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December 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers - Harm Reduction Coalition

December 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers - Harm Reduction Coalition | Drugs Users and Law Reform | 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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Portuguese drug policy shows that decriminalisation can work, but only alongside improvements in health and social policies.

Portuguese drug policy shows that decriminalisation can work, but only alongside improvements in health and social policies. | Drugs Users and Law Reform | Scoop.it
Today the Home Affairs Select Committee in the United Kingdom releases a report on drug policy. The report draws on lessons from Portugal’s decriminalisation of drug possession and puts forward a c...

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Colombia's President Combatting Insurgency with Drug Law Reform | Cannabis Culture

Colombia's President Combatting Insurgency with Drug Law Reform | Cannabis Culture | Drugs Users and Law Reform | Scoop.it
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Harm reduction in prison - Stephen Heller Murphy

Nurse and committed harm-reductionist Stephen Heller Murphy, describes some of his work in Scottish prisons. He also looks at the current state of affairs an...

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Funding Daily: Prohibition ends!

Funding Daily: Prohibition ends! | Drugs Users and Law Reform | Scoop.it
79 years ago, Prohibition. Today, entrepreneurs embody some of that bootlegging spirit to get companies off the ground. (Funding Daily: Prohibition ends!
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Drugs and Politics Stoke Ireland Gang War - NYTimes.com

A well-known crime figure was shot dead in Dublin this week in the latest gangland killing to afflict the Irish capital. Police are linking the murder to an underworld war involving dissident Republican militants.
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Drug treatment policy often misguided says criminology professor | Drug Foundation

Drug treatment policy often misguided says criminology professor | Drug Foundation | Drugs Users and Law Reform | Scoop.it

"Overcoming problem drug use has much more to do with addressing socio-economic factors than physiological or psychological addiction ... The vast majority of people who get themselves in a complete mess with drugs are people whose lives were already a mess before they starting using.

...These people have become feared, distrusted and sometimes hated by wider society. The biggest hurdle they face is not overcoming drug addiction – but overcoming social exclusion. ...The ‘war on drugs’ approach makes it near impossible for problem drug users to find their way back into society, and just encourages them into further drug use as a way of coping and managing the grim realities that have become their lives.”


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