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After 15yrs on Death Row - 300th Person Exonerated By DNA Evidence in US

After 15yrs on Death Row - 300th Person Exonerated By DNA Evidence in US | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Damon Thibodeaux is the 300th person exonerated by DNA evidence, and the 18th person freed from death row by such evidence. He confessed falsely to the crime.
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VIDEO 25mins: Felipe Calderon the outgoing Mexican president 'Time for a tactical shift in the drug war'

VIDEO 25mins: Felipe Calderon the outgoing Mexican president 'Time for a tactical shift in the drug war' | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Felipe Calderon, the outgoing Mexican president, has called for a transformation in international thinking on drug policy. In his final speech as president of the UN General Assembly, he said that developed countries like the US were not going enough to cut their drug consumption, so it was time to act.

 

"… The United Nations has to lead a far-reaching international debate which would make it possible to take stock, on the one hand, of the progress and limits of the current prohibitionist approach, which has led to the results that we've achieved thus far. They must also carry out a study on the human violence, the unacceptable violence, that is produced by the production, distribution and trafficking of drugs in the world… and which has made, it is painful to say this, but it has made Latin American and the Caribbean the most region in the world…

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AUS DOCTORS demand safe injecting rooms to save lives, clean up streets, reduce drug crime.

AUS DOCTORS demand safe injecting rooms to save lives, clean up streets, reduce drug crime. | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Dr Parnis said an independent evaluation of the Sydney injecting room showed it had successfully managed almost 3500 overdose events and referred 8500 people for help.


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The use of Ayahuasca as a Girl's Rite of Passage in Apachean tribes

Apache girls take part in ancient tests of strength, endurance and character that will make them women and prepare them for the trials of womanhood. See all ...

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55,000 Deaths: Time for an Alternative to Mexico's Drug War

55,000 Deaths: Time for an Alternative to Mexico's Drug War | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
If we do not ask why Mexico got into an aggressive fight against the drug cartels, it will be very difficult to understand how to get out of it.
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Prison environment and the challenges of health care BMJ Sept 2012

Prison environment and the challenges of health care BMJ Sept 2012 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Prison populationImprisonment is a growing problem. During the past 20 years, the number of prisoners in England and Wales has nearly doubled.

 

Prisons are full of poor, disadvantaged, and vulnerable people. Compared with the general public, the average prisoner is

considerably more likely to have been homeless, unemployed,

and in social care as a child. The level of educational attainment

among prisoners is generally very low.

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VIDEO11mins: Nicotine Harm Reduction - an end to smoking?

Gerry Stimson discussing alternatives to smoking tobacco and nicotine replacement therapies: e-cigarettes are now reliable, and the future for them as harm f...
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ARTICLE: Clever children more likely to use drugs - Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs

ARTICLE: Clever children more likely to use drugs - Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Clever children more likely to use drugs A new study suggests children with high IQ have a higher rate of illicit drug use than their peers. There is little previous research on this issue and that which has been done has given conflicting results. The higher rate of drug use is considered surprising by some as those with high IQ typically engage in more healthy behaviour such as healthy eating and avoiding smoking. This is considered to be because those with higher IQ make themselves better informed about risks and benefits of different behaviours. This study drew on data from the British Cohort Survey which follows 20,000 individuals who were born in the same week in 1970.
Paper in BMJ: http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2011/10/28/jech-2011-200252.abstract

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VIDEO 2mins: The House I Live In Official Trailer (2012) Powerful Drugs Documentary

This film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2012 for Documentary.
It will have a Limited Release on October 5, 2012.

An investigative look at America's war on drugs and its impact on the criminal justice system

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Special Independent investigation: Babies behind bars (UK)

Special Independent investigation: Babies behind bars (UK) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Sandra McConnell was not expecting to go to prison. She knew the charge against her – conspiracy to supply drugs – was serious, but it dated from some years earlier. Since then she had got her life together.

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VIDEO 5mins: Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner does a U turn & calls for drug regulation

VIDEO 5mins: Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner does a U turn & calls for drug regulation | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Palmer has done a U turn and now calls for drug decriminalising .

 

Well done - but why don't people become enlightened when in power???

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Willing consumers? Alcohol marketing and how to challenge it | Alcohol Concern

Willing consumers? Alcohol marketing and how to challenge it | Alcohol Concern | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Presentations from @ACCymru conference on #alcohol, marketing and young people now available at http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/projects/alcohol-concern-cymru/willing-consumers-alcohol-marketing-and-how-to-challenge-it thx to @adrianjbarton & ‏@DrJeremySegrott

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Alcohol Taxes In The U.S. and Around The World [Infographic ...

