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REPORT: Drug Policy in Portugal: The Benefits of Decriminalizing Drug Use | Global Drug Policy Program | Open Society Foundations - OSF

REPORT: Drug Policy in Portugal: The Benefits of Decriminalizing Drug Use | Global Drug Policy Program | Open Society Foundations - OSF | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Drug Policy in Portugal: The Benefits of Decriminalizing Drug Use is the second in a series of reports by the Open Society Foundations' Global Drug Policy Program that documents positive examples of drug policy reform around the world (the first being From the Mountaintops: What the World Can Learn from Drug Policy Change in Switzerland).
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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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A Home Test for Detecting Dangerous Caffeine Levels

A Home Test for Detecting Dangerous Caffeine Levels | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The shocking news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose in May highlighted the potential dangers of the normally well-tolerated and mass-consumed substance. To help prevent serious health problems that can arise from consuming too much caffeine, scientists are reporting progress toward a rapid, at-home test to detect even low levels of the stimulant in most beverages and even breast milk.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Strangely our three chosen legal drugs (alcohol, nicotine and caffeine) that are culturally embedded and heavily promoted can all kill in very high dosages. 

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When Rational Thinking & Evidence Challenges Impervious Ideological Beliefs - Ouch!

When Rational Thinking & Evidence Challenges Impervious Ideological Beliefs - Ouch! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Kathy Gyngell co editor of Conservative Woman (UK) writes:
"Alex Stevens, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Kent, is better known for his drug legalising and lobbying activities.  When not teaching or researching criminal justice he spends much of his publicly funded time on the drugs debate circuit, at seminars and conferences pressing his cause. I debated against him last autumn at the Cheltenham Literary Festival and a very smooth operator he was too.

Despite all the evidence to suggest the only way to reduce teen drug ‘harm’ is to stop them using drugs at all, he continues to push the case for the decriminalisation of cannabis possession, even for children. He appears to sincerely believe that such a move would prevent thousands of children from being unfairly criminalised – though warnings and cautions with no criminal sanction, not arrest or prosecution, are the order of the day."

Julian Buchanan's insight:

It would be good if these claims were referenced

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Jocelyn Stoller's comment, July 30, 10:02 PM
A good example of "bias blind spot" and projection.
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VIDEO 15mins ▶ We Are Drug Users - Voices From The Global Movement Of People Who Use Drugs

We Are Drug Users - Voices From The Global Movement Of People Who use Drugs was launched at "Through the Eye of the Needle - A Celebration of Drug User Activ...
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They are people who use prohibited drugs - everyone in society is using drugs (tea, coffee, red bull, alcohol, sugar, tobacco, ritalin etc), and indeed society promotes drug use.

So these people are not unique for using drugs - but they are using drugs that society prohibits, punishes, stigmatises marginalise and discriminates against. They are the victims of a fiercely imposed drug apartheid - a war between drugs.

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The federal government’s incredibly poor, misleading argument for marijuana prohibition

The federal government’s incredibly poor, misleading argument for marijuana prohibition | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It's a case built on half-truths and radically decontextualized facts taken from otherwise solid research.
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Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research

Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Medical marijuana laws have zero impact on teen use. None. Zilch. Nada.
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Criminalising pregnant women who drink is a ploy to restrict their freedom

Criminalising pregnant women who drink is a ploy to restrict their freedom | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Rebecca Schiller: If the UK apes the US and punishes pregnant women, we will be heading towards a dystopia akin to that in The Handmaid’s Tale
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disgraceful

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REPORT: Scheduling in the international drug control system

REPORT: Scheduling in the international drug control system | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The report highlights the failures related to the international scheduling of controlled drugs, and proposes key recommendations to ensure a system based on health and evidence.
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VIDEO 3mins: Stigma, discrimination & criminalisation fueling the epidemic among drug users

VIDEO 3mins: Stigma, discrimination & criminalisation fueling the epidemic among drug users | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Dr. Eliot Ross Albers, Executive Director of the International Network of People who Use Drugs discusses the importance of overcoming stigma, discrimination and criminalization for drug users and key populations in general.
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It's a war between drugs, a drug apartheid directed towards users of particular drugs.

