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  • Title: TalkingDrugs | A space for sharing stories about drugs
    Descriptive info: .. Jump to navigation.. TalkingDrugs.. France, Race and Drugs.. Brazilian new drug Law to be voted.. How the debate in the US has evolved.. NZ Minister Speaks on New "Legal High" Regulations.. HCLU interviews Peter Dunne, NZ Minister of Revenue about the new regulations to protect consumers of legal drug substitutes.. World TB Day Announcement: TB Resources Lacking.. GNP+ and INPUD call for increased TB services, particularly among those infected with HIV and prisoners.. UN ignores Pakistan's cannabis culture.. Is there a high level of dependency, or is cannabis use just the norm?.. "Rave Parties" Turn India to Designer Drugs.. Designer Drugs and Rave Party Culture May Pose Problems for Indian Youth.. Osborne takes a penny off a pint.. The government is happy to use our desire for beer for its own advantage.. Drugs, Prisons, and Human Rights.. A campaign for change in Italy.. Drugs and Race.. Drug policy almost always seems to impact on minority groups.. The Commission on Narcotic Drugs.. The UN drug policy body has gathered in Vienna.. Larger drug market will result from  ...   Stories.. Tobacco.. United Nations.. IDPC Blog.. Youth RISE Blog.. WHRIN.. Uganda Harm Reduction Network.. Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Blog.. Tell us a story.. Select language.. English.. العربية.. Български.. 简体中文.. Čeština.. Dansk.. Nederlands.. Français.. Deutsch.. Ελληνικά.. Magyar.. Italiano.. 日本語.. Latviešu.. Bahasa Melayu.. Norsk (Bokmål).. پښتو.. Polski.. Português.. Română.. Русский.. Español.. Svenska.. ภาษาไทย.. Türkçe.. Українська.. Tiếng Việt.. Follow.. Follow TalkingDrugs on Facebook.. Follow TalkingDrugs on Twitter.. @Talkingdrugs.. Priest sentenced for bringing prescription Suboxone on a visit out of “concern for an inmate’s personal welfare".. t.. co/unn63ibVjd.. 6 hours 24 min ago.. This case is one of "several similar incidents" of policemen stealing impounded drugs to resell in Spain.. co/WJlDesi52z.. 7 hours 24 min ago.. Cannabis growers are responsible for spate of quad bike thefts, say New Zealand Police.. co/Mcy1KSt8Pf.. 7 hours 53 min ago.. After a large cannabis plantation is discovered in South Africa, locals have rushed to the scene to harvest it.. co/NCN7LLYyGT.. 8 hours 15 min ago.. © 2013 Release.. Cookie policy.. Terms and conditions.. This work is licensed under a.. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.. 0 Unported License..

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  • Title: Fabrice Olivet talks to TalkingDrugs about race and drugs in France | TalkingDrugs
    Descriptive info: Fabrice Olivet talks to TalkingDrugs about race and drugs in France.. Submitted by.. Rupert George.. on.. Fri, 22/03/2013 - 12:22.. Fabrice Olivet is a french harm reduction activist.. Since 1996 he has managed.. ASUD.. , a NGO agreed by government to represent drug users interest in French the health system.. Graduated in history, he is a polemist engaged in several debates regarding the 'French identity'.. Publication : La Question Métisse ( the mixed people case) , Mille et une Nuits, Paris, 2011.. Q1.. Why is talking about issues related to race and ethnicity so difficult in France and what impact does that have on challenging discrimination?.. France is strongly attached to a myth of republican equality, realised in the Human Rights Declaration of 1789, which condemns any form of discrimination based on race or religion.. This principle allowed to the revolutionary government of 1794 to be the first Nation in the World to abolish slavery, a measure that was repealed by Napoleon, years later.. This myth of a republican form of government which we call universalism, faced many deadlocks, notably during the colonial expansion where the majority of the subjugated peoples were deprived of the French nationality.. However, it has permitted to France to assimilate many waves of immigration since the end of the 19th century: East European Jews, Italians, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and recently North African French - the repatriates of Algeria -, Mediterranean populations, Jews, Maltese, Italian-Spanish.. All these ethnic groups have been successfully integrated in French society without forming real, different, segregated communities.. The issue of race has been dominant in French history but has very often been hidden in silence.. Our famous author known as Alexander Dumas was the son of an African military officer during the revolution, the officer Dumas.. The National Assembly possessed many representatives of colour, even a Minister of the colonies in 1917, during the War.. One well known theorist of the superiority of the white race is the Comte Edgard de Gobineau, whose writings are very popular in Germany until 1945 ( along with the writings of Houston Steward Chamberlain, an English).. Anti- Semitism became the cause of almost a civil war between 1898 and 1904, during what the French call the ‘Dreyfus