Alcohol Taxes In The U.S. and Around The World [Infographic ... | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Alcohol Taxes In The U.S. and Around The World infographic. The second tipsiest holiday in the U.S. is upon us. But there's more than just green beer, green attire and tacky green accessories to think about on St.

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VIDEO 33mins:VIDEO 33mins: The Stream: Debating Drugs - Decriminalise Them? Lessons from Portugal

VIDEO 33mins:VIDEO 33mins: The Stream: Debating Drugs - Decriminalise Them? Lessons from Portugal | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
We look at the applicability of Portugal's successful drug decriminalisation programme in the US.
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EMCDDA: ‘Users’ voices’ — experiences & perceptions of controlling their drug consumption

EMCDDA: ‘Users’ voices’ — experiences & perceptions of controlling their drug consumption | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A collection of narratives from substance users in Europe about their attempts to control or reduce their consumption. Entitled Users’ voices, the paper illustrates how qualitative research can provide glimpses into the experiences and perceptions of substance users that statistics alone cannot provide. The link above provides a FACTSHEET.

 

Here is a link to the full report: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/thematic-papers/users-voices

 

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Sharp rise in drug and alcohol use in arrested people - study (NZ)

Sharp rise in drug and alcohol use in arrested people - study (NZ) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A large number of people detained by police are drunk or on drugs at the time of their arrest, a new report shows.

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Peeing to participate in the US #drugtesting #humanrights #intolerance

Peeing to participate in the US #drugtesting #humanrights #intolerance | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

America has opened up a new front in its "war on drugs": middle school. In Milford, Pennsylvania, for example, Delaware Valley Middle School has instituted a policy of mandatory drug tests for students wishing to participate in clubs or sports. So when a 12-year-old girl wanted to join the scrapbooking club, she was told to hand over her urine first.

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'The House I Live In' - The Most Important Drug War Film You'll Ever See - Forbes

'The House I Live In' - The Most Important Drug War Film You'll Ever See - Forbes | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Eugene Jarecki’s new movie The House I Live In should be seen by everybody, because it’s the most important film about the drug war produced to date. Not merely a recitation of the history and statistics demonstrating clearly the pointlessness and tragic results of our nation’s failed war on drugs, it also gives clarity to the ugly truth that what we really have is a war on drug users.
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Needle and syringe exchange programme in Australian prison in Canberra is announced British Medical Journal

Needle and syringe exchange programme in Australian prison in Canberra is announced British Medical Journal | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Michael Moore chief executive officer, said it was a pragmatic response to the reality that “no prison in the world has been able to exclude drugs.”

Moore said that the international evidence showed that needle

and syringe programmes had comprehensive benefits, “well

beyond the primary intended outcomes of reducing the use of

shared injecting equipment

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Uruguay takes 'war on drugs' in new direction: The state as dealer

Uruguay takes 'war on drugs' in new direction: The state as dealer | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The South American country is proposing a state monopoly over marijuana in part to curtail drug-related violence. But it's getting pushback – even from those in favor of legalization.
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Podcast 43mins Prof David Nutt Promoting an Evidence Based Drug Policy BBC Radio 4

Podcast 43mins Prof David Nutt Promoting an Evidence Based Drug Policy BBC Radio 4 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
On Start the Week Andrew Marr asks how far scientific evidence can influence the political agenda. Professor David Nutt is a respected researcher working in the field of drugs, but is best known as the government advisor who was sacked by the Home Secretary for comparing the risks of horse-riding with taking ecstasy. He argues for a rational debate on drugs policy based on objective evidence.
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VIDEO 28mins: Legal Highs in the UK Dr Russell Newcombe

In a seminar for the HIT Hot Topics series, held in Warrington in May 2012, Dr Russell Newcombe looks at the effects risks and harms of legal highs. He also ...
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VIDEO 5min: Law enforcement against prohibition explain why they have done a U turn on prohibition

LEAP (Law enforcement against prohibition) is an organization fighting against the drug war. They sustain that legalization of drugs will reduce immediately ...
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We promote alcohol use on birthdays so why does this seem incongruous ..Alison Pill: I Want Marijuana for My Birthday

We promote alcohol use on birthdays so why does this seem incongruous ..Alison Pill: I Want Marijuana for My Birthday | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

On birthday's friends, aunties, uncles, grandparents send cards that promote a perception of pleasure and celebration encouraging the person with the birthday to use the drug alcohol (considered the most dangerous drug of all by some see http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2961462-6/fulltext So why does this statement from a Alison Pill seem incongruous??

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Blood Alcohol Content Effect At Different Levels - Infographics ...

Blood Alcohol Content Effect At Different Levels - Infographics ... | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
blood-alcohol-content-effects-infographic. The Dangerous Impacts of Alcohol Visualized You may be drunker than you think with your blood alcohol content being higher than you realize. It doesn't take many drinks to impair ...

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