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Autopsy report: Prince died of self-administered FENTANYL overdose

Autopsy report: Prince died of self-administered FENTANYL overdose | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
A law-enforcement official reveals that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose. The 57-year-old singer was found dead on April 21 at his Paisley Park estate just outside Minneapolis.
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'You can't just stop taking these drugs when you have taken them for so long' Doctor D, Prince's dealer
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Effective drug therapy for cocaine dependence: a milestone - The Lancet

Effective drug therapy for cocaine dependence: a milestone - The Lancet | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
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'Study findings showed that 60 mg/day oral sustained-release dexamfetamine over 12 weeks was well accepted, safe & superior to placebo in terms of days of cocaine use'
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Prince’s former drug dealer reveals extent of his addiction

Prince’s former drug dealer reveals extent of his addiction | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
“Prince, who was found dead on Thursday at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, regularly bought drugs from Doctor D between 1984 and 2008.”
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'I first met Prince in 1984 while he was filming the movie Purple Rain & he was already majorly addicted to opiates - I didn't hook him on drugs he was already a really heavy user' -Doctor D
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The right way to do drugs

The right way to do drugs | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
The argument for the legalisation of cannabis has been won. Now for the difficult bit
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Getting ready for legal marijuana: Canada's next!
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Drugs:War or Store?

Drugs:War or Store? | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
From Portuguese heroin addicts to Denver drug stores… this is the endgame in the war on drugs.
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And they know no end is in sight!

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The wars don’t work

The wars don’t work | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
IN 1971 Richard Nixon fired the first shot in what became known as the “war on drugs” by declaring them “public enemy number one”. In America and the other...
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'Prohibition suits criminal gangs, which enjoy exclusive control of a global market worth roughly $300 billion annually. It is also convenient for corrupt politicians and officials, who can extract rents for turning a blind eye.' - The Economist

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Potent ‘Spice’ Drug Fuels Rise in Visits to Emergency Room

Potent ‘Spice’ Drug Fuels Rise in Visits to Emergency Room | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
Health departments in three states have issued alerts about more users of the synthetic drug being rushed to hospitals, with some cases resulting in death.
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'I told them: This is killing you & you don’t see it. There’s no telling what that stuff was. There’s no telling at all.'

-Mrs Karen Stallings, mother of Jeffrey & Joey

 

 

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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....
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'Loving an addict is really hard. When I looked at the addicts I love, it was always tempting to tell the addict to shape up, or cut them off. But in fact, I learned, that will only deepen their addiction -- and you may lose them altogether.' @johannhari101

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Going to Extremes

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The connection between addiction, obsession and mania
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'Focus becomes hyper-focus, tipping the scales into obsession & mania. And mania can kill'

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GP Taylor: We’ve lost the war on drugs, so let’s win the peace

GP Taylor: We’ve lost the war on drugs, so let’s win the peace | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
IT was in 1971 when the ill-fated President Nixon declared the war on drugs. The great expectation was that a concerted effort of customs and law enforcement agencies could reduce the effects of illegal drugs trafficking in the USA.
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The war on drugs has been lost. In many countries around the world, drug cartels profit in a multi-billion dollar market: @gptaylorauthor

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N.J. police get OK to carry nasal spray that can halt heroin overdose - News - NorthJersey.com

N.J. police get OK to carry nasal spray that can halt heroin overdose - News - NorthJersey.com | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
A nasal-spray medication that counteracts heroin and opioid overdoses will soon be supplied to law enforcement statewide, an expansion of the state’s latest efforts to counter the toll of drug addiction, Governor Christie announced Tuesday.
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'I think it’s a great thing but the only danger is that you don’t want anybody to think it’s a panacea.'

-Frank Greenagel, Rutgers University recovery counsellor

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A Day With Cambodia’s Needle Exchange Team | The Fix

A Day With Cambodia’s Needle Exchange Team | The Fix | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
A grim but hopeful report on drug treatment in Phnom Penh, and how the Khana Harm Reduction organization is spearheading change.
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“We prevent the spread of HIV by giving clean needles to injecting users of heroin & we educate meth-smokers about safe injecting practices in case they begin injecting heroin or diazepam.” Heng Kiry, outreach officer for Khana Harm Reduction

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The Real Lives of New Jersey — The Heroin Capital That Kills: 10 Things You Need To Know

The Real Lives of New Jersey — The Heroin Capital That Kills: 10 Things You Need To Know | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
I grew up in the neighborhoods filmed by The Real Housewives of New Jersey. But what people don’t know is that these ups…
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Towards a global agenda on health security - The Lancet

