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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.

 

Direct Download from:

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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Selected Videos from the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference | Reform Conference

Selected Videos from the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference | Reform Conference | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Videos from the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

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Policy Analysis: The Failure of Alcohol Prohibition

Policy Analysis: The Failure of Alcohol Prohibition | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

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. 

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10yrs of 'Reefer Madness' Headlines from UK Daily Mail - Moral Panic

10yrs of 'Reefer Madness' Headlines from UK Daily Mail - Moral Panic | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The Daily Mail Reefer Madness Archive 2001 -2011 put together by CLEAR -Cannabis Law Reform

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2min VIDEO World AIDS Day- Youth RISE

Great video from @YouthRISE highlighting how poor drug policies and laws increase the risk of HIV amongst young people

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Traces of cocaine found on 11% of UK banknotes

Traces of cocaine found on 11% of UK banknotes | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Longer pub hours linked to rise in cocaine use among white men, government advisory council for the misuse of drugs is told...
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Stimulant Drug linked with miscarriage & health risk

Stimulant Drug linked with miscarriage & health risk | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Pregnant women asked to monitor coffee habits after research finds single cup can contain unsafe levels of caffeine...
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Sophisticated Drug Tunnel Found US-Mex Border /Big $$$ in illegal drug trade

Sophisticated Drug Tunnel Found US-Mex Border /Big $$$ in illegal drug trade | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Used to smuggle a gigantic amount of marijuana into the United States. ...
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Home Affairs Committee launches new inquiry into Drugs - News from Parliament - UK Parliament

Home Affairs Committee launches new inquiry into Drugs - News from Parliament - UK Parliament | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Call for written evidence DRUGS...
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Clubbers should be able to test their ecstasy by Prof. David Nutt

Clubbers should be able to test their ecstasy by Prof. David Nutt | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

David Nutt: "We don't know what caused two nightclub deaths last weekend, but a Dutch system of analysing drugs in confidence might help..."

 

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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'

 

We need to do the same with drugs!  

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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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30min Podcast: Ernest Drucker: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration

30min Podcast: Ernest Drucker: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
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.
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RESEARCH REPORT: CHILD PROTECTION AND MOTHERS IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT

RESEARCH REPORT: CHILD PROTECTION AND MOTHERS IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

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%).

http://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/16471/1/Child_Protection_TR.320_(Nov_2011.pdf

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Ending the Drug War: Top 10 Changes in 2011

Ending the Drug War: Top 10 Changes in 2011 | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

2011 has been a watershed year for the movement working to end our county's [USA] disastrous war on drugs.

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International Journal of Drug Policy - Sociological Approaches to the Study of Drug Use and Drug Policy

International Journal of Drug Policy - Sociological Approaches to the Study of Drug Use and Drug Policy | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Focus on sociological approaches to drug use and drug policy

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REPORT: Women who use drugs, harm reduction and HIV

REPORT: Women who use drugs, harm reduction and HIV | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

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

 

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2min VIDEO: Malaysia mosque leads the way to harm reduction by providing methadone maintenance

2min VIDEO: Malaysia mosque leads the way to harm reduction by providing methadone maintenance | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Health experts want unique programme to be replicated across the conservative Muslim country, and they want to introduce needle exchange to combat the HIV rates amongst IVDUs.

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Why the Myth (propaganda) of the Meth-Damaged Brain May Hinder Recovery

Why the Myth (propaganda) of the Meth-Damaged Brain May Hinder Recovery | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

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

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ARTICLE: Problem drug use and safeguarding children: a multi agency approach

ARTICLE: Problem drug use and safeguarding children: a multi agency approach | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

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.

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