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The war on marijuana is racist. So is the rest of the war on drugs.

The war on marijuana is racist. So is the rest of the war on drugs. | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Black people are arrested at disproportionate rates for other drugs as well.
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The case for decriminalizing heroin, cocaine, and all other drugs

The case for decriminalizing heroin, cocaine, and all other drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The war on drugs is a failure. Here's what drug policy experts want to do about it.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

The challenging question isn't 'Would you decriminalise all drugs?' it's 'How can you justify criminalising drugs?'

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I was a heroin baby

I was a heroin baby | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

I’m told the first months of my life were torture. I screamed constantly, spat out milk, and vomited all the time. I was going through withdrawal. I was a heroin baby. My mother began using drugs as a teen. By the time I was born, she’d done several stints in prison. She even gave birth to me in prison, where I lived for the first year of my life. Eventually, though, my incarcerated mother lost custody of me. I wound up in foster care, later adoption. Most people see this as a success story — government gone right. But I know differently. Here's what it taught me about addiction and our criminalization obsession.


Via Ziggi Ivan Santini
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Thankfully heroin unlike alcohol doesn't cause babies any permanent damage ... but we over react to the former and under react to the latter. 

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, July 26, 5:48 AM

"Babies born drug exposed are not drug-seeking addicts, and for the mothers, addiction isn’t a crime. It’s a public health and mental health concern, treatable through rehab, mental health services, and drug treatment."

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Like Peaches Geldof my nephew died of a heroin overdose. He needed help, not prison

Like Peaches Geldof my nephew died of a heroin overdose. He needed help, not prison | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Liz Macdonald: Both were bright, talented people – John might still be alive if UK laws treated drug addicts with more compassion
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The Drug Apartheid fuels stigma, hostility and discrimination. It promotes abstinence only approaches that leave most people stranded and isolated. There is absolutely no logical reason for not making naloxone widely available - it would save lives.

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What Science Says About Marijuana compared to other drugs

What Science Says About Marijuana compared to other drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
While marijuana is not harmless, it is less dangerous to human health than alcohol and tobacco.
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Flight Attendant to Festival Travellers: Flush Your Drugs Sniffer Dogs Waiting

Flight Attendant to Festival Travellers: Flush Your Drugs Sniffer Dogs Waiting | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Sniffer dogs waiting in airport.
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Respect to the flight attendant - but does it not seem strange that airport duty free shops are major pushers of dangerous legal drugs thrusting all sorts of cheap offers and adverts to encourage us to purchase large quantities of tobacco and alcohol - and then have sniffer dogs to detect, arrest and punish users of non approved (often less dangerous) drugs.

Does it not seem a little perverse or contradictory?

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G4S New Zealand Limited SCRAM or sobriety bracelets or alcohol tag

G4S New Zealand Limited SCRAM or sobriety bracelets or alcohol tag | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Alcohol and location monitoring services from G4S New Zealand Limited.
In December 2012 G4S New Zealand was contracted to provide transdermal remote alcohol monitoring as part of a two-year pilot programme jointly managed by the ministries of Justice and Health, to the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court (AODTC) based in Auckland. Subcontracting to Environmental Scientific Research (ESR), a Crown enterprise that provides the drug testing part of the contract, G4S supplies, fits, services, and monitors SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM CAM) bracelets to around 30 programme participants at any one time.  

