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The Lancet 3 articles (free access) on illicit drugs - global public-health toll & policy implications

The Lancet 3 articles (free access) on illicit drugs - global public-health toll & policy implications | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

 A three-part Series in the Lancet (free registration required) assesses the global public-health toll and policy implications of drug addiction.

The first paper summarises data for the prevalence and consequences of problem use of amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, and opioids

The second paper reviews existing drug policies and highlights the need for greater reliance on scientific evidence-based policy making.

The final paper examines the value of international drug conventions in protecting public health.

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First overdose antidote trial begins - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

First overdose antidote trial begins - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Australia's first program to train illicit drug users, their families and friends to reverse overdoses is being rolled out in Canberra.


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U.S. Domestic drones: Coming soon over a home near you to help War on Terrori & War on Drugs?

U.S. Domestic drones: Coming soon over a home near you to help War on Terrori & War on Drugs? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing new rules that could make it easier for law enforcement agencies to use drone aircraft in the U.S., raising concerns about privacy at a time when the aircraft are already conducting surveillance missions...
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Smoke Rings - academics and the media collude with tobacco industry

Smoke Rings - academics and the media collude with tobacco industry | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The tobacco industry duped both academic journals and the media.
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Drug users peer involvement | check it, bookmark it, add to it | Excellent new Correlation resource

Drug users peer involvement | check it, bookmark it, add to it | Excellent new Correlation resource | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
peer involvement - European initiative to boost meaningful involvement of people using drugs...
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Criminals could be forced to wear U.S.style sobriety bracelets in bid to crackdown on alcohol-related crime

Criminals could be forced to wear U.S.style sobriety bracelets in bid to crackdown on alcohol-related crime | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

UK Scotland Yard commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe believes the detection technology could be a key tool in a crackdown on alcohol-related crime in London.

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US Study Finds Nearly Half of Drug Courts Do Not Reduce Crime

US Study Finds Nearly Half of Drug Courts Do Not Reduce Crime | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, deputy state director in Southern California for the Drug Policy Alliance. "Clearly, the popularity that drug courts enjoy is not supported by the evidence."

The Drug Policy Alliance this year released Drug Courts are Not the Answer: Toward a Health-Centered Approach to Drug Use

http://www.drugpolicy.org/drugcourts

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An evidence based experiment in Czech Rep. on the criminalisation of drug use - Summary Report

An evidence based experiment in Czech Rep. on the criminalisation of drug use - Summary Report | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

In Czech Republic a period of decriminalisation of possession was briefly interrupted by recriminalisation. Following an impact analysis of the recriminalisation, showing negative outcomes, drugs were decriminalised again -see summary report http://www.druglawreform.info/images/stories/documents/Czech_evaluation_2001_PAD_en.pdf

 

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Poland introduces ‘treat not punish’ drug law

Poland introduces ‘treat not punish’ drug law | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

An amendment on illegal narcotics possession law allows prosecutors to bypass courts in line with a “treat, not punish” approach to drug use in cases of the possession of small quantities of narcotics.

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Voice Audio Bank - Listen to people speak about their Experience of Alcohol and Drugs

Voice Audio Bank - Listen to people speak about their Experience of Alcohol and Drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Voice Audio Bank is brought to you by people with experience of alcohol and drugs problems, volunteers, and Lifeline Project. Many interviews were designed and conducted by people with direct experience of drug or alcohol problems. Open door sessions across different regions gave people with experience an opportunity to speak freely about their views, as well as their own story.

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REPORT: The legality of prisons who refuse prisoners who are dependent on drugs access to medication

REPORT: The legality of prisons who refuse prisoners who are dependent on drugs access to medication | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A report that explains why criminal justice agencies violate Federal anti- discrimination laws and the United States Constitution when they deny access to medications, such as methadone and burprenorphine, to treat opiate addiction. Download:

http://www.lac.org/doc_library/lac/publications/MAT_Report_FINAL_12-1-2011.pdf

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Key Findings and Recommendations « NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB

Key Findings and Recommendations « NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

key findings plus access to full report

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Know Drugs: Another great resource for drugs and alcohol

Know Drugs: Another great resource for drugs and alcohol | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Know Drugs seeks to facilitate an honest and open discussion about ALL kinds of drug use in the UK and beyond.  We include alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical drugs in our remit.
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Teen Drug Use: Marijuana Up, Cigarettes and Alcohol Down | Healthland | TIME.com

Teen Drug Use: Marijuana Up, Cigarettes and Alcohol Down | Healthland | TIME.com | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Analysis from Maia Szalavitz in TIME about current drug policy's impacts on teen drug use. When it comes to reducing teen drug use, it’s clear that legal regulation and honest education are more effective than prohibition and criminalization.

