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RECOMMENDED VIDEO 6mins: If PDU is linked with inequalty then check out the wealth inequality in USA

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actua...
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The inequality in the world's leading advocate for freedom and democracy is staggering - disturbing even! Spend 6mins and discover how wealth is actually distributed. The reality is far worse than you can ever imagine!

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MildGreen Initiative's comment, April 20, 2013 7:10 AM
Notably commented on by Eugene Jarecki in an interview with Kim Hill, on Saturday 20 April 2013 - American filmmaker, whose latest documentary, The House I Live In, is about the "war on drugs".
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20130420-0920-eugene_jarecki_the_war_on_drugs-048.mp3
[Duration: 32′26″ ] Eugene commented that the top 400 Americans had more wealth than the bottom 160Million.
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REPORT: The unintended negative consequences of the 'war on drugs': mass criminalisation and punitive sentencing policies | Penal Reform International

REPORT: The unintended negative consequences of the 'war on drugs': mass criminalisation and punitive sentencing policies | Penal Reform International | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Penal Reform International is an international non-governmental organisation working on penal and criminal justice reform worldwide.
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The consequenseces may not be unintended ...but that's another debate - the important point is to recognise and agree upon the breach of human rights, the damage to opportunities, to freedom and liberty, and the outright injustice in the name of protecting us all from the substances that have been labelled 'drugs'.

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Julian Buchanan's comment, April 18, 2013 8:30 PM
indeed .. the maybe intended even? In the sense that the agenda isn't to tackle drugs but some other law order control power agenda
MildGreen Initiative's comment, April 19, 2013 12:59 AM
"powers to which they are not entiled" Minister of Health, Tom McGuigan, 1975 (Hansard, MOD Act debate).
MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, April 19, 2013 1:04 AM

And the Howard League (NZ's equiv.)  is where on this issue?

 

The clowns at Sensible Sentencing kicked this fellow out of the organisation for 'just' mentioning the role of drug policy in crime prevention, deviancy amplification and alienation from rule of law.

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VIDEO 15mins: Retired Police Captain demolishes the War on Drugs

LEAP co-founder, Peter Christ, appears on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY and takes on all aspects of our disastrous War on Drugs. Captain Christ is vice-chair of Law...
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logical, rational and based on experience

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Cannabis use among adolescents in Portugal & Netherlands less than UK, USA & Canada

Cannabis use among adolescents in Portugal & Netherlands less than UK, USA & Canada | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The UNICEF report identifies percentage of cannabis amongst adolescents across different countries.

Get access to the full UNICEF report on Child Well Being in 29 nations - here:

http://www.unicef-irc.org/Report-Card-11/

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After more than 10 years of decriminalisation in Portugal the percentage of young people using cannabis is much less than countries that impose tough criminalisation and punishment.

The consistent message from various sources and studies is that tough drug laws have little association with drug prevelance. But we know tough drug laws cause considerable damage.

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"If they test positive - Send 'Em To Jail That Day!” The Latest Frontier in the Drug War and the People Who Make Millions from It

"If they test positive - Send 'Em To Jail That Day!” The Latest Frontier in the Drug War and the People Who Make Millions from It | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The shady people and companies behind the push to expand drug testing.
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In a simplistic binary world that likes easy quick fix answers to complex issues drug testing is seductive - particularly when supported so strongly by ex law enforcement officials and other stakeholders -but drug testing is inaccurate and it fails to to deal with issues, it identifies use rather than misuse. It's misleading, distrusting and punitive.

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Criminologist refutes cannabis-related crime increase claims - News - University of Kent

This is the 'Criminologist refutes cannabis-related crime increase claims' page on the 'News, press and media' website at the 'University of Kent'.
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Well said Alex

Drug law reform - forever battling with lies, damned lies and drug claims!

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Brighton (UK) plans safe rooms for addicts to inject drugs

Brighton (UK) plans safe rooms for addicts to inject drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
City aims to cut fatalities with Britain's first drug consumption rooms, writes Daniel Boffey
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If injecting drugs is gonna happen - and it does - then better to provide a safe clean place like a Drug Consumption Room, where people can get help if things go wrong.
Schemes like this have operated successfully in places like Vancouver and Sydney and they have resulted in a significant drop in drug related deaths locally.

