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Insite - Not Just Injecting, But Connecting

Last year the HCLU's video advocacy group traveled to Vancouver to film about Insite, the only legally operating injecting facility in North-America. When we...
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Insite doesn't patronise 'addicts' but provides a service for people with dignity -and makes a huge difference.

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Pot Smokers Might Not Turn Into Dopes After All: Scientific American

Pot Smokers Might Not Turn Into Dopes After All: Scientific American | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Revisiting data casts doubt on the link between heavy cannabis use and declining IQ
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Social, cultural and structural factors which can't easily be measured are more likely to impact IQ than cannabis

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Dispute over study's cannabis and IQ link

Dispute over study's cannabis and IQ link | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A widely-praised Dunedin, NZ study found people who started smoking cannabis in their teenage years, and kept using it for years afterwards, showed an average decline in IQ of eight points, however, a new study challenges this claim and suggests young teens who smoke cannabis may not be stunting their intellect.

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Like studies seeking to 'prove' links between cannabis and schizophrenia, the link with lower IQ is likely to have much more association with cultural and environmental factors (which can't easily be factored out the equation) - rather than demonstrate any casual connection with cannabis. 

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A Coercive Approach Prescribing Methadone

A Coercive Approach Prescribing Methadone | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Heroin addicts in Baltimore who still used drugs heavily despite being on methadone were sent to a special clinic for intensified care reinforced by sanctions and incentives and eventual discharge if still they failed to comply. Tough love perhaps, but does it really make sense to intensify compliance requirements on patients already not complying?

 

Using enhanced and integrated services to improve response to standard methadone treatment: changing the clinical infrastructure of treatment networks. by  Neufeld K., Kidorf M., King V. et al.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: 2010, 38, p. 170–177.

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Low threshold harm reduction services work - why make it difficult for people who need help? Hard to reach people who are struggling rarely respond positively to intensive monitoring, demands and sanctions

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The Drug Equality Alliance responds to the HASC Drugs Inquiry Report “Drugs: Breaking the Cycle”

The Drug Equality Alliance responds to the HASC Drugs Inquiry Report “Drugs: Breaking the Cycle” | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The Drug Equality Alliance has made multiple submissions to this inquiry from the outset; we have sought to demand a re-think about the errors of law within the terms of reference to the inquiry, but
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NZ Cannabis-dealing grandmother aged 68yrs old jailed for 6 years!

NZ Cannabis-dealing grandmother aged 68yrs old  jailed  for 6 years! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Wellington's (NZ) grass dealing granny has gone to prison for six years and nine months. Sandra Jacqueline McMahon, 68, and another family member ran a cannabis selling operation out of a Newtown flat, making profits the police estimate were up to $7.9 million in the past seven years

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ARTICLE: Race, Drugs, and Law Enforcement in Journal of Criminology & Public Policy

A response and critique of Race, Place, and Drug Enforcement Reconsidering the Impact of Citizen Complaints and Crime Rates on Drug Arrests by Engel et al (2012)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1745-9133.2012.00841.x/pdf
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The lack of relationship between drug law penalties & cannabis use (EMCDDA)

The lack of relationship between drug law penalties & cannabis use (EMCDDA) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

On this basis, the dotted lines would fall and the solid lines would rise after the change. However, in this 10-year period, for the countries in question, no simple association can be observed between legal changes and cannabis use prevalence.

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Higher penalties have no effect on drug consumption! The legal impact hypothesis, in its simplest form, states that a change in the law will lead to a change in prevalence, with increased penalties leading to a fall in drug use and reduced penalties to a rise in drug use. On this basis, the dotted lines would fall and the solid lines would rise after the change. However, in this 10-year period, for the countries in question, no simple association can be observed between legal changes and cannabis use prevalence.

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IMPORTANT UK Home Affairs Committee Report 149pp - Drugs: Breaking the Cycle

Home Affairs Committee Report Drugs: Breaking the
CycleReviewing UK Drug Law

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#Stigma & Rethinking our attitude to #drugs

#Stigma & Rethinking our attitude to #drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Seeing all legal, prescribed and illicit as much the same is the way forward?

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ARTICLE: From Crime to Recovery: The Reframing of British Drugs Policy?

