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Sugar named ‘most addictive and dangerous substance’ of our time, worse than cigarettes and alcohol

Sugar named ‘most addictive and dangerous substance’ of our time, worse than cigarettes and alcohol | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
While the rest of the world is busy obsessing over the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol, the head of Amsterdam's health service in the Netherlands is ... (Sugar....most addictive and dangerous substance of our time!
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Marijuana has been mentioned in 1,730 pieces of state legislation this year

Marijuana has been mentioned in 1,730 pieces of state legislation this year | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Eleven states are considering legalizing it for recreational use. (Legalisation is here....coming to a town near you!!! http://t.co/5YpnHYCisR)
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Study: Marijuana Less Likely to Cause Crash Than Other Drugs

Study: Marijuana Less Likely to Cause Crash Than Other Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The presence of various controlled substances in blood is associated with an increased risk of fatal crash involvement, according to data published online in the journal Accident...

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Here's the details of the journal article

Li, G., Brady, J.E., Chen, Q., 2013. Drug use and fatal motor vehicle crashes: A case-control study. Accident Analysis & Prevention 60, 205–210. 

Great work - but I wish they produced figures for the risk of using alcohol alone so comparison could be made.

 

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Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows

Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
RT @PoSARC: "Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse - @Independent http://t.co/dJEixNRyG9 "
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Another Country Legalizes Medical Marijuana - Romania

Another Country Legalizes Medical Marijuana - Romania | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Authorized medical patients in Romania may now use marijuana to allay their pain under new provisions in two of the country's narcotic laws.
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It's a human right - would love to see New Zealand follow suit.

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Ohio Judge Prescribes a Controversial Drug Treatment - [Judges play addiction Doctors]

Ohio Judge Prescribes a Controversial Drug Treatment - [Judges play addiction Doctors] | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
But he's a judge, not a medical doctor.
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Caffeine-Packed Energy Mints Blamed For Death

Caffeine-Packed Energy Mints Blamed For Death | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The coroner told the inquest he would be writing to the Department of Health demanding answers over John Jackson's overdose.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Drug law is not based upon harm.

Cannabis has never resulted  in a death by overdose, but alcohol frequently does and the incidents of caffeine related deaths are growing.

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Yes, of course the War on Drugs exists (but it shouldn't) - Spectator Blogs

Yes, of course the War on Drugs exists (but it shouldn't) - Spectator Blogs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It is a shame Nick Clegg has not used his position to do something about Britain's crazy drug laws.
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VIDEO 28mins: Does Shutdown of Silk Road do more harm than good? @HuffPostLive

Silk Road, also known as 'the eBay for drugs,' has been seized by U.S. federal agents, who also arrested the mastermind behind the site. This was intended to curtail organized online drug sales. But, does this approach cause more harm than good?

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Removing key drug dealers in the community tends to have little impact on demand and users go elsewhere, and new suppliers move in making the underground market more volatile and potentially violent.


Shutting down SR is likely to force users to the seek drug supplies from the more risky local area or to alternative online suppliers.

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Wealth inequality in the UK

Inequality has been rising for 30 years. The gap between rich and poor is the widest since the second world war. If current trends continue, we will have rea...
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Inequality appears to be strongly associated with problematic drug use - the situation in the UK is probably a lot worse thatn you can imagine

 

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Market Price of Drugs on Silk Road

Market Price of Drugs on Silk Road | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Our vision at thepricegeek.com is to provide the market price of anything. Lately, we’ve noticed a large amount of drug-related queries.

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"Aotearoa New Zealand - Free from Drug Harm" We can do it!

"Aotearoa New Zealand - Free from Drug Harm" We can do it! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

"In late August 2013 almost 100 people representing over 50 organisations gathered in Wellington help reshape New Zealand's alcohol and other drug policy. ... We trust that the Government and any other organisation with an interest in an Aotearoa New Zealand free from drug harm, will accept it in the spirit it was created, and us all to make it a reality."

 

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In 2011 following a two year review of NZ Drug Law the NZ Law Commission produced 144 diverse and wide ranging recommendations.

As far as I'm aware only two of the 144 recommendations have been implemented. Here's the report:

http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/project/review-misuse-drugs-act-1975

 

Following a two day (invite only) National Summit on Drug Policy led by New Zealand Drug Foundation they have added to this with a further 144 recommendations and produced a staggering 227 vision statements in the form of a 12,000 word declaration.

 

The vastness of the recommendations and broad range of statements mean that like the Law Commission Report, the document has somethink to appeal for everyone - so we are left with a 'take your pick' policy that can be what you want it to be. Drug Policy has an excellent record for inertia that stretches back 50 years.  Rather than endless ideas and possibilities NZ needed to prioritise some much needed drug policy change to allow:

1. Prescibing injectable drugs

2. Providing naloxone take home (gets no mention in the 12k word document)

3. Allowing raw cannabis possession for people with life-limiting illnesses

4. Making it legal to possess injecting equipment regardless of where it is from.

5. Stepping down not stepping up Police activity on cannabis cultivation.

6. Removing the offence of possession for unapproved legal highs and drugs listed in the MDA 1975

7. Abondoning drug testing and punishment for people on benefit

8. Reducing the 6% of police prosecution that relate to drug defined crimes and the 11% of prisoners who are serving time for drug defined crime.
9. Ending the charge of manslaughter for assisting someone to use drugs who subsequently dies of an overdose.

 

The weblink page to download the National Strategy document encourages organisations to work together with the New Zealand Drug Foundation to create an 'Aotearoa NZ Free from Drug Harm' a clever play on words which will appeal to abstentionists who will see the only way for NZ to be Free from drug harm is to work towards an 'Aotearoa Free from Drugs' - and with a big investment in Drug Abstinence Courts and Drug Testing people for employment sadly abstinence is becoming the dominant approach in NZ.

