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Coming of Age with Stop and Frisk: Experiences, Self-Perceptions, and Public Safety Implications

Coming of Age with Stop and Frisk: Experiences, Self-Perceptions, and Public Safety Implications | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The results reveal a great deal about the experiences and perceptions of young New Yorkers who are most likely to be stopped. Trust in law enforcement among these young people is alarmingly low. This has significant public safety implications as young people who have been stopped more often are less willing to report crimes, even when they themselves are the victims. T

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The war on drugs is reshaping the focus and purpose of policing and deeply damging relationships between the police and the community they 'serve'.

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Vancouver’s Insite celebrates 10 years, 2 million visits, zero deaths

Vancouver’s Insite celebrates 10 years, 2 million visits, zero deaths | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A man shooting up in the back doorway of an alley with dirty water. A First Nations elder found dead in her rocking chair with a needle in her arm. Countless people overdosing and dying alone in dilapidated single room occupancy hotels. That's what addiction looked like before Insite"

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In a world dominated by the greed, self interest and deceit of the most powerful - the commitment and compassion of Insite to stand against injustice and provide care for the most damaged, disadvantaged and discriminated abandonded people, radiates refreshing beauty, dignity and care that offers hope to us all.

 

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Is Red Bull Downplaying Research On The Harms Of Mixing Alcohol And Energy Drinks?

Is Red Bull Downplaying Research On The Harms Of Mixing Alcohol And Energy Drinks? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Peter Miller, a psychologist from Austrialia's Deakin University, has taken to BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) to air his view that energy drink titans like Red Bull are meddling in research that explores the harms of mixing energy drinks and alcohol, providing funding and placebo supplies to scientists whose research supports their interests.
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VIDEO: 80-90% of people who use Crack and P don’t get addicted - Prof Carl Hart

VIDEO: 80-90%  of people who use Crack and P don’t get addicted - Prof Carl Hart | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Scientists have long known how drugs act on the brain’s reward center, but a researcher shows that societal factors play a large role in addiction, too.
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It further confirms that addiction is neither a crime problem nor a health problem (where we seem to be lurching) - but a social/structural problem with a lot to do with discrimination, stigma, low self esteem, inequality, exclusion, a lack of opportunities and alternatives. 

Addiction wont be resolved by law enforcement officers or the medical profession.

 

I have argued this in an article here which can be downloaded: Understanding Problematic Drug Use: A Medical Matter or a Social Issue?

 

http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/18/

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REPORT: A Regulated Cannabis Market in England and Wales - A Cost / Benefit Analysis

REPORT: A Regulated Cannabis Market in England and Wales - A Cost / Benefit Analysis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
.New Beckley Report   “In these times of economic crisis, it is essential to examine the possibilities of more cost-effective drug policy.”  ”Our present prohibitionist policies have proved to be a failure.” “Cannabis comprises 80% of all illicit ...
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Harm reduction more effective than war on drugs: study

Harm reduction more effective than war on drugs: study | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Health officials say Vancouver's aggressive harm reduction strategy has reduced illegal drug use and improved public safety in the Downtown Eastside.
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ARTICLE: Exercise increases plasma THC concentrations in regular cannabis users

ARTICLE: Exercise increases plasma THC concentrations in regular cannabis users | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
CONCLUSIONS:Here we demonstrate that exercise enhances plasma THC levels in regular cannabis users. The lack of a fasting effect may reflect the modest duration of fasting used which was associated with only a modest increase in fat utilization relative to exercise. Overall, these results suggest that exercise may elevate blood THC levels by releasing dormant THC from fat stores. These data suggest the interpretation of blood THC levels in roadside and workplace tests might be complicated by recent exercise.
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This  raises further issues for the messy [but lucrative and expanding] business of drug testing is problematic - something I have spoken about elsewhere see: http://www.slideshare.net/JulianBuchanan/anzsoc-auckland-2012

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VIDEO 32mins: Ethan Nadelmann on the rise and fall of the global drug prohibition regime.

As part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, the Lowy Institute hosts Ethan Nadelmann, Director of the US Drug Policy Alliance. He argues that the war on drugs is not rational campaign - it's a crusade.

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As usual Ethan Nadelmann is coherent, easy to listen to, persuasive, passionate and well reasoned.

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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, September 10, 2013 5:13 AM

Lad os anvende TRILLIARDER til at gøre folk kriminelle - og så er der ingen penge til at hjælpe dem, der er afhængig af stoffer.

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Cigarette smoking and cannabis use are equally strongly associated with psychotic-like experiences: a cross-sectional study in 1929 young adults (Netherlands)

Cigarette smoking and cannabis use are equally strongly associated with psychotic-like experiences: a cross-sectional study in 1929 young adults (Netherlands) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

“ Background Cannabis use is associated with increased risk for psychotic-like experiences (PLEs) and psychotic disorders. It remains unclear whether this relationship is causal or due to confounding.”


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The trouble with a lot of illicit drug research is that it has looked for particular outcomes from the outset - quite simply negative outcomes for illicit drugs - so too often genuine independent objective research analysis has been hard to find.