Case’(‘Affaire Dreyfus’).. These events lead France into building a forced judicial corpus that forbids any public reference or insinuation in any public document to colour or ethnicity, religion and even more to race.. This system has been globally operating until the end of the 60’s, when many workers belonging to ancient African or Asian colonies arrived in France and shaped one important part of the French population (but officially impossible to count them).. The immigrants, totally French, as in France the right of the ground is applied (coherent with an ideology of universalism), have suffered racism, social exclusion, confinement in isolated suburbs very far from the centre- real ghettos-, all these happening in terrible contradiction with the written Constitution rules.. This contradictory tendency, involving on the one side the universalist and humanist theory but on the other side discriminatory practices led to a hard-to-resolve paradox.. We know that French people of colour and French Arabs are numerous in prisons, are struck by unemployment, are the main social services beneficiaries, are mainly inserted in society as consumers and are involved in drug trafficking networks, but we are legally incapable of proving all these data statistically.. This true schizophrenia promotes some old rooted fascist traditions, that are built upon the evident hypocrisy of the official egalitarian discourse and serve the interests of the Far Right Party (‘Le Front National’).. Conversely, these ‘republican’ laws, which do not allow the ethnic groups to stand up for themselves, to claim a specific identity or even face up to the discriminations of which they are the victims, prevent all communities -except for the Jewish community due to historical reasons- from constituting themselves into an interest group, into networks of action and a fortiori into a lobby.. The unanimously praised work of Michelle Alexander on the New Jim Crow, is simply impossible to be repeated in France because of legal restrictions.. Q2.. In the absence of good statistics, in your judgement do you think there is much difference in the rates of drug use amongst different communities in France?.. This is a difficult question, as we are incapable of knowing the exact statistics of the immigrant populations coming from Africa.. In addition, the statistics on drug use in France are very random.. The issue of drugs and immigration in France is an issue surrounded by many myths and fantasies, just like in the US or the Netherlands.. We do not know whether the HIV epidemic among the injecting drug users during the 80’s and 90’s affected more the suburban cities.. All that we are aware of is  ...   this epidemic has been jugulated since 2000.. The generalization of risk reduction in France and more importantly the liberal providing of substitution treatment medicines was enough to eliminate the drug users from the HIV statistics (at the moment there are less than 4% new cases), including the immigrant origin population.. Unfortunately the memory of an hecatomb, "misunderstood", "taken hard" and especially never recognized by the authorities keeps on feeding feelings of frustration, often ambivalent, among the French population with immigration origins.. In the new suburban ghettoes of the big cities, heroin is actually being considered as a dangerous substance and injection as a degrading practice.. In many cities, a true drug-addicts chase has developed, led by the youngest, despite or because of the fact that in certain neighbourhoods all families had to lament deaths caused by overdoses or HIV (victims including a cousin, a brother, a son or an uncle.. the girls being less represented in this segment of population).. At the same time, what is striking is that the suburbs of the french cities were connected with the international drug trafficking networks during the 80s, when the wave of heroin was at its peak.. It is sure that heroin has been controlled but neither the traffic nor the networks have.. On the contrary, it is the resale of cannabis and that of the cocaine at a lesser extent, which actually structure a part of social relations in these neighbourhoods.. This was an unimaginable situation in the 70s for example, when the suburban areas, mostly inhabited by first generation immigrants or people coming from overseas (Antilles etc.. ) were peaceful zones of a relative social and ethnic mixing.. Much worse, the level of violence associated with the control of the drug markets, is proportional to the inflation of profits, generated by the drug trafficking.. Several recent murders i in Marseille.. illustrate this.. The growing social division between the French populations, coming from the ex-African colonies, included Maghreb and the republican ideal, widely exceed the question of drug policies.. Yet, two factors seem to be in favour of the necessity of being particularly interested in the intersection of the two issues:.. Like in the USA, but with a completely indifferent public opinion, the state racism, the racism of the police forces and