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Falling in Love Again: The Truly Amazing History, Marketing, and Wide Legal Use of Today's Most "Dangerous" Drugs - AlterNet.org: Drugs

Falling in Love Again: The Truly Amazing History, Marketing, and Wide Legal Use of Today's Most "Dangerous" Drugs - AlterNet.org: Drugs | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
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Misguided optimism: the Silk Road closure and the War on Drugs

Misguided optimism: the Silk Road closure and the War on Drugs | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
The recent closure of illicit drugs website Silk Road by the FBI has been hailed as a decisive blow in the fight against organised crime and another victory in the global War on Drugs.Although a minor…...
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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, October 15, 2013 9:14 PM

Decisive blow! He who controls the language frames the argument...

 

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Risk of early death from smoking higher than thought

Risk of early death from smoking higher than thought | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
The risk of an early death from smoking is much more severe than thought, Australian researchers say.
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Christian Kyriakou's curator insight, November 14, 2013 8:21 PM

This is a great article as it informs teenagers about the risk of smoking and how it can effect your future life.

It  informs us that you have a high chance of death then non smokers

 

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Prison smoking ban ruled unlawful by High Court - National - NZ Herald News

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“ An urgent rule change by the Corrections Department which banned smoking in prisons has been ruled unlawful by a High Court judge. - New Zealand Herald”


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Pope in Brazil warns against legalising drugs and conflates use with misuse

Pope in Brazil warns against legalising drugs and conflates use with misuse | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
Pontiff says liberal policies being considered in Latin America will not end suffering as he continues first overseas visit

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Yet again, facts are of no interest to the moralistic.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, July 25, 2013 2:52 AM

Drug policy has never been rooted in scientific evidence - instead it has been rooted in 1950s moralistic arguments, scapegoating, fearmongering, racism, extreme anecdotes and misinformation ....  and we keep re-hashing the same old arguments.

 

A scientific evidenced based drug policy is long overdue.

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Where do Drugs Come From Poster

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Infographic poster


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Krishna Shah's curator insight, December 7, 2013 2:25 PM

I scooped this poster because it shows good statistics of where drugs come from. People that are interested in knowing this can read this poster. 

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How drug testing may lead cannabis users to move to legal highs

How drug testing may lead cannabis users to move to legal highs | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it

Findings: Most of the users in the qualitative sample sought a legal alternative to cannabis (their drug of choice) to avoid positive drug test screenings and criminal sanctions. Many were attending abstinence-only drug treatment programmes, under community corrections, or were seeking a career in the US military. These individuals were randomly drug tested and knew that the metabolites of synthetic cannabis are not detected in standard urine drug screenings.

 

Conclusions: US drug policies – the prohibition of marijuana and the proliferation of drug testing – have led users to seek out legal highs.


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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 10, 2013 12:28 PM

Another example of the damage caused by prohibition and the war on drugs ... in this case tough punishments and social sanction resulting from drug testing are creating a growing demand (and indeed culture) for undetectable and often unknown legal highs which probably pose much greater risk than cannabis.

MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, May 31, 2013 9:23 AM

Witness the drug by drug failure of New Zealand's latest Psychoactive Substances ammendments.... while the holistic approach, joined up thinking required by our National Drug Policy goes down the toilet along with the "worlds best" regulations,  are deleted from the books... to satisfy a moral panic. The premis is, enough people knashing teeth and politicians jump for more of the same.

 

NZ is a living laboratory, not for SAFER drugs, rather  of applied prohibitory concepts and evidence of its failure....

 

We should test regulation vs prohibition for 'safety' and policians for stupidity.

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VIDEO 15min: The Wire creator David Simon on US war on drugs, capitalism & social control (worth watching)

David Simon, creator of HBO TV drama The Wire, speaks about capitalism, Margaret Thatcher and how anti-drug enforcement has evolved into social control

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 26, 2013 8:19 PM

Problem drug use or 'addiction' is not a disease, it's not an equal opportunity affliction (despite the addicted/recovered celebs regularly paraded before us) - it disproprtionately affects the poor and marginalised. PDU as Simon suggest should be understood as a symptom of extreme structural inequality - the plight of the discarded working class who have no worth and no opportunity to sell their labour but living in an affluent advanced wealthy capitalist society.

 

Related readings

 

The War on Drugs a War on Drug Users: http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/23/

 

Understanding Problematic Drug Use: A Medical Matter or a Social Issue? http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/18/

 

Grant Hall's comment, May 26, 2013 11:15 PM
WE need more like him speaking out . . . excellent interview!
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VIDEO 5mins: Debating the Risks of Synthetic Cannabis

Synthetic cannabis - 93% of tokers don't prefer it! The spray on stone - like fake tans are bad for your health. If it doesn't look like weed, smell like wee...

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 29, 2013 6:00 PM

But tough prohibition and increased use of drug testing by employers and government is driving people away from illicit drugs to explore synthetic and possibly more dangerous alternatives  ... the longer prohibition continues the worse the impact gets!

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Study of daily users shows marijuana pills trump smoked marijuana for pain relief

Taking a marijuana pill is more effective at relieving pain than smoking the drug, a new US study of daily marijuana smokers has shown, but the authors warn the findings may not translate to non-regular…...

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Prescription drug deaths overtake state road toll (Vic)

Prescription drug deaths overtake state road toll (Vic) | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
More Victorians died of prescription drug overdoses last year than in road accidents, new figures show.

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Krishna Shah's curator insight, December 7, 2013 3:36 PM

It is sad to see that death from drug overdose happens more than road accidents. This article is interesting because you can see how drug overdoses can affect you in the long run. 

