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Overcoming Addiction -Sobering Truth About Addiction Treatment in America

Addiction is treatable. So why aren’t more people receiving quality care? The crisis is well documented and reported: More people are dying of drug overdose than any other non-natural cause—more than from guns, suicide, and car accidents. Politicians have held press conferences, formed commissions and task forces, and convened town-hall meetings. Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon […]

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Kathy Gyngell: Potty Lib Dems want to legalise cannabis and boost mental health

O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven. Keep me in temper and keep the Liberal Democrats away from government. For they would make us all mad. On Friday, new meaning was given to the Progressive Alliance. Maybe the Lib Dems have taken pity seeing Labour struggling to convince even the BBC that […]

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The Push For ‘Medipot’ Remains a Push for Pot

How do you know when you are being softened up for something? One sure sign is when what you are being asked to give your support to is sold to you as entirely unproblematic or as a panacea to a host of problems. Never believe it. My antennae began twitching when the latest round in […]

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A Dangerous Mix of Opioids Called ‘Gray Death’ is causing Overdoses in Parts of the US

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s being called “gray death” — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis. Investigators who nicknamed the mixture have detected it or recorded overdoses blamed on it in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. The drug looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from […]

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The Opioid Epidemic May Be Even Deadlier Than We Think

The opioid epidemic has led to the deadliest drug crisis in US history – even deadlier than the crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s. Drug overdoses now cause more deaths than gun violence and car crashes. They even caused more deaths in 2015 than HIV/AIDS did at the height of the epidemic in 1995. […]

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Smart Approaches to Marijuana Reacts to Marijuana Lobbying Group’s Admission to Soliciting Donations from Tobacco Industry

Challenges Top Marijuana Lobbyist to Answer Four Questions [Alexandria, VA, May 2, 2017] – Today, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a national organization committed to promoting evidence-based marijuana laws at the Federal, state, and local levels, released the following statement in reaction to the admission by Rob Kampia, the Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy […]

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We May Not be Laughing When Recreational Pot is Legalized

Fifty years on, I still wince in recalling those two frightened high school kids I saw hauled into an Oshawa courtroom and handed stiff jail terms, two years less a day, for possessing miniscule amounts of marijuana. They weren’t dealers. They were just teens dabbling in the latest thing, but they had the misfortune of […]

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Marijuana impairs growth in mid-gestation foetuses.

Abstract Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) is the most commonly used illicit drug by pregnant women, but information is limited about the effects of prenatal cannabis exposure on foetal development. The present study evaluated the influence of early maternal marijuana use on foetal growth. Women electing voluntary saline-induced abortions were recruited at a mid-gestational stage of pregnancy […]

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Highland County coroner: Marijuana is ‘gateway to hell’

Beery points to 50 deaths in 2016, most linked to drugs Dr. Jeff Beery doesn’t agree with those who think marijuana is a relatively harmless drug that carries medicinal qualities and should even be winked at for recreational purposes. But Beery doesn’t just think marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs. “It’s a gateway […]

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Kicking Pot to the Curb

Alzheimer’s and Marijuana ? An estimated 200,000 people in the United States under age 65 are living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. And hundreds of thousands more are coping with mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. “It’s beyond epidemic proportions. There truly is a tidal wave of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Vincent […]

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‘Synthetic marijuana’ may cause serious harm to health

Misleadingly marketed as a legal and safe alternative to marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids have a variety of adverse health effects. A new review summarizes the clinical cases that have so far been linked to the use of the synthetic substances. A new review warns that so-called synthetic marijuana is actually very different from cannabis and is […]

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Opioid Addiction Is Infiltrating A Majority Of US Workplaces

A disturbing majority of businesses in the U.S. are being negatively impacted by prescription painkiller abuse and addiction among employees. A survey recently released by the National Safety Council reveals more than 70 percent of workplaces are feeling the negative effects of opioid abuse. Nearly 40 percent of employers said employees are missing work do […]

