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VIDEO 10mins: NEWSNIGHT Russell Brand opens the lid on the sham of western democracy & of Paxman

Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman talks to Russell Brand

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Brand is right in identifying that the existing democratic system is destroying the planet, creating mass inequality and serving the needs of the super rich 1%

All the main political parties are all right wing and offer no alternative - a new system is required.

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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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Doctors Group Opposes School Drug Testing

Doctors Group Opposes School Drug Testing | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A group representing 62,000 pediatricians said Monday that schools should not randomly drug test students. Although the U.S. Supreme Court on two occasions has ruled school-based suspicionless drug testing programs legal, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says they cannot be recommend be...
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The drug war is coming home, to schools, colleges, workplaces, and  homes -yup, it's definitely shifting from the criminal to the civil arena....!!

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REPORT: Powdered Alcohol

On April 8, 2014 the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved seven labels for a product called Palcohol, a combination of the words powdered and alcohol. Less than two weeks later, TTB stated that the label approvals were issued in error. The Palcohol manufacturer surrendered the labels in response. From Washington to the states, the ramifications of this product have come to the forefront and made news headlines regarding public health and safety concerns. There is no return to anonymity for powdered alcohol.

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How Our Vengeful Society Destroys Vulnerable People suffering from addictions

How Our Vengeful Society Destroys Vulnerable People suffering from addictions | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The official responses to problems arising from addiction, poverty and violence victimize the most vulnerable.
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Cannabis Charges Fall Dramatically in Colorado After (and Before) Legalization - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Cannabis Charges Fall Dramatically in Colorado After (and Before) Legalization - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Cops seem to have sharply reduced pot charges in response to shifting public opinion.
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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, March 28, 12:37 AM

This is what happens when one lacks moral authority! Should we be surprised?  As to how much money is being saved, you won't see the Police lining up to offer a guesstimate let alone account!

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Podcast & PowerPoint 82mins. Bruce Alexander - Rat Park & Addiction’s Mysteries

A claymation on Bruce Alexander's addiction experiment
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Recreational Cannabis use associated with increased impulsivity & hostility in daily life: [SUGGESTS... NIDA]

Recreational Cannabis use associated with increased impulsivity & hostility in daily life: [SUGGESTS... NIDA] | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

"While this research couldn’t determine whether marijuana caused these effects – or if increased impulsivity and/or hostility were stressors that led to marijuana use – these results highlight the need for further research to determine how marijuana impacts the daily experiences of recreational users."

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NIDA want more research money to keep looking for negative outcomes associated with cannabis - sheesh when will this madness end. 

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As Awareness of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Rises, Some Schools Rethink the Role of Police

As Awareness of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Rises, Some Schools Rethink the Role of Police | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
As talk of law enforcement reform continues to swirl in the aftermath of the Department of Justice’s Ferguson report, some communities have quietly made progress in addressing how police interact with students.
Traditionally, police stepped on school grounds to respond to emergencies, ...
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Need to rethink the role of drug policy too!

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Students suspended for cannabis more likely to reuse

Students suspended for cannabis more likely to reuse | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A study has found that suspending children from school for marijuana use is likely to lead to further use of the drug rather than discouraging it.
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Behind the scenes at one of Europe's only 'legal high' testing laboratory

Behind the scenes at one of Europe's only 'legal high' testing laboratory | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Known to mimic the effects of illegal drugs, so-called legal highs are growing in popularity and scientists in Cardiff are warning users of the unexpected side effects they can cause.

Widely available online and often on the high street, legal highs - or psychoactive substances - have been found to have dangerous and sometimes lethal consequences.