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Amnesty slams Iranian drug executions

Amnesty slams Iranian drug executions | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
AMNESTY International has called on Iran to end its policy of executing people for drugs offences, saying the Islamic republic has launched "a killing spree of staggering proportions."...

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Unemployment Drug Tests: Republicans' Unprecedented Pursuit Of Drug Testing The Jobless

Unemployment Drug Tests: Republicans' Unprecedented Pursuit Of Drug Testing The Jobless | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- During a debate on the floor of the House of Representatives this week, Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) suggested the unemployed can't find jobs because of their own bad decisions.
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MildGreen Initiative's comment, December 18, 2011 5:35 AM
Unemployed ship the drugs in via NAFTA, pay for them from the trillions given to banks,and insist in return that mexican drug lords shoot everyone insight. Only the religously deluded could contruct this cuckoo land ideology. Oh its the Republicans, that explains everything. No job is God's just deserts!
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REPORT: The War on Drugs: Creating crime, enriching criminal

REPORT: The War on Drugs: Creating crime, enriching criminal | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

This 12 page briefing by CountTheCosts summarises the crime-related costs stemming
from the war on drugs.

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http://www.countthecosts.org/sites/default/files/Crime-briefing.pdf

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6min VIDEO: Ending the Global Drug War: Voices from the Front Lines

"Ever since the War on Drugs, everything has hit the fan," says Romesh Bhattacharji, former Narcotics Commissioner of India. Rather than continue the unnecessary and costly drug war, Bhattacharji advises the United States to simply "Relax, take it easy, [and] tolerate...

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REPORT: 'Drug Courts Are Not the Answer' by Drug Policy Alliance,

REPORT: 'Drug Courts Are Not the Answer' by Drug Policy Alliance, | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Drug Courts Are Not the Answer finds that drug courts are an ineffective and inappropriate response to drug law violations. This report finds that drug courts may not reduce incarceration, improve public safety, or save money when compared to the wholly punitive model they seek to replace.

 

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http://www.drugpolicy.org/sites/default/files/Drug%20Courts%20Are%20Not%20the%20Answer_Final2.pdf

 

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Should Parents be drug testing their kids? Maybe every home should have a lie detector too?

Should Parents be drug testing their kids? Maybe every home should have a lie detector too? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Kim McCallum had deep reservations about letting her 15-year-old daughter go to her first rave.

Family psychologist Howard Liddle, a University of Miami expert in family-based interventions for adolescent drug abuse, said the test alone won't deter a teen from using drugs. That's especially true if the test is used as a punishment, punitively trying to catch teens suspected of using drugs in the act.

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ARTICLE 2/3rds give up v addictive drug without treatment. So on what basis is medicalisation justified?

ARTICLE 2/3rds give up v addictive drug without treatment. So on what basis is medicalisation justified? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Research shows that two-thirds to three-quarters of ex-smokers stop unaided, this raises issues with the increasing medicalisation of smoking cessation (and other drug use) that implies that cessation need be pharmacologically or professionally mediated.

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Florida US Gov. Rick Scott who promotes $178m drug testing programme asked to urinate in cup for Drug Testing

Florida US Gov. Rick Scott who promotes $178m drug testing programme asked to urinate in cup for Drug Testing | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The state analysts have predicted will cost $178 million this fiscal year.

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REPORT: Drug testing in schools evidence, impacts and alternatives

REPORT: Drug testing in schools evidence, impacts and alternatives | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Report by Australian National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction.
Overall, the body of evidence examined indicates a strong case to be made against drug detection and screening strategies being utilised in the school setting.

 

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http://www.ancd.org.au/images/PDF/Researchpapers/rp16_drug_testing_in_schools.pdf

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64min PODCAST: How can we get the media to tell the truth about drugs?

64min PODCAST: How can we get the media to tell the truth about drugs? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Professor David Nutt (Imperial College London) delivers the 2011 Monica Fooks Memorial Lecture.
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ARTICLE: What is the role of harm reduction when drug users say they want abstinence?

ARTICLE:  What is the role of harm reduction when drug users say they want abstinence? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

What is the role of harm reduction when drug users say they want abstinence? Neale J., Nettleton S., Pickering L. International Journal of Drug Policy: 2011, 22, p. 189–193.

 

Abstinence from all drugs, some drugs, or just illegal drugs? When do people want abstince - immediately, within a month, or within a year?

 

Abstinence isn't excluded from harm reduction goal either. So it's all a lot more ambigious than binary approaches would have us believe!

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