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Chicago Tribune - Suspected krokodil a false alarm

Chicago Tribune - Suspected krokodil a false alarm | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The images of rotting flesh and zombielike krokodil junkies could scarcely make for a more frightening cautionary tale about drug use, Kane-Willis said. A krokodil panic, Kane-Willis fears, will draw attention away from the need for better treatment options for drug users.

"But when you try to scare people with something that's not real, you lose credibility," she said. "And when you dehumanize someone with addictions, you make it harder for them to seek help."

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One of so many phoney shock horror stories? Probably!

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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
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thx
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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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VIDEO 2mins▶ Help me legalise the drugs that killed my daughter by @5742Days

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, July 15, 11:25 AM

Since 2002, there have been over 26,000 drug deaths in the UK – compared with 453 UK soldiers lost in Afghanistan. Not only do current drug laws harm and kill, but legally regulating drugs through pharmacies and doctors, rather than street dealers, would provide better protection of our loved ones. In fact, some might still be alive if drugs were under strict government control.”

Kaitlyn Evans's comment, July 20, 7:11 AM
I recently watched a TedTalk about addiction and the real problem with drugs and people being addicted to drugs. One point they stated was that in other countries where drugs are legalized, there were fewer addiction problems because they are regulated. This mother makes a valid point that if drugs are regulated through the government and pharmacists are able to inform the user, there might be fewer overdoses and problems with addiction.
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VIDEO 15mins ▶ What happened when Portugal decriminalised drugs?

Salon columnist and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald is the author of a new Cato Institute policy paper on Portugal's pathbreaking and hugely successful dr...
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Kaitlyn Evans's comment, July 20, 7:30 AM
I think that this video's ideas are in theory great ideas and I also think this video is a glorified version of what is happening in Colorado since the legalization of marijuana. I actually spoke with two people today who are from Colorado and they said that there is still a black market going around because the selling of marijuana is only regulated on a state basis and not federal. They said that the weed dispensaries only accept cash and there is no banking system for this money. It'll be interesting to see how the legalization in Alaska will impact the state.
Rob Duke's comment, July 20, 2:48 PM
California has legislation to allow dispensaries to open bank accounts; and, bitcoin is used in Oregon.
Rob Duke's comment, July 20, 2:51 PM
I guess not yet, but Oregon is working on it.
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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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Should Amy Winehouse Have Been Taught Controlled Drinking?

Should Amy Winehouse Have Been Taught Controlled Drinking? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Reviewing the myths of Winehouse's substance use and death
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When Just Say No is not only deeply divisive but lethal.

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VIDEO 24mins ▶ Assoc. Prof. Julian Buchanan "A drug policy to help rather than hinder"

JustSpeak http://justspeak.org.nz/ Wellington Forum Inaugural Event "Problematic Drug Use & Problematic Drug Policies?" Speaker: Julian Buchanan https://juli...
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What needs to change to protect New Zealand people who use illicit drugs from harmful drug policy?

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TED 14mins: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

TED 14mins: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
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