Trayvon Martin's autopsy shows he had marijuana in his system [AND YOUR POINT IS?] the night he was killed by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, and a gunshot to his chest came from close range,
There is an inescapable conceptual struggle when dealing with America's volatile history of, and attitudes toward, substance use. The see-sawing battles and divergences in opinion over the meaning of addiction, however, describe an ideological tussle among warring worldviews, not something we ordinarily think of in association with medical advances. But this conceptual struggle is inescapable when dealing with America's volatile history of, and attitudes towards, substance use.
A strange new epidemic has broken out - scientists call it the "Post-Retirement Drug Policy Enlightenment Syndrome" (PRDPES).
It is most prevalent among former law enforcement officials and former political decision makers. The most vulnerable are those who have previously made a significant contribution to the global war on drugs. Symptoms of the disease are remorse, turning against conventional beliefs, radical improvement of cognitive functions and a strong incentive to promote drug policy reform.
The drug czar says that addiction is a medical condition, but it's certainly the only medical condition with which you get diagnosed not by a doctor but by a judge in criminal court based solely on the fact that a cop found marijuana in your pocket one single time.
discussions on drug policy are too often dominated by criminal justice arguments and polarised opinions on how to solve the so called war on drugs. Indeed, it is hard to maintain a neutral position on this topic, and any argument in favour of reviewing current policy in the light of existing evidence is in danger of being portrayed in the media as championing the legalising of all drugs, inciting headlines of the “top doc drug shock” variety.
Antonio Maria Costa, the former head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime argues that countries that rely primarily on law enforcement to deal with drug addicts and their associated crimes, rather than treating users as sufferers, perpetuate an expensive cycle of addiction, crime, incarceration and recidivism.
The real stories of the war on drugs - 88yr old Bob Wallace, and his 85yr-old girlfriend, Marjorie Ottenberg invented and sold Polar Pure - until the DEA got involved and made it a controlled drug! The real drug war stories
Overeating, poor memory formation, learning disorders, depression—all have been linked in recent research to the over-consumption of sugar. And these linkages point to a problem that is only beginning to be better understood: what our chronic intake of added sugar is doing to our brains.