that of certain categories of the judicial apparatus have given rise to impunity, hidden behind the 'war on drugs’, without any voice being raised to denounce an endemic evil, which risks, in the long term, to literally trigger the explosion of the republican consensus.. Today, the role of the drug trafficking in the ‘parallel’ economy of the suburbs, obliges us to revise our drug policies.. Otherwise there is a risk to see France, leaning towards a Mexican like scenario, which progressively corrupts the elected local body of representatives and the police forces.. The institutional blindness, generated by the prohibition of the existence of ethnic statistics in France- the last symptom of which is the president's Hollande initiative to ban the use of the word race from the Constitution- is actually counterproductive in the fight against racism.. This fiction, shaped by good republican intentions, has become a smoke-screen, which allows, on the contrary, the expression of all forms of racism, without having to justify themselves, in the light of scientific investigations, concerning the level of discrimination suffered by certain.. ’races’.. Banning the use of the word race to struggle against racism is completely inappropriate.. It is usual for the advocates of anti-racism to revel in a truism: human races do not exist, it is scientifically proven.. Try then to explain this ‘self-evident’ fact to millions of people who are stopped, searched and arrested every day, simply because they are not white.. The war on drugs offers a unique motivation to continue widening the gap among races.. Edited and Translated by Stefania Morozini.. Add new comment.. Comments.. Jude.. replied on.. Fri, 22/03/2013 - 17:05.. Permalink.. Excellent article thank you so much learnt heaps of information x.. reply.. Fabrice Olivet.. Sat, 23/03/2013 - 00:46.. Thanks Jude.. This contribution has been highly supported by T.. D and specially by Rupert It is also connected to Michelle Alexander work and her brillant New Jim Crow.. Racism should become a full issue in the Drug war analysis and harm reduction approach.. Your name.. Comment.. *.. More information about text formats.. Plain text.. No HTML tags allowed.. Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.. Lines and paragraphs break automatically.. 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  • Title: Brazilian chamber of deputies to vote on stricter new drug law | TalkingDrugs
    Descriptive info: Brazilian chamber of deputies to vote on stricter new drug law.. Felipe Elias.. Thu, 21/03/2013 - 13:02.. Last week, the Brazilian chamber of deputies moved forward a law project that aims to make substancial changes on the existing law on drug policies and the treatment given to drug users, in favor of a far more strict and punishing approach.. Almost at the same time, while at the United Nation’s Drugs Comitee Annual Meeting, Brazilian ex-president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, president of the Global Commission on Drug Policies, signed a document according to which repression and militarization have proven not to be working, and drug policies around the globe should rather be rooted on public health grounds.. Deputy Osmar Terra’s proposal has 33 amends to be made on the already existing law.. Compulsory admission into rehab centers, a new classification of drugs into categories, the increase of minimum jail sentences for drug dealing and the drive of public money into private drug treatment centers (mostly owned by religious institutions) are some of the ones that have attracted more criticism.. A number of NGOs and Human Rights campaigners have manifested against the project.. They say the commission responsible for the project has no scientific basis to make the new drugs  ...   José Eduardo Cardozo stated: “if I were ever to spend time in some of these institutions as an inmate I would rather kill myself”).. Also, because the line that defines drug dealing and drug must be determined by the court on a case by case basis, what happens in practice is that only the poorer will end up being sentenced for longer terms, as they can rarely prove that whatever drug quantity they may be caught with is for personal use.. For former Minister of Justice Pedro Abromovay, Mr Osmar Terra’s proposal is “disastrous”.. “Increasing the minimum sentences will only strengthen organized crime, as chances are that many drug users will end up spending a lot longer in jail and getting trapped by it.. ” Still according to Abromovay, 60% of convicted criminals for drug dealing have no connection with organized criminal groups at the time they are sent to jail, thou become close to them once they are in.. Drug Policy on Twitter.. @weedshouts.. @Medcanpoet.. : ''Ban the.. #Bong.. in Victoria'' - Paul Dillon.. #Cannabis.. #DrugWar.. poster 4 -.. #Australia.. #DrugPolicy.. #Drugs.. #Violence.. co/B7x1OzBhpg.. 3 hours 4 min ago.. @sbh6000.. 3 hours 27 min ago.. @dougmcvay.. Prescription drug abuse strategy targets governments, health practitioners.. co/hXcxotlzRO.. #Canada..