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Czech activists issues complaint to European Court of Human Rights for denying cannabis

Czech activists issues complaint to European Court of Human Rights for denying cannabis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Very detailed and comprehensive arguments provided in the case of "Cannabis is The Cure versus Czech Republic"

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Study: Arrests For Marijuana Offences Increasing In Many US States

Study: Arrests For Marijuana Offences Increasing In Many US States | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
From 2008 to 2012, seventeen state-level jurisdictions experienced an average annual increase in marijuana arrests, the report found. South Carolina (11.6 percent) and the District of Columbia (7.7 percent) experienced the highest overall percentage increase in arrests during this time period. By contrast, annual marijuana arrests fell nationwide by an average of 3.3 percent from 2008 to 2012.
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The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia

The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
An atmosphere of hysteria in the 1930s took hold and shaped a national policy that lives on today.
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Fear, racism, prejudice and xenophobia are at the root of most drug laws and drug panics

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REPORT: Not Just in Transit: Drugs, the State and Society in West Africa 66pp.

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New Zealand Detained Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring Report 2013

New Zealand Detained Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring Report 2013 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The latest New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring Programme Report (NZ-ADUM) has found that 41 % of people detained by police had been drinking prior to their arrest.

The NZ-ADUM study is an annual Massey University study that has been funded by Police since 2010. During the 2013 study 848 detainees were interviewed and 201 urine samples were taken at four police watch houses between April 2013 and July 2013. The study compares the 2013 findings with previous research from 2010, 2011 and 2012 to establish trends.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Drug presence among people detained and arrested doesn't confirm a causal relationship

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Drug courts, meant to aid 'addicts', now a battlefield of pot politics

Drug courts, meant to aid 'addicts', now a battlefield of pot politics | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Attorney David West can't pinpoint precisely when he started to sour on the rapid expansion of drug courts — but the karate episode stands out.
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The UK Newspaper The Guardian speaks out - overdue overhauling of US and global drug laws | Editorial

The UK Newspaper The Guardian speaks out - overdue overhauling of US and global drug laws | Editorial | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Editorial: Until Washington DC rewrites its own failed statutes, liberalisation in the states – and the rest of the world – is not going to be secure
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ARTICLE:Gamma-Hydroxybutyrat (GHB): A Scoping Review of Pharmacology, Toxicology, Motives for Use, and User Groups

ARTICLE:Gamma-Hydroxybutyrat (GHB): A Scoping Review of Pharmacology, Toxicology, Motives for Use, and User Groups | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Administered orally, GHB is dose-dependent and popular for certain uses (therapeutic, body enhancement, sexual assault) and amongst user sub groups (recreational party drug users, homosexual men). Despite the low prevalence of use in comparison to other club drugs, rising abuse of the drug is associated with dependence, withdrawal, acute toxicity, and fatal overdose. Clinical diagnosis and treatment is complicated by the co-ingestion of alcohol and other drugs. Limitations of the scoping review and potential for further research and harm reduction initiatives are discussed

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"Not a single OD death has been recorded at any of the world’s 92 injection [DCR] sites"

"Not a single OD death has been recorded at any of the world’s 92 injection [DCR] sites" | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Since the Sydney MSIC opened, 14,410 clients have made more than 860,000 visits, a numerical reminder that people who inject drugs do so frequently.

There have been 4,397 overdoses – but not one death.

 
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Way to go!

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Workplace Drug Testing: Evidence and issues

"Drug testing may [and therefore may not?] hold potential to improve workplace safety by eliminating or minimising risks associated with alcohol or other drug use. However, to date the extent of its effectiveness remains indeterminate.

 

While there is evidence that alcohol and drugs play a role in workplace accidents and injuries, there is also a growing body of evidence indicating other factors may play a more important role such as:

• fatigue

• noise

• dirt

• dangerous working conditions

• conflict at work

• poor working conditions and procedures

• poorly maintained equipment

• insufficient training and supervision of employees."

[However - let's ignore than and concentrate on drugs instead?]

Julian Buchanan's insight:

It's developed and grown as a result of the War between Drugs -and now they need to find evidence to support it. But what it tells us, what it achieves, and when it might be appropriate is debatable.

If nothing else it's a money spinning expanding business.

A lot of drug testing companies are owned or managed by ex-drug law enforcement officials.  

 

Here are lots of links to further material on drug testing:

http://www.scoop.it/t/drugs-society?q=drug+testing

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