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American Carnage – The New Landscape of Opiod Addiction

“We should all be dead,” said Jonathan Goyer one bright morning in January as he looked across a room filled with dozens of his co-workers and clients. The Anchor Recovery Community Center, which Goyer helps run, occupies the shell of an office building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Founded seven years ago, Anchor specializes in “peer-to-peer” […]

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Study Shows Marijuana Use Interrupts Adolescent Brain Development

Kuei Y. Tseng was awarded $1.95 million by NIH for a five-year study of “Adolescent Maturation of the Prefrontal Cortex: Modulation by Cannabinoids.” Regular marijuana use by teens can stop the brain from maturing, according to a new study by scientists at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL. Published March 4 […]

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The grass isn’t always greener: The effects of cannabis on embryological development

ABSTRACT Background It has long been established that smoking tobacco during pregnancy causes increased risk of miscarriage, increased placental problems, reduction of birth weight, and a variety of birth defects [1]. In light of the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Washington, D.C., we felt it important to establish and publicize the […]

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Substance Use Disorders Could Be Costing Your Business More Than You Think

Substance use disorders affect businesses in surprising ways. Although there are obvious signs that an employee is struggling with a substance use disorder, there are other factors affecting their workplace performance that may be less obvious. Unfortunately, a survey from the National Safety Council found that employers underestimate how prescription drug abuse affects their businesses. […]

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National Leaders and Elected Officials Gather in Atlanta to Coordinate Opposition to Marijuana Legalization in America

[Alexandria, VA, April 20, 2017] Today, a group of national drug policy leaders, elected officials, and public health experts convened in Atlanta to coordinate the opposition to marijuana legalization in the U.S. and advance evidence-based marijuana laws. Held in conjunction with the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, the 4th Annual Smart Approaches to […]

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Cartels are Growing Marijuana Illegally in California – and There’s a War Brewing

Business Insider published a harrowing account of the expansion of illegal marijuana grows on public lands in California and the ways these grows are damaging the environment. “The lethal poisons these growers use to protect their crops and campsites from pests are annihilating wildlife, polluting pristine public lands, and maybe even turning up in your […]

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Study shows marijuana use interrupts adolescent brain development

Kuei Y. Tseng was awarded $1.95 million by NIH for a five-year study of “Adolescent Maturation of the Prefrontal Cortex: Modulation by Cannabinoids.” Regular marijuana use by teens can stop the brain from maturing, according to a new study by scientists at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL. Published March 4 […]

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‘It’s worse than heroin’: how spice is ravaging homeless communities.

As Manchester police report a spike in spice related incidents, homeless people say the highly addictive drug is causing deaths. When Alex first tried spice in 2014, he thought it was cannabis. The 23-year-old had been sleeping on the streets in Manchester after his mum had lost her council house. He was just looking to […]

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I Was Biting Glass and Biting My Way Out of Delirium

I am not a long-time user.  I used casually for about six months, but then suddenly had a terrible experience with marijuana-induced psychosis.   I had moved from a state where is was illegal, to Washington.  A dispensary sold me something incredibly strong just recently, in March.   It was a joint mixed with a marijuana wax- […]

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Saving Lives Is the First Imperative in the Opioid Epidemic

Formerly inconceivable ideas—like providing drug users a safe place to inject—are gaining traction. America’s opioid problem has turned into a full-blown emergency now that illicit fentanyl and related synthetic drugs are turning up regularly on our streets. This fentanyl, made in China and trafficked through Mexico, is 25 to 50 times as potent as heroin. […]

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Marijuana Legalization Bills Defeated in Maryland

Marijuana Legalization Proposals Die in Committee [Alexandria, VA, April 12, 2017] –  Yesterday, an alliance of concerned citizens, public health experts, and safety officials soundly defeated two marijuana legalization bills in Maryland. The bills, which would have permitted commercial pot shops in communities throughout the state, died without a vote in the Maryland Senate last […]

