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Prescription Drug Abuse No. 1 Cause Of Accidental Death - CBS Local

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Prescription Drug Abuse No. 1 Cause Of Accidental Death
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Abuse of prescription drugs may now be the No. 1 cause of accidental death in the United States.
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This article again tells the dangers of Drug Addiction, most specifically prescription drugs. Rather than thinking that illegal drugs are the most leading cause of accidental death, which really brings to light the amount of individuals who are addicted to prescription drugs. 

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VIDEO: Is it time to end the global war on drugs?

VIDEO: Is it time to end the global war on drugs? | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

"Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso say repressive approaches to containing drugs have failed.Both men are members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy - and they are calling for a new approach.In an newspaper opinion piece they wrote: "'We called on governments to adopt more humane and effective ways of controlling and regulating drugs. We recommended that the criminalisation of drug use should be replaced by a public health approach."


Via Julian Buchanan
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This video highlights the ineffectiveness on the current policies used to try and contain criminal drug lifestyles and distribution across the world. It focuses on two world leaders who have called for a repeal of the current laws and wish to provide a public health policy that has been proven effective in places such as Portugal. This could quantify habits such as drug addiction but would quell government issues with drug-related crime.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 8, 2013 1:43 AM

Global War on Drugs!

Christian Troiani's curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:13 AM

This article focuses on the global war on drugs and members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy calling for new approaches by governments worldwide to control and regulate drugs. One of the main messages in this article is the magnitude and seriousness of the drug problem. This message is conveyed strongly by including statistics such as 230 million people took illicit drugs in 2011 and that estimates suggest that one-quarter of a million deaths are drug-related. Another important message in the article is that there are more and more calls for decriminalisation around the world. It conveys this message effectively by mentioning the names of various countries such as Portugal, Chile and Ecuador and some US states such as Colorado and Washington which have legalised and regulated drugs. Leaders in these places believe that decriminalisation helps to undermine organised crime which is still open for debate. This article is accompanied by a video which also helps to convey its messages effectively on the debate.

 

 

 

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Every War On Drugs Myth Destroyed By A Retired Police Captain ...

Every War On Drugs Myth Destroyed By A Retired Police Captain ... | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Below is an interview with Peter Christ Peter is a co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) that has gone viral. He appears on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY and takes on all aspects of our disastrous War on Drugs.
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Here is another interesting example of a pro-drug argument pulled from a website that favors revolution and social change. This man uses a pretty convincing argument that involves bible references and an unusual path of logic, but it provides interesting perspective for those interested in hearing more about pro-drug policies.

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Mexico's war on drugs continues on its faltering path - Borderzine (blog)

Mexico's war on drugs continues on its faltering path - Borderzine (blog) | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Mexico's war on drugs continues on its faltering path Borderzine (blog) “The drug war is more than a justice issue, it is a social issue; a lot of words and not a lot of action,” said Jose Villalobos, assistant professor at the University of Texas...
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The drug war in Mexico has been taken from a political action to a social injustice, and the amount of people suffering from drug dependence in the country has reached an unsettling number. People who are concerned about the current crisis in Mexico involving Drugs and Drug related crime would benefit from reading this article.  

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Andrew Lokantsov's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:20 PM

Of all the places iv'e heard of, MExico seems to be hit the hardest. It's smack in the middle of the suppliers from South America, and the demand in the United States. This could be shown to anyone who believes there is no bad side to the drug war.

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The risks of marijuana are many - Kansas City Star

Kansas City Star The risks of marijuana are many Kansas City Star Imagine the public outrage if a toxic drug was approved without any regulation for “recreational” use in adults and children that suppresses the immune system, causes schizophrenia,...
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This article displays the dangers of a specific drug and highlights specific users, targetting the 55 percent of its users that are between the ages of 12-18. It highlights the dampening effects cannabis has on the mind and is not a proper medical substance, completely bashing states who have allowed the use of medical marijuana. 

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Staloff '14: Our latest drug problem - The Brown Daily Herald

Staloff '14: Our latest drug problem - The Brown Daily Herald | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Staloff '14: Our latest drug problem
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The drug is called naloxone. Our war on drugs is shifting from street corners to pharmacy counters, and naloxone is fighting on the front lines.
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This article discusses the dangers of prescirption drug abuse, which it claims is more dangerous than illegal drug abuse as far as lethal effects are concerned. It also says that college students have been abusing opiod presciption drugs most commonly, and as these drugs are highly addictive, it is very common for those to unmedically take these types of pills and suffer the worst of the side effects, including death. 

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Meet Carl Hart, the Scientist Debunking America's Myths About Drugs - PolicyMic

Meet Carl Hart, the Scientist Debunking America's Myths About Drugs - PolicyMic | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Meet Carl Hart, the Scientist Debunking America's Myths About Drugs PolicyMic Dispelling the myths surrounding drug abuse and addiction is precisely the goal of Hart's new book, High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That...
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This article provides an interesting flip of perspective about a psychological standpoint on Drug abuse. The credibility of Hart's claims are interestingly sound and it will be interesting to follow the news to come surrounding his pro-drug philosophy. 

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Andrew Lokantsov's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:18 PM

I enjoyed this, a regular looking guy trying to help his community through the power of wrods. i give props to this man and any like him.