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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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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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VIDEO 3mins: Animated video on the benefits sweeping drug law reform could have for Italy (Subtitles)

Kate Moss, Harry Potter, Fini e Pannella illustrano i vantaggi della depenalizzazione delle droghe in un cartone animato. Firma e fai firmare il referendum, ...
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VIDEO 52mins: An Insight into New Zealand's Drug Abstinence Court - 'Sobriety or Prison'

VIDEO 52mins:  An Insight into New Zealand's Drug Abstinence Court - 'Sobriety or Prison' | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

VIDEO Māori Television’s New Zealand Documentary slot - looks at people going through the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court

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Move along there's no harm reduction to see here....

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Uruguay Slowly Rolling Out its Marijuana Law -wont be in full swing until 2015

Uruguay Slowly Rolling Out its Marijuana Law -wont be in full swing until 2015 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
On August 28, the day after the Uruguayan government began receiving the first applications to legally grow up to six cannabis plants per household, officials provided
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White House nominates Botticelli, a recovering alcoholic, to be drug czar

White House nominates Botticelli, a recovering alcoholic, to be drug czar | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Michael Botticelli is nominated to take over a position previously held by law enforcement officials and physicians.
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A poor appointment - a man who has little interest in scientific evidence based approaches but instead leans upon stories from anti-drug pressure groups. Listen to his responses here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9FrA-Mu_RM

 

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VIDEO 17mins: Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris The brain on psychedelic drugs

Very Informative talk on the mechanics of the psychedelic experience. Filmmaker: MATT FAW
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Debating Drugs: How to Make the Case for Legal Regulation | Transform: Getting Drugs Under Control

Debating Drugs: How to Make the Case for Legal Regulation | Transform: Getting Drugs Under Control | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

This is a guide to making the case for the legal regulation of drugs from a position of confidence and authority. Organised into 12 key subject areas, it provides an at-a-glance summary of the arguments for legal regulation, followed by commonly heard concerns and effective responses to them. It is the product of Transform’s extensive experience debating the issues around legal regulation, and running workshops to equip supporters of reform with the arguments and nuanced messaging needed to win over a range of audiences. 

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Cannabis-infused fizzy drinks on sale in US - Telegraph

Cannabis-infused fizzy drinks on sale in US  - Telegraph | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The 'ridiculously relaxing' drinks come with 10mg of marijuana in cherry, lemon or pomegranate flavour
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Perfect for calming down crowd madness at alcohol fueled events?

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Full ARTICLE: Drug dealers, retaliation, and deterrence

Full ARTICLE: Drug dealers, retaliation, and deterrence | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Results

We find that dealers’ use of retaliation is linked to four kinds of deterrence—general, specific, situational, and permeating—and that these are combined into three forms: namely, specific-situational; specific-permeating; and comprehensive (i.e., all four kinds simultaneously).

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Cigarettes Proven to Be More Dangerous Than Marijuana

Cigarettes Proven to Be More Dangerous Than Marijuana | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Cigarettes have been proven to be more dangerous than marijuana. Marijuana may also be an alleged safer substitute for cigarette smoking because effects of marijuana are slim in detrimental use versus smoking cigarettes states an influx of studies. Cigarettes contain 40,000 chemicals, 43 of the additive chemicals are proven to cause cancer, they are carcinogenics. […]
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No surprise here...

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VIDEO 22mins ▶ Drug Takers, Policy Makers & Change - Lessons from Portugal

Britain's drug policy has been under scrutiny in recent years, with even deputy PM Nick Clegg suggesting wholesale changes are required to tackle the country...
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New Publication for Women Injectors

New Publication for Women Injectors | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
WOMENwhoInject_HIV_specficNeedsPOLICY_BRIEF2014 Here is a link to an excellent newly released briefing jointly published by INPUD, UNODC's HIV team, and UN Women looking at the particular challenge...
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The mean cost of Sativex® per patient per annum is estimated at NZ$8,000 growing your own to self medicate cost 7yrs prison!

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A sign when democracy, freedom and humanity have got lost to greed, privatisation and profit.

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EMCDDA REPORT | Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines in Europe

EMCDDA REPORT | Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines in Europe | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

This Thematic paper presents the key findings of the European Union’s research project on Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines, known as the DRUID project. The project looked at experimental studies, epidemiological studies, enforcement, classification of medicines, driver rehabilitation, withdrawal of driving licence, and dissemination and guidelines. Over 5 years of work across 18 countries, the project has produced some 50 reports, each one contributing key evidence to road safety policy. The thematic paper therefore aims to summarise the findings of one of the biggest research projects ever carried out in the EU on drugs and driving.

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VIDEO 4mins: Serious drug O/D sometimes mimics effects of a serious head injury - 20 real life examples here

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Phew! What a relief these people are not taking harmful drugs! #sarcasm

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Three Strikes and Jeff Mizanskey is Serving Life in Prison for Marijuana

Three Strikes and Jeff Mizanskey is Serving Life in Prison for Marijuana | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Rapists and murderers come and go, but he's there for the duration. Jeff Mizanskey is serving a life sentence without parole for marijuana. He has been in prison since right after I was born 21 years ago. Jeff is the only person in Missouri sentenced to die behind bars for marijuana, a victim of the state's rather unique three strikes law.

