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…
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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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