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Arguing about e-cigarettes - Q&A's

Arguing about e-cigarettes - Q&A's | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

 was contacted by a vaping enthusiast from Ireland, asking for assistance in dealing with the arguments they are facing. The Irish public health establishment appears to have a death wish against smokers that is even more vengeful than in most other European countries. So in an act of solidarity I dashed off some answers to his questions and decided to turn the results into a blog.

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NZ Employee Wrong to Drug Test 190 employees

NZ Employee Wrong to Drug Test 190 employees | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A sawmill operator was not justified making almost 200 employees undergo drug tests after two cannabis plants were found, the Employment Relations Authority has found.

 

Seventy-six employees of Carter Holt Harvey's Eves Valley Sawmill in Nelson, who were also members of the Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU), complained to the authority (ERA) about the drug tests.

 

In a decision released today, the authority found the employees were unjustifiably disadvantaged in being compelled to take the drug tests, and Carter Holt Harvey breached its duty of good faith to them.

 
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Silk Road Reduced Violence in the Drug Trade, Study Argues #WIRED

Silk Road Reduced Violence in the Drug Trade, Study Argues  #WIRED | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The dark web may have a silver lining, according to a pair of academics: A new class of geekier, less-violent drug dealers.
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Consistent with what is known about tough law enforcement and crackdowns on mainstream drug supply markets

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Randy Collins's curator insight, June 2, 2014 1:17 PM

An interesting analysis of how silk road was effecting drug crime violence.

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Aboriginal people and alcohol: Not a genetic predisposition

Aboriginal people and alcohol: Not a genetic predisposition | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The stereotype that aboriginal people have a genetic intolerance to alcohol persists in Canada and around the world, but a Manitoba medical expert says studies show a possible predisposition to alcoholism really boils down to social conditions such as poverty.
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well said!

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Could a compound found in cannabis treat epilepsy? - Health News - NHS Choices

Could a compound found in cannabis treat epilepsy? - Health News - NHS Choices | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The summary of evidence on the potential use of the active ingredients in cannabis to reduce epileptic seizures highlights one thing: the evidence does not point to any clear answers.

 

This summary also has a significant risk of bias because it did not employ systematic methods to identify all the relevant information on the topic.

 

Nonetheless, it reached cautious conclusions, highlighting the need for more robust information from randomised controlled trials (RCT) to inform the debate.

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European multi-city study wastewater analysis & drugs #IsTheDrugApartheidTakingThePiss?

European multi-city study wastewater analysis & drugs #IsTheDrugApartheidTakingThePiss? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The findings of the largest European project to date in the emerging science of wastewater analysis are taken up in this POD. The project in question analysed wastewater in over 40 European cities (21 countries) to explore the drug-taking habits of those who live in them. The results provide a valuable snapshot of the drug flow through the cities involved, revealing marked geographical variations.

 
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The War Between Drugs develops new techniques (and business opportunities for drug prohibition industry)  for monitoring and surveillance.

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Legal status of cannabis around the world - map

Legal status of cannabis around the world - map | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Key countries in which UN conventions prohibiting the use, possession and supply of cannabis are being increasingly flouted, or strictly observed
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Inviting Pot to enjoy the privileged status of Alcohol, Tobacco & Caffeine in the War Between Drugs fails to address the real issues.


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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, May 24, 2014 6:35 PM
Innacurate and irrelevant.
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Alcohol Kills 1 Person Every 10 Seconds, Report Says

Alcohol Kills 1 Person Every 10 Seconds, Report Says | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A new World Health Organization report released on Monday finds the dangerous consumption of alcohol led to 3.3 million deaths around the world in 2012 and that 16 percent of alcohol consumers take part in binge drinking
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Alcohol Kills 1 Person Every 10 Seconds, Report Says

Alcohol Kills 1 Person Every 10 Seconds, Report Says | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A new World Health Organization report released on Monday finds the dangerous consumption of alcohol led to 3.3 million deaths around the world in 2012 and that 16 percent of alcohol consumers take part in binge drinking
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How Marijuana Legalization Leaves Mothers and Pregnant Women Behind

How Marijuana Legalization Leaves Mothers and Pregnant Women Behind | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The legislative push to punish women for marijuana use during pregnancy is based not on science suggesting harm from which to protect children, but the notion of fetal rights.
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17 Articles Exploring the Gateway Theory via Drug War Facts

17 Articles Exploring the Gateway Theory via Drug War Facts | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Looking for information about the Gateway "Theory"? Here are seventeen articles:

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The social, legal and cultural context is a gateway not the substance.

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New Report: Why the Smartest Guys in the World Oppose the War on Drugs

New Report: Why the Smartest Guys in the World Oppose the War on Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The numbers don’t lie: It’s time to end the harmful, ineffective “war on drugs.” Take it from five Nobel-winning economists.
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Feds seek prison for rural Washington pot growers

Feds seek prison for rural Washington pot growers | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, from left, Larry Harvey, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, and Rolland Gregg stand in the plaza in front of the federal courthouse in Spokane, Wash. The three are charged with growing marijuana at a remote farm near Kettle Falls, Wash. Each face mandatory minimum sentences of at least 10 years in prison after they were caught growing about 70 pot plants on their rural, mountainous property. Medical marijuana advocates have cried foul, arguing the prosecution violates Department of Justice policies announced by Attorney General Eric Holder last year that nonviolent, small-time drug offenders shouldn't face lengthy prison sentences. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios).
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ARTICLE: Limitations of Drug Testing for Drugs of Abuse in Children and Adolescents

ARTICLE: Limitations of Drug Testing for Drugs of Abuse in Children and Adolescents | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Drug testing is a complex procedure that, when used properly, may have a number of clinical indications. However, drug testing also has a number of drawbacks; it can be invasive, it yields only limited information, and results are easily misinterpreted. Drug testing should never be the sole basis for making a diagnosis of a substance use disorder; rather, test results should be used to supplement information obtained by history and physical examination.

