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VIDEO: Challenging Society's View on Drugs - Dr. Carl Hart

Sign up to be a TYT member by July 7 and receive a free TYT shirt! http://vid.io/xHP Malcolm Fleschner (Executive Producer for The Point) interviews Dr. Carl...
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Pope in Brazil warns against legalising drugs and conflates use with misuse

Pope in Brazil warns against legalising drugs and conflates use with misuse | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Pontiff says liberal policies being considered in Latin America will not end suffering as he continues first overseas visit
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Drug policy has never been rooted in scientific evidence - instead it has been rooted in 1950s moralistic arguments, scapegoating, fearmongering, racism, extreme anecdotes and misinformation ....  and we keep re-hashing the same old arguments.

 

A scientific evidenced based drug policy is long overdue.

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Sandra Fuller's curator insight, July 25, 2013 4:47 PM

Yet again, facts are of no interest to the moralistic.

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How poverty wages for drug growers fuel India's trade in child slavery

How poverty wages for drug growers fuel India's trade in child slavery | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Millions of Brits drink a cup of Assam tea each day, but it comes at a terrible price. Plantation workers on 12p an hour are easy prey for traffickers who lure away their daughters to India's cities.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

yes like khat, cannabis  and coca leaves  - tea is drug (caffeine)

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Why I Left AA After 12 Years | The Fix

Why I Left AA After 12 Years | The Fix | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
I needed to recover from 12-step recovery. Years after leaving the rooms, I'm grateful for a life of serenity and moderate drinking.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

The abstinence only approach is the philosophy of most Drug Courts - where people are subject to urine tests and face sanctions for testing positive. It might suit some, it will set others up to fail and sometimes as we have seen with devastating consequences.

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'Crack baby' study ends with unexpected but clear result

'Crack baby' study ends with unexpected but clear result | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development - gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a prechooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine.

Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.

Did cocaine harm the long-term development of children like Jaimee, who were exposed to the drug in their mother's womb?

The researchers had expected the answer would be a resounding yes. But it wasn't. Another factor would prove far more critical....

 

Julian Buchanan's insight:

A great example of policy driven by punitive populist ideology rather than rooted in scientific evidence and specialist experience ... and with terrible consequences for the children and their parents.

Interesting use of science technology (IQ & MRI Scans) as evidence. Currently being used in USA and beyond as evidence that 'addiction' is a brain disease.

 

see also:

http://articles.philly.com/2013-07-22/news/40709969_1_hallam-hurt-so-called-crack-babies-funded-study

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, July 23, 2013 7:21 AM

"Poverty is a more powerful influencer on the outcome of inner-city children than gestational exposure to cocaine". The social context is crucial!

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ARTICLE: Addiction and Choice: Theory and New Data

ARTICLE: Addiction and Choice: Theory and New Data | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Julian Buchanan's insight:

In respect of crime (which I don't think is a brain disease) desistance theory suggests a wide range of factors influence how and why people move away from crime centred lives - often ad hoc reasons and most without therapy or external help.
Not surprising to find similar results for problem drug use /addiction

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Shelly's Story - True story that could have been different if our policies were different

Family tragedy compels mother and son BJ and Chad Sanders to share their loss, advocating for saving lives in North Carolina with both 911 Good Samaritan law and…
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Stigma, prohibition and a lack of naloxone kills people

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ARTICLE: Junk: Overeating and obesity and the neuroscience of addiction

ARTICLE: Junk: Overeating and obesity and the neuroscience of addiction | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

‘Drug addiction’ is referred to as though no controversy exists over its interpretation. Likewise, ‘drugs’ are produced as a homogeneous group with no differentiating features. The article concludes by considering the limitations of such accounts of food, the body, health and well-being, and their reciprocal effects on the field of drug addiction.


Read More: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/16066359.2012.749868

Julian Buchanan's insight:

The more we explore dependence and addiction ... the more we realise that it has much broader implications beyond 'addiction' to the socially constructed 'drugs'.

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Cannabis psychosis admissions rose after drug reclassified from Class C to Class B

Cannabis psychosis admissions rose after drug reclassified from Class C to Class B | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Study suggests home secretary's attempt to reduce cannabis-induced psychosis by upgrading the drug to Class B failed

 

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Why We Need Drug Policy Reform

Why We Need Drug Policy Reform | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Poorly designed drug laws that seek to punish production, use, and even dependence have fueled violence and health crises around the world. It’s time for a new approach.
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The War on Drugs Isn't Working - at least not in respect of drugs!

The War on Drugs Isn't Working - at least not in respect of drugs! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The controversial war on drugs not only costs a lot, it has done almost nothing to curb the drug addiction rate since 1970, according to this stunning chart by documentary filmmaker Matt Groff comparing the cost of drug control to the drug...
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Maybe the war on drugs is working ... but not serving the purpose we imagine it should!

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The great drug prohibition experiment

The great drug prohibition experiment | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
UNTIL recently it seemed that nothing would disturb the international consensus that the best way to deal with narcotic and psychotropic drugs is to ban them....
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At least 25yrs overdue!

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ARTICLE:UK downgrade of cannabis B to C linked to decline in hospital admissions for cannabis psychosis

ARTICLE:UK downgrade of cannabis B to C linked to decline in hospital admissions for cannabis psychosis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Drug law enforcement has little positive impact on use, problematic use, crime or health.
It actually has a discernable negative impact in many of these areas.

