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A controlled family study of cannabis users with and without psychosis

A controlled family study of cannabis users with and without psychosis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
ConclusionsThe results of the current study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis users and not cannabis use by itself.
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Politicians and moral entrepreneurs assert their claims [cannabis causes schizophrenia] which becomewidely accepted as fact and then we throw masses of money trying to find evidence to support it.

 

Another example of policy led research. What we need is research led policy!

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Marijuana Does Not Cause Schizophrenia, Harvard Study Finds - Leaf Science

Marijuana Does Not Cause Schizophrenia, Harvard Study Finds - Leaf Science | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A new study from Harvard University may help dismiss concerns about the link between marijuana use and schizophrenia
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From alive to living: disabilities treated with medical marijuana

From alive to living: disabilities treated with medical marijuana | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Chris was a carefree, 18 year-old man when he moved into his first apartment. He didn’t have a lot of money but he had his freedom and independence. But one fateful night took away his beloved freedom and independence in an instant.

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Courtney Wyche's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:04 AM

I think this adds to the many reasons why people believe that marijuana should be legalized.

Zayd El-Ali's curator insight, December 12, 2013 9:16 PM

This is an example of a particular case in which an illegal drug should be allowed to be used. This gives further evidence to people against the restriction on marijuana. And that the bad effects conceal the good effects of the drug. And I included this so that people can become aware of the usefullness of the drug and that it should be legalized for medical usage only. 

Dallas Thompson's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:32 PM

This article should catch the eye of many scientists doing research trying to find treatments and cures for accidents and diseases. When it comes to drugs everyone thinks of all the bad things that are associated with them, yet no one seems to keep in mind all the good that drugs can do as well. Although there are some bad drugs out there, people can't say, "this drug ruined my life." It's not specifically the drug that ruined your life, it's the unsafe overuse of the drug. In this case you can clearly see that some drugs do in fact help you, so what can you say when a drug really does help you, but because you choose to continue to help yourself to it when it is no longer needed, you end up becoming addicted and your life gets flipped? Do you blame the drug or do you blame yourself for not being as responsible? All of us should become more open minded to the good that drugs do and not only focus on all of the bad.

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Morocco Considers Legalizing Marijuana to Boost Economy

Morocco Considers Legalizing Marijuana to Boost Economy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Moroccan lawmakers are considering legislation to make marijuana legal, saying it would boost the economy in the Rif Mountains where marijuana is grown.

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Bill Would Legalize Marijuana in USA on a Federal Level

Bill Would Legalize Marijuana in USA on a Federal Level | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

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Courtney Wyche's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:06 AM

I think it's interesting that there is a bill out there that would legalize marijuana. I don't think there's anything wrong with this if they treat it like they treat alcohol, with a lot of supervision and rules. It would bring down the crime rate, too.

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Why Would You Give Clean Needles to Someone Who Uses Drugs?

Why Would You Give Clean Needles to Someone Who Uses Drugs? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
To stop the harms associated with drug use, it helps to start with the facts.
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A content analysis of tobacco and alcohol in popular UK films: an update

A content analysis of tobacco and alcohol in popular UK films: an update. By - Dr Ailsa Lyons PhD, Prof John Britton MD

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 6, 2013 2:47 AM

A content analysis of tobacco and alcohol in popular UK films

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Study: Illegal Drugs Cause Far Less Fatal Crashes than Alcohol

Study: Illegal Drugs Cause Far Less Fatal Crashes than Alcohol | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Alcohol is far more likely to be detected in the blood of fatally injured drivers than is the presence of either illicit substances or prescription drugs, according to data published online in the Scandanavian Journal of Public Health.
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Presence of drugs isn't the same as impairment from drugs, particularly when some drugs can stay in your body for weeks - months even.

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Heart's strain rate may be raised by energy drinks (UK)

Heart's strain rate may be raised by energy drinks (UK) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Caffeine energy drinks “intensify heart contractions,” BBC News reports.

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Making a Place Called Safe: A Public Health Case for a Safer Injection Facility in San Francisco, CA (video)

A documentary advocacy film on the need for a safer drug injection facility in San Francisco, CA. Made by Sawbuck Productions in association with the San Francisco…

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Pregnancy and Cannabis: Dr. Melanie Dreher CTC2010

Dr. Melanie Dreher is the Dean of Nursing at the Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Dreher discusses the studies she was involved with in...

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Video 10mins: How government policy fails young people: David Nutt at TED

examining the place of alcohol as a drug

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11 Facts That Reveal The Insanity Of The Global War [Between] Drugs

11 Facts That Reveal The Insanity Of The Global War [Between] Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
11 Facts That Reveal The Insanity Of The Global War On Drugs
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Amazing but depressing facts

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Jaid Gilbert's curator insight, December 13, 2013 10:06 AM

"7. One percent of all heroin smuggled into the UK is seized by border police."

 

This quote stood out to me a lot in the article. Looking at how much money the society of UK spends on drug related issues, and they still only seize 1% of heroin smuggled. I think that if this is the case, they should be focusing that effort elsewhere, like inside the borders where their efforts and money would probably have a better payoff.

