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REPORT: Challenging stigma: tackling the prejudice experienced by the families of drug and alcohol users

REPORT: Challenging stigma: tackling the prejudice experienced by the families of drug and alcohol users | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
This new report looks at drug and alcohol-related stigma through the eyes of the family – not just parents, but partners, children and siblings too. They can all be abandoned by friends, isolated by workmates and even cut off by other family members.
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Evaluation of a Low-Threshold/High-Tolerance Methadone Maintenance Canada: One Year Retention Rate & Illicit Drug Use

Evaluation of a Low-Threshold/High-Tolerance Methadone Maintenance Canada: One Year Retention Rate & Illicit Drug Use | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Results. The one-year retention rate was 95%, 67% of the cohort achieved abstinence from illicit opioids and an additional 13% abstained from cocaine use. Conclusion. The novel feature of the LTHT MMT clinic is that patients are not denied methadone because of lack of ancillary services. Traditional comprehensive MMT programs invest the majority of financial resources in ancillary services that support the biopsychosocial model, whereas the LTHT approach utilizes a medical model and directs resources at medical management.

 

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12m Home detention [prison] for Billy McKee an amputee advocate for using and supplying medical marijuana

12m Home detention [prison] for Billy McKee an amputee advocate for using and supplying medical marijuana | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

McKee's leg was amputated after a hit-and-run crash when he was 21 and says when conventional drugs did not ease his pain, he began self-medicating with cannabis with his doctor's blessing.

He operated a website advocating the use of cannabis for pain relief and was contacted by an undercover officer to whom he sold the drugs. A subsequent raid on his home revealed more than 60 cannabis plants hidden beneath it.

 

The Crown sought a jail term on Tuesday!  But Judge Barbara Morris said that was not required, as McKee no longer intended to continue selling the drug in an attempt to change the law.

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POWERPOINT: Clean Switch: The Case for Prison-based Needle and Syringe Programs...

Presentation made by Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, at the University of Winnipeg, November 23, 2009.
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Judith Collins NZ Minister visits the US to develop NZ drug plan

Judith Collins NZ Minister visits the US to develop NZ drug plan | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

It may seem an unlikely alliance, but Judith Collins and Barack Obama are on the same page when it comes to drug crime. The Justice Minister has just returned from a week-long trip to the US to see drug courts in session. On Thursday she will cut the ribbon on a five-year Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Courts pilot.

 

Following the US on Justice & Drug Policy is a little like going to MacDonalds to learn about cookery!!!

 

Maybe she should listen to this before going any further: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/430/very-tough-love … thx @EvertRauwendaal


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NZ Woman convicted of passing cannabis to her baby via breast feeding

NZ Woman convicted of passing cannabis to her baby via breast feeding | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A warrant to search a house for drugs resulted in a 29-year-old woman being convicted in the Whanganui District Court for passing cannabis through her breast milk to her 3-month-old baby!

 

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The #NZ Police might want to read this report, and then apologise to the #breastfeeding mother.… http://www.naturalnews.com/036526_cannabinoids_breast_milk_THC.html … thanks @ThatDamonGuy

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An Ex-Lawyer On Why Drugs Should Be Decriminalised

An Ex-Lawyer On Why Drugs Should Be Decriminalised | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
With the ‘war on drugs’ undeniably failing and the existing market of shady street dealers operating under overseeing barons causing misery for everyone involved, government regulation is the only real answer.
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Estimating the cost-effectiveness of needle-syringe programs in Australia

Estimating the cost-effectiveness of needle-syringe programs in Australia | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Latest mathematical model from Australia probably broadly applicable also to the UK suggests that needle and syringe programmes have cost-effectively saved/improved lives, and in the long run save the health service money due to averted HIV and hepatitis C infections. But in both countries adequately curbing hepatitis C requires much more.


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VIDEO 25mins Why We Need Drug Consumption Rooms

This Documentary invites the audience to see the harsh reality of 'street injecting' drug users in the UK's second city Birmingham. The presenter Philippe Bonnet explores this subject by interviewing outreach workers, health care professionals and current and ex drug-users. The film shows how other countries around the world have found a solution to this and as a result have reduced harms and costs associated with this phenomenon and ultimately helped drug users access treatment and begin their recovery.

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FDA Death Reports Note Link with High-Caffeine Energy Drink

FDA Death Reports Note Link with High-Caffeine Energy Drink | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
Five people may have died after drinking Monster Energy, a popular energy drink that is high in caffeine, according to reports released by the Food and Drug Administration.
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More companies using drug dogs for detection on work sites - Saskatchewan - CBC News

More companies using drug dogs for detection on work sites - Saskatchewan - CBC News | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
More companies in Saskatchewan are starting to use drug-sniffing dogs on construction and industrial sites to detect if their employees have drugs in their possession.
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WEBSITE: Naloxone Resources and Information 'You Know it Makes Sense'

WEBSITE: Naloxone Resources and Information 'You Know it Makes Sense' | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

A resource website about the life saving medication naloxone.
Should be available for any individual or community that uses opiod based substances - it saves lives.

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REPORT: Social reintegration and employment: evidence and interventions for drug users in treatment

REPORT: Social reintegration and employment: evidence and interventions for drug users in treatment | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

In order to help drug users become full members of society following treatment, measures are needed that address the issues of housing, education, vocational training and employment as part of their recovery. This report considers existing interventions targeting this vulnerable social group.