There were 60 deaths linked to legal high use in England and Wales last year and they've been found to cause side effects similar to that of b
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Contaminated banknotes caused bus driver to test positive for cocaine #TheFollyOfDrugTests

Contaminated banknotes caused bus driver to test positive for cocaine #TheFollyOfDrugTests | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Alan Bailes, who was fired by FirstGroup in Bristol after the false result, wins substantial compensation from employment tribunal
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Another example of the folly of drug tests
And the level of cocaine use 

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Meanwhile: UN funds Iran anti-drugs programme despite executions of offenders

Meanwhile: UN funds Iran anti-drugs programme despite executions of offenders | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime criticised for planning new five-year aid deal with Tehran, which continues to use death penalty for narcotics offences
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Hmmmm...

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VIDEO 4mins▶ Did You Know: War on Illegal Drugs Exposed

SIGN THE VIENNA DECLARATION: www.viennadeclaration.com A video for anyone who wants to better understand the failures of prohibition and learn more about alt...
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Revealing facts!
Although it's worth noting that it been successful in:
 

1. Protecting the privilege and market of legal drugs
2. Providing the police with excellent powers to stop search arrest

3. Providing excellent opportunities for police/state to seize assets

4. Provided excellent business opportunity for the penal industrial complex

5. Provided excellent opportunities for the drug surveillance and testing business
6. Provided excellent opportunities for the drug rehab business

7. Provided excellent opportunities for the state to control the poor, indigenous people and people of colour 

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Drug courts: Equivocal evidence on a US led intervention

Drug courts: Equivocal evidence on a US led intervention | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
This report critically analyses the benefits and failures of drug courts, in particular how they undermine health and human rights.
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Meanwhile in NZ drug testing gets invasive

Meanwhile in NZ drug testing gets invasive | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A Mount Maunganui general practice has been certified to test workers for drug use in the wake of losing its longstanding methadone programme.Hawkes Bay company Pro+Med NZ Ltd issued Mount Medical Cen
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The drug apartheid steps up and moves into the civil society.
This is no spoof.... wish it was!

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Insite drug injection Centre Open 12yrs; 800 visits a day; Not a single fatal O/D

Insite drug injection Centre Open 12yrs; 800 visits a day; Not a single fatal O/D | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Health Canada has granted Vancouver’s Insite supervised drug injection site an exemption to operate for another year, Vancouver Coastal Health announced in a statement Wednesday. But the city’s . . .
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It makes sense .... but evidence based practice has little sway in drug policy

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Impaired Judgment: Assessing the Appropriateness of Drug Treatment Courts as a Response to Drug Use in Canada

Impaired Judgment: Assessing the Appropriateness of Drug Treatment Courts as a Response to Drug Use in Canada | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The purpose of this report is to critically examine drug treatment courts (DTCs) in Canada using the available evidence, which includes process and outcome evaluations of existing DTCs, grey literature and academic research. Our assessment is also informed by interviews with a number of key informants who interact with DTCs in various ways.

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ARTICLE: Social cost perspective in the wake of the Portuguese strategy

ARTICLE: Social cost perspective in the wake of the Portuguese strategy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The Portuguese National Strategy for the Fight Against Drugs (NSFAD), approved in 1999, was explicitly grounded on the values of humanism and pragmatism and paved the way for the decriminalization of illicit drug use in Portugal in 2000. This paper presents an analysis of the social costs of illicit drug use in the wake of the strategy's approval. Taking into consideration health and non-health related costs, we find that that the social cost of drugs decreased by 12% in the five years following the NSFAD's approval and by a rather significant 18% in the eleven-year period following its approval. Whilst the reduction of legal system costs (possibly associated with the decriminalization of drug consumption) is clearly one of the main explanatory factors, it is not the only one. In particular, the rather significant reduction of health-related costs has also played an important role.