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Tests underway on drug that could ‘cure’ meth addiction | The Raw Story

Tests underway on drug that could ‘cure’ meth addiction | The Raw Story | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Scientists are testing a relatively common anti-inflammatory drug called Ibudilast for its potential to block the cravings of methamphetamine addicts, and the first round of results shows promise.

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So illegal drug addiction can be 'cured' by pharmaceutical drugs? That's convenient, neat, tidy and proftable :)

If only it was so easy!

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Courtney Wyche's curator insight, December 12, 2013 9:23 AM

Hopefully they come up with an actual treatment quickly. I don't think meth addicts should be treated with drug replacement, if they could just get addicted to that drug as well.

Andrew Lokantsov's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:05 PM

Well the effects of this should be self-expanatory if it comes to work out.  This could be a God send for those who were misfortunate enough to be addcited to the dangerous drug.

Aspen Evans's curator insight, December 11, 2014 7:34 AM

This article appears on my page because it shows ways the world is trying to solve the problem of drug addiction. People who want to quit could benefit from seeing this because it might give them another way to try and stop.  This relates to our topic of drug addiction because it shows ways to try and put an end to drug addiction. 

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NZ man seeks answers after losing his job following [false] positive drug test

NZ man seeks answers after losing his job following [false] positive drug test | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A Blenheim man says he wants answers after impossible drug test results caused him to lose his job.

Via ReGenUC
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Drug testing outcomes can have devastating consequences yet the process is flawed by false positives and indeed false negative results. 

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25yrs prison for first offender in USA selling his pain tablets to a friend in pain - a draconian & barbarian justice system

25yrs prison for first offender in USA selling his pain tablets to a friend in pain - a draconian & barbarian justice system | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A first-time narcotics offender, father to three, sold pain pills to a friend. His punishment: 25 years in prison. It's just the latest evidence that U.S. drug policy is madness.
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Is this befitting of justice in the the 1700s or the 21st century?


Is this the action of a civilised advanced democratic society or the behaiour of brutal totalitarian regime?

 

 

 

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Video 3mins: NZ Police helicopter hunts out 6,000 crops in fight against cannabis

Video 3mins: NZ Police helicopter hunts out 6,000 crops in fight against cannabis | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/8487057/Police-hunt-out-cannabis-crops

A police operation has netted nearly 6000 cannabis plants, which police say makes ''significant headway'' in the fight against illicit drugs and organised crime. Stuff was granted special access to join police on their drug-seizing operation throughout the Central District. The district stretches from Taranaki  down to Otaki  and across the Tararua Range. Police, with the help of the air force, spent 11 days pulling up cannabis plants throughout the lower North Island as the final phase of a months-long operation to eradicate outdoor growing in its peak season.

Police pulled up  5918 cannabis plants across the district this year - 289 more than last year.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

...instead of catching criminals?

 

ironically tomorrow I'm doing a tour of the Tuatara Brewery who produce a much more dangerous substance, but I don't imagine I'll see the police helicopter flying ahead.

Is the state policing business interest or crime?

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, March 29, 2013 6:48 AM

And the evidence this made an iota of difference is?

Significant headway is a pork pie. A self admitted fun time for Police and Media whose collective comprehension of the word eradicate is laughable. In these austere times, perhaps the proportional cost of the media joy ride and whom ever else was along for the ride should be accounted for, for as the Police would have us believe, all we spend banning it is a burden of social harms, and they have just added to it. Curiously, with new 70million dollar helicopters and more seats, they will be able to take More media for a ride. They have been doing so since way before the 1975MoDA. A well known Judge once said "an orchistrated litany of lies", with the Police in disrepute they could'nt do better than cease and desist this endless patronising silliness, but that would take Hon. Tony Ryal to think!  For it is he that holds the warrant to surveil and sieze, impose and incarcerate..... to accomplish diddly, except maybe help Police tell better stories.

