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.
Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder was grilled once again about his response to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. He correctly responded that the Justice Department has "a vast amount of discretion" in deciding how to enforce the Controlled Substances Act and argued that his decision to focus on eight "federal enforcement priorities" in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or general use is "consistent with the aims of the statute." Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) was not buying it. "Federal law takes precedence" over state law, Smith said. "The state of Colorado is undermining...federal law, correct? Why do you fail to enforce the laws of the land?"
Many needle and syringe programmes also aim to reduce the other harms caused by drug use and include:
Advice on minimising the harms caused by drugs.Help to stop using drugs by providing access to drug treatment (for example, opioid substitution therapy).Access to other health and welfare services.
The guidance is for directors of public health, commissioners, providers of needle and syringe programmes and related services, and those with a remit for infectious disease prevention. In addition, it may be of interest to members of the public.
Just over six years ago, in the lush Upper Galilee of northern Israel, the nation’s first large-scale harvest of legal medical marijuana was flowering on the roof deck of Tzahi Cohen’s parents’ house, perched on a cliff overlooking the bright-green farming village of Birya. Until then, fewer than 100 Israeli patients suffering from a short list of ailments had been allowed to grow the plants for themselves, but this marked the first harvest by a licensed grower.
A new study adds to the evidence that among everyday coffee drinkers, the old wives' tale that coffee will lead to dehydration is really just that: a tale. Another study found that caffeine may help to consolidate memories in the short term, but may not help retrieve old memories.
An expert committee responds to the Scottish government’s concerns over the role of methadone prescribing in helping patients along the Road to Recovery signposted in the national strategy. On the ground, that road was often barely constructed but methadone was not the problem, rather the failure to optimise programmes for recovery.
In 2009, when Robert H Richard IV, an unemployed heir to the DuPont family fortune, pled guilty to fourth-degree rape of his three-year-old daughter, a judge spared him a justifiable sentence – indeed, only put Richard on probation – because she figured this 1-percenter would "not fare well" in a prison setting.
When I read last week that as many as 30,000 deaths a year in Britain could be caused by smoking cannabis, I reacted in a most uncustomary way for a mild-mannered scientist. I was infuriated. As someone acknowledged throughout the world as a specialist in how drugs affect the brain, I know a great deal about cannabis, and I know that the facts are not there to stand up such an outrageous statement.
With the news yesterday of the attempted arson of a legal highs store in Invercargill, it’s reasonable to ask whether we’re on the verge of public hysteria about synthetic cannabis. The next question would be why it’s happening now, when 95% of retail outlets for such products have been either shut down or forbidden to to sell the products – and those remaining are closely monitored and, for the first time, required to be strictly R18 premises.
Julian Buchanan's insight:
New Zealand is reaping the problems created by pushing hard zero tolerance and prohibition and dropping in some regulation at the same time. The public are getting different messages and are confused.
"Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, ducked a tough line of questioning from Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on Wednesday, refusing...
Julian Buchanan's insight:
The DEA Official sits tightly on Drug Policy Sham No.19. "Drugs are illegal because they are dangerous, and the proof they are dangerous is that they are illegal!" For all 50 drug policy lies, myths & misconceptions see http://wp.me/Pekoy-rS
Ben Goldacre: We now know the government's Tamiflu stockpile wouldn't have done us much good in the event of a flu epidemic. But the secrecy surrounding clinical trials means there's a lot we don't know about other medicines we take
Julian Buchanan's insight:
BigPharma's cosy relationship with 1%GlobalGovernment and the 99%public used as fodder for exploitation & profit.
Britain stockpiled drugs for predicted bird flu in 2005 and swine flu in 2009 that independent scientists say are no cure.
The Cochrane Collaboration, a group of independent scientists who investigate the effectiveness of medicines, says that the best Tamiflu can do is shorten a bout of flu by approximately half a day – from around seven to 6.3 days.
They also found worrying side-effects in people taking it to prevent flu, which had not been fully disclosed, including psychiatric and kidney problems. "There is no credible way these drugs could prevent a pandemic," said Carl Heneghan, professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University and one of the team. They are now calling for the WHO to review its advice to countries and for the UK government not to renew its stockpile when the drugs go out of date.
Julian Buchanan's insight:
Lesson is that we have to be cautious of claims of government and BigPharma - they may not just waste our money they could even damage our health.
The THC metabolite THC-COOH can be present in the urine for weeks after last exposure.Some studies finding no relation between marijuana use and driving impairment use urine drug screens for THC-COOH as a marker for use, a clear invitation to bias.Studies have indicated that marijuana use impairs visual tracking, reaction time, and attention.Blood THC concentrations are only measurable in the first 2 hours after smoking, but cognitive and motor effects may last for 8 hours or longer.A negative blood test for THC does not rule-out impairment from marijuana.Whereas laboratory studies have consistently demonstrated marijuana-induced impairment of vision, coordination, and attention, driving-simulation studies have not been as clear.Studies demonstrate that alcohol impairs driving ability along with the subject’s ability to perceive the impairment; in contrast, cannabis makes the subject feel he is more impaired than he actually is.
Background: An international expert panel convened by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs developed a multi-criteria decision analysis model of the relative importance of different types of harm related to the use of nicotine-containing products.Method: The group defined 12 products and 14 harm criteria. Seven criteria represented harms to the user, and the other seven indicated harms to others. The group scored all the products on each criterion for their average harm worldwide using a scale with 100 defined as the most harmful product on a given criterion, and a score of zero defined as no harm. The group also assessed relative weights for all the criteria to indicate their relative importance. Findings: Weighted averages of the scores provided a single, overall score for each product. Cigarettes (overall weighted score of 100) emerged as the most harmful product, with small cigars in second place (overall weighted score of 64). After a substantial gap to the third-place product, pipes (scoring 21), all remaining products scored 15 points or less. Interpretation: Cigarettes are the nicotine product causing by far the most harm to users and others in the world today. Attempts to switch to non-combusted sources of nicotine should be encouraged as the harms from these products are much lower.
Money may not buy happiness or grow on trees but when it comes to chocolate, it seems you can have both. Chocolate really does grow on trees and the chemical feel-good factor comes from the world’s most…