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Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade

Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Last January Kennedy went public with his beliefs, launching Smart Approaches on Marijuana, or Project SAM, a campaign to keep marijuana illegal and address the failings of the drug war through other means...Kennedy and Sabet propose a mandatory screening for marijuana addiction, according to the “Legal Reform” section of their website. That could lead to “marijuana education,” and ultimately a year in a “probation program to prevent further drug use.” And if the pot smoker still insists on getting high? It’s handcuffs time.

“Incarceration is a powerful motivator,” says Kennedy, who after a prescription drug-related car crash in 2006 spent a year urinating in front of a probation officer three times a week. He faced a jail term if he relapsed. “That does it for a lot of people,” he added. “That’s the turning point: hearing that judge say treatment or jail.”

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Kennedy & Sabet reveal how the prohibitionists will shift from police enforcement to invasive health enforcement - with the ultimate threat of incarceration.

Beware of joining the lobby "Drugs are not a crime problem they are a health issue" unless you are happy to support abstinence, drug testing and compulsory treatment.

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, February 17, 2014 5:44 PM

First they embrace the language of reform... then they own it. As if it is the only alternative position from blanket prohibition. The problem I have with Sabet et al is they leave everything that is broken, broken.  Like NarcAnnon et al. Project SAM has no respect for the 'self' -  with Sabet the higher power is the duress of the closed walls of a penitentiary. They cannot answer the question, if that failed before, what is it your proposing that will make it work now?

 

How would Project SAM (or a NZ facsimile) prevent/reduce the connection between alcohol and good times/success/accomplishment while exposing its health downsides?  One only needed to visit the enormously popular "HomeGrown" event last weekend in Wellington to see the dichotomy and irony. Primary sponsor "Whisky" under the guise of "MakingHistory" = Police called this event a 'success'...

 

Who looks deluded?

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Norway to test nasal spray antidote to heroin overdose

Norway to test nasal spray antidote to heroin overdose | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Country with western Europe’s worst heroin overdose rate to trial Naloxone spray in Oslo and Bergen, its two most populous cities.  Norway is poised to start trials of a nasal spray that reverses the effect of a heroin overdose, in a move that could encourage other countries to follow suit.


Via ReGenUC
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....and what have they got to lose?

I know what can be gained

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Russell Webster's curator insight, February 17, 2014 2:58 AM

Important news given number of opiate overdoses in Norway.

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Marijuana bust at elite Southport School UK after students forced into random drug tests

Marijuana bust at elite Southport School UK after students forced into random drug tests | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

TWO students have been ­busted for drugs at one of Queensland's top private schools after it controversially introduced random drug tests.

 

The Southport School says the results are proof its mandatory drug testing regime is helping deter substance abuse among pupils.


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The War Between Drugs to enforce and maintain the Drug Apartheid comes to a school near you - and could seriously damage the lives of your children by giving them a criminal record for drug possession.

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Big Pharma Shaping UK Health Service Policy: MPs say medical industry uses ‘wealth to influence government’

Big Pharma Shaping UK Health Service Policy: MPs say medical industry uses ‘wealth to influence government’ | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
NHS bosses allowed a lobbying company working for some of the world’s biggest drugs and medical equipment firms to write a draft report which could help shape future health policy. NHS England commissioned a group called the Specialised Healthcare Alliance (SHCA) to consult with patients’ groups, charities and health organisations and produce a report feeding into its future five-year strategy for commissioning £12bn of services.
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Excellent summary of 50 reports/articles on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) #legalhighs

Excellent summary of 50 reports/articles on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) #legalhighs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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▶ VIDEO 5mins: The Racist War on Drugs

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▶ Podcast 11mins: Virginia Berridge talks about changing attitudes towards drugs over past 200 yrs

Virginia Berridge talks about how her new book which explores changing attitudes towards drinking, smoking and drug taking over the past two hundred years.
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▶ VIDEO 11mins After Years of Ineffective Anti-Epileptic Drugs Charlotte Web and Zaki make incredible progress with cannabis

