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The US Military’s Prescription Drug Addiction

The US Military’s Prescription Drug Addiction | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The military has spent at least $2.7 billion on antidepressants, and $1.6 billion in narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin over the last decade.
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Sadly with a lot of projects, developments and expenditure ... might there be a financial interest?

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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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I love your thinking on this
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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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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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This paper makes the case for harm reduction rather than abstinence, for decriminalisation and regulation of drugs rather than prohibition. It reflects on my 41 year career mainly spent grappling with problematic drug use, and problematic drug policy abuse. Free and full download from the Journal website http://www.cjp.org.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=7839


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 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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"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’.
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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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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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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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