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A Report on Stigma and Discrimination towards the Injecting Drug  User Community

A Report on  Stigma and  Discrimination  towards the  Injecting  Drug  User  Community | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) researchers found that stigma and discrimination associated with people who inject drugs are both institutionalised and pervasive. One of the most important findings was that the focus group participants—particularly the members of the general public—saw this stigma and discrimination as ‘good’ for the community as a whole. 

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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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Cannabis use in teens, suicide and school dropout: the jury is still out by @soozaphone

Cannabis use in teens, suicide and school dropout: the jury is still out by @soozaphone | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Suzi Gage: A recent study found associations between cannabis use and later poor educational achievement and suicide attempts. But was the cannabis really to blame?
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More smoke wafted towards cannabis but where is the fire coming from and who keeps wafting the smoke over cannabis all the time?

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We Choose to Not Use the Term "Marijuana"

We Choose to Not Use the Term "Marijuana" | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
At Harborside Health Center, we choose to not use the term medical marijuana. Instead, we prefer to use the word cannabis, because it is a respectful, scientific term that encompasses all the many different uses of the plant. The word
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Important because drugs discourse is riddled with misinformation, propaganda and stereotype. Let’s reclaim and re-assert evidence based information, honest assessment and appropriate language surrounding drug and drug users.

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VIDEO 6mins ▶ Sanjay Gupta MD: Psychedelic medicine gets a closer look #LSD

Drugs like LSD and MDMA are generating new interest among doctors for use in psychotherapy.
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Linking cannabis and suicide doesn't prove causation - New Scientist

Linking cannabis and suicide doesn't prove causation - New Scientist | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A study linking daily cannabis use to suicide got a lot of coverage earlier this week, but, Michael Slezak says, correlation does not mean causation
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Evidence of the dubious tactics of the alcohol industry (NZ)

Evidence of the dubious tactics of the alcohol industry (NZ) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Nicky Hager’s latest book “Dirty Politics” reports the alcohol industry works behind the scenes to actively try and smear the professional reputation of people


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The Training Manual for US Addiction Counselors is Full of Myths

The Training Manual for US Addiction Counselors is Full of Myths | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The study guide for our most-used credentialing test for addiction counselors contains outdated information and debunked theories. How can professionals work effectively when they are this misinformed?
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Not surprising sadly. See 51 Myths, Lies and Misconceptions behind the Drug Apartheid http://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/blogs-2/


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Medical marijuana could help All Black Cory Jane's son #TreatmentForEpilepsyShouldntLeadToConviction

Medical marijuana could help All Black Cory Jane's son #TreatmentForEpilepsyShouldntLeadToConviction | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
All Black star Cory Jane and his wife Amie would consider moving their family to the US if it would help with the treatment of their epileptic son. - New Zealand Herald
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It's a disgrace that cannabis hasn't been widely available to help prevent seizures.
It's a slur on our humanity that to administer a herb to someone who has an untreatable condition has been made a serious offence that could lead to imprisonment and would result in life long consequences.
The madness extends further because if Cory Jane was convicted in New Zealand for possession of cannabis he probably wouldn't be allowed into the USA - despite a number of states having legalised the drug

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Cannabis use in young people

Cannabis use in young people | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
New study links cannabis use in young people with low educational attainment, cannabis dependence, illicit drug use and suicide attempts in later life.
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ARTICLE: Young adult sequelae of adolescent cannabis use: an integrative analysis

ARTICLE: Young adult sequelae of adolescent cannabis use: an integrative analysis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

"Adverse sequelae of adolescent cannabis use are wide ranging and extend into young adulthood. Prevention or delay of cannabis use in adolescence is likely to have broad health and social benefits. Efforts to reform cannabis legislation should be carefully assessed to ensure they reduce adolescent cannabis use and prevent potentially adverse developmental effects.:

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Is heavy and or early use of cannabis a symptom of a shared aetiology or is it the causal factor?

If it’s the former, and I think it more likely the case, tackling cannabis fails to address the real underlying problems among these teenagers.


Would research that correlated teens who sleep in bed for long periods during the day produce similar associations?

 

also see https://theconversation.com/heavy-pot-users-more-likely-to-quit-school-and-use-other-drugs-31459

 

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Global Commission on Drug Policy Report: Taking Control -Drug Policies That Work

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An excellent report that represents a drug reform paradigm shift away from a an emphasis on strict control of drugs and instead calls for 'Responsible Regulation' and sees Human Rights and Harm Reduction as guiding principles.

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ARTICLE: Shifting The Main Purposes of Drug Control Reduction of risks as the new focus for drug policy

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Aussie cannabis users found to self-medicate

Aussie cannabis users found to self-medicate | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
One in two Australians who grow cannabis for medicinal reasons are doing so without speaking to their doctor, according to responses from cannabis growers to an international survey.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, September 4, 5:15 PM

Citing research by NDRI's Simon Lenton.  Some pretty obvious reasons why people wouldn't be asking their GP.

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The Highway Code by @GlobalDrugSurvy Get smarter about your drug use, learn from 80,000 users

The Highway Code by @GlobalDrugSurvy Get smarter about your drug use, learn from 80,000 users | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Global Drug Survey runs the biggest drug survey in the world
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Nearly 1 in 3 beers in the world could soon be sold by the same company

Nearly 1 in 3 beers in the world could soon be sold by the same company | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
There's a global beer behemoth in the works. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker by volume, is preparing itself to offer as much as $125 billion for SABMiller, which - New Zealand Herald
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In the move towards increasing profit and social control could strict regulation one day mean that possession of an unregulated beer becomes a civil offence carrying a financial penalty. 