The incredible stories of two pediatric cannabis patients which will revolutionize the way that the world views the cannabis plant

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Legally promoted drugs (alcohol, tobacco and sugar) fuel 'alarming' global cancer surge

Legally promoted drugs (alcohol, tobacco and sugar) fuel 'alarming' global cancer surge | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
World Health Organisation experts issue timebomb warning and say key is prevention, possibly including tax on sugared drinks
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..and to think here in New Zealand we employ police helicopters to embark on expensive missions to scan rural areas and dig up cannabis plants, while the legal (and more damaging) drugs are embedded within culture, heavily promoted, approved and distributed everywhere.

 

See Video 3mins: NZ Police helicopter hunts out 6,000 cannabis crops in fight against illegal drugs  http://sco.lt/5z8Hh3

 

 

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Legalize Heroin!

Legalize Heroin! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
When people say "end the war on drugs" they usually mean "stop putting people in jail for weed," but we should also be talking about making heroin use safer, legal, and more rare, instead of locking u…
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Possession of all drugs for personal use should not be a law enforcement issue. Instead they should decriminalised and cultivation, manufacture, preparation, possession, distribution, advertising, supply and sale should be sensibly regulated.

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Uruguay Cannabis Legalisation Examined - They surrender to win

Uruguay Cannabis Legalisation Examined - They surrender to win | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
José Mujica has attempted to change the premises and conditions of the drugs wars through the legalisation of marijuana. Although even the people of Uruguay don't really back their president's initial reform, at least it's a start. When I travelled across Mexico, pictures of the missing were everywhere in the streets, like dystopian corporate advertising. Human Rights Watch says that more than 60,000 people have died in the drug war launched in 2006 by former president Felipe Calderón; the US (...)
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Death By Cannabis —The Final Frontier in Reefer Madness

Death By Cannabis —The Final Frontier in Reefer Madness | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A 31 year old woman is dead in Bournemouth, with a diagnosis of death by cannabis abuse on her death certificate.

There is not one well documented case of isolated cannabis use leading a witnessed cardiac arrest that I have been able to find and yet we are being asked to believe that a 31 year old woman with no previous medical problems was killed by smoking her usual half a joint per night? I don’t think you have to be Quincy to think this is a stretch.

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VIDEO 4mins: Bunny and Wolf fight overdose -it's so easy!

Bunny and Wolf: An Animated Guide to Prevent Overdose Deaths Opioid overdose continues to be a top killer of young people all over the world. In some countri...
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Every country should make naloxone available for users, and the family and friend of people who use opiate based drugs/medicines

Death by overdose is easily prevented.

No excuse.

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NATURE Editorial "Animal farm" asserts that addiction is a disease with uncontrollable craving that can be cured [Really?]

NATURE Editorial "Animal farm" asserts that addiction is a disease with uncontrollable craving that can be cured [Really?] | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Europe’s policy-makers must not buy animal-rights activists’ arguments that addiction is a social, rather than a medical, problem.
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The disease model of addiction has been around for decades but is gaining a resurgence as prohibitionists shift their support from criminal law the medical laws to control the drug user or 'addict' or 'junkie'. Contrary to the editorial the notion that people who lose control of habits/behaviour are suffering from a disease is to many scientists a controversial and highly contested theory.

Addiction probably has some genetic and physiological components - but has stronger correlations with social and psychological factors such as inequality, exclusion, stigma, abuse, limited opportunities, resources etc.


 

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▶ What are the odds of going to prison in the USA? It depends on the colour of your skin

1 of every 3 black men can expect to go to prison at some point in their lifetime. Why? It's complicated, but one thing is clear: there is racial bias at eve...
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Shocking, and made possible in a large part by Drug Laws - that need abolishing!

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ARTICLE: The association of childhood physical abuse with the onset and extent of drug use among regular injecting drug users

ARTICLE: The association of childhood physical abuse with the onset and extent of drug use among regular injecting drug users | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Conclusions

Severe childhood physical abuse severity is associated with an earlier initiation into drug use. Any level of abuse is associated with more extensive life-time and recent polydrug use.