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Colorado's cannabis legalisation does little to solve racial disparity in drug arrests

Colorado's cannabis legalisation does little to solve racial disparity in drug arrests | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Overall marijuana-related arrests drop but study finds rate for black people still 2.5 times higher and accounts for 18% of such arrests in 2014
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A qualitative study by Murray Wilson, investigating the association between social exclusion, stigma and long term problem drug use in a New Zealand town

A qualitative study by Murray Wilson, investigating the association between social exclusion, stigma and long term problem drug use in a New Zealand town | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Conclusion:
The cohort interviewed show significant experiences of stigma, trauma and a disrupted life journey. These experiences became considerably exacerbated by problematic drug use and it appears most of the respondents have internalised and embraced a permanent status as ‘addicts’ with limited expectation of change. Respondents spoke of being ‘parked’ on methadone in respect of their drug problem and excluded from employment. This research suggests there is a need to look beyond the presented problem of addiction and its apparent solution of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) and explore a more holistic strength-based approach that addresses issues of inequality, social care and discrimination. 

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Important qualitative NZ study that explores the life journey of people with a history of long term problematic us. The research discovers a group of people struggling with personal, social and political dislocation before PDU became established - people who now are labelled and discarded by the master status of ‘addict’.

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, March 25, 9:43 AM

Drug policy holistic? A political debate addressing issues of inequality, social care and discrimination?. [Northland By Election is a case in point]. We cant even get to grips with cost-benefit. And we choke on 'policy impact statements' that don't have Police NHQ approval.

Mate Wairua and Addiction are a metaphors for a spectrum of pathologies, It is a craven error of judgement believing the solution warrants warrants and stigma 'as a health intervention'.

The problem is political, rooted in our social ecology, just so, is the solution.

Change the rules people!. Its the stuff of social capital.

 

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VIDEO 24mins ▶ Fight HIV, not drug users in Manipur

Violation of the rights of people who use drugs in Manipur.
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Painful and sad film - abstinence, punishment and human right violations to tackle people who are caught up in a drug centred lifestyle.

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PODCAST 27mins: The War on Drugs - Johann Hari

PODCAST 27mins: The War on Drugs - Johann Hari | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A hundred years after the war on drugs started - it's timely to ask just how did it start? Who started it? And why after all these years, does the war on drugs continue? And what would happen if you chose radically different drug policies. Journalist Johann Hari has travelled the world on a 3 year journey in search of these questions - from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn, to a notoriously violent Mexican town, to a heroin clinic in Liverpool.
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I was fortunate to be involved in the Liverpool Clinic in the early 1980s working with Dr John Marks, and with John’s help we set up the South Sefton Community Drug team.in Bootle, Merseyside and developed a comprehensive low threshold harm reduction services that provided heroin and methadone maintenance, oral and injectables! 


See video nos. 6 & 7 
http://www.fead.org.uk/contributor.php?contributorid=30

 

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As the conversation continues....

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STUDY: School Suspensions Cause More, Not Less, Student Cannabis Use

STUDY: School Suspensions Cause More, Not Less, Student Cannabis Use | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A new study finds that harshly punishing students caught with drugs is likely to lead to increased marijuana use. Students who attend schools that use out-of-school suspension as a punishment for illegal drug use were 1.
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VIDEO 30mins: Rationality and Drugs Prof. David Nutt

VIDEO 30mins: Rationality and Drugs Prof. David Nutt | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
David Nutt was fired by the Home Secretary for comparing the harms of ecstasy and horse-riding. Hear his case for a rational, evidence-based approach to drug policy.

“He took personal risk to his reputation in the name of sound science” Colin Blakemore
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OPINION: The UN’s prohibitionism impedes drug policy reform

OPINION: The UN’s prohibitionism impedes drug policy reform | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Evidence-based practices on narcotics use are being undermined by a five-decade-old international convention
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Endless debate, inertia, battles over the most basic of human rights issues, and not a single drug reform improvement for decades. This battle has many more decades left to run if we continue to pursue incremental change via a deeply flawed and erroneous system.

I think there is no need for the UNODC, they have done considerably more harm than good. Abolition is needed but the people in the UNODC will not disband themselves, so they need to be made obsolete by a lack of cooperation from nations, who should reclaim sovereignty over their own drug laws, and by agencies who should boycott the CND and form an alternative Drug Law Policy Convention designed to disseminate best 21st century policy and practice. 

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