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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. 

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Article Withdrawn: Krokodil paper disappears from American Journal of Medicine?

Article Withdrawn: Krokodil paper disappears from American Journal of Medicine? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
On November 11, St. Louis's KTVI reported that krokodil, a nasty opioid concoction with roots in Russia, had arrived in their town. They based that report on a case study published in the American ...
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see also: http://dosemakespoison.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/krokodilnot-so-fast-my-friends.html

 

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Leaked U.N. Document Highlights Drug War Dissent

Leaked U.N. Document Highlights Drug War Dissent | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
An internal U.N. document leaked to The Guardian offers a rare glimpse of disagreement about drug policy among member states, several of which are advocating a less violent approach.
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The globe needs rescuing from the damage caused by drugs policy

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PLOS ONE: The Global Epidemiology and Contribution of Cannabis Use and Dependence to the Global Burden of Disease: Results from the GBD 2010 Study

PLOS ONE: The Global Epidemiology and Contribution of Cannabis Use and Dependence to the Global Burden of Disease: Results from the GBD 2010 Study | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Our estimates suggest that cannabis use as a risk factor for schizophrenia is not a major contributor to population-level disease burden.
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But the flames will still be fanned by the closet prohibitionists and moral entrepreneurs who will keep talking about, and researching in schizophrenia and cannabis

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Caffeine compared: from coke and coffee to aspirin and chocolate (UK)

Caffeine compared: from coke and coffee to aspirin and chocolate (UK) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
People are increasingly aware of the side-effects of caffeine - but do they know the volume of the drug they're drinking in their favourite beverages? Get the data here

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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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FULL ARTICLE Khat: A systematic review of evidence and literature pertaining to its harms to UK users & society

FULL ARTICLE Khat: A systematic review of evidence and literature pertaining to its harms to UK users & society | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The use of khat (Catha edulis) has been associated with a large number of physiological and societal harms, leading to calls for it to be controlled in the UK. The evidence of these harms is often equivocal, limited by confounding factors, or entirely anecdotal: high-powered, quality-controlled studies are lacking. Regardless, the body of relevant literature indicates that the once socially-regulated use of khat has been eroded. Some individuals have developed excessive consumption patterns, either using khat daily or in binge-sessions, though daily consumption is not necessarily problematic per se. The majority of users seem to use khat in moderation, where the associated harms appear low. For excessive users, harms associated with khat are greater, particularly relating to mental health. Social harms also seem to be largely related to excessive khat use rather than khat use itself. Even in cases of excessive khat use, however, causal relationships between chewing and harms have not been described. More research is required to establish the role of khat in liver disease, coronary problems, cancers of the digestive tract and incidents of domestic violence. Studies should consider the likeliness that certain users are more vulnerable to developing patterns of excessive khat use due to an interwoven set of factors such as social health determinants and pre- and post-migration experiences.

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Some cultures prefer tea, some coffee, some chewing coca, and other chewing khat ... and the issue is?

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A jail by another name: China labor camps now drug detox centers

A jail by another name: China labor camps now drug detox centers | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
KUNMING, China (Reuters) - Li Zhongying was freed from a Chinese labor camp ahead of schedule in September because, guards told her, the government was scrapping 're-education through labor', a heavily...
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Govt. Chemist Tampered With 40,000 Drug Test Cases, Locking Countless Innocent Americans in Prison

Govt. Chemist Tampered With 40,000 Drug Test Cases, Locking Countless Innocent Americans in Prison | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Many of the prosecutors became devoted fans of Dookhan and wanted to take her out for drinks, saying she was on their “dream team.”  The Boston Globe provided an email between Dookhan and a prosecutor with whom she had a particularly friendly relationship:

“Glad we are on the same team,” he once wrote Dookhan — including one day in May 2010 when he told her he needed a marijuana sample to weigh at least 50 pounds so that he could charge the owners with drug trafficking.

“Any help would be greatly appreciated!” he wrote, punctuating each sentence with a long string of exclamation points. “Thank you!”

Two hours later, Dookhan responded: “OK . . . definitely Trafficking, over 80 lbs.” ­Papachristos thanked her profusely.

Boston attorney David Meier found that in Dookhan’s nine-year government position, over 40,000 people may have had their cases tainted by Dookhan.

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Technology offers the illusion of certainty we crave -but it is flawed by the limitaions of science, technological errors and human error - and in this case human misdeed.

 

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