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  • Title: Kevin Sabet and Smart Approaches to Marijuana - the new face of prohibition | TalkingDrugs
    Descriptive info: Kevin Sabet and Smart Approaches to Marijuana - the new face of prohibition.. Paul Bramhall.. Wed, 20/03/2013 - 11:24.. For years America has seen a slow push towards cannabis law reform in the form of medical marijuana and decriminalisation initiatives in various states.. Then last November there was a breakthrough as Colorado and Washington voted in favour of legalisation.. Thanks to this victory there has been talk about legalisation in other US states, and even in countries across the world, so activists are convinced more than ever before that they are on the right side of history.. But are the opponents of cannabis reform on the back foot? How are they adapting to post-Colorado/Washington America?.. Former US drug czar Kevin Sabet founded ‘.. Project SAM.. ’ (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) in January 2013, and already the organisation is being seen as the most coherent voice of prohibition.. Mr Sabet says that the war on drugs as it is currently being waged isn’t working, but that legalisation is far too soft.. He sees it as his task, therefore, to find a golden mean in-between the two extremes.. In other words he wants to see a “kinder, gentler drug war”.. Those pro-reform have become used to arguing with rabid conservatives who believe that smoking a single joint will inevitably lead to robbing pensioners to fund a crack habit.. But SAM represents a more considered, fact-based campaign – perhaps Colorado and Washington have forced prohibitionists to evolve.. Patrick Kennedy, co-chair of SAM and a former congressman says, “The idea is to halt the legalization movement by arguing the U.. S.. can ease the ills of prohibition – such as  ...   is not as draconian as many cannabis activists claim it to be, and legalisation won’t have as large an impact as they claim.. SAM succeeds in making rational argument in regard to medical marijuana too.. They recognise that cannabis-derived medicines such as the mouth spray Sativex or THC pills are in some cases very useful.. However, given the variety of chemicals in an average cannabis bud, and given the fact that smoking isn’t great for your lungs, a joint cannot be counted as medicine.. “Opium has medical value, and it is called morphine.. Marijuana has medical value, too — but just as we don’t smoke opium to receive beneficial effects, we need not smoke marijuana to get its medical value.. ” As such they call for a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.. SAM’s mission is to “reject dichotomies — such as ‘incarceration versus legalization’ — that offer only simplistic solutions to the highly complex problems stemming from marijuana use and the policies surrounding it.. ” This shows that SAM is preparing for a reasonable, sophisticated debate.. This isn’t to say that there aren’t flaws in their arguments, but it does mean that cannabis activists will have to step up to the challenge and make sure they know their stuff.. To thrive in post-Colorado/Washington America, cannabis reformers will have to evolve too.. Cannabis on Twitter.. @Mr_Fielgood.. 🍁.. #marijuana.. #cannabis.. #maryjane.. #ganja.. #pot.. #chronic.. #dope.. #team420.. #cannabisculture.. co/DsFK8I8rvF.. 8 min 43 sec ago.. @Yao_Nice.. Ripping it.. #weedstagram.. #weed.. #bud.. #thc.. #420.. #bong.. #rip.. #hit.. ….. co/MRJwnmvzz0.. 9 min 22 sec ago.. @OnePlantOneCURE.. Legalization advocates spring for 'marijuana is safer' billboard in Portland.. co/pOdy14YV3R.. #Oregon.. 9 min 33 sec ago..