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I have major reservations on the use of drug testing see:
http://www.slideshare.net/JulianBuchanan/drug-testing-reductionism-the-fear-of-the-other-and-the-craving-for-certainty

 

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Journal of Schizophrenia Research: Study Questions Link Between Marijuana and Psychosis Risk

Journal of Schizophrenia Research: Study Questions Link Between Marijuana and Psychosis Risk | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
New research suggests using marijuana may not increase the chances of developing psychosis.
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A "Disgusting, Dishonorable" Way to Create Sales … Legal in Only 2 Countries USA & New Zealand

A "Disgusting, Dishonorable" Way to Create Sales … Legal in Only 2 Countries USA & New Zealand | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

What I'm talking about is direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising, that barrage of ads you see on TV and in magazines and newspapers, or on the radio and Internet. They're ads telling you to run right out and ask your doctor if this or that pill would be right for you.

Some drug companies have even taken to advertising highly specialized medical devices, like heart stents.

It's a marketing bonanza that's turned America into a medicated mass of people who've been brain-washed into thinking that taking pills will make everything better―even for ailments you might not have. But it's a brilliant move for Big Pharma, who has now turned the consumer into their very own sales rep, and a persuasive one at that. Not only is there a correlation between the amount of money drug companies spend on DTC advertising and the brand of drug patients request from their physicians, but the data shows DTC advertising rapidly converts people into patients.

 

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A fresh approach to drugs: the final report of the UK Drug Policy Commission

A fresh approach to drugs: the final report of the UK Drug Policy Commission | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A report on how policies and interventions to control drug use could be improved
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New Zealand shrinks away from legal high limelight

New Zealand shrinks away from legal high limelight | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Many around the world looked to their innovative attempt with baited breath, spurred on by the dismal failures of their own prohibition. But it seems the spotlight was too much for New Zealand to handle, and they’ve recoiled at the first hurdle. Their yellow-bellied move has served only to cause embarrassment, reduce belief in the government, and harm the people it is supposed to be protecting.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

If you look at the detail of the NZ Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 - it extends prohibition, punishment and state powers by making every psychoactive substance illegal and punishable unless approved by the state.

The initial hype and hope about the PSA 2013 and New Zealand being a world leader in regulation was misguided and belied it's abstinence and intolerant drug policy.

This was no 'yellow-bellied' U-turn it simply reflects their real intent ...  see New Zealand Psychoactive Substance Act 2013 unites prohibitionists & drug law reformers - how? http://sco.lt/7AwTU9

 
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Going to pot: legalised cannabis edges nearer in west after US states end ban

Going to pot: legalised cannabis edges nearer in west after US states end ban | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Debate among health experts switches to regulation of cannabis as drug policy in US, Uruguay and Spain flouts UN conventions
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Randy Collins's curator insight, May 26, 2014 9:46 PM

Although Marijuana has yet to be fully legalized in California, it is legal for those who have a legitimate medical use for it.

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▶ 3mins VIDEO: JUST SAY NO ...to the War on Drugs

A Eugene Jarecki Digital Short CLICK HERE TO TELL CONGRESS TO ACT: http://bit.ly/1kXYMN6 Every day, more Americans agree the War on Drugs has failed and must...
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Randy Collins's curator insight, May 19, 2014 4:02 PM

Fantastic video highlighting the failure of the war on drugs.

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Internet Addiction and Drug Addiction Might Look the Same in the Brain

Internet Addiction and Drug Addiction Might Look the Same in the Brain | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Internet Addiction and Drug Addiction Might Look the Same in the Brain
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Maybe the nature of addiction is not physiological induced by drugs but impacted by behaviours?

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Woman in Scotland who gave friend injection of heroin that resulted in fatal overdose jailed

Woman in Scotland who gave friend injection of heroin that resulted in fatal overdose jailed | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A WOMAN who gave a friend a lethal injection of heroin has been jailed.
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It's an offence in New Zealand that carries a charge of manslaughter or murder - see for example http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/national/2001269/Jail-for-partners-morphine-manslaughter

 

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Black Job Applicants Routinely Turned Away In USA For Suspected Drug Use

Black Job Applicants Routinely Turned Away In USA For Suspected Drug Use | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it


The new study confirms the findings of similar research projects related to racial bias in the job application process. A 2003 report found that resumes with “white-sounding” names were more likely to receive callbacks for interviews than names associated with the black community. Because of this, Wozniak believes that workplace drug testing can help “non-using Blacks to prove their status to employers, even as the drug war linked Blacks with drug use in the popular imagination.”

 
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But drug testing is not the answer tackling discrimination is!

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Cannabis, cigarette smoking and psychosis: do we need a rethink?

Cannabis, cigarette smoking and psychosis: do we need a rethink? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Sameer Jauhar writes his debut blog on the associations of cannabis and cigarette use with psychotic experiences at age 18, part of the ALSPAC study
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Maybe tobacco a significant factor?

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VIDEO: Why e-cigarettes are so controversial

VIDEO: Why e-cigarettes are so controversial | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
E-CIGARETTE sales are soaring. But while some health advocates laud them, others are more anxious. What's all the fuss about?
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