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VIDEO: Erin O'Mara talks personally and professionally about benefits of being prescribed injectable heroin

Erin O'Mara, publisher and activist, talks about heroin prescription in England at the Swedish Drug Users Union seminar 2012 in Stockholm. More info: http://...
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Well worth watching!

This was the 1960s British System - resurrected and updated on Merseyside in 1980s as part of broader based harm reduction approach - then it got railroaded by UK's 'special relationship' with USA, but prescribing injectable clean heroin is thankfully alive and well in Switzerland - and the evidence outcomes are impressive!

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There IS NO part of the brain that shows addiction, and no one in the world believes that there is.

There IS NO part of the brain that shows addiction, and no one in the world believes that there is. | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A debate carried out in the wrong terms turns crazy
Julian Buchanan's insight:

The idea of addiction being understood as a brain disease is scientifically flawed.

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, July 27, 2013 6:47 AM

Addiction not a brain disease, but a behavioral disorder that can and often does result in brain damage. In the same way, obesity is not a disease, but the result of unhealthy and often compulsive behaviors.

 

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VIDEO 22mins: Neuroscientist Carl Hart argues drug policy should be informed by science rather than recycled anecdotes, racist fears, exaggerated scientific evidence and shock horror

VIDEO 22mins: Neuroscientist Carl Hart argues drug policy should be informed by science rather than recycled anecdotes, racist fears, exaggerated scientific evidence and shock horror | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
"We haven't had an adult conversation about drugs in America," says acclaimed neuroscientist Carl Hart, who's trying to do just that with his new book,
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Carl Hart speaks sense and recognises that the damage of criminalisation is worse than the drug and calls for an adult conversation on drugs. 

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Reegan Bourgeois's curator insight, July 23, 2013 12:44 PM

So you're telling me that no one is throwing around actual information when it comes to the "War on Drugs"? That isn't the least bit surprising.

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Så Er Der Kaffe Og Heroin / Anyone for Coffee and Heroin?

DR1 Dokumentaren Saa Er Der Kaffe Og Heroin

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, July 21, 2013 2:32 PM

From the website: "As the first country in history Denmark decided to offer heroin to entrenched users - not as a trial but straight off as a permanent mode of treatment. Research has shown that many harms alleged to stem from drugs are due to the life the users lead to obtain illegal drugs and the non medical quality of their intake. The idea behind prescribing heroin is to reduce the harms of using drugs, stabilize the users and reduce crime and prostitution."

 

http://www.dr.dk/Salg/DRsales/Programmes/Documentary/Society_and_Social/Society_and_Social_A-L/20110926153019.htm

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Australian Wine Research Institute outlines health benefits of moderate drinking #Drugapartheid

Australian Wine Research Institute outlines health benefits of moderate drinking #Drugapartheid | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A GLASS of wine a day can keep the doctor away.
Julian Buchanan's insight:

Imagine an Australian Marijuana Research Institute suggesting health benefits for moderate use of cannabis with a fancy toke photo too!


The apartheid in drug use is a dangerous, misleading and hypocritical.

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Why Needle Exchange Is Good for Your Community

Why Needle Exchange Is Good for Your Community | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Syringe access programs benefit both drug users and the communities they live in
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, July 21, 2013 2:18 PM

It appears that when it comes to fighting addiction, it is sometimes much more powerful to go with it rather than going against it (so to speak). This calls for a radical change in the contemporary approaches and attitudes that has been dominating addiction prevention and treatment the past 50 years!

Julian Buchanan's comment, July 22, 2013 5:40 AM
I remember the head of Amsterdam Drug Squad saying 'In Holland our land was permanently flooded with water. We didn't shout 'No' to water - instead we learnt to live with it and manage it by having canals'. We need to do the same with drugs! :)
Ziggi Ivan Santini's comment, July 22, 2013 5:57 AM
Exactly! Very good point. Cheers
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Concern over child caffeine intake

Concern over child caffeine intake | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A BBC investigation hears calls for tighter controls to prevent children consuming high-caffeine energy drinks.
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seems odd that the three favoured legal drugs caffeine, tobacco and alcohol are all problematic - lethal even.

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Beckley Foundation Scientific Committee Member Disputes Logic that Allows Heroin but not Cannabis in Hospitals

Beckley Foundation Scientific Committee Member Disputes Logic that Allows Heroin but not Cannabis in Hospitals | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A leading psychedelics researcher and member of the Beckley Foundation Scientific Committee has co-authored a paper describing the legislative and bureaucratic barriers to legitimate investigation of psychoactive substances.
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Wider Use of Antidote Could Lower Overdose Deaths by Nearly 50% | TIME.com

Wider Use of Antidote Could Lower Overdose Deaths by Nearly 50% | TIME.com | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Distributing naloxone and training people to use it can cut the death rates from overdose nearly in half, according to a new study.
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It's a disgrace naloxone isn't widely distributed to opiate users family and friends - no excuse.

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The Politics of Cannabis Psychosis

The Politics of Cannabis Psychosis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
It has become an indelible etching on the national psyche; cannabis and psychosis dovetail like fish and chips.
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BOOK: Coffee Shops and Compromise: Separated Illicit Drug Markets in the Netherlands

BOOK: Coffee Shops and Compromise: Separated Illicit Drug Markets in the Netherlands | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Despite lighter criminal penalties for drug possession, the Netherlands enjoys negligible HIV rates among people who inject drugs and the lowest rate of problem drug use in Europe.
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Respect to the Netherlands -just sad it took other countries so long to realise the wisdom of their approach.

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