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New Zealand Air force joins police annual uprooting of cannabis plants

New Zealand Air force joins police annual uprooting of cannabis plants | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The Nelson Mail
Air force joins police annual cannabis cull
The Nelson Mail
The recovery phase of the police cannabis operation is under way in the Tasman Police District and they are being assisted by the air force with an RNZAF Iroquois helicopter.

Via MildGreen Initiative
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What a waste of taxpayers money

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, February 21, 2014 7:20 AM

An exercise in futility.  Do these clowns ever do any analysis of the effectiveness of this intervention.? 

 

Has it made one IOTA of difference to availability? 


Or is it fun for the boys, beersies afterwards?

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Is addiction theory 'Addicted to Brain Scans'?

Is addiction theory 'Addicted to Brain Scans'? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The debate about sex addiction reflects a larger cultural confusion.
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MethMinder will protect your property from P [Another profit opportunity from war on illicit drugs]

MethMinder will protect your property from P [Another profit opportunity from war on illicit drugs] | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
24/7 detection and monitoring of P-lab and clandestine meth-lab contamination with MethMinder, avoid damage and insurance costs associated with methamphetamine cooking
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and there are plenty more http://www.methsolutions.co.nz
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Hyperbole Hurts: The Surprising Truth About Methamphetamine

Hyperbole Hurts: The Surprising Truth About Methamphetamine | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

, Alberto Gonzales, George W. Bush’s attorney general, called it “the most dangerous drug in America.” A physician quoted by The New York Times described it as “the most malignant, addictive drug known to mankind.” A police captain told the Times it “makes crack look like child’s play, both in terms [...]

Julian Buchanan's insight:

The Truth is Hardly Surprising - given the nonsense of reefer madness, heroin screws you up, just one E kills, the crack babies, the zombie bath salts and flesh eating krokodil.
 
How many more times will we allow drug scares, panics and propaganda to shape our drug policies and practices.

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REPORT End Forced Labor in Vietnam Detention Centres for Drug Users by International Labor Rights Forum

REPORT End Forced Labor in Vietnam Detention Centres for Drug Users by International Labor Rights Forum | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

In detention centers all over Vietnam, some 40,000 men, women, and children are being held against their will and forced to labor for the Vietnamese government. The victims are held without a hearing or a trial in a court of law in drug detention centers on suspicion of using illegal drugs. Most detainees are picked up in “street sweeps” or on the basis of a single positive urine test.  Even those who enter the centers voluntarily in the hopes of getting help for addictions are not allowed to leave.  Many are held for up to five years of forced labor, often to produce goods for private companies.

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Owen Jones: The drug we ignore that kills thousands

Owen Jones: The drug we ignore that kills thousands | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It is a drug that killed more than 8,300 people in 2012, and has taken the lives of at least 5,000 English and Welsh citizens every year for the last decade. It is the culprit behind between one and two out of every hundred deaths. Despite a small drop in fatalities compared with 2011, the death toll is still around one and a half times greater than it was just two decades ago. Its abuse can lead to conditions ranging from strokes to heart disease. It is a potentially lethal substance that kills 2.5 million globally, and damages the health of far, far more. And as well as the human toll, it costs the British economy £21bn a year in crime and healthcare.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

This drug has a privileged position in western society - promoted at every level, embedded fully within society, marketed and sold everywhere, culturally embraced as 'the drug of choice' for leisure, pleasure, relaxation, celebration, occasion and dining.

We've made a terrible mistake.

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39 summaries and references outlining the benefits of heroin maintenance prescribing

39 summaries and references outlining the benefits of heroin maintenance prescribing | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

• helping people to stop or reduce their illegal drug use;

• avoiding illness and death as a result of overdose by ensuring access to a drug of known quality and strength;

• retention in medical care;

• facilitating a gradual change from heroin to opioid substitution therapy;

• reducing the risk of HIV and hepatitis resulting from unsafe injection practices;

• promoting general health and well-being;

• reducing crime related to the acquisition of drugs;

• reducing the number or visibility of drug markets and public drug use;

• lowering costs associated with health care, social welfare, criminal justice and prisons;

• promoting social integration, including with respect to employment, accommodation and family life."