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Drug offences and prosecution: Law getting tougher in NZ JustSpeak

Drug offences and prosecution: Law getting tougher in NZ JustSpeak | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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Drug possession for personal use should not be a criminal offence - shouldn't even be cautionable

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'Drug users aren't criminals they are sick' Out of the frying pan into the fire!

'Drug users aren't criminals they are sick' Out of the frying pan into the fire! | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

When faced with enduring marginalisation and oppression which has been systemic at every level (personal, cultural and institutional), any opportunity to improve human rights and justice for people who use illicit drugs is understandably gratefully received. Drugs as a 'health issue not a crime problem' provides an opportunity.

 

While we should support those in power who are bold enough to assert that illicit drug users are not criminals and illicit drug possession shouldn't be a crime - we should be very wary of 'leaping out of the frying pan into the fire' by supporting the almost inevitable medicalisation of drug use that will follow.

 

"Illicit drug users are not criminals but neither are they sick"

They are no more sick or criminal than people who enjoy ground coffee, a glass of red wine, or a cigar. Regular recreational drug taking is not per se a health problem, it is not a sign of sickness or an indication of a disease. We do not need neuroscience to assess drug use, and even problematic drug use has its roots more in social inequality than neuroscience.

 

When people lose control and become dependent on taking a substance it still isn't a medical problem. Problematic drug use is social, cultural, psychological and health issue.

 

Having endured the global damage having constructed illicit drug use as a crime problem we don't want to jump out of the criminal deviance frying pan of find ourselves stuck in the fire of medicalisation.

 

Julian Buchanan

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Your selected document

Your selected document | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

What is 'recovery' and what does it mean for the roles of treatment and of doctors? This analysis based on the last ten years' writings on the subject draws a parallel with mental health, where recovery in terms of a meaningful and self-directed life is reserved for persisting severe illness resistant to 'cure' via treatment.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

Good to explore meanings we think we share - when we might have quite a different understanding. The use of full recovery could be seen as another way of suggesting people should become drug free.

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VIDEO 2mins: Susan Sarandon: 'The war on drugs is ridiculous, racist and a waste of tax payers money'

VIDEO 2mins: Susan Sarandon: 'The war on drugs is ridiculous, racist and a waste of tax payers money' | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Susan Sarandon has never been one to shy away from a controversial topic.
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It's simple and sensible

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VIDEO: LEAP We should legalise all drugs

VIDEO: LEAP We should legalise all drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
A former US police officer says we should be legalising all drugs to stop crime and abuse.
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Great to have celebs on board ... it's disappointing that scientific evidence, advisors and experts have had little impact!

This guy argues persuasively and coherently -well done!

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MildGreen Initiative's comment, April 16, 2013 6:44 AM
Or ignore the sentiment of a 66% poll in favour of REFORM. Notably discounted as 'organised' cannabis tokers on one hand, then for even suggesting reform media attribute such daft thinking as coming from a cannabis 'fog'. Proof indeed that media arbitrates the meme. He who controls the dialog controls the agenda!
MildGreen Initiative's comment, April 16, 2013 9:02 PM
Or the relevence of a 66% feedback FOR reform! (media dissed it as organised cannabis movement, curiously media then attribute suggestions that to legalise and ignore evidence of some harms is made through a cannabis fog. I know Peter Crist, that reason he is so complemented on doesnt come from toking up. Nor soes the suggestion based on evidence that the harms are largely overstated or that we should look to policy that address those at risk. (NZ Health Select Committee Reports 1998 and 2002). These media clowns are neither reporters nor inquiring journalists, they are, ill informed commentators.
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63mins Video: Drugs Panel Debate on the futility of banning drugs

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So ironic to hear opening intro on drugs debate to innocently invite, and hope, people stay behind after the discussion and take drugs together!! (alcohol) 

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Irene Okpul's curator insight, April 16, 2013 8:53 PM

Choice. People have choices in choosing whatever happens in their life. Some, these days choose wrongly and for drug users it's a sad story until they choose otherwise.