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Research on the Use and Misuse of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids

Chairman Murphy, Ranking Member DeGette, and Members of the Committee: thank you for inviting the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to participate in this important hearing to provide an overview of what we know about the role of fentanyl in the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic […]

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Estimating the harms and costs of cannabis-attributable collisions in the Canadian provinces

Highlights * Cannabis collisions resulted in 75 deaths and 4407 injuries in 2012. * There were up to 24,879 victims of property damage only cannabis collisions in 2012. * Cannabis collisions costs ranged from $1.09 to $1.28 billion CAD in 2012. * Cannabis collision harms were particularly high amongst those ages 16–34 years old. Abstract […]

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Cannabis Use and Risk for Substance Use Disorders and Mood or Anxiety Disorders

Abstract Cannabis use remains a critical issue in the United States.  In 2014, an estimated 22 million US residents used cannabis,1 double the number from 10 years age. As of December 2016, 28 states and the District of Columbia have implemented or have voted to authorize medical cannabis programs, and 8 states and the District […]

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Effective Prevention Methods are Ready for Implementation

Both experience and research has proven that drug addiction and other drug-related problems are both preventable and treatable. Prevention is effective, humane, cost-effective, and empowering. Prevention solves problems before they ever occur. And prevention reduces other social problems and should therefore be integrated into general health and development strategies based on the United Nations’ Sustainable […]

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Did Cannabis Trigger the Westminster Killer’s Madness?

‘What can we do?’ This was the question that dominated the weekend’s news and current affairs in the aftermath of the Westminster ‘terror’ attack. We still do not know if it was organised by so-called Islamic State or, as seems increasingly likely, was the savage work of a ‘lone wolf’. The discussion I heard on […]

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British Columbia Deaths Hit Record High

The Director of the NDPA, Peter Stoker, visited Vancouver East Side in 1999.  It was tragic to see drug dependent men and women living rough on the streets – in the alleys behind the main road – injecting in public.  A team of police officers called The Odd Squad worked the area and did everything […]

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Mapped: The countries that smoke the most cannabis

The country with the biggest weed habit?    That might surprise you Though cannabis is not actually legal in the Netherlands, it can be widely consumed in the country’s infamous coffee shops. However, despite the ubiquity of the drug, Dutch citizens are not the world’s biggest tokers: according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and […]

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Three Short Texts From the International Narcotics Control Board

As part of the ongoing efforts of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) to raise awareness of key issues relevant to international drug control, I have the pleasure to share with you three short texts: * Application of principle of proportionality for drug-related offences * Ensuring availability of narcotic drugs for medical purposes * Carrying […]

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The DEA just gave a big boost to a cannabis-based seizure drug

We are often judged by the company we keep, even unfairly. For decades, that has been the fate of cannabidiol, a chemical compound that has the bad luck to occur naturally in marijuana, the world’s most controversial plant. Because cannabidiol is subject to the same tight legal restrictions on personal and scientific use as is […]

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Disgraced – The true story of a Canadian doctor

I was just a year old when I had my first experience with opioids. I was born with a hiatal hernia, which constricted my esophagus and caused me to reflux like crazy. I couldn’t keep breast milk down and I became malnourished, tiny and weak. One night, my parents, Gayle and Morty Gebien, rushed me […]

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Overdose Deaths From Fentanyl are on the Rise: What You Should Know

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that 33,091 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015, which accounts for 63 percent of all drug overdose deaths in the same year. A recent report from the CDC found that drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, other than methadone, rose 72 percent in […]

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A ‘Catch-22’ of medical marijuana and organ transplants

Story highlights * A kidney patient was removed from an organ transplant waiting list due to his use of medical marijuana * The growing use of medical marijuana is changing organ transplantation, similar to how HIV once did, experts say (CNN)A rise in the use of medical marijuana has spurred a debate about organ transplantation, […]

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How Easy is it for Young People to Access Skunk in the UK?