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Makes sense and no reason why it shouldn't be part of a wider range of holistic treatment - it works very well for some

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Letter to Editor of Nature Feb 2014 in response to editorial asserting that addiction is a disease

Letter to Editor of Nature Feb 2014 in response to editorial asserting that addiction is a disease | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Letter to the Editor of Nature
We write to express our concern about your recent editorial (Nature, 506:5). Our focus is not on the animal rights matters discussed but on the view of addiction being promoted: that addiction is a disease. Furthermore, we challenge the claim that this view is not particularly controversial among scientists......

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Signed by over 80 international researchers in the addictions field challenging the view that addiction is essentially a disease.

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The Only Cannabis Deaths Come from the U.S. Drug War

The Only Cannabis Deaths Come from the U.S. Drug War | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Thousands die every year in America and beyond as a result of cannabis prohibition.
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Podcast - Does drug policy cause more harm than the drugs?

http://julianbuchanan.podomatic.com/entry/2012-07-04T17_03_17-07_00

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VIDEO 4mins: Models of Addiction - Looking beyond the drug

Robert West (University College London) on the definition of addiction and the EMCDDA Insights publication on 'Models of addiction'. Download the publication...
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Driving Under the Influence, of Marijuana

Driving Under the Influence, of Marijuana | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
While there are effective tests for alcohol intake, it’s difficult to judge who is driving under the influence of marijuana.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

..and often the data for drug driving refers to the presence of marijuana which may be the result of consumption days or even weeks earlier.

Driving impaired is the issue - and that isn't established by detected presence.

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If Medical Marijuana Laws Cause a 'Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths,' Why Are Fatalities Falling?

If Medical Marijuana Laws Cause a 'Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths,' Why Are Fatalities Falling? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology last month found that 12.2 percent of drivers killed by car crashes in six states tested positive
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Compulsory rehabilitation [in Latin America]: An unethical, inhumane and ineffective practice

Compulsory rehabilitation [in Latin America]: An unethical, inhumane and ineffective practice | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Long-term compulsory rehabilitation cannot be justified on the grounds of effectiveness or ethics. The practice has also been associated with a number of human rights violations.
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And are Drug Abstinence Courts any different?

 

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Incarceration as Motivator: Response to Project SAM

Incarceration as Motivator: Response to Project SAM | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

We can all agree that excess tobacco, alcohol and drugs are not healthy for the body, especially for developing children, but where we all disagree is the degree to which using these substances become unhealthy and whether using these substances is a criminal offence...

Julian Buchanan's insight:

The notion of 'prison as a motivator' is a disturbing one - particular when peddled by countries which seem to be ever watching and controlling the behaviour of its people. 

We should not widen the net of state control and intrusion into the every day life of citizens. 

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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, February 27, 2014 5:04 PM

This approach represents a complete failure of imagination and a waste of human potential.

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The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass - who struggles with autism - set up by an undercover cop as a drug dealer

The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass - who struggles with autism - set up by an undercover cop as a drug dealer | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
He was a friendless high school loner struggling with autism. So why did an undercover cop target him as a drug dealer?
Julian Buchanan's insight:

The war on illicit drugs moves in, and close, to the workplace, the colleges, school and indeed your home.

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» Caffeine Cuts Long-Distance Crash Risk - Psych Central News

» Caffeine Cuts Long-Distance Crash Risk - Psych Central News | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Using caffeine can cut long-distance drivers' risk of crashing, new research suggests. Long-distance commercial drivers regularly experience monotonous,
Julian Buchanan's insight:

If one stimulant drug may reduce the risk of a car crash - what about others?

It raises issues about tough enforcement and blanket panic about so called drug driving. We need a nuanced appreciation about this complex issue to assess impairment rather than assume any drug presence is evidence of impairment

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EMCDDA | Estimating public expenditure on drug-law offenders in prison in Europe

EMCDDA | Estimating public expenditure on drug-law offenders in prison in Europe | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The EMCDDA has estimated annual public expenditure on drug-law offenders in prisons in Europe. Between 2000 and 2010, this expenditure is estimated to have been within the range of 0.03 % to 0.05 % of GDP, on average, in 22 European countries. By applying these percentages to the whole EU for the year 2010, it can be estimated that the expenditure was within the range of EUR 3.7 billion to EUR 5.9 billion.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

The damage prison does to people's lives is enormous and life long, and just imagine what we could do with that money instead of locking people up.