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Ban will not deter young K2 users (NZ)

Ban will not deter young K2 users (NZ) | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
Young synthetic cannabis users say they'll keep smoking K2 as long as they can get it.

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New synthetic cannabis to be tested ASAP - 3News NZ

New synthetic cannabis to be tested ASAP - 3News NZ | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
3News NZ New synthetic cannabis to be tested ASAP 3News NZ New synthetic cannabis products that hit the market today, replacing products banned on Thursday, are going to be tested as quickly as possible.
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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, May 12, 2013 5:39 AM

This is not synthetic cannabis anymore than a Granny Smith is likely to  be made  in a factory. Language is important.

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For First Time, Pain 'Signature' Spotted on Brain MRIs – WebMD

For First Time, Pain 'Signature' Spotted on Brain MRIs – WebMD | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
Scientists could distinguish physical from emotional pain, discomfort in study (Scientists could distinguish physical from #emotional #pain-Will help better understand #headaches or #fibromyalgia..
http://t.co/gqFQJN5ZLx)...

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Grieving father wants life for Silk Road founder

Grieving father wants life for Silk Road founder | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
A grieving father says the website founder is culpable in his son's death and should spend his life in prison.
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The government's plan to curb drug-driving is a car crash

The government's plan to curb drug-driving is a car crash | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
David Nutt: Once again the government ignores the advice of its own scientists, while loosening up rules for pubs on the motorway

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, October 2, 2013 3:35 PM

Cannabis displaces alcohol harms. In particular in and around roads.

Drug Possession Laws's curator insight, October 12, 2013 12:50 PM

Any zero tolerance policy is inherently stupid, especially for THC that could have been consumed weeks ago and is not imparing you.

That's actually the law in Arizona. 

http://www.myarizonadefenselawyer.com/2013/03/actual-impairment-not-a-factor-for-a-marijuana-dui-in-arizona/

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Prison smoking ban ruled unlawful by High Court - National - NZ Herald News

Prison smoking ban ruled unlawful by High Court - National - NZ Herald News | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it

“ An urgent rule change by the Corrections Department which banned smoking in prisons has been ruled unlawful by a High Court judge. - New Zealand Herald”


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Video: Julian Buchanan on the war on drugs - by FEAD

Video: Julian Buchanan on the war on drugs - by FEAD | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
 Julian describes his view that the war on drugs is not rational 

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Julian Buchanan's comment, June 26, 2013 6:44 PM
Thanks Sandra!
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Should soft drugs be decriminalised? (NZ)

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The Vote is a monthly current affairs debate show filmed ‘as live’ before a studio audience.Every four weeks, two teams led by Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner will go head-to-head over a big issue facing New Zealand.

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Grant Hall's comment, May 15, 2013 9:03 PM
Well said . . .
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Cheers Grant
MildGreen Initiative's comment, June 2, 2013 4:32 PM
Media has little interest in resolving the tensions....they completly omitteto mention that we have the worlds best rules and that the current moral panic is because we havent tried/applied them. Media have never even mentioned them five years after they were made law.
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War on drugs hitting poorest women hardest: Huge number in Thai prisons 85% for drugs

War on drugs hitting poorest women hardest: Huge number in Thai prisons 85% for drugs | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it

War on drugs hitting poor women hard. The Thai government's notion of a war on drugs has done little to solve the actual problem and has led instead to a larger number of women in prison.

About 85 per cent of female inmates are being held for drug-related offences and Thailand is said to have the world's highest number of women prisoners - almost 19,000 - after the United States....


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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 16, 2013 2:19 AM

It's a disgrace - across the world it's the poorest people and the poorest countries who bear the brunt of the war on drugs

Krishna Shah's curator insight, December 7, 2013 2:36 PM

People may be accusing other people of drug abuse, especially women. Interesting article!

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'Crack Baby' Scare Overblown, Research Finds

'Crack Baby' Scare Overblown, Research Finds | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
CHICAGO -- Research in teens adds fresh evidence that the 1980s "crack baby" scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 28, 2013 4:37 PM

distortion and exaggeration to justify war on drugs has a long history ... this is by no means the first time it has happened and wont be the last time sadly -so we need to continually ask tough questions and cast doubt on the research that stands in isolation

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EMCDDA | Perspectives on drugs: models for legal supply of cannabis: recent developments


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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 28, 2013 5:18 PM

interesting overview

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How Childhood Trauma May Make the Brain Vulnerable to Addiction, Depression | TIME.com

How Childhood Trauma May Make the Brain Vulnerable to Addiction, Depression | TIME.com | Recreational drug use | Scoop.it
Childhood trauma has long been known to raise a child's odds of developing depression and addiction later on. Now, a small but intriguing new study links these risks to specific changes in the brain

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Krishna Shah's curator insight, December 7, 2013 2:39 PM

This article is interesting because it shows how different kinds of trauma, especially in children, can lead to depression and even drug use. 

Alexandra S. 's curator insight, January 14, 2014 6:38 PM

There has always been a link between childhood trauma and the increase in chances of developing depression and addiction later on in life, however now this artcile suggests there are specific changes in the brain  that are disrupting certain neural networks. Research using brain-imaging technique measured differences in teen's brains where they found the right hippocampus was affected majorly. This portion of the brain plays a big part in emotional processing which has a major impact on a child's outcome and life. Making sure that as clinicians we understand how stress and trauma can lead to addictions is imperative to our client's success and well-being. 

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MPs call for cheaper alcohol in Commons (UK)

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MPs have called for prices of alcohol to be slashed at Commons bars.

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K2 use worries mental health services (NZ)

The number of patients using mental health services in Southland has increased dramatically since K2 was introduced, Southland Hospital staff say.


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