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Dead Wrong: How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child

Dead Wrong: How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
“Watch the videos. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights gives the truth about psychiatry. Take a virtual tour of Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum.”
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we have been conditioned to perceive illicit substances as dangerous drugs .. all other substances are somehow neither drugs nor dangerous - quite misleading.
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An inane, money-eating sham: Drug tests for welfare a huge failure

An inane, money-eating sham: Drug tests for welfare a huge failure | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Drug tests for welfare is a huge waste. But if we’re testing those getting taxpayer money, how about politicians?
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But great business opportunities in times of recession?

How else can these policy driven schemes be justified?
There is no scientific evidence base behind it.
It's ideologically and politically driven.

See PowerPoint on the issue: http://www.slideshare.net/JulianBuchanan/drug-testing-reductionism-the-fear-of-the-other-and-the-craving-for-certainty

 

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This Drug Could Save Thousands Of Lives A Year, So Why Aren't We Using It?

This Drug Could Save Thousands Of Lives A Year, So Why Aren't We Using It? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The national drug overdose epidemic has been steadily on the rise for nearly 20 years. From 1999 to 2010, deaths surged a colossal 102 percent.
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No Naloxone take home - No excuse!

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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:00 PM

Hmm because it would be detrimental to sales by medical businesses --- just a vague idea .

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Prescribing Heroin to Save Lives (USA)

Prescribing Heroin to Save Lives (USA) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
When it comes to addiction, every option should be on the table. That's just common sense. Anything that works, or shows great promise, however we feel about it, must at least be discussed -- seriously and carefully.

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Julian Buchanan's insight:

Needle exchanges, Drug Consumption Rooms, Naloxone take home, methadone, heroin, maintenance, oral and injectable are all basic and crucial harm reduction services for every country ... how does your country compare?

 

See also:
VIDEO: Erin O'Mara talks personally and professionally about benefits of being prescribed injectable heroin http://sco.lt/6UZbn7

 

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Ash's comment, September 1, 2013 10:19 PM
Firstly, there's no need to be sorry for me. I wanted to be on that script for all that time. Fought tooth and nail for it. Now I'm in a different frame of mind I can see how it might not have been the best use of those years but then the attitude is that it's my choice, don't force anyone to do anything they don't want to do. I was a heroin user, I wanted to use heroin. Thing is, the 'norm' in alcohol treatment is for a detox. That's not the norm in heroin treatment. People are encouraged to 'stabilise'. Over a period of months usually. That's not the same with alcohol or even diazepam. I'm not just blowing off steam here, I'm genuinely interested in your opinion because I've yet to hear an answer to this question that explains the disparity to me.
Julian Buchanan's comment, September 2, 2013 6:38 AM
My answer is the one I posted earlier - there should be no difference. The norm should be client/patient led determining what they are ready/able wanting to do.
Tom Gilbert's comment, September 5, 2013 11:07 AM
Hi Ash, sounds like you are now doing well, congrats. I'm pleased you lived through your period of heroin addiction & suspect that your prescription may have helped. I lost my best friend in the USA to sepsis. He was getting his life together, helped by buprenorphine, but still suffered cravings for heroin. He 'fell off the wagon' just twice in many months, but the illicit heroin was filthy, the route of ingestion was injection, and he died in hospital some time (weeks?) after the last dose, a casualty of the drug war IMHO. I still miss Mark dearly. I therefore think others should have the chance you were given.
Pure opiate drugs, safely administered, cause no (credible) known damage to the body beyond constipation. However opiate addicts have usually endured circumstances resulting from addiction under prohibition, often incidents in themselves sufficient to cause PTSD. For example prostitution and associated rape may be repeated over many years. The shame of being unable to stop oneself hurting others in order to afford the prices charged by the illicit market can lead to lower self-esteem and a reduced barrier to the next destructive action. A period of stabilisation with pure, extremely cheap opiate(s) can help resolve such issues. In any case this allows a user to separate themselves from exposure to often violent and dangerous criminals, to learn to manage their money and start building a life. Many remain in full time employment.

Alcohol is already legal, cheap and available just about everywhere. Alcoholics have their own demons to deal with and I know little about the subject so don't want to offend. Suffice to say that it is apparently the drug itself that causes the terrible side effects that go along with alcoholism. When a drug is so very destructive in itself (alcohol, tobacco-delivered nicotine, cocaine, meth) I can see why carers want to try and help the patient to stop as soon as possible. Even in this case, however, the best treatment is one that WORKS.
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VIDEO 2min : The latest Drug Driving Advert in New Zealand targeting Māori drivers

Three Maori boys find themselves in a situation familiar to most kids growing up in New Zealand - sitting outside in the car, waiting for one of their dads t...
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Is this video raising awareness of a major Kiwi problem for which the evidence isn't there?

Is it dangerously fuelling stereotypes and racism?

Imagine this video in the USA or the UK and replace the children with Black African heritage children .... would it be seen as racist?

