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.
Cato Institute Policy Analysis No. 157: Alcohol Prohibition Was a Failure by Mark Thornton Assistant Professor of Economics at Auburn University.
National prohibition of alcohol (1920-33)--the "noble experiment"--was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption,solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America. The results of that experiment clearly indicate that it was a miserable failure on all counts.
David Nutt: "We don't know what caused two nightclub deaths last weekend, but a Dutch system of analysing drugs in confidence might help..."
Julian Buchanan says:
We need to learn to live WITH drugs and stop the war AGAINST drugs. I once heard the Chief of the Drug Squad in Holland nicely explain 'we had a problem here with too much water on the land -we didn't try to ignore it, or eradicate it - we made canals out of 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.
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:
Public health scholar and Soros Justice Fellow Ernest Drucker argues that imprisonment has become an epidemic in this country, a destabilizing force that undermines families and communities, damaging the very social structures that prevent crime.
These women were highly disadvantaged, having little formal education (median 10 years), tending to be single (32.4% married or de facto), unemployed and dependent on government benefits (87.1%), experiencing financial problems (80.6%) and living in public housing (58.3%). The women had extensive substance use and drug and alcohol treatment histories, again consistent. A significant number also had mental health problems (54.2% diagnosed with a psychiatric illness), had a history of criminal involvement (41.9% had prison history) and had some type of physical or sexual abuse as a child (64.5%), with sexual abuse the most common (55.4%).
Briefing about HIV, harm reduction and the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women who use drugs - commissioned by the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) - is designed to provide up-to-date information around key issues concerning HIV prevention, treatment and care related to women and girls. Download from: http://idpc.net/sites/default/files/library/women-drugs-HIV-harm-reduction.pdf
Methamphetamine is widely believed to cause brain damage and cognitive impairment in users. But this claim may be wildly overblown, according to a new review of the research - and this may be undermining treatment and progress
This chapter: Explores the social context in which ‘problem drug users’ and ‘inadequate parents’ are constructed. Outlines key issues and difficulties involved in working with problem drug users whose children are considered to be at risk of abuse or neglect. Draws on research carried out with social workers, health visitors, drugs clinic workers and parents to examine the barriers of working together to assess children’s needs where parents misuse drugs. Explores strategies for better partnership approach
Later published in Buchanan J & Corby B (2009) Problem drug use and safeguarding children: partnership and practice issues, in R Carnwell & J Buchanan (eds) Effective Practice in Health, Social Care & Criminal Justice: A partnership approach, Open University Press, Maidenhead.