ARTICLE: From Crime to Recovery: The Reframing of British Drugs Policy? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

During the last 5 years, there has been an important shift in the policy discourse around drugs issues. This article reviews the key changes and continuities in British drugs policy since the mid 1990s.

 

For a review of UK Drug Policy under New Labour see article:

http://prb.sagepub.com/content/57/3/250

 

For a review of Emerging Coalition UK Drug Policy see article:

 http://csp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/08/28/0261018312457861

 

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INFOGRAPHIC: Failed War On Drugs

INFOGRAPHIC: Failed War On Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

POSTER The stats on the failed drugs war

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Nick Flanagan's curator insight, December 12, 2012 10:44 AM

Interesting flier giving out facts about the War on Drugs in the United States.  Many of these were facts that i was actually unaware of.  I had no idea how much money had been spent on the drug crisis, or that the cost of the drugs had been going down since the War on Drugs started.  I was also surprised about the United States being the worlds largest consumer of illegal drugs.  Interesting peice that shows how some people feel about drugs being illegal in the United States.

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VIDEO: Portugal: Ten Years After Decriminalization (use subtitles)

VIDEO: Portugal: Ten Years After Decriminalization (use subtitles) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The film tells the story of decriminalization from various perspectives, through the eyes of people involved in its formation, implementation and evaluation.

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Pot smokers might not turn into dopes after all

Pot smokers might not turn into dopes after all | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Revisiting data casts doubts on link between heavy cannabis use and declining IQ.
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REPORT: Authoritative and in-depth examination of drugs of dependence in UK by British Medical Association

REPORT: Authoritative and  in-depth examination of drugs of dependence in UK by British Medical Association | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
We as the BMA, believe that this report is an up-to-date resource that will provide the factual foundation for informed debate.
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It also includes a chapter examing prohibition and alternative drug policy approaches - worth downloading!
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REPORT: Cost of the War on Drugs - Promoting stigma and discrimination

REPORT: Cost of the War on Drugs - Promoting stigma and discrimination | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

As with wars throughout history, the negative consequences of the drug war fall heaviest on the most vulnerable, excluded and marginalised.

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I've spoken and published widely on this issue should you want more free resources:

 

VIDEO: Barriers to Recovery: Exclusion, Stigma & Discrimination

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scoqktXn52Q&autostart=true&height=350&width=474

 

VIDEO: Drug use, institutionalised discrimination and the challenge of reintegration

http://www.fead.org.uk/video241/Julian-Buchanan-on-institutionalised-discrimination-and-the-challenge-of-reintegration.html

 

Buchanan, J. (2006) Understanding Problematic Drug Use: A Medical Matter or a Social Issue, British Journal of Community Justice – Volume 4, Issue 2 pp. 387–397 http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/18/

 

Buchanan J (2004) Missing Links: Problem Drug Use and Social Exclusion, Probation Journal Special Edition on Problem Drug Use Vol 51 No.4 pp.387-397 http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/4/

 

Buchanan J & Young L (2000) ‘The War on Drugs – A War on Drug Users’ in Drugs: Education, Prevention Policy Vol. 7 No.4 2000 pp 409-422 http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1022&context=siru

 

Buchanan J & Young L (2000) ‘Examining the Relationship Between Material Conditions, Long Term Problematic Drug Use and Social Exclusion: A New Strategy for Social Inclusion’ in Experiencing Poverty, Bradshaw J, & Sainsbury R (eds) pp. 120-143 http://tinyurl.com/az8vbmf

 

Buchanan J & Young L (2000) ‘Problem Drug Use, Social Exclusion and Social Reintegration – the client speaks' pp155-161 in Greenwood G & Robertson K (eds.) ‘Understanding and responding to drug use: the role of qualitative research EMCDDA http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/html.cfm/index34017EN.html

 

 

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I've spoken and published widely on this issue should you want more free resources:

 

VIDEO: Barriers to Recovery: Exclusion, Stigma & Discrimination

http://vimeo.com/37296871

 

VIDEO: Drug use, institutionalised discrimination and the challenge of reintegration

http://www.fead.org.uk/video241/Julian-Buchanan-on-institutionalised-discrimination-and-the-challenge-of-reintegration.html