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  • Title: New Zealand Minister of Revenue Discusses Policy to Regulate "Legal Highs" | TalkingDrugs
    Descriptive info: New Zealand Minister of Revenue Discusses Policy to Regulate Legal Highs.. Miranda von Salis.. Fri, 22/03/2013 - 12:03.. Peter Dunne, Minister of Revenue of New Zealand, discusses the regulation of legal highs with the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU).. An innovative approach to the rising concern about synthetic psychoactive drugs sold as legal substitutes for illegal drugs, New Zealand means to make producers prove their product is “low risk of harm” before they go on the market.. Such a tactic turns the prohibition attitude around, hopefully preventing consumers from suffering from dangerous side effects.. Since New Zealand announced this policy, other countries including Britain have been taking a serious look at the possibilities of adopting a similar attitude towards the ever-changing world of synthetic drugs.. Summary tags Portuguese:.. conteúdo..  ...   ru/.. /a.. After this tough dyspnea.. Even allowing for the large size of my age , the result is terrible.. Dad told about the wrong septum ( and put it to me ), but I do not know how it affects.. Dorofeiokbo.. Sat, 23/03/2013 - 17:56.. Hello Many weeks looking response on the Internet, family, friends, but no one was able to answer my question.. Probemy essence is this: the most that I can - 400 meter sprint a href=.. Then violent dyspnoea.. given the huge size of my years , no results.. The father said to the curve nasal septum, but I have no idea how it affects.. Demaemiain.. Sun, 24/03/2013 - 18:52.. teaxituicroet a href=.. http://vikawieier.. com xaikalitag /a.. availiexcibra.. http://uillumaror.. com.. - iziananatt linybibre.. http://gusannghor.. FelpRaleGeale..

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  • Title: World TB Day: GNP+ and INPUD Call for Increased TB Services | TalkingDrugs
    Descriptive info: World TB Day: GNP+ and INPUD Call for Increased TB Services.. Fri, 22/03/2013 - 16:26.. With World TB Day 2013 approaching the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) and the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) call for a massive scale up of TB services among people living with HIV and those who use drugs.. Funding gaps in TB control and treatment programs and knowledge gaps in treatment for multi-drug and extensively drug resistant TB add to the pre-existing crisis of TB.. In 2011, there were an estimated 8.. 7 million new cases of TB and about one in six of these (13%) are among people living with HIV.. HIV and TB co-infection makes up one-third of all TB-related deaths worldwide[i].. TB is a growing threat to people who use drugs because of the high prevalence and vulnerability to HIV infection.. Prisons in particular have been identified as the perfect conditions for the transmission of both HIV and TB, including a drug resistant strain of the latter.. Given the criminalization of people who use drugs and their high rates of imprisonment, the threat of HIV and TB co-infection amongst this population is especially high.. In 2011, less than half of those co-infected with HIV and TB were started on Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) even though WHO’s recommends offering ART to all  ...   living with HIV or those who inject drugs, it is crucial to understand how the new TB regimens interact with drug substitution therapies such as methadone and buprenorphine," says Eliot Albers, Executive Director of INPUD.. GNP+ and INPUD call on the public and private sector to join forces to push for the studies on interactions between ART and TB regimens and improvements in the diagnostics of MDR and XDR-TB, as well as the different TB vaccine candidates that are undergoing clinical trials worldwide.. Accurate and rapid detection of TB and drug resistance is critical for improving care and preventing the spread of TB.. Point of care diagnostics, such as the WHO endorsed Gene Xpert test[iv], will ensure that people have quicker access to accurate health information and treatment, but costs remain a concern.. With global health financing reduced and the replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, and TB and Malaria still hanging in the balance, the public health and humanitarian risks of letting the TB epidemic go unchecked must be taken into account.. We therefore call upon donor states to ensure that they meet their commitments and upon the Global Fund to ensure that where injecting drug use is present, TB programs address the needs of people who use drugs, who are living with HIV and who are susceptible to TB infection..