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VIDEO 12min Ethan Nadelmann speaking on the War on Drugs at London School of Economics 23 Oct 2012

Ethan Nadelmann is founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. He makes a presentation at the London School of Economics which was recorded o...
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#Methadone clinic (Canada) that removed punitive sanctions boasts highest retention rate (95%)

#Methadone clinic (Canada) that removed punitive sanctions boasts highest retention rate (95%) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

In addition to the high retention rate the study shows a decrease of 66 per cent in the number of patients using illicit opiates. There was also a drop in cocaine use.

 

The difference at the Saint John clinic is that patients don't have to take counseling, or pass drug tests to stay in the program.

"We showed that it's the opposite result. By removing all punitive measures, we have nothing but fantastic results for the patients,”

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The "War on Drugs" has promoted the use of punitive measures to get drug addicts to "straighten up" for many years. And we know it doesn't work. We know it, and we continue on with the mindset that addiciton is just a nasty behavior that needs to be "modified" rather than a disease that needs to be treated. We know that punishment does not keep an addict from using. Many times, the addict does not even want to use. The addict uses against his or her own will. The brain changes, and drug use becomes a survival behavior. If you were sent to prison or punished for it, could you stop drinking water?

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Comic 28pages on the War on Drugs - prohibition back to the future

Comic 28pages on the War on Drugs - prohibition back to the future | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it
The uncanny parallels between alcohol Prohibition and the 'war on drugs'. 28 page comic by Stuart McMillen about Milton Friedman's views on drug laws.

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BOOK CHAPTER: Examining Relationship Between Material Conditions, Social Exclusion & Addiction #NotNewButRelevent

BOOK CHAPTER: Examining Relationship Between Material Conditions, Social Exclusion & Addiction #NotNewButRelevent | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Drawing upon research studies carried out on Merseyside in the late 1990s the authors argue that problematic drug use/addiction should be understood within the wider context of social exclusion, unemployment and poverty. They suggest that drug relapse has a strong association with stigma, structural disadvantage and a struggle for reintegration. They argue for a shift in focus away from addiction as a medical and psychological condition, instead towards a social model which emphasise inclusion and reintegration.

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An examination of injection drug use trends in Victoria and Vancouver, BC after the closure of Victoria's only fixed-site needle and syringe programme.

Until June 2008 Victoria in Canada had a comprehensive extended hours needle exchange at a fixed site in the city. Neighbourhood pressure led to closure, creating a natural experiment in the withdrawal of services. The result seemed to be more sharing of injecting equipment entailing a greater risk of infection, particularly Hep C.

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Media Ignored Expert's Findings That Marijuana Helps Prevent Lung Cancer:

Media Ignored Expert's Findings That Marijuana Helps Prevent Lung Cancer: | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The National Institute on Drug Abuse supported Tashkin's marijuana-related research for decades and gave him a grant to conduct a large, population-based, case-controlled study that would prove definitively that heavy, long-term marijuana use increases the risk of lung and upper-airways cancers. What Tashkin and his colleagues found, however, disproved their hypothesis. But the findings have been ignored

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Prof @AlexStevensKent argues: Growing cannabis in your home should not be illegal

Prof @AlexStevensKent argues: Growing cannabis in your home should not be illegal | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Professor Alex Stevens said: “We should be moving towards progressive decriminalisation. We should be seeking to reform our drug laws to make them less harmful. One way of doing that would be to start by decriminalising the personal possession of cannabis and also the production of small amounts of cannabis in people’s own homes.”

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REPORT: Count the Costs briefing on alternatives to the war on drugs

REPORT: Count the Costs briefing on alternatives to the war on drugs | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

For over 50 years the war on drugs has dominated drug policy. As detailed elsewhere on this site, this punitive approach has failed to achieve its stated goals, instead generating huge costs. Released today, the latest Count the Costs briefing outlines possible alternatives to the disastrous war on drugs.

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Anais's tragedy: calls for restrictions on energy drinks after teenager's death (USA)

Anais's tragedy: calls for restrictions on energy drinks after teenager's death (USA) | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

US teenager Anais Fournier was hanging out with friends at a shopping centre one Friday, sipping on a large Monster energy drink. She followed it with another the next day. Less than a week later, on December 23, 2011, the 14-year-old was dead, the cause of death listed as heart arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity that complicated a diagnosed heart disorder.


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REPORT: Corporal punishment for drug defined crime

REPORT: Corporal punishment for drug defined crime | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

Thousands of drug users and alcohol consumers – and people found in possession of small amounts of drugs and alcohol – are subjected to judicially-sanctioned caning, flogging, lashing or whipping each year.

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VIDEO 14mins: Social Media & Criminal Justice Policy Exchange

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Social media offers criminal justice stakeholders an open, equitable and transparent way to extend avenues of communication globally, potentially increasing accessibility and impact. It has enabled novel and distinctive pathways for criminal justice policy exchange, evolution and implementation through the construction of an extensive e-architecture enabling new forms of dissemination, communication, policy networks, policy developments and debate. This has the potential to democratise and widen access to influence crime policy.

 

Questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/smcjp

 

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Benefits from treating heroin addiction with heroin: Switzerland

Benefits from treating heroin addiction with heroin: Switzerland | Drugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice | Scoop.it

The Swiss experience with heroin and drug policy reform can be generalised to offer a number of important lessons:

i) Programmes must be based on scientific-evidence and research and not ideological statements;

ii) Public education is vital on drugs and drug policy;

iii) All programmes should be open to independent non-governmental review;

iv) Judicial and health approaches must be co-ordinated.

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