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Latest Book Supporting the War on Drugs "Reefer Sanity"

Latest Book Supporting the War on Drugs "Reefer Sanity" | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Get familiar with these arguments and how to respond to them. Pull apart those straw men. Find those fallacies. Examine those underlying assumptions. You're going to be hearing a lot of arguments just like these in the months and years to come. Part of how effectively we move forward on ending the drug war depends on how effectively we rebut its slickest proponents. And Kevin Sabet is among the slickest with his kinder, gentler public health neo-prohibitionism.

 

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The book seeks to dismantle 7 arguements that supposedly underpin cannabis legalisation

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Sugar is 'addictive and the most dangerous drug of the times' - Telegraph

Sugar is 'addictive and the most dangerous drug of the times' - Telegraph | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Soft drinks should carry tobacco-style warnings that sugar is highly addictive and dangerous, a senior Dutch health official has warned.
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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, September 18, 2013 3:16 PM

"Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug. There is an important role for government. The use of sugar should be discouraged. 

"Sugar upsets that mechanism. Whoever uses sugar wants more and more, even when they are no longer hungry.

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A cost benefit analysis of cannabis legalisation - Institute for Social & Economic Research (ISER)

A cost benefit analysis of cannabis legalisation - Institute for Social & Economic Research (ISER) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
ISER specialises in the production and analysis of longitudinal data - evidence which tracks changes in the lives of the same individuals over time
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yw Andriana :)
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Legalising cannabis: the £1.25bn tax benefit - without necessarily damaging public health

Legalising cannabis: the £1.25bn tax benefit - without necessarily damaging public health | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Legalising and taxing cannabis could help the Government reduce the deficit by as much as £1.25bn – without necessarily causing significant damage to public health, a study has claimed.
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Sadly the lack of science supporting cannabis prohobition had little impact, neither did the breach of human rights, nor did the injustice endured by poor people and people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities - but the chance to make money or save money might just swing government opinions on cannabis.

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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, September 16, 2013 5:58 AM

I agree - the "WAR ON DRUGS" is a total loss to the entire community. No one benefits. It costs tax payers astronomical amounts of policing and prison sentences and investigative research that deprives those in need of help to recover from dependancy on drugs to achieve any help whatsoever.

 

This WAR also distorts facts from fiction and prevents those in need of for example alleviation of pain by use of HASH to access this medicine. Whether or not there is any truth in the claim that HASH CURES CANCER - I am unsure of this but it certainly aught to be investigation if there is any hope whatsoever that this claim is true.

 

It is a GROSS NEGLECT of governments to fail to realise such basic facts and act in accordance with good practise on behalf of their populations.

Julian Buchanan's comment, September 16, 2013 7:25 AM
There is no rationale to support the war on drugs
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65 People Arrested San Diego Drugs Operation Mountain Shadow

65 People Arrested San Diego Drugs Operation Mountain Shadow | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
65 people were arrested in a recent San Diego County drug bust Operation Mountain Shadow. Has the drug war shifted from possession to sales? Potential penalties included.
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Radio New Zealand: Lessons from Portugal's decriminalisation of all drugs

Radio New Zealand:  Lessons from Portugal's decriminalisation of all drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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12 years ago they decriminalised possession of every illicit drug - listen to the results you'll be pleasantly surprised

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Randy Collins's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:34 PM

Decriminalization of all drugs is a scary concept to most people. That is what Portugal did over a decade ago and the results are very very interesting.

Jeff Friedman LCSW's comment, September 12, 2013 8:51 PM
Its too bad the United States will probably never decriminalize all drugs
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DCR or Supervised Injection Facilities: A comprehensive bibliography

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Excellent list of articles, reports books and book chapters relating to supervised injecting facilities across the globe.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Racist History of Cocaine IN USA

INFOGRAPHIC: The Racist History of Cocaine IN USA | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
“ RehabInfo is the comprehensive guide to addiction treatment and information.”
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VIDEO: Heroin on the National Health Service for heroin addicts - make sense?

Short documentary which makes the case for giving free, clean state-sponsored opioids out to addicts in Britain. The doctor who hosts this was part of Mrs Th...
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The British System worked - the Swiss have found that too - time to take drugs out of the hands and control of gangsters - and allow people with dependency issues free easy access to clean reliable drugs. 

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, September 3, 2013 3:46 PM

The war on drugs can only be won by reducing demand rather than supply. Its time for radical change.

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Radio New Zealand Podcast - Liz Evans explains the development of Insite DCR in Vancouver

Radio New Zealand Podcast - Liz Evans explains the development of Insite DCR in Vancouver | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Liz Evans is an inspiration! She breathes so much compassion, humanity and clarity into the messy entangled web of drug policy politics to deliver superb pragmatic, sensible and desperately needed range of harm reduction services in Vancouver.

Respect.

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Young women who drink alcohol daily face higher risk of breast cancer (USA)

YOUNG women who drink alcohol every day may be raising significantly their risk of developing breast cancer, according to US research.

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