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The Lancet: Experts call for global drug policy reform as evidence shows 'war on drugs' has harmed public health and human rights

The Lancet: Experts call for global drug policy reform as evidence shows 'war on drugs' has harmed public health and human rights | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Drug laws intended to protect have contributed to lethal violence, disease transmission, discrimination, forced displacement and undermined people's right to health 

Non-violent minor drug offences should be decriminalised and health and social services for drug users strengthened 

Fifty years of drug policies aimed at restricting and criminalizing drug use and minor possession have had serious detrimental effects on the health, wellbeing and human rights of drug users and the wider public, according to a major new report by 

The Lancet and Johns Hopkins University in the US. The authors of the Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy [1] call for non-violent minor drug offenses including use, possession, and petty sale, to be decriminalized. The report provides compelling evidence from countries such as Portugal and the Czech Republic that have decriminalized non-violent minor drug offenses, and seen significant public health benefits, cost savings, and lower incarceration with no significant increase in problematic drug use. 

 The authors call for an evidence-based approach to drug policy. With the legalization of cannabis in Uruguay and four US states (Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska), the Commission urges governments considering regulated markets like these to find appropriate ways of evaluating their impact so that lessons can be learned.

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The Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy is composed of 22 experts from a wide range of disciplines and professions from low, middle and high income countries.
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The Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy is composed of 22 experts from a wide range of disciplines and professions from low, middle and high income countries.
Ian Wiggins's curator insight, December 14, 2017 11:30 AM
Fifty years of drug policies aimed at restricting and criminalizing drug use and minor possession have had serious detrimental effects on the health, wellbeing and human rights of drug users and the wider public
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Drug Policy Based On Fear Means Everyone Loses (Aus)

Drug Policy Based On Fear Means Everyone Loses (Aus) | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
The opposite of how it should be.

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Harm Reduction Australia's Gino Vumbaca on the political challenges of ensuring drug policies are based on evidence, not ideology. You can see a summary of the results from HRA's survey of parties' support of harm reduction here: http://www.harmreductionaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/HRA-2016-Election-Policy-Guide-2.pdf.

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Video Julian Buchanan, The social construction and demonisation of drugs

Watch the video «Julian Buchanan, The social construction and demonisation of drugs» uploaded by Julian Buchanan on Dailymotion.

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Reconsidering Addiction and Addiction Treatment: A Talk with Dr. Stanton Peele @speele5 & DPA's Asha Bandele

Reconsidering Addiction and Addiction Treatment: A Talk with Dr. Stanton Peele @speele5 & DPA's Asha Bandele | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

Stanton Peele, author and pioneer in the study of addiction discusses the differences between problematic drug use and addiction, realistic treatment options, and the relationship between addiction, stigma and drug policy reform.

Dr. Peele fielded questions from colleagues in the treatment field, from advocates inspired by his writing, and from grieving parents who had lost children to overdose.

As represented by this conversation, there is no one experience of or answer to addiction, but as Dr. Peele said, we can unify around one message: we cannot have a drug policy reform conversation without first addressing underlying assumptions about drugs and addiction.


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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, December 18, 2014 9:31 PM

Stanton Peele always speaks a lot of sense...

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Benefits from treating heroin addiction with heroin: Switzerland | Drugs, Society and Human Rights

Benefits from treating heroin addiction with heroin: Switzerland | Drugs, Society and Human Rights | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

The Swiss experience with heroin and drug policy reform can be generalised to offer a number of important lessons: i) Programmes must be based on scientific-evidence and research and not ideological statements; ii) Public education is vital on...


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'The House I Live In' - The Most Important Drug War Film You'll Ever See - Forbes

'The House I Live In' - The Most Important Drug War Film You'll Ever See - Forbes | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
VideoEugene Jarecki's new movie The House I Live In should be seen by everybody, because it's the most important film about the drug war produced to date.
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Photographing a Heroin Addict through Despair, Horror and Hope ...

Photographing a Heroin Addict through Despair, Horror and Hope ... | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
In the Fall of 2010 Ottowa photographer Tony Fouhse asked Stephanie MacDonald if there was something he could do to help her. Stephanie is a heroin addict. She asked him to help her get into rehab.
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Prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine ...

Prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine ... | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) According to a new report from Brandeis University, prescription painkillers -- opioid or narcotic pain relievers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone -- are ...
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BBC News - Sacked government drugs adviser vows to tell truth

BBC News - Sacked government drugs adviser vows to tell truth | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Sacked government adviser David Nutt vows to tell the truth about drugs as he launches a rival independent group.
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Alcohol 'harms more than heroin'

Alcohol 'harms more than heroin' | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack based on the overall dangers to the individual and society as a whole, according to a report co-authored by the UK's former chief drugs adviser Professor David Nutt.
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UNGASS 2016 - The Future of Drug Policy - PREVENT, don´t promote

To promote public health and public safety it is essential that governments adhere to the three main drug control treaties of 1961, 1971 and 1988, as well as the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

 

The UN drug treaties provide the best framework for reducing nonmedical drug use and its many negative consequences. All member states should recognize that these treaties create a solid foundation on which to build future drug policy innovations. 

 

The meeting is a UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, from April 19-21 (side events starting on April 18th). The ‘General Assembly’ is the principle policy-making organ of the UN and the only one in which all 193 UN member states have equal representation. At the request of member states, it convenes UN General Assembly Special Sessions (UNGASS) on specific issues. There was an UNGASS on drugs in 1998 at which member states agreed on a Political Declaration on Global Drug Control. Ten years later, member states met in Vienna to discuss progress made and to agree on a new Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem. 

 

PREVENTDONTPROMOTE

 

UNGASS 2016


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Explain why Human rights must be central to drug policy

Explain why Human rights must be central to drug policy | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

An accessible but comprehensive primer on why TNI believes that human rights must be at the heart of any debate on drug control


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'They deserved to die' and other views on drug use #Stigma #Discrimination

'They deserved to die' and other views on drug use #Stigma #Discrimination | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Four young adults in the UK recently died after reportedly taking ‘Superman’ ecstasy pills which happened to contain high levels of a dangerous adulterant called PMMA.  The story was covered extensively, and I, too, contributed a piece to The Independent.  Interestingly, however, many comments in response suggested these users deserved to die for using an illegal drug such as ecstasy.  Other comments suggested that anyone who takes a drug like ecstasy lacks intelligence and deserves to be elimin

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How Latin America May Lead the World in Decriminalizing Drug Use | World | TIME.com

How Latin America May Lead the World in Decriminalizing Drug Use | World | TIME.com | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has never been soft on crime. The 30-year military veteran rose to power last year on the wings of his law-and-order platform, crystalized in his campaign slogan: “Iron fist, head, and heart.

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Why is Marijuana Illegal?

Why is Marijuana Illegal? | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

This explains very well what is going on today and joins the article on Harm Reduction.

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Harm reduction can have a dramatic effect on lifespan Drug WarRant

Prohibitionists are not interested in harm reduction, quite the contrary, they have a vested interest in “harm increase,” including more deaths and disease because then they can say “look! drugs are bad.
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Using Heroin To Treat Heroin Addiction

Using Heroin To Treat Heroin Addiction | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Video : Michael Jourdan (Drug Researcher) gives expert video advice on: What is a 'heroin injection site'?; What controversial heroin treatments are being tried in Europe?
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David Nutt giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s (HASC) inquiry into drugs.

http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Embed/GeneralEmbed.aspx?meeting=10982

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BBC NEWS | Health | Drugs adviser King resigns

BBC NEWS | Health | Drugs adviser King resigns | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Dr Les King has quit his role on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs following the sacking the former chief advisor on the panel, David Nutt.
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BBC NEWS | UK | Profile: Professor David Nutt

BBC NEWS | UK | Profile: Professor David Nutt | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
A profile of Professor David Nutt, the chief drugs adviser is sacked by the Home Office.
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THAILAND: Ambivalent about needle exchanges

THAILAND: Ambivalent about needle exchanges | Heroin & Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Needle exchanges for injecting drug users and the decriminalization of people who use drugs are the most effective ways of preventing HIV and hepatitis C infections in Thailand, say experts.
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