Drugs Diversify? Caffeinated Underpants

Legal Drugs Diversify? Caffeinated Underpants | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Infusing ladies' undergarments with caffeine does not make them weight loss aids, as it turns out. This news may not come as a surprise to most of us, but two companies were trying to sell just suc...
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Believe it or Not?

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Scientists Explain Why Cannabis Users Never Overdose - Leaf Science

Scientists Explain Why Cannabis Users Never Overdose - Leaf Science | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a molecule in the brain that may limit the effects of too much cannabis.
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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, September 29, 7:00 AM

Whaaaa! We are our own addiction therapist....

We seem to need a sledgehammer in our brain to tell us we have had too much alcohol!

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Joint Report: The Punishment and Surveillance of Pregnant Women

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VIDEO 2mins ▶ A Royal Hangover: Official Documentary Trailer #OurLoveAffairWithTheMostDangerousDrugOfAll

https://www.facebook.com/aroyalhangover http://www.aroyalhangover.com A film by Arthur Cauty Renowned comedian, actor, author and recovering addict, Russell ...
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People are mistaken they think society is against drugs or that we have waged a war on drugs. This short clip illustrates just how much we embrace, promote and depend upon drugs - it’s just that when drugs are legal we don’t call them drugs. But make no mistake alcohol is a drug - and quite probably the most damaging of all drugs.

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Online Book: A History of Drug User Activism

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Dietary Sugar and Mental Illness: A Surprising Link

Dietary Sugar and Mental Illness: A Surprising Link | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Sugar and Mental Illness: A Surprising Link
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not a new article ...but relevant.

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The Highway Code by @GlobalDrugSurvy Get smarter about your drug use, learn from 80,000 users

The Highway Code by @GlobalDrugSurvy Get smarter about your drug use, learn from 80,000 users | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Global Drug Survey runs the biggest drug survey in the world
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Nearly 1 in 3 beers in the world could soon be sold by the same company

Nearly 1 in 3 beers in the world could soon be sold by the same company | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
There's a global beer behemoth in the works. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker by volume, is preparing itself to offer as much as $125 billion for SABMiller, which - New Zealand Herald
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In the move towards increasing profit and social control could strict regulation one day mean that possession of an unregulated beer becomes a civil offence carrying a financial penalty. 

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Here's What I've Finally Concluded About 12-Step by @maiasz

Here's What I've Finally Concluded About 12-Step  by  @maiasz | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
AA and the rest remain the biggest and most polarizing force in the addiction community. I quit heroin and cocaine using the Steps and have covered addiction as a journalist for 25 years—and I'd argue that the picture is decidedly mixed.
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Infographic: Ranking the Collateral Damage of 10 Drugs based on Nutt et al's 2010 study

Infographic: Ranking the Collateral Damage of 10 Drugs based on Nutt et al's 2010 study | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Researchers from the UK have provided a reminder that entire communities can be touched by the collateral damage of drug addiction - not just the addicts.
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Drink Coffee? Off With Your Head! #DrugsAsASocialConstruct

Drink Coffee? Off With Your Head! #DrugsAsASocialConstruct | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
By now, many New Year's resolvers are finding out how difficult it is to give up caffeine. History brims over with coffee-lovers who couldn't bring themselves to quit the bean — even when they faced decapitation.
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What we deem as a dangerous or unacceptable drug has little to do with pharmacology or harm and more to do with social and cultural norms of risk and deviance.

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Can You Still Buy Illegal Drugs Online? You Bet!

Can You Still Buy Illegal Drugs Online? You Bet! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
In the wake of Silk Road's demise, online drug marketplaces have become smarter and are offering a wider variety of illegal products.
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Regulation offers the best solution, but in the meantime in an unregulated market a well organised online Ebay type online purchase reduces a lot of risks compared to buying illegal drugs off the street. 

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Vanessa Rubio's curator insight, September 16, 1:53 PM

The faction discussed in this article is "drugs". Illegal drugs such as LSD, Marijuana and others are now being sold on black market sites. One site that has been discovered is Silk Road. Since then, the number of these type of sites have risen. This goes to show us that no matter how safe and successful we think we are at preventing the entrance of drugs into our country, there's always a way. It frightens me that there are now many more different ways of obtaining these drugs, and makes me feel unsafe for the younger generations in our country.