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VIDEO 60mins: Carl Hart, Talks about his book "HIGH PRICE: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery"

"HIGH PRICE: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society" High Price is the harrowing and inspir...
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PODCAST free download: 11th Community Justice Portal Lecture "Ending Prohibition With a Hangover"

PODCAST free download: 11th Community Justice Portal Lecture "Ending Prohibition With a Hangover" | 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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VIDEO 24mins: The USA Drugs War on School Kids - The entrapment of kids with Aspergers

VIDEO 24mins: The USA Drugs War on School Kids - The entrapment of kids with Aspergers | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
This is the story of Jesse Snodgrass, a kid with Asperger's syndrome who was arrested by an undercover cop posing as a student at Jesse's high school. This is the story of how the war on drugs preys o…
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Magic Mushrooms Change the Human Brain — But Not in the Way You Thought

Magic Mushrooms Change the Human Brain — But Not in the Way You Thought | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
New research reveals an unexpected consequence of taking hallucinogenic mushrooms.
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Daniel Chong is the entirely predictable result of dehumanizing drug offenders #stigma

Daniel Chong is the entirely predictable result of dehumanizing drug offenders #stigma | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Justice Department releases a report on the college student the DEA left in a jail cell for several days without food, water or a bathroom.
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Stigma is a key issue for people trying to get help with a drug problem: http://www.slideshare.net/JulianBuchanan/sdf-stigma-julian-buchanan

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American Civil Liberties Union Sues To Keep Addicted Women Out of Prison

American Civil Liberties Union Sues To Keep Addicted Women Out of Prison | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A statute known as Section 35 allows certain authorities and family members to petition district courts to commit someone deemed a danger to themselves or others because of their drug and alcohol use. But while those who are committed are typically sent to treatment facilities in Brockton and New Bedford, they can be sent to correctional facilities in Framingham and Bridgewater if treatment options are full.

“As Governor Deval Patrick has acknowledged, we are actually the only state that incarcerates people who are suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol, who haven’t been convicted of a crime. And imprisoning people because they have a disease is wrong, and it’s also unconstitutional,” ACLU staff attorney Jessie Rossman told the News Service.

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Disturbing stuff that people with drug dependency problems in USA can be incarcerated even when they have committed no crime.

However, I'm not sure they have a disease nor am I convinced that detox and abstinence is the answer. 

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VIDEO 3mins: Comparative impact of Alcohol & Cannabis upon the teenage brain

VIDEO 3mins: Comparative impact of Alcohol & Cannabis upon the teenage brain | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A teen who consumes alcohol is likely to have reduced brain tissue health, but a teen who uses marijuana is not, according to a new study. Researchers scanned the brains of 92 adolescents, ages 16 to 20, before and after an 18-month period.
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Not new but worth knowing about

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USA wiretaps hit a 10yr high and almost 90% were used to catch drug offenders

USA wiretaps hit a 10yr high and almost 90% were used to catch drug offenders | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The US has released its annual wiretap report for 2013, and as befits a country that many perceive to have become a surveillance state, federal and state wiretaps were up, hitting a ten-year high. ...
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It makes you wonder what law enforcement would do if drugs were decriminalised

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The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal

The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line.
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Drug driving guidance issued to UK healthcare professionals

Drug driving guidance issued to UK healthcare professionals | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Drug driving guidance to help healthcare professionals explain new laws.
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, July 4, 4:16 AM

Several countries in Europe need increased control and better tests for the control of drug driving, especially in relation to driving impairment due to over-the-limit prescription drug use. The UK is progressing. There may be some lessons to be learned.

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2014 The World Drug Report: The Titanic sails at dawn

2014 The World Drug Report: The Titanic sails at dawn | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
As countries around the world grow weary of a system devised in very different circumstances and that fails to meet the policy needs of the contemporary age, the time for platitudes is surely past.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Could this be a model for the regulation of ALL drugs?

INFOGRAPHIC: Could this be a model for the regulation of ALL drugs? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Could this be a model for alcohol, tobacco, all controlled drugs and so called legal highs? 
The only adjustment I can think of at the moment is to allow licenses for use in public places - cafe's, clubs, pubs etc

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Drug Policy Reform: The Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century

Drug Policy Reform: The Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The year 2014 has seen several significant drug policy reform milestones. And today marks a major historical anniversary in the nation's efforts toward eliminating discriminatory practices from government policy, and bringing hope to communities of c...
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Genes, cannabis & schizophrenia - Correlation is not necessarily causation

Genes, cannabis & schizophrenia - Correlation is not necessarily causation | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Together, these findings suggest that people born with a lot of the genetic variations that seem to predispose to schizophrenia are more likely to take cannabis than those born with few of them. The study’s samples are small, so follow-up work will be needed to confirm this result. But if it is so confirmed, that will show the link between cannabis and schizophrenia to be a two-way street. It will not eliminate, as Dr Power is quick to point out, the possibility that taking cannabis increases someone’s chances of becoming schizophrenic. But it will mean that those predisposed to the condition are indeed more drawn to the drug.

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EMCDDA | European Drug Report 2014 — full package and event information

EMCDDA | European Drug Report 2014 — full package and event information | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The EMCDDA presents its annual overview of the European drug situation on 27 May in a multilingual, multimedia information package focusing on today’s rapidly shifting drug phenomenon.

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2014 National Drug Control Strategy | The White House

2014 National Drug Control Strategy | The White House | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The Obama Administration’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy, published in 2010, charted a new course in our efforts to reduce illicit drug use and its consequences in the United States—an approach that rejects the false choice between an enforcement-centric “war on drugs” and drug legalization. Science has shown that drug addiction is not a moral failing but rather a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated. Informed by this basic understanding, the three Strategies that followed promoted a balance of evidence-based public health and safety initiatives focusing on key areas such as substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.