 

Buchanan, J. (2006) Understanding Problematic Drug Use: A Medical Matter or a Social Issue, British Journal of Community Justice – Volume 4, Issue 2 pp. 387–397 http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/18/

 

Buchanan J (2004) Missing Links: Problem Drug Use and Social Exclusion, Probation Journal Special Edition on Problem Drug Use Vol 51 No.4 pp.387-397 http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/4/

 

Buchanan J & Young L (2000) ‘The War on Drugs – A War on Drug Users’ in Drugs: Education, Prevention Policy Vol. 7 No.4 2000 pp 409-422 http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1022&context=siru

 

Buchanan J & Young L (2000) ‘Examining the Relationship Between Material Conditions, Long Term Problematic Drug Use and Social Exclusion: A New Strategy for Social Inclusion’ in Experiencing Poverty, Bradshaw J, & Sainsbury R (eds) pp. 120-143 http://tinyurl.com/az8vbmf

 

Buchanan J & Young L (2000) ‘Problem Drug Use, Social Exclusion and Social Reintegration – the client speaks' pp155-161 in Greenwood G & Robertson K (eds.) ‘Understanding and responding to drug use: the role of qualitative research EMCDDA http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/html.cfm/index34017EN.html

 

 

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VIDEOS from UKDPC Conference on drug policy and llegal highs

VIDEOS from UKDPC Conference on drug policy and llegal highs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Videos from the conference can be viewed for free
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Some great speakers at the conference - excellent they've made the videos available online for free  - the conference highlights how diverse, varied and complex the drugs issues are.

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Drug law & policy stuck in a time warpAn Interactive Image

Drug law & policy stuck in a time warpAn Interactive Image | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Social and cultural changes has been remarkable since the 1950s and 60s ... but our drug laws and policies are trapped in a time warp!

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Both morally and empirically, our drug laws are useless – Telegraph Blogs

Both morally and empirically, our drug laws are useless – Telegraph Blogs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
My colleague and desk-mate Thomas Pascoe is a very likeable and intelligent young man. But he could not be more wrong on the issue of drug laws if he tried.
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How Risky Is Marijuana Possession? Considering the Role of Age, Race, and Gender

How Risky Is Marijuana Possession? Considering the Role of Age, Race, and Gender | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

There is no compelling account of why marijuana arrest probabilities have increased nationally or why the focus has been on youth, minorities, and males but the disproportionate increase for young Black males raises issues of disparate impact.

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Morphine: The cheap, effective pain-relief drug denied to millionsWhy millions are denied a pain-free death

Morphine: The cheap, effective pain-relief drug denied to millionsWhy millions are denied a pain-free death | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It's cheap, effective and easy to administer - so why are millions of people around the world dying in pain, without access to morphine?
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The US War on Drugs: An unwinnable war - The Lancet

The US War on Drugs: An unwinnable war - The Lancet | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Over 45 million people have been arrested, and there are now more people in US prisons for non-violent drug offences than were imprisoned for all crimes in 1970. The USA incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country in the world, with a current prison population of some 2·3 million, and more than half of those in federal prison are there because of drug offences.

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UK Teachers strike over drugs test

UK Teachers strike over drugs test | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Teachers at a special school in Derbyshire are on strike over the school's policy of drugs tests on staff.

 

see also concluding slide on drug testing from 'Compulsory drug testing for unemployed people in. Aotearoa NZ: Widening the net of punitive populism' here:

 

http://www.thinglink.com/scene/330279864135319552#tlsite

 

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Drugs are taken for pleasure – realise this and we can start to reduce harm

Drugs are taken for pleasure – realise this and we can start to reduce harm | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
David Nutt: The web-based Net Pleasure Index is an attempt to gather information about a much-ignored element of drug-taking...
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Trailer for Breaking the Taboo: documentary about the disastrous results of the war on drugs

Trailer for Breaking the Taboo: documentary about the disastrous results of the war on drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Trailer: This groundbreaking new documentary uncovers the UN sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries like the USA, Colombia and Russia.

 

Article Download: War on Drugs - A war on drug users?

 http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/23/

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