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FULL ARTICLE: The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy [Prohibition]: Cannabis in Amsterdam and in San Francisco

FULL ARTICLE: The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy [Prohibition]: Cannabis in Amsterdam and in San Francisco | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Results. With the exception of higher drug use in San Francisco, we found strong similarities across both cities. We found no evidence to support claims that criminalization reduces use or that decriminalization increases use.

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This is an old study (2004) but it does add further weight that decriminalisation will not necessarily result in any increased use of cannabis or other drugs

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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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Study: Most people who drink to excess may not be addicted #SameForAnyDrug

Study: Most people who drink to excess may not be addicted #SameForAnyDrug | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Rather, “the results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that nine out of 10 people who drink too much are not addicts, and can change their behavior with a little – or perhaps a lot of – prompting.”

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The same is true for all drugs.
Only a small minority develop addiction problems and most of those regain control without professional help. 

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Ketamine Reclassification: Tougher sentences to protect your bladder

Ketamine Reclassification: Tougher sentences to protect your bladder | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
How is the government responding to new evidence about the health risks faced by ketamine users? By making sure our drug laws cause more harm to ketamine users too. Why is the government re-classifying ketamine?
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If ever anyone was in any doubt - reason, rationale and evidence have  little impact or relevance to drug law and policy.

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EMCDDA Paper: Pregnancy and opioid use - strategies for treatment

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Strategy No.1 should be treat opioid using mothers with respect, restore their dignity and don’t moralise about motherhood or try and pressurise them to come off drugs.

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New magazine to help London drug users fund habit legally rather than resort to crime

New magazine to help London drug users fund habit legally rather than resort to crime | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Danish group offers London addicts a crime-free income, Big Issue-style
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Giving people the chance to earn a living - Employment!!!
Now there’s a radical idea!

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 17, 7:02 AM

Denmark goes global to aid people with drug addiction!

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New UK Drugs Report Leads to Same Old Political Rhetoric by @Release_drugsS

New UK Drugs Report Leads to Same Old Political Rhetoric by @Release_drugsS | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
 
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No surprises then as we’ve had no positive legal drug law reform since the MDA 1971!

strong vested interest in maintaining the status quo - the drug apartheid

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Six reasons Australia should pilot 'pill testing' party drugs

Six reasons Australia should pilot 'pill testing' party drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The death of 19-year-old Georgina Bartter at a music festival on the weekend from a suspected ecstasy overdose could possibly have been avoided with a simple harm-minimisation intervention. Pill testing…
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RECOMMENDED 1m VIDEO: Mum talking to her son about a drug problem that’s got out of control

www.DrugPolicyAbuse.com Drug policy abuse is the intentional pursuit or promotion of a drug policy that has been shown to cause harm. If your politician suff...
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Brilliant - but shocking because it’s accurate

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VIDEO 2mins ▶ Diagnosing Drug Policy Abuse

VIDEO 2mins ▶ Diagnosing Drug Policy Abuse | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
www.DrugPolicyAbuse.com Drug policy abuse is the intentional pursuit or promotion of a drug policy that has been shown to cause harm. If your politician suff...
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Just one drug conviction -that's all it takes to damage your life for good.

Want more symptoms of Drug Policy Abuse see http://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/blogs-2/

 

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ARTICLE: Supervised injection services: What has been demonstrated? A systematic literature review

Highlights
• Supervised injection services (SISs) aim to reduce harm among drug users.
• SISs have also been accused of fostering drug use and drug trafficking.
• All studies converged to find that SISs fulfilled their harm-reduction objectives.
• SISs were not found to increase drug use or crime.
• 85% of the studies of the literature originated from Vancouver or Sydney

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So there’s the evidence - that we’ve known for a long time - how about adopting the practice in every country with a Drug Injecting population?

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VIDEO 48mins: Morality, Hypocrisy & Health: Drugs, Western imperialism & Protecting Legal Drug Monopolies

VIDEO 48mins: Morality, Hypocrisy & Health: Drugs, Western imperialism & Protecting Legal Drug Monopolies | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Senior Drug Policy Advisor to the Obama Administration Kevin Sabet, live from Boston, award-winning columnist and broadcaster Mary Ann Sieghart, and drug tsar to Tony Blair Mike Trace confront the west's relationship with drugs.
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NZ Options for a Local Approved #NPS Products Policy

NZ Options for a Local Approved #NPS Products Policy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Consultation on development of a local policy selling psychoactive substances in the Wellington district
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Regulation options for the sale of government approved #NPS

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Smoking and obesity each cost the world more than [illicit] drug use and car wrecks combined

The staggering cost of obesity and smoking, in one chart.
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 24, 11:33 AM

The staggering cost of obesity and smoking, in one chart.

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Price of life-saving heroin overdose antidote doubles, worrying N.J. officials #Disgraceful

Price of life-saving heroin overdose antidote doubles, worrying N.J. officials #Disgraceful | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Drug has reversed more than 200 overdoses in New Jersey since April.
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Companies are driven by profit and making as much as they can for their shareholders - so they'll always remain a threat to good drug policy as they have a different agenda.