The focus and energy should be redirected towards an  'Aotearoa NZ Free from Drug Policy Harm".

 

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Teens' safe drinking message drowned out by boozy pop songs and videos from Pink, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga (Aus)

Teens' safe drinking message drowned out by boozy pop songs and videos from Pink, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga (Aus) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
HEALTH messages warning of the dangers of children drinking alcohol are being drowned out by the lyrics of chart-topping songs.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 7, 2013 2:05 PM

Is this just another example of adults pointing with alarm to the younger generation?

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How marijuana can help treat anorexia

How marijuana can help treat anorexia | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Adding cannabinoids to anorexia-stricken mice helped the animals recover from the eating disorder and return to a normal weight, according …
Julian Buchanan's insight:

it is tragic that the potential benefits of a wide range of 'controlled' drugs remain largely unresearched because of our drug apartheid - ridiculous

 

Link to the research article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24006151

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Richard Branson speaks out against 'war on drugs' - video

Sir Richard Branson says the government should stop treating those with drug problems like criminals and see substance abuse as a health issue (RT @AnonHooker: Richard Branson speaks out against 'war on drugs'
#mmot #DrugWar #marijuana #cannabis...
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Risk of early death from tobacco smoking higher than thought

Risk of early death from tobacco smoking higher than thought | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The risk of an early death from smoking is much more severe than thought, Australian researchers say.
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Christian Kyriakou's curator insight, November 14, 2013 8:21 PM

This is a great article as it informs teenagers about the risk of smoking and how it can effect your future life.

It  informs us that you have a high chance of death then non smokers

 

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Prisoners at privately run Oakwood jail 'can get drugs but not soap'

Prisoners at privately run Oakwood jail 'can get drugs but not soap' | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

“Inspectors say drug use at supersized G4S jail is more than twice rate in similar prisons Prisoners claim it is easier to get hold of illicit drugs than a bar of soap inside Britain's largest prison, G4S's flagship Oakwood jail near Wolverhampton,...”

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REPORT: Drugs and Democracy | Human Rights and drug policy RECOMMENDED

REPORT: Drugs and Democracy | Human Rights and drug policy RECOMMENDED | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

TNI has always believed in the need to find global answers to global problems, been a strong defender of multilateralism and an advocate of a well-functioning United Nations which stands as the guarantor of universal human rights. On the drugs question, our position is straightforward: drug control should respect human rights.

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Excellent document, comprehensive  and well supported

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VIDEO 20mins: Ethan Nadelmann on The Failure of the War on Drugs and a New Way Forward

One of the most influential and effective voices in the drug reform movement, Ethan Nadelmann (Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance) presents Distorted I...
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ARTICLE: [Full text] A fresh look at tobacco harm reduction: the case for the electronic cigarette

ARTICLE: [Full text] A fresh look at tobacco harm reduction: the case for the electronic cigarette | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Smokers of any age can reap substantial health benefits by quitting. In fact, no other single public health effort is likely to achieve a benefit comparable to large-scale smoking cessation.
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VIDEO: Undercover Cop at High School Tricks Autistic Teen into Buying Cannabis

VIDEO: Undercover Cop at High School Tricks Autistic Teen into Buying Cannabis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The undercover operation, titled "Operation Glass House," spanned a few months and included undercover officers in three area high schools: Chaparral, Temecula Valley, and Rancho Vista Continuation. The officers posed as regular high school students and would ask other students for drugs. Twenty-two students were arrested - the majority of them are reported to be special needs students like the Snodgrass' son. Their son, who wished to remain unnamed, is noticeably handicapped and has been diagnosed with autism as well as bipolar disorder, Tourettes, and several anxiety disorders.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

The War on Drugs - Sending undercover cops into USA schools to trick and target children -dispicable. 

The war of drugs poses a greater threat than the drugs.

The family have now set up a fund to support them in suing the police. For more info see: http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2013/10/parents-autistic-teen-entrapped-cops-sue-school-district

 

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Randy Collins's curator insight, October 10, 2013 11:03 AM

Sending undercover police officers into high schools to identify student users and sellers is just wrong.

 

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Noam Chomsky - On Social Cleansing, the 'war on drugs', Marijuana and prohibition

.. chemical warfare, and oppressing+imprisoning the "dangerous classes" - in the guise of the (so-called) "War On Drugs"; excerpt from "Hosting the Stranger:...
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Cultural change is the way to handle drug dependence and not policing, chemical warfare, border controls argues Noam Chamsky

The war on drug he says is the least effective, costly and totally immoral approach.

 

Well worth listening to!

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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, October 11, 2013 10:51 AM

MUST SEE

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Alastair Roy's curator insight, October 14, 2013 1:22 PM

Culture change is the way to deal with drug problems. Too true. 

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Drug Testing in Schools Divides North Jersey District

Drug Testing in Schools Divides North Jersey District | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
As a Bergen County school district considers random drug testing of high school students, the argument between some school board members and the public has turned personal.
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Coming to your work place, college, schools, shopping mall, maybe even into your home!

 

For a critique on drug testing:

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

 

 

 

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Alastair Roy's curator insight, October 8, 2013 6:58 AM

Who wins when drug testing is introduced in schools? Those who invest in companies which develop technology around the war on drugs mentality. Who loses? Those unlucky lotter winners who happen to be selected for testing.

 

Thanks to Julian Buchanan for picking this one up.

 

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Coffee's death risk

Coffee's death risk | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Heavy coffee drinkers are at increased risk of death, according to a major study.
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All drug use carries risk ... but if it's a legally promoted, advertised and socially acceptable drug then debate is a lot more considered and balanced.

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