 
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Read carefully... 
 

It's about abstinence from drugs - preventing anyone from using in the first place.

It's now a medical disease AND a criminal justice issue 

"treatment' for this disease will be 12 step programmes via the Drug Courts where people will need to prove abstinence or be at risk of criminal justice sanctions - maybe prison 

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The Drug Czar Talks About Public Health, But Still Wants to Arrest People for Drugs

The Drug Czar Talks About Public Health, But Still Wants to Arrest People for Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its 2014 National Drug Control Strategy today. The strategy has shifted some from previous years in that it more clearly focuses
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Prohibitionists intent on a war between drugs may continue to use the criminal justice system but that cannot be sustained in the long term and they will ultimately seek to sustain the drug apartheid by shifting to a medicalised disease model of addiction and new controls through drug testing, treatment and Drug Courts.

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UNODC World Drug Report 2014

UNODC World Drug Report 2014 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Web Site
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The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal #WarBetweenDrugs #DrugApartheid

The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal #WarBetweenDrugs #DrugApartheid | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Given that Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) is dedicated to protecting society from dangerous drugs, the event that day had a curious sponsor: Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxy-Contin, the highly addictive painkiller that nearly ruined Kennedy’s congressional career and has been linked to thousands of overdose deaths nationwide.

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Governments nor communities have ever been against drugs - they are against particular drugs, and we need to ask tough questions to lift the lid on the reason and rationale that enforces this oppressive Drug Apartheid. This article begins that process.

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NZ Govt must 'open eyes' on pot

NZ Govt must 'open eyes' on pot | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

NZ A Rotorua woman says cannabis might help her 6-year-old daughter who suffers seizures.

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A Rotorua woman says cannabis might help her 6-year-old daughter who suffers seizures and wants the Government to "open their eyes" on the medical marijuana debate.

Karen Jeffries' daughter Zoe was born with refractory seizure disorder and Jeffries said she was told by doctors Zoe was unlikely to live more than 24 hours.

Zoe survived, but has grown up on a "cocktail of pharmaceuticals" and continues to suffer more than 100 seizures a day. She will never be able to talk properly or walk without the aid of a frame.

Jeffries said cannabis oil, which is illegal in New Zealand, might be a solution to giving Zoe a better chance at life, but she was fighting an uphill battle to access the drug.

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In the USA everyone does drugs, but only minorities are punished for it

In the USA everyone does drugs, but only minorities are punished for it | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Even though white and black people use drugs at similar rates, a 2009 report from Human Rights Watch found black people are much more likely to be arrested for drugs. In 2007, black people were 3.6 times more likely to be arrested for drugs than white people.

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, July 6, 2:49 AM

Jim Crow - but hang on a mo, the application of the law in New Zealand has the same outcomes... Perhaps where the law is the same the shirt is the same?  Couldn't be the law, that is infallible. Surely? Must be another reason.  Well, the law has been much the same for forty odd years pretty much everywhere and no one has questioned it.  So it must be OK.

Must be those "Cheeky Darkies" - genetic disposition to being 4x's more naughty eh!  

 

Yeah Right!

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The 5 Big Lies That the USA D.A.R.E Told You About Drugs

The 5 Big Lies That the USA D.A.R.E Told You About Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

It's a fond school memory: the D.A.R.E. program that taught us all to "just say no" to drugs. We were lectured about the dangers of drugs and counseled on how to deal with risky situations. 

But just how effective was the program at keeping kids away from drugs? Not very, and it might have a lot to do with the way D.A.R.E. consistently misrepresented the dangers of drug use.

"The programs were a scared-straight approach [that] appeals to people who aren't addicts. The biggest thing that sticks out is the emphasis on just say no," a drug addict told VICE about D.A.R.E. "We practiced saying, 'No.' I was on board with saying no to drugs. I think there was a really big emphasis on abstinence. They never showed us the realities of drugs and alcohol. We all saw a black lung and looked at a liver with cirrhosis, but the effects on your personal life were skipped over almost entirely."

 
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A Painful Withdrawal: America's Addiction to Punishment

A Painful Withdrawal: America's Addiction to Punishment | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Drug addiction creates the need to consume more and more drugs, which have less and less effect; ultimately, the addict simply consumes drugs to avoid withdrawal. Something similar has happened with drug policy. Countries have felt the need to place a growing number of activities under the rubric of “drug crimes,” and to increase the penalties for buying and selling, supposedly to control an expanding illegal market. This increasingly punitive approach has had less and less effect on decreasing the supply and use of illegal drugs.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Legal weed's consequences in Colorado

INFOGRAPHIC: Legal weed's consequences in Colorado | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Six months later, how have recreational pot shops affected Colorado?
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REPORT: The Rise & Decline of Cannabis Prohibition by @JustNJGI

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Injecting rooms just the start of much-needed drug reform

Injecting rooms just the start of much-needed drug reform | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
After my son Damien died in 1997 due to a heroin overdose I became convinced that we needed to do everything in our power to keep people who use drugs safe and alive.
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Heroin antidote (Naloxone) autoinjector to prevent death by drug overdose

Heroin antidote (Naloxone) autoinjector to prevent death by drug overdose | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Project description The main outcome of the project is a wearable heroin overdose detector, which can respond to an overdose by injecting the user with an opioid antidote called naloxone. Heroin-related deaths account for around 8% of all UK deaths in individuals aged 15-44yrs old.

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A giant leap forward - but I just don't understand why Naloxone can't be bought from the local pharmacy (I mean you can buy paracetamol and aspirin), nor do I understand why people who are prescribed opiates are not routinely provided with an overdose antidote. There are often not even told one even exists! 


I think jot says something about the lack of respect and diminished human rights of people who inject drugs.

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