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  • Title: UNODC says cannabis dependency is unusually high in Pakistan | TalkingDrugs
    Descriptive info: UNODC says cannabis dependency is unusually high in Pakistan.. Wed, 27/03/2013 - 11:06.. In March 2013 the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released its.. report on drug use in Pakistan.. It underlines the issues that the country faces from its high levels of opiate use.. One million people use heroin or opium, and around 420,000 people inject drugs, the highest number recorded to date in Pakistan.. Almost three quarters of opiate-injecting drug users share injecting equipment, which means that HIV is a growing and very serious problem.. The UNODC estimates that there are over 4 million drug dependent people, but that treatment is available to less than 30,000 of them.. The report also talks about cannabis use, the most commonly used drug, with 4 million people using it at least once a year.. And shockingly the UNODC says, “Approximately 68 per cent of last-year users from the household survey qualify for dependence, based on IDC-10 drug dependence criteria.. ” In the rest of the world, about 1 in 10 cannabis users are dependent on the drug, and about 50% of people who consume it on a daily basis are dependent.. So it would be very surprising if the UNODC was right that cannabis dependency is unusually and extremely prevalent.. The International Classification of Diseases criteria that UNODC uses tries to define dependence in a precise way, but nevertheless it can be hard to distinguish between impaired control and the desire to simply consume a lot.. Cannabis is an important part of Pakistan’s culture.. The country has been strongly influenced by the Sufis, a sect of Islam which focuses on attaining mystical experiences of Allah.. One of the ways they do this is spinning on the spot for  ...   80s under General Zia-ul-Haq, who was supposedly bowing to pressure from President Reagan.. However the police rarely go after cannabis users, dealers or growers, even though selling it could in theory lead to life imprisonment.. If the police catch you, a bribe will usually let you off the hook.. One officer has claimed that he can triple his monthly salary in two hours at a shrine in Karachi.. This means that, although ubiquitous, culturally acceptable and de facto legal, cannabis is usually hidden from view.. Taxi drivers often have a supply in their glove compartment, which they try to sell to their passengers during their journey.. Of course a major reason why it is commonplace and not tabooed is the fact that cannabis is native to the foothills of the Himalayas.. Chitral, a town in the north of Pakistan, is particularly famous for its hash.. Their speciality is ‘gardaa’ – the hash is rolled into a ball, wrapped in goatskin and allowed to mature.. If there is a spate of raids by the police, they can simply hide the hash in the goatskin and let it become even more potent.. When the UNODC claims that 68% of people who have used cannabis in the last year are dependent on it, they are clearly misinterpreting its widespread spiritual and recreational use.. Not only are they ignoring its importance to Pakistan’s culture, they also obviously have very bad criteria for drug dependency.. The United Nations’ own website says that acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity is necessary for peace and development.. Its Office for Drugs and Crime needs to catch up.. Thanks to Global Post and CBS News for their fascinating article ‘.. In Conservative Pakistan Everyone Must Get Stoned.. ’..