 

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Why there should be safe use limits for illegal drugs, much like for alcohol #HarmReductionNotDriveDrugFree

Why there should be safe use limits for illegal drugs, much like for alcohol #HarmReductionNotDriveDrugFree | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Last year almost 80,000 people took part in the Global Drug Survey and helped us produce the world’s first harm-reduction guide. These experts are people who like taking drugs but want to keep themselves…
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The problem with #DriveDrugFree is it’s zero tolerance abstinence based - an approach that tends to set unrealistic targets, be unachievable and unnecessary.
We talk about drinking ‘responsibly’ and safe drink driving limits and the same approach is needed for drugs.
Another major issue for the #DriveDrugFree campaign is that drugs like cannabis can remain in the system for weeks even months so it’s likely driving under the presence of cannabis will show up quite often. But driving under the presence of a drug is not the issue, nor should it be punished, we need to concentrate upon driving under the influence - so we are looking to establish levels of impairment not presence.

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Enough of the Media Distortions: Senior Citizens Are at Low Risk of Addiction via @harm_reduction

Enough of the Media Distortions: Senior Citizens Are at Low Risk of Addiction via @harm_reduction | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Much media coverage depicts an epidemic of addiction among over-65s. The evidence shows that this picture is a false one.
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maybe BigPharma addiction rather than alcohol maybe a concern?

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Ecstasy remains a choice for many despite risks - but tougher approaches have no deterrent effect

Ecstasy remains a choice for many despite risks - but tougher approaches have no deterrent effect | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Drug policy researcher Julian Buchanan told the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs conference this week that an international comparison of drug policies indicated that tougher approaches had no deterrent effect.

"It just makes drug use much more dangerous," Associate Professor Buchanan said.

When drugs were pushed underground, users had no idea of the strength, purity and content of the drug, which could be mixed with toxic ingredients, he said.

"The first and foremost change to reduce harm and restore human rights would be to prioritise the decriminalisation of personal possession of all substances."
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Nice to be quoted accurately and fairly :)

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 17, 3:38 AM

"The first and foremost change to reduce harm and restore human rights would be to prioritise the decriminalisation of personal possession of all substances."

Maureen Jo Begley's curator insight, November 20, 12:36 AM

I can't believe that this is still available and dangerous as I read.

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A Drug-by-Drug Guide to a Rational UK Drug Policy | #EndAllPunishmentForPossession

A Drug-by-Drug Guide to a Rational UK Drug Policy | #EndAllPunishmentForPossession | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
This is how the United Kingdom would be taking drugs if the law had anything to do with how harmful they actually are.
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Good sense here :D

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Maureen Jo Begley's curator insight, November 19, 6:48 PM

Just scooping it..

 Will read more AsAP.

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RECOMMENDED VIDEO: Ethan Nadelmann's TED talk on Why we need to end the War on Drugs

RECOMMENDED VIDEO: Ethan Nadelmann's TED talk on Why we need to end the War on Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the "backward, heartless, disastrous" movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus on intelligent regulation instead.
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In the war between drugs the governments have conspired to outlaw and punish all possession of some drugs while at the same time promoting and facilitating the use of other drugs.
This has resulted in drug policy abuse for users of outlawed substances and considerable harm and confusion among users of legally promoted and often more dangerous drugs (alcohol & tobacco) which are misleadingly not seen or spoken of as drugs.


This drug apartheid has caused massive global damage and harm.

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Scott Robertson's curator insight, Today, 1:21 AM

Let's ensure that when the failed "War on Drugs" is finally ended in the US, countries around the world are not left behind marginalizing, harrassing and criminalizing their citizens.

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The Surprising Truth About Driving While High

The Surprising Truth About Driving While High | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The human body does not process cannabis the way it processes alcohol.
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It’s impairment not presence that matters.
It’s much more complicated than often presented.
The campaigns have too often been motivated by drug prohibition, over simplicity, fear and prejudice than by evidence, reason and science. 

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Patients high on ethanol are causing havoc in hospitals, assaulting doctors & nurses (Aus/NZ)

Patients high on ethanol are causing havoc in hospitals, assaulting doctors & nurses (Aus/NZ) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Drunk patients are causing havoc in hospital emergency departments with doctors and nurses regularly assaulted and other patients' care compromised.

Via ReGenUC
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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 5, 5:35 PM

That's alcohol, not methamphetamines.

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 6, 3:32 AM

We need more innovative preventative methods for reducing alcohol consumption. It's clear that high levels of alcohol consumption affects the entire society, not just the consumer!

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WHO recommends naloxone be available [in New Zealand] to people likely to witness an opioid overdose!

WHO recommends naloxone be available [in New Zealand] to people likely to witness an opioid overdose! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Information sheet on opioid overdose: risk factors, emergency responses, prevention, WHO recommendations
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So we have the evidence, the mandate - now let's see it rolled out in New Zealand and beyond

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Eleven countries studied, one inescapable conclusion – tough drug laws don’t work #TimeToDecriminalise

Eleven countries studied, one inescapable conclusion – tough drug laws don’t work #TimeToDecriminalise | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Eight month study shows legalisation policies do not result in wider use, and the US should be watched with interest
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yes we’ve known this for decades ...let’s decriminalise all personal possession and cultivation for personal use

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Alcohol Most Dangerous Drug After Tobacco - Research Finds

Alcohol Most Dangerous Drug After Tobacco - Research Finds | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Research by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs have found that, of all drugs, alcohol presented the most danger to it’s user and those around them. “Overall, alcohol was the most harmful drug.” Prof David J. Nutt, Leslie A. King, Lawrence D. Phillips and two other specialists scored 20 drugs on 16 criteria, nine of which related …
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Uruguay registers cannabis growers

Uruguay registers cannabis growers | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Uruguay has started registering cannabis growers' clubs as part of the government's plan to legalise the drug.

Licensed clubs of up to 45 members will be allowed to grow a maximum of 99 plants each year.

In August, growing up to six plants of cannabis at home became legal.

 
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