Towards a global agenda on health security - The Lancet | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
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'France is determined to fight against the prohibitive price of certain new drugs, all while promoting innovation. France has therefore taken the initiative to mobilise the G7: a meeting of the Health Ministers of the seven richest countries of the world should initiate a dialogue & coordination among the regulatory authorities, the pharmaceutical industry & patients.' 
-François Hollande
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Jodie and Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture company opens its first marijuana dispensary in Vancouver

Jodie and Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture company opens its first marijuana dispensary in Vancouver | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
Jodie Emery broke the news in an Instagram post she published on April 29, the day the city had given as a deadline for storefronts to close.
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'We want to demonstrate what legalization should look like & I'm eager to be able to do more to help the movement & push for more freedom and fair cannabis access" @CannabisCulture
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Drug dealers using Instagram and Tinder to find young customers

Drug dealers using Instagram and Tinder to find young customers | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
Now you can swipe right for #mephedrone as dealers branch out to social media sites popular with young people
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'The digital world has transformed the availability and threat of harmful drugs and we must adapt to these challenges. Forces are committed to reducing the harm caused by drugs but cannot do this alone; prevention, education and health services all have a crucial role.' @PoliceChiefs
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Drug overdose deaths in the US reach record levels - BBC News

Drug overdose deaths in the US reach record levels - BBC News | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
More than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014 - the most ever recorded in one year, US officials say.
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'Since 2000 rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including 200% increase in rate of overdose deaths involving opioids'

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Hooked - Part 1 - BBC News

Hooked - Part 1 - BBC News | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
The moving personal story of one young African man caught up in the international drugs trade.
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‘Hooked is a five-part BBC News report in graphic novel style of the human impact of that trade. It explores difficult themes of drug taking.’

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Give more attention to women addicts, urges Malaysian AIDS Council - The Rakyat Post

Give more attention to women addicts, urges Malaysian AIDS Council - The Rakyat Post | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR, March 5, 2015: Malaysia’s healthcare and welfare systems must specifically meet women’s needs if Malaysia is serious in ending HIV and AIDS. This is stated in a newly-launched report by the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC).
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"If we are serious about ending HIV & AIDS, then our health care and welfare systems & infrastructure must meet gender-specific needs and respect the health rights of the most vulnerable, including women who use drugs." Datuk Dr Raj Karim, Malaysian AIDS Council

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Cocaine has become part of suburban family life | The Times

Cocaine has become part of suburban family life | The Times | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
Cocaine is thriving in a ‘grey market’ of less pure forms, which cost less and have spread its use to lower-income families
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'an increasingly wide social spectrum is involved in cocaine powder use' ACMD
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Johann Hari & Naomi Klein: Does Capitalism Drive Drug Addiction?

Johann Hari & Naomi Klein: Does Capitalism Drive Drug Addiction? | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
British journalist Johann Hari recently sat down with Naomi Klein to discuss his new book, "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs."
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'The Downtown Eastside is like a laboratory of—I mean, you guys know that this is the highest concentration of addicts in North America. But also the Downtown Eastside is showing the way out of this in the most moving way.' @johannhari101 

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The Changing Face of Drug Addiction In the US

The Changing Face of Drug Addiction In the US | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
Although alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs are commonly seen as vices in places like Laguna Beach California and elsewh…
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Pain-killers such as OxyContin have been popularized in songs while stimulants like Adderall are often abused by college students seeking to gain an edge in school.

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Recovery House Counselor Understands the Challenges of Students with Addictions | Media Relations

Recovery House Counselor Understands the Challenges of Students with Addictions | Media Relations | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
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'We see students in clinical sessions as well as out in the world, which is gratifying. You can get a good sense of a person by seeing them in both environments and watching them grow. There is a lot of bonding and we stay connected even after they graduate.'

-Frank Greenagel, Rutgers University clinical social worker

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Superman ‘ecstasy’ pill deaths are result of ‘illogical and punitive drugs policy’

Superman ‘ecstasy’ pill deaths are result of ‘illogical and punitive drugs policy’ | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
Former government adviser Dr David Nutt says ban on MDMA has resulted in more dangerous drugs coming on to market
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'The emergence of the more toxic PMA following the so-called ‘success’ in reducing MDMA production is just one of many examples of how prohibition of one drug leads to greater harm from an alternative that is developed to overcome the block.' - Dr David Nutt

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This Is Your Brain on Drugs

This Is Your Brain on Drugs | Partnering to support women who inject drugs | Scoop.it
New studies show that the effects of marijuana on young people may be greater than we thought.
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