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Criminologist @AlexStevensKent refutes cannabis-related crime increase claims

‘Government policy on cannabis hit the headlines again recently, when both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph ran articles on it claiming reductions in penalties for users of the drug have increased both crime and drug-related hospital admissions. If cannabis declassification did cause these effects, it would be an interesting and novel finding. Most researchers who have studied this issue have found little evidence of changes in use or related harms as a result of changes to penalties for users.....

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nice one Alex!

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REPORT 36pp: Methamphetamine: Fact vs. Fiction and Lessons from the Crack Hysteria by @DrCarlHart

REPORT 36pp: Methamphetamine: Fact vs. Fiction and Lessons from the Crack Hysteria by @DrCarlHart | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The rise in methamphetamine use has provoked a barrage of misinformation and reckless policies.
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Particularly pertinent in New Zealand....
 
see 'quality fact-based drug education' http://www.drugscene.co.nz/drugscene-drug-education-methamphetamine-P.html
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Meth takes over your life, isolates you and compromises your morals - see https://methhelp.org.nz/a-bit-about-drugs/what-is-meth ;… 

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Dr. Christina Sanchez explains research evidence suggesting cannabis has potential to destroy cancer tumour cells

Dr. Christina Sanchez is a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid Spain, her research led to the findings that THC does indeed kill cancer cells!…
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Fascinating!

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Drug dogs raiding New Zealand schools [Business Opportunities from Zero Tolerance to Illicit Drugs]

Drug dogs raiding New Zealand schools  [Business Opportunities from Zero Tolerance to Illicit Drugs] | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Canterbury schools are spending thousands on drug dogs to search classrooms and lockers.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

The invasive nature of enforcing a drug apartheid comes closer to homes and schools near you - and businesses like RMG can make good money from it.

it could seriously damage the rest of a child's life if caught with cannabis, and then subsequently suspended and criminalized.

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VIDEO: Parents who move to Colorado for 'miracle' pot see their children with epilepsy improve

VIDEO: Parents who move to Colorado for 'miracle' pot see their children with epilepsy improve | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Greta Botker has been through more adversity in her short life than most adults. At 7, she's been on a cocktail of medications for her epilepsy: Onfi, Depakote, Felbatol, Keppra and Prednisone.
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For many decades there are children with epilepsy who have been denied access to effective treatment that works and instead prescribed serious pharmaceutical drugs... most of which don't work.

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UN urged to act on Vietnam over death penalty

UN urged to act on Vietnam over death penalty | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The United Nations should immediately freeze anti-drug assistance to Vietnam after the communist country sentenced 30 people to die for drug-related offenses, three human rights groups working to get countries to abolish the death penalty said Wednesday.
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European Neurology 2014, Vol. 71, No. 5-6 Cannabis Spray proves effective in reducing MS spasticity

European Neurology 2014, Vol. 71, No. 5-6 Cannabis Spray proves effective in reducing MS spasticity | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Conclusion:
Real-life data confirm nabiximols [cannabis spray] as an effective and well-tolerated treatment option for resistant MSS [Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity] in clinical practice.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Great news but sad it has taken so long - if it was legal then many more MS sufferers might have been able to find some relief from cannabis self medication

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Countries rethink pot laws in wake of US, Uruguay

Countries rethink pot laws in wake of US, Uruguay | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Here's a look at how some countries are rethinking their approach to marijuana.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Great news, like a stack of dominoes global change will occur in respect of cannabis.

Interestingly though, not because of government acceptance of scientific evidence, not because of a sudden realisation by politicians that more harm has been caused by prohibition - but I believe because public opinion has shifted because of stories, case studies, campaigns and growing exposure to the truth via the internet. For politicians they need votes, and they see business and tax revenue opportunities.

There are important lessons here as traditionally in the western world we have been largely confined to carrying out endless research, publishing journal articles, speaking at international conferences and calling for government reviews, royal commissions and inquiries - hoping to persuade those in power to implement change - but little of this impacts the general public.

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