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madness

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America’s painkiller nightmare: Legal drugs are laying waste to our families and friends

America’s painkiller nightmare: Legal drugs are laying waste to our families and friends | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Each year, 15,000 people die in the USA  from prescription opiate overdoses. And the stigma of addiction is making it worse

Julian Buchanan's insight:

In a time when it is widely accepted we need to manage drugs differently there is a risk that we lurch blindly at change.

We see drug regulation as the answer but drug regulation isn't inherently good - if big business and in this example BigPharma have unbridled control and extensive freedom to promote major problems can arise from the culture and patterns of use. Here we see a massive problem of fatal overdose from prescription drugs.

The article also speaks of the stigma of addiction being the problem which it really is, so after years of trying to combat stigma reformers with the back of the mighty USA are now together ready to remove the stigma  from addiction but the US will guide us all to the disease model of addiction as the answer to that problem.  

So tackling criminalisation and stigma is momentous but regulation in the shape of a commercial BigPharma monopoly combined with the 12 step disease model of addiction is jumping out of the 'frying pan into fire'.  

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Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of top pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using marijuana. Could this be a major co…
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no surprise sadly...    And drug testing companies are often run by ex law enforcement agency officials.

 

a wonderful lucrative network.

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VIDEO 5mins: University of Madrid Spain declares Cannabis able to kills cancer

Dr Christina Sanchez explains HER WORK...I do not own the rights to this video....I pass it along as information. Please watch responsibly.
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Big Is the Drug Trade?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Big Is the Drug Trade? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
With the recent capture of "El Chapo," the richest drug cartel leader in the world, let's take a look at what he was known for -- a global drug trade.
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, August 28, 2:53 AM

The cannabis industry in Europe is a 29.6 million dollar industry. This is the money European governments miss out on because the drug is not legalized (almost everywhere in Europe). Then there are the added HUGE expenses wasted on criminal justice procedures relating to the cannabis drug trade.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Ethanol (alcohol) vs Psilocybin (magic mushrooms)

INFOGRAPHIC: Ethanol (alcohol) vs Psilocybin (magic mushrooms) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Alcohol vs Psilocybin (Conflict Copy) | Piktochart Infographic Editor
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I love INFOGRAPHICS!

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VIDEO 3mins ▶ DRUGO Animation by Global Commission on Drug Policy illustrating Folly of Prohibition

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Illustrates that prohibition, incarceration and fierce law enforcement have failed to deter illegal drugs and have done more damage than the illicit drugs ever posed. But the analogy is otherwise misleading because while DRUGO the dragon has been outlawed other dragons LEGALO (alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, pharmaceutical drugs, food drugs etc) have been peddled, promoted and supported by kings and queens. So LEGALO has been airbrushed out of the animation, and it suggests a life without DRUGO would be [wrongly] desirable but is unrealistic. We would never want a world without drugs.

Good intentions - but we've never had a war on drugs - what we have is a war against particular drugs. A drug apartheid. Society is probably more pro-drugs now than it's ever been.

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USA Prescription painkiller deaths fall in medical marijuana states

USA Prescription painkiller deaths fall in medical marijuana states | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Researchers aren’t sure why, but in the 23 U.S. states where medical marijuana has been legalized, deaths from opioid overdoses have decreased by almost 25 percent, according to a new analysis.

“Most of the discussion on medical marijuana has been about its effect on individuals in terms of reducing pain or other symptoms,” said lead author Dr. Marcus Bachhuber in an email to Reuters Health. “The unique contribution of our study is the finding that medical marijuana laws and policies may have a broader impact on public health.”

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Interesting - is substitution taking place?

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Tennessee Drug Tests Welfare Applicants, Discovers Less Than One Percent Use Drugs

Tennessee Drug Tests Welfare Applicants, Discovers Less Than One Percent Use Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
That's a positive drug use rate of 0.12 percent, compared to an 8 percent illegal drug use rate for the state generally.
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The reasons for drug testing people on welfare benefits are nonsense, the results are suspect and unreliable - but hey it's a successful way to distribute public money to private companies!  $$$$$$

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VIDEO 28mins ▶ Smoking Weed with the President of Uruguay

Check Out The VICE Podcast with José Mujica: http://www.vice.com/read/the-vice-podcast-uruguays-president-jose-mujica At the end of 2013, Uruguay became the ...
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Ending the War on Drugs: A Radical Take From Emerging Leader Dr. Carl Hart

Ending the War on Drugs: A Radical Take From Emerging Leader Dr. Carl Hart | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
As a public figure neuroscientist Carl Hart is changing minds about drug use itself. This after fighting the drug wars and then fighting the racism and myths behind them.
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