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How an Offence of Marijuana Possession can Ruin your Life

How an Offence of Marijuana Possession can Ruin your Life | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Last night, BuzzFeed released a gripping video about one New Yorker’s harrowing experience of being arrested for marijuana possession.  A Marijuana Arrest  tells the story of former Ma
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The damage caused by drug policy is much worse than the risks posed by the drugs 

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Kailyn Taylor's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:01 PM

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Kailyn Taylor's curator insight, December 11, 2013 7:13 PM

I included this article because a lot of youth are getting charged for the possession of marijuana and not taking it seriously at all! This would really benifit the youth because it would explain the reality of getting one of these charges. The article relates to drug addiction because marjuana is a type of popular drug 

Andrew Lokantsov's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:24 PM

I think this is so stupid, how possession of a plant that could grow anywhere could ruin your life fro then on out. This article justamplifies that, and I think it's a powerful tool.

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Weeding out the information: an ethnographic approach to exploring how young people make sense of the evidence on cannabis (Canada)

Contradictory evidence on cannabis adds to the climate of confusion regarding the health harms related to use. This is particularly true for young people as they encounter and make sense of opposing information on cannabis.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, December 5, 2013 5:45 PM

Leading to the obvious conclusion: involving young people in the development of educational initiatives targetting young people is a good idea.

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Chinese companies legally importing synthetic drugs

Chinese companies legally importing synthetic drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The Drug Enforcement Agency and lawmakers are struggling to keep up with the new, untested, compounds that Chinese chemists offer online.

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IDPC Briefing Paper: HIV, harm reduction & drug policy in Kenya

IDPC Briefing Paper: HIV, harm reduction & drug policy in Kenya | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
This briefing paper reviews the recent developments in the response to HIV and illicit drug use in Kenya, and offers some key recommendations to improve the harm reduction services.

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David Simon: On the growing divide between rich and poor in USA

David Simon: On the growing divide between rich and poor in USA | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
David Simon: Capitalism in America has lost sight of its social compact
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Supply and remand: drugs in prison

Supply and remand: drugs in prison | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A captive market INMATES at Oakwood prison in Staffordshire say drugs are easier to obtain than soap. Inspectors at Brixton prison in London said in August that...
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When high security prisons can't prohibit drugs you realise the futility of prohibition

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Dana Hoffman's curator insight, December 6, 2013 12:42 PM

I advocate for the wronfully convicted and you have no Idea how many times I have been told it is easier to get drugs and contraband in prison than it is on the streets.

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Three Drug Charges for Possession: Unfair Sentencing Option - 10 Years or Life Sentence without parole!

Three Drug Charges for Possession: Unfair Sentencing Option - 10 Years or Life Sentence without parole! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Just because someone is convicted of a crime doesn't give the government license to impose punishment that is cruel and unjust.
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VIDEO: Is Weed / Cannabis Addictive? Dr Carl Hart introduces sense into debate

VIDEO: Is Weed / Cannabis Addictive? Dr Carl Hart introduces sense into debate | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The movement to legalize pot is picking up steam. But is it safe? A panel of experts joins Dr. Oz to investigate if weed is addictive and the effects it has on your brain and body.

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The over emphasis and drama that's being associated with cannabis is disproportionate to the actual risk of the drugs.

If we devoted the same level of concern to sugar, trans fats, alcohol, caffeine or activities such as watching TV or using mobile phones we we end up wanting to ban everything. We need common sense and a degree of proportionality when assessing risk.

 

Water kills, salt kills, peanuts kill and our three promoted legal drugs are all lethal to the body in high doses (and regularly result in deaths) - unlike cannabis!

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Just Say No (to Afghan Counternarcotic Efforts)

Just Say No (to Afghan Counternarcotic Efforts) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The best way to deal with the drug problem in Afghanistan is to stop counternarcotic efforts.

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Drug Consumption Rooms: What the residents say (UK) - video

Following on from our last documentary, we decided to ask the residents of Birmingham if they would like a Drug Consumption Room (DCR) in their City. DCRs ar...

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ReGenUC's curator insight, December 3, 2013 6:26 PM

Challenging the argument that supervised injecting facilities are a 'vote loser', this film seeks to demonstrate community support for a DCR in Birmingham.

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UK Soldier died after downing 16 shots of alcohol in 30 minutes before choking on his own vomit

UK Soldier died after downing 16 shots of alcohol in 30 minutes before choking on his own vomit | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Private Andrew Murgatroyd, 21, was plied with a lethal cocktail of shots at his barracks leaving party in Hullavington, Wiltshire, an inquest heard today.
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Alcohol is such a dangerous toxic drug  - it's a terrible mistake that this is the drug we have culturally embedded for leisure, relaxation, occasion, celebration, socialisation and wind down.

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This Neuroscientist Exposes Every Lie You've Been Told About Drugs Since You Were a Kid

This Neuroscientist Exposes Every Lie You've Been Told About Drugs Since You Were a Kid | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
People have these unbelievable views about drugs. We are a wealthy country, and we spend a lot of money on science to find the right answers about drugs. We have the truth, but it's not being shared because law enforcement, politicians, parents, and even scientists have an interest in keeping the public unaware. I'm trying to say, "Be prepared to let evidence dictate what you think."
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Dionne's curator insight, December 3, 2013 9:22 PM

This is a surprising article, I was resistant to reading it but where I agree with him is on getting under this myth of perfection that persists on the outside but has no bearing on reality. He sound interesing.