Category: War on Drugs

Drug use can have social benefits, and acknowledging this could improve rehabilitation

The social benefits of drug use are more complex to quantify. But there are now numerous studies showing people use alcohol or other drugs in social settings such as bars, clubs and parties to enhance their interactions with others through increased confidence, greater sociability and less anxiety. For some people this leads to longer-term benefits such as stronger bonds with friends.

via Drug use can have social benefits, and acknowledging this could improve rehabilitation

Crime Does Pay, The War On Drugs Doesn’t – New Matilda

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different outcome. John Ryan from the Penington Institute weighs in on Australia’s never-ending, never-winning war on drugs.

via Crime Does Pay, The War On Drugs Doesn’t – New Matilda

Indonesian navy seizes boat with one tonne of methamphetamines in waters off Batam – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

Indonesian Navy displays bags of the methamphetamines

A shipment of more than 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine was seized at Geraldton harbour shortly before Christmas.

via Indonesian navy seizes boat with one tonne of methamphetamines in waters off Batam – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

California marijuana dispensaries open to recreational buyers for first time – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A close-up photo shows someone counting through money to buy marijuana.

Key points:

  • Marijuana has been legal for medicinal purposes in California since 1996
  • New Year’s Day marked the first time it was able to be bought and sold for recreational use
  • Confusion over licensing laws has left dispensaries around the state in limbo

via California marijuana dispensaries open to recreational buyers for first time – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Legal weed: An accidental solution to the opioid crisis? | Informed Comment

We know now that these drugs carry an extremely high risk of dependence and fatal overdose. Despite this, more than 20 million opioid prescriptions are filled each year in Canada. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. And prescription opioids are involved in nearly half of these deaths. It is also becoming apparent that opioids might be less effective than initially thought in treating certain types of chronic non-cancer pain (e.g. neuropathic pain).

Source: Legal weed: An accidental solution to the opioid crisis? | Informed Comment

After Legalizing Weed, Unemployment in Colorado Lower Than Rest of Country

(ANTIMEDIA) Colorado —Three years after legalizing cannabis, Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. “While the national unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May, the lowest since 2001, Colorado’s jobless rate is the nation’s lowest at 2.3 percent,” CNBC reported Monday. According to Governor John Hickenlooper, multiple factors have contributed to Colorado’s …

Source: After Legalizing Weed, Unemployment in Colorado Lower Than Rest of Country

Australian Drug Policy: ‘hypocrisy’ is not a strong enough word – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By James Moylan The 3.6 million dollar study testing the sewage in our capital cities for illegal drugs is simply more disinformation and bullshit. Let’s revisit the results from this study and consider them rationally. The study indicates that in Australia the use of alcohol is equivalent to 1.2 drinks PER PERSON per day. Yet…

Source: Australian Drug Policy: ‘hypocrisy’ is not a strong enough word – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Former top cops want ‘white market’ in illicit drugs, decriminalisation, more injecting rooms – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A new report into drug-related deaths proposes the decriminalisation of drug use in Australia and a regulated white market to put drug dealers out of business.

Source: Former top cops want ‘white market’ in illicit drugs, decriminalisation, more injecting rooms – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Ice epidemic’ media coverage creating unnecessary fear, drug expert says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Dr Nicole Lee challenges the media’s coverage of the usage of the drug ice in Australia.

Source: ‘Ice epidemic’ media coverage creating unnecessary fear, drug expert says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Chasing The Scream, Review Part I: The War On Drugs Makes Drugs More Dangerous – New Matilda

This is the first in a four part New Matilda series by Michael Brull, reviewing Chasing the Scream, a book by journalist Johann Hari that examines the ‘War on Drugs’. In this article, Brull looks at Hari’s argument that one way to kill more people through drugs is to make them illegal. What should drugMore

Source: Chasing The Scream, Review Part I: The War On Drugs Makes Drugs More Dangerous – New Matilda

Echolalia (part 1) | The Monthly

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were only a handful of hallucinogenic psychoactive substances known to humankind. By the end of the millennium there were hundreds. Most were discovered or rediscovered by the eccentric chemist Alexander Shulgin. Before he died at age 88, he had personally experienced the effects of these drugs thousands of times.

Source: Echolalia (part 1) | The Monthly