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  • Title: Designer Drugs a New Problem for India's Young and Glamorous | TalkingDrugs
    Descriptive info: Designer Drugs a New Problem for India s Young and Glamorous.. Fri, 08/03/2013 - 15:01.. Vijender Singh, Apoorva and Shilpa Agnihotri, Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell, celebrities from all areas of pop culture have been getting in massive trouble with Indian officials, as connections to drug raids seem an almost daily occurrence.. These raids are in response to the string of westernized “rave parties” that are gaining popularity among the young and glamorous (and those who wish they were) of Indian youth culture.. After a recent crackdown on the use of illegal drugs in nightclubs, these parties have moved into residential neighborhoods where finding the evidence to perform a raid is more difficult to acquire.. Though a good bit of celebrity gossip is never unappreciated, we can see the background for this trend of high-life partying in a variety of ways.. Every country’s drug habits are at the mercy of the international drug trade and trends of the surrounding area.. India has a growing opium trade, with the agriculture of illegal poppies an appealing option for those in poor, rural areas.. In 2007, India was named one of the 20 major hubs of illegal drug traffic along with a number of its neighboring countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Burma in the east.. Trade routes between these countries are common along India’s northern boarder, creating an even higher availability of drugs in the country.. Though India is often used as a way station for drug traffickers, it is not Indians who control this trade but Nigerians or US nationals who produce and direct the sale of drugs.. This said, the demand for new drugs is rising, particularly in Asia, leaving India subject to the changing trends.. Designer drugs made of synthetic chemicals and amphetamines are the new way to party, leading Indian youth away from the classic ‘problem drug’ of  ...   Drug traffickers are quite willing to take advantage of this emerging market.. It is not simply the increase of income found in some Indian circles that causes the rampant use of synthetic hallucinogenic, but the extremely low cost of drugs like LSD that are picking up popularity with young people without handfuls of spending money.. It is not simply the drug use that is troubling, but the lack of public information on the influences of these drugs and, in part, the absence of horror stories about bad trips that are part of Western drug folklore.. India doesn’t have a tradition of heavy drinking, in fact it is still widely considered inappropriate for women to drink at all, but hiding a drug habit is much easier for young people in the face of disapproving family members.. The physical and verbal attacks of club and pub going men and women in India are part of a system of ‘moral policing’ that has been historically prevalent in India.. This has moved these activities out of downtown clubs and into residential areas, stemming from a party mentality into more consistent drug use.. While the concern over the increase in “rave party” behavior is mostly cultural, India is preparing itself for the practical consequences of increased synthetic drug use.. Drugs like MDMA and PCP have a strong effect on cases of domestic violence and any form of excessive drugs or drinking can lead to unprotected sex, putting individuals at risk to contract HIV.. In response to the increased cases of drug dependency and dangerous new drugs arriving on the market, the Indian government is working on the first national policy of prevention of substance abuse.. This policy will introduce more de-addiction centers, school programs on drug abuse to raise awareness among student, teachers and parents, and cooperation between various ministries to reduce drug demand..

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  • Title: George Osborne announces 1p reduction in beer duty in the 2013 Budget | TalkingDrugs
    Descriptive info: George Osborne announces 1p reduction in beer duty in the 2013 Budget.. Thu, 21/03/2013 - 14:50.. As many people have pointed out before, the war on drugs should really be called the war on some drugs – that is, the state is quite happy with us consuming some psychoactive drugs, and the most widely used one is alcohol.. This week we have seen that the UK government is even happy to make alcohol cheaper.. In the 2013 Budget, George Osborne announced not only that plans to continually increase the duty on alcohol would be abolished for beer, but also that the duty on beer will be cut by 1p.. Wine, vodka, cider, alcopops and every other variety of alcohol will still see rises in the duties on them, and so they will continue becoming more expensive.. The Chancellor lamented that 10 thousand pubs have closed in Britain over the past decade, and hopes that this small change will boost pubs across the country.. So will we see pubs full to bursting this weekend to take advantage of and celebrate Mr Osborne’s generosity? Perhaps not, but this is a rather shameless attempt to raise the popularity of a government which isn’t doing great  ...   evenings, and that he wanted to stop people “getting off their heads” on cheap booze.. But the 2013 Budget seems to recognise that there are a lot of people who like getting off their heads by drinking copious amounts of beer, and the government doesn’t want to lose their votes.. In 2011 there were 8,750 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, and in the most socially deprived parts of the UK 44% of deaths were from liver disease.. With the economy barely growing, and incoming changes to the structure of the NHS which are questionable to say the least, there’s a real danger that alcoholism treatment will receive less funding.. Is George Osborne being narrow-minded?.. While it hunts down cannabis dealers and heroin users, the government is happy to use our desire for beer for its own advantage.. Cheers George.. Alcohol on Twitter.. @ItzeRincon.. El.. #ALCOHOL.. no esta para olvidar, sino para hacerte vomitar cualquier rastro de mariposas que queden tu estomago ;).. 59 sec ago.. @Sourabhsingh416.. #holi.. #preparation.. #high.. #life.. #ride.. #fun.. #hommies.. #liter.. #alcohol.. #vodka.. #grey.. #goose.. #imported.. co/InFPO7BDAW.. 2 min 18 sec ago.. @LloydJ0nes.. The drink I won in the youth raffle, thanks boys😏.. #winning.. co/hF5OB4vwnZ.. 2 min 41 sec ago..