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Study Reveals Surprising Link Between Pot Legalization And Reduced Suicide Rates

Study Reveals Surprising Link Between Pot Legalization And Reduced Suicide Rates | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A team of economists' newly published report in the American Journal of Public Health suggests states that have legalized medical marijuana may see a reduction in suicide rates in young men.

The researchers took a close look at state-level suicide...
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Drug Driving Articles Summary | Drug War Facts

Drug Driving Articles Summary | Drug War Facts | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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55 articles/reports summarised - very useful indeed!

..but the poster above isn't!
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ARTICLE: Trends in Alcohol and Other Drugs Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers in the United States, 1999–2010

ARTICLE: Trends in Alcohol and Other Drugs Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers in the United States, 1999–2010 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

 The increase in the prevalence of nonalcohol drugs was observed in all age groups and both sexes. These results indicate that nonalcohol drugs, particularly marijuana, are increasingly detected in fatally injured drivers.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Drugs like cannabis can be detect days , weeks even months later, so presence is not indicative of intoxication or impairment.

What really matters is drug impaired driving.

What percentage of fatal crashes involve cannabis impairment rather than cannabis presence?

Do these figures incl. alcohol + cannabis?

What are the figures for fatal crashes when cannabis was the only drug present and the levels detected suggest impairment?


Importantly the article acknowledges:

"There is no universally accepted definition of drug impairment. Further, in this study, a positive drug test could represent an inactive drug metabolite resulting from past use. It is possible for a driver to test positive for cannabinol in the blood up to 1 week after use. Thus, the prevalence of nonalcohol drugs reported in this study should be interpreted as an indicator of drug use, not necessarily a measurement of drug impairment" (p.6)

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CannaDx™ Sensor - A Cannabinoids portable analyser for medicinal cannabis users coming soon

CannaDx™ Sensor - A Cannabinoids portable analyser for medicinal cannabis users coming soon | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The Canna Sensor will be programmed to test for the presence of the most important compounds of interest in Cannabis, including THC and CBD. Using the associated App, MyDx will allow patients to track how each marijuana strain is making them feel or helping them relieve, based on the chemical composition of the plant.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Drug testing kits to help users not law enforcers - I like that!

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, February 4, 2014 2:26 PM

Primary healthcare, taking primary responsibility for your health with some informed consent. So remind us again where Police and Prisons fit in this picture Mr Ryall? If the national drug policy review doesn't cover this anomaly it is no review at all!

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Sugar tied to fatal heart woes [Is it an addictive state approved drug?]

Sugar tied to fatal heart woes [Is it an addictive state approved drug?] | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

CHICAGO (AP) — Could too much sugar be deadly?
Dr. Jonathan Purnell, a professor at Oregon Health & Science University's Knight Cardiovascular Institute, said while the research doesn't prove "sugar can cause you to die of a heart attack", it adds to a growing body of circumstantial evidence suggesting that limiting sugar intake can lead to healthier, longer lives.

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Another One: Why So Many Celebrities Die Following Rehab

Another One: Why So Many Celebrities Die Following Rehab | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Our attitudes towards drugs and treatment of addiction are more lethal than drugs

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Meet The Children with Severe Epilepsy Who Rely On Marijuana To Survive

Meet The Children with Severe Epilepsy Who Rely On Marijuana To Survive | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Since he was just a few months old, 10-year-old Zaki Jackson has suffered from a rare form of epilepsy that, at its worst, causes him to have thousands of seizures a day. The seizures, which his mother describes as a "full body electrocution," render him unable to talk or walk, and sometimes cause him to stop breathing.
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It's a disgrace, it's shameful and its just wrong that this herb has not been widely available for decades to all children with epilepsy.

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▶ VIDEO 11min. Uruguay's Legal Cannabis Trade Explained

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VIDEO 11mins Uruguay Cannabis Legalisation Explained Well Worth Watching - a logical, rational and sensible move. The President lives frugally and gives 90% of his income away -respect!.

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