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Ice: dangerously addictive or party drug? We ask the users (Aus)

Ice: dangerously addictive or party drug? We ask the users (Aus) | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Ice has been called the most dangerous drug anyone could use but some experts fear the over-hyped language could mean the message won't be taken seriously, while users describe the range of experiences from party use to addiction.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, May 5, 2015 8:51 PM

Good to see coverage that reflects on the range of people's experiences with methamphetamines, from occasional, recreational use to full dependence. Very important recognition of the impact of hyperbolic language on the credibility of public health campaigns. Featuring Nicole Lee and Stephen Bright.

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Ellen Tuchman Ph D of NYUs Silver School of Social Work discusses her research with female injection drug users. She discusses the issue of self vs.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:19 PM

A great resource for planning your use of images. Big thanks to @Rick_Noble

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Why the WHO is not qualified to attempt to educate people about electronic cigarettes | ECITA Blog

Why the WHO is not qualified to attempt to educate people about electronic cigarettes | ECITA Blog | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Why the WHO is not qualified to attempt to educate people about electronic cigarettes http://t.co/MhMIbtma4j

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Policy Briefs and Reports - Harm Reduction Coalition

Policy Briefs and Reports - Harm Reduction Coalition | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Harm Reduction Coalition advances policies and programs that help people address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration.

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Housing key in harm reduction strategies

Housing key in harm reduction strategies | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
York Region (http://t.co/rqKaT3MmkK)

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Women Who Inject Drugs

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Ellen Tuchman Ph D of NYUs Silver School of Social Work discusses her research with female injection drug users. She discusses the issue of self vs.

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FDA Tobacco Chief Acknowledges Possibility of Less Risk

FDA Tobacco Chief Acknowledges Possibility of Less Risk | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Convenience Store Petroleum, CSP, is the leading c-store publication. CSP reports on fuels, beverages, tobacco, snacks, foodservice, etc.

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State set to allow heroin smoking : Views and News from Norway

State set to allow heroin smoking : Views and News from Norway | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Norway's health minister proposes new harm reduction policies to encourage switch from injecting to smoking heroin. http://t.co/3Ur4Bl8L3s

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'This is working': Portugal, 12 years after decriminalising drugs

'This is working': Portugal, 12 years after decriminalising drugs | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Twelve years after Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users, experts are pleased with the results.

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Shaun Shelly's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:38 AM

Portugal is leading the way in decrimanalisation - we should be following their example. The results speak for themselves.

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Marijuana collective operator says feds pushing him to sell illegally

Marijuana collective operator says feds pushing him to sell illegally | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it

An operator of a medical marijuana collective says he may have to continue selling pot illegally even after the Drug Enforcement Administration told him to close up shop.


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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 | Drug Users Union | 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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ReGenUC's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:19 PM

A great resource for planning your use of images. Big thanks to @Rick_Noble

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ReGenUC's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:19 PM

A great resource for planning your use of images. Big thanks to @Rick_Noble

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We Can End Opiate OD Deaths | The Fix

We Can End Opiate OD Deaths | The Fix | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Daily website for alcohol and drug addiction recovery news and information. Your source for addiction recovery news, rehab reviews and sober living tips.

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Do E-Cigarettes Really Work? Smokers More Likely to Quit with Vaporized Nicotine

Do E-Cigarettes Really Work? Smokers More Likely to Quit with Vaporized Nicotine | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
One-third of smokers looking to quit used e-cigarettes. (Do E-Cigarettes Really Work?

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Do E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit? - LiveScience.com

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Do E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?
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Smokers who wish to quit commonly use electronic cigarettes to help them, despite the lack of evidence that the devices work, a new study finds.

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Group Membership and Social Identity in Addiction Recovery

"Although exploratory, these results suggest that developing a social identity as a "recovering addict".......and subsequently highlighting the difference between such identities may be a useful strategy for reducing relapse among people with problems associated with addictive behaviors."


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FDA tobacco chief says health community grappling with idea that some products are less risky

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Changes in the marketplace have forced the public health community to wrestle with the idea that some tobacco products may pose less of a health risk than others, the new head of the Food and Drug Administration’s tobacco...

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Why Most Information Supporting E-Cigs Doesn't Count As Evidence ...

Why Most Information Supporting E-Cigs Doesn't Count As Evidence ... | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Electronic cigarettes were constantly in the spotlight and one major issue kept coming up. Joel Nitzkin is Chair of the Tobacco Control Task Force for the American Association of Public Health Physicians.

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Over 4000 police sign up to support harm reduction!

Over 4000 police sign up to support harm reduction! | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Not long to go!

The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will be held between the 22nd and 26th of April in (good news, over 4000 police sign up to support harm reduction!

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Community Organizing- HartCore : Prax(us)

Community Organizing- HartCore : Prax(us) | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Use media to learn about and challenge different forms of oppression - to build a stronger and safer community. http://t.co/Vat6CO2rXP
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Tobacco harm reduction amendments on e-cigarettes and snus tabled in ENVI| Chritian Engstrom, Pirate MEP

Tobacco harm reduction amendments on e-cigarettes and snus tabled in ENVI| Chritian Engstrom, Pirate MEP | Drug Users Union | Scoop.it
Together with colleagues in the European Parliament, I have now tabled 24 amendments on electronic cigarettes and snus in the ENVI committee. ENVI is the "lead committee" on the Tobacco Products Di...

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