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  • Title: Drugs, Prisons, and Human Rights: A Campaign for Change in Italy | TalkingDrugs
    Descriptive info: Drugs, Prisons, and Human Rights: A Campaign for Change in Italy.. Anonymous.. Wed, 20/03/2013 - 10:27.. By Grazia Zuffa.. Italian prisons are facing a crisis.. They are so desperately overcrowded that after visiting the San Vittore prison in Milan, Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano feared that “living conditions in Italian prisons violate the constitution.. However, this very serious problem may have a relatively simple solution—lock fewer people up.. Many people serving time in Italy’s penitentiaries simply do not belong there as its prisons are full of non-violent drug offenders.. In order to address the overcrowding crisis and bring Italy’s laws in line with its constitution, it is becoming increasingly clear that national drug policies will have to be addressed.. In 2011, 22,677 people were imprisoned for drug crimes out of an overall 68,411, representing an increase from 31 percent in 2010 to 33.. 1 percent in 2011.. On a single day in 2011, 28,000 drug offenders (mostly users and small-scale dealers) were in prison, while 15,000 drug dependent people (charged or sentenced either for drug or drug-related crimes) were detained out of an overall 67,000.. Half of all people detained in overcrowded Italian prisons are charged or sentenced for drug crimes or for minor crimes committed by addicts.. This calls for a major change in drug policy..  ...   3leggi.. it.. and.. fuoriluogo.. ), calling on MPs to endorse these texts.. The aim is to have an immediate discussion and approval of the bills soon after the recent election.. With respect to drug policies in particular, another initiative has been undertaken by the NGO Società della Ragione at the beginning of February.. A memorandum has been published by Società della Ragione, showing that the current drug legislation does not meet Italy’s strict constitutional requirements, as recently affirmed by the Supreme Court.. Italy’s 2006 antidrug law was surreptitiously introduced as a single article in a law by decree on a totally different matter (the funding of 2006 Turin Olympics).. Following the publication of the memorandum, a judge took the initiative to suspend a trial for drug crimes and called for a decision from the Constitutional Court about the legitimacy of the 2006 drug legislation.. In the coming weeks, more judges are expected to follow.. The aim of the coalition of NGOs is to draw attention to issues affecting drug users, as well as prisoners’ rights, just at the beginning of the new legislature.. At the end of 2012, the Higher Council of Magistrates advocated an urgent shift in the drug legislation, including a reduction in penalties.. This was originally published on the.. Open Society Foundations website..

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  • Title: Drugs and Race | TalkingDrugs
    Descriptive info: Racial Profiling in Germany.. Disproportionate policing in Canada.. Real Solutions to Racial Profiling.. Ben Bowling discusses stop and search at the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre.. The trouble with Victoria's African youth crime statistics.. Racial profiling and stop and search in Victoria.. Nomads in the Emerald Isle.. Why Travellers in Ireland do not see eye to eye with the Police.. South Africa still suffers.. Apartheid may be  ...   Break the Chains: Communities of Color and the War on Drugs.. The Promised Land - but not for all Jews.. Ethiopian Jews are often the victims of racism in Israel, even from police.. The prison industrial complex.. A challenging and political look at mass incarceration in response to the prison strike in Georgia.. African Americans and HIV.. African Americans account for nearly half of all HIV cases in America..

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