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Here's What I've Finally Concluded About 12-Step by @maiasz

Here's What I've Finally Concluded About 12-Step  by  @maiasz | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
AA and the rest remain the biggest and most polarizing force in the addiction community. I quit heroin and cocaine using the Steps and have covered addiction as a journalist for 25 years—and I'd argue that the picture is decidedly mixed.
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Infographic: Ranking the Collateral Damage of 10 Drugs based on Nutt et al's 2010 study

Infographic: Ranking the Collateral Damage of 10 Drugs based on Nutt et al's 2010 study | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Researchers from the UK have provided a reminder that entire communities can be touched by the collateral damage of drug addiction - not just the addicts.
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Drink Coffee? Off With Your Head! #DrugsAsASocialConstruct

Drink Coffee? Off With Your Head! #DrugsAsASocialConstruct | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
By now, many New Year's resolvers are finding out how difficult it is to give up caffeine. History brims over with coffee-lovers who couldn't bring themselves to quit the bean — even when they faced decapitation.
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What we deem as a dangerous or unacceptable drug has little to do with pharmacology or harm and more to do with social and cultural norms of risk and deviance.

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Can You Still Buy Illegal Drugs Online? You Bet!

Can You Still Buy Illegal Drugs Online? You Bet! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
In the wake of Silk Road's demise, online drug marketplaces have become smarter and are offering a wider variety of illegal products.
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Regulation offers the best solution, but in the meantime in an unregulated market a well organised online Ebay type online purchase reduces a lot of risks compared to buying illegal drugs off the street. 

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The faction discussed in this article is "drugs". Illegal drugs such as LSD, Marijuana and others are now being sold on black market sites. One site that has been discovered is Silk Road. Since then, the number of these type of sites have risen. This goes to show us that no matter how safe and successful we think we are at preventing the entrance of drugs into our country, there's always a way. It frightens me that there are now many more different ways of obtaining these drugs, and makes me feel unsafe for the younger generations in our country. 

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Why Liberals Love the Disease Theory of Addiction, by a Liberal Who Hates It

Why Liberals Love the Disease Theory of Addiction, by a Liberal Who Hates It | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The disease model is convenient to liberals because it spares them having to say negative things about poor communities. But this conception of addiction harms the very people we wish to help.
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The disease model of addiction is adopted by a growing number (unfortunately) not because it accurately reflects the nature and cause of addiction, but because it suits other ideological agendas

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VIDEO 21mins ▶ Dr. Carl Hart's Ted Talk Drug Hysteria & Science

Dr Carl Hart's talk at TEDMED2014. Highlights: 1)The impact of drug hysteria on drug laws 2)Why Science is critical to creating drug policy
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Lessons from Uruguay: Ten factors any country debating cannabis legalization should conside

Lessons from Uruguay: Ten factors any country debating cannabis legalization should conside | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

When the Uruguayan parliament approved a 44-article bill legalizing the production, sale and consumption of marijuana in November 2013, international media and policymakers took note. 

Uruguay’s legislation “didn’t come out of nowhere” says Geoffrey Ramsey, a U.S. journalist and researcher who was living in Uruguay as the debate heated up.

There were 10 key factors at play when legalization transformed from an idea into reality. And any region, nation or policymaker looking to do the same should take note:

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What works best - after the war on drugs

What works best  - after the war on drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
In 1967, the Beatles took out a full-page advertisement in The Times describing Britain’s marijuana laws as “immoral in principle and unworkable in practice”. Almost half a century later, both past and serving political leaders around the world are acknowledging that drug prohibition in the guise of the war on drugs hasn’t worked.
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UK: People Dying Due to Lack of Harm Reduction and Access to Naloxone

UK: People Dying Due to Lack of Harm Reduction and Access to Naloxone | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Lack of focus on harm reduction and shameful failure to roll out naloxone in England is leading to needless deaths.
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..and across the world.

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Sewer tests reveal huge increase in use of methamphetamines in Adelaide #MoneyWellSpentOrTheDrugWarTakingThePiss

Sewer tests reveal huge increase in use of methamphetamines in Adelaide #MoneyWellSpentOrTheDrugWarTakingThePiss | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
THE use of methamphetamines — which include the deadly stimulant ice — has jumped more than 55 per cent in just a 12-month period in Adelaide, alarming tests have revealed.
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Ever increasing and invasive tests, checks and prevalence studies, more sniffer dogs, road tests for drugs, to rid us of illegal drugs ....?

A drug free Adelaide 2018?? A drug free world? (excluding alcohol, sugar, caffeine and tobacco of course)

 

#Madness #WasteOfMoney


We should manage and regulate drugs  - even methamphetamine.


 

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Metaphors Like ‘Clean’ and ‘Dirty’ Can Undermine Addiction Recovery (USA)

Metaphors Like ‘Clean’ and ‘Dirty’ Can Undermine Addiction Recovery (USA) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It’s time to change the way we talk about drug and alcohol addiction.

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51 Myths, Lies and Misconceptions behind the Drug Apartheid

 No. 43. “Every day drug free is a another day of being clean.” 

http://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/blogs-2/

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ReGenUC's curator insight, September 4, 5:18 PM

Yep, it's definitely time.  It's why we use person-first language in all our communications.