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KILLER PILLS: MYTH OR MURDER?

KILLER PILLS: MYTH OR MURDER? | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

This is not just another drug scare story. ‘Ecstasy’ pills containing PMA are killing clubbers in the UK. Find out how to make sure you’re not next, and why the government should be doing something about it.

All across Britain the revulsion has been palpable. In February, consumers trusting their supermarkets to sell them what they pay for, found they had been dining on horsemeat rather than beef.

 

Products were recalled, questions were raised in Parliament. It seemed like a throwback to a previous era. Food scandals such as this were common in the 19th century, when food labelling requirements were non-existent, factories operated without any scrutiny and the main principle of the business was profit for the manufacturers. Today, across Britain 500,000 ecstasy users are in a similar, but far more deadly situation. In the UK right now there is a state of complete chemical anarchy. Put aside for a moment your natural, healthy scepticism about drug scare stories, because this is real.

 

In a couple of decades from now, successive governments’ unwillingness to regulate, control and license the trade in recreational drugs could well be seen as a gross dereliction of its duty to protect the public.

Julian Buchanan's insight:

So why not allow drug testing kits at clubs and music festivals to save lives?

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MildGreen Initiative's comment, April 16, 2013 6:32 AM
Or adopt a Class D model that considers the consumer and protects their health. (instead of trying to repeal the law of supply and demand).
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Big Pharma Company Jacks Up Price of Overdose Life Saver Naloxone by 1100%: Now, More People Will Die

Big Pharma Company Jacks Up Price of Overdose Life Saver Naloxone by 1100%: Now, More People Will Die | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Naloxone is key to fighting overdose deaths, but sky-high prices threaten community distribution programs.
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Money, Business and Vested Interest are the key movers and shakers in drug law policy and practice - not evidence, ethics or science

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Purple Hazelwood's curator insight, April 11, 2013 9:12 PM

Its so sad to think we have this amazing drug that will prevent drug overdose and here in Australia its not available to the public :/

Andria E-Mordaunt's comment, April 13, 2013 4:04 AM
I remember the days when we would storm the institutions that denied drugs to the vulnerable...Whatever has happened to all that pozitive energy?
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VIDEO 3mins: Drug war and mass incarceration in US, by the numbers

VIDEO 3mins: Drug war and mass incarceration in US, by the numbers | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

More than half of federal prisoners have been incarcerated for drug crimes. Over four decades, American taxpayers have dished out $1 trillion on the drug war,” HuffPo reported Monday.

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The times they are a changing!

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Drug-Testing BIG Business Opportunities

Drug-Testing BIG Business Opportunities | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The annual Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) conference, held in 2012 in San Antonio, Texas, looks like any other industry gathering. The 600 or so attendees sip their complimentary Starbucks coffee, munch on small plates of muffins and fresh fruit, and backslap old acquaintances as they file into a sprawling Marriott hotel conference hall. They will hear a keynote address by Robert DuPont, who served as drug policy director under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Nothing odd about any of this until you consider that the main subject of the conference is urine.
 
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money money money ....  helps constructs ideology, shape research, determine policy ... and maybe even 'facts' and evidence

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The Successful War on Drugs : The Cranky Sociologists

The Successful War on Drugs : The Cranky Sociologists | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

I think this is a very important film to understand fully the War on Drugs.

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Large Study Finds No Lung Cancer-Marijuana Connection

Large Study Finds No Lung Cancer-Marijuana Connection | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer.
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I'm glad to see that cannabis after more than 50 years of reefer madness propaganda - is being seen for what it is. It is sad that scientific evidence like this emerges and gets airtime only when it is politic to do so - we are at the beginning of enormous new business opportunity to cultivate, manufacture, advertise and distribute cannabis. But I welcome the scientific evidence but not the entreprenerial scrabble or hypocrisy.

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Mattthew Gleeson iAOD13

Matthew Gleeson (Consumer Participation Leadership Group coordinator, ReGen) talk at the recent iAOD13 Service User Participation -- A whole of organisation ...
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Protecting and promoting human rights and listening to consumers is crucial

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