Whether it’s knocking on a nearby door, making a quick call, or agreeing a deal on the way to school, there’s no ID necessary and no questions asked: teenagers in London never have to venture too far to find skunk. In fact, they find the highly potent form of the Class B drug cannabis much […]

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Education is Key to the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Utah, more than other area of the nation, is suffering from a silent epidemic.  From 2000 to 2014, Utah has experienced a nearly 400% increase in deaths from the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Each month there are 24 individuals who die from prescription drug overdoses. What can we do to help alleviate this […]

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Who is watching the children?

The surrender of more than 2,000 minors involved in drugs in Cebu shows the need to step up efforts to educate the youth on the ill effects of illegal drugs. The Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office has produced a module on this for integration in Grades 7 to 9 classes starting this school year. Jane […]

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My View: Addiction is a public health issue; treatment works

(Comment by NDPA:  Some shocking figures from the USA in this article) In 1964 the Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health began a movement to shine the bright light on cigarette smoking and dramatically change individual and societal views. Today, most states ban smoking in public spaces. Most of us avoid private smoky places […]

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Quality of Life and Cannabis Use: Results from Canadian Sample Survey Data 1

(Extracts from above paper shown below – log-on to source document to read whole paper). Abstract Data from the 2013 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, and  two other surveys are used to determine the effects of cannabis use on self-reported physical and mental health. Daily or almost daily marijuana use is shown to be […]

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Prevention Program Reduces Substance Use By Participants’ Friends

This study found: * The Strengthening Families Program for Youth 10-14 (SFP10-14) reduced substance use among the friends of teens who participated in the intervention, as well as the participants themselves. * The friends’ substance use reductions were mediated by altered attitudes toward substance use and reductions in unsupervised socializing with peers. In SFP10-14, families […]

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Nonmedical Treatment for Cocaine Addiction Shows Promise in Pilot Trial

In this pilot study: * Patients who received transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) were more likely to abstain from cocaine than patients who received medications for symptoms associated with abstinence. * Researchers concluded that TMS appears to be safe and its efficacy as a treatment for cocaine addiction deserves to be evaluated in a larger clinical […]

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Wheelie stupid! Children are getting high by setting bins alight and then sniffing the FUMES in dangerous new drug craze

* Waste firm Businesswaste.co.uk claims it is getting reports of bins being burned out across the country * It believes youngsters are getting high from the fumes the burning bins create * Certain dyes that makes the bins green can help people ‘get wasted’ * It’s 10 years since this ‘craze’ was last seen in […]

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Estimating the harms and costs of cannabis-attributable collisions in the Canadian provinces.

INTRODUCTION: In 2012, 10% of Canadians used cannabis and just under half of those who use cannabis were estimated to have driven under the influence of cannabis. Substantial evidence has accumulated to indicate that driving after cannabis use increases collision risk significantly; however, little is known about the extent and costs associated with cannabis-related traffic […]

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Jeremy Devine: Harm reduction programs like safe injection sites don’t beat addiction. They just sustain it

Ontario opted not to follow B.C.’s lead on harm reduction, rejecting the idea of creating safe injection sites similar to the one in Vancouver. Postmedia News files In December, the Liberal government introduced Bill C-37 in response to an epidemic of illicit drug use. The bill facilitates the creation of additional supervised injection sites by […]

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A study of cannabis potency in France over

Highlights * •The THC content in French cannabis resin has risen continuously for the last 25 years. * •The emergence of a new high potency cannabis resin in France is shown by the monitoring of THC content and THC/CBD ratio. * •The THC content in French herbal cannabis has known three stages of growth for […]

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How LSD affects the brain and creates its trippy effect

Once you drop, you can’t stop – sometimes for up to 15 hours. Images revealing how LSD interacts with receptors in the brain could explain why a trip lasts so long, while another study involving a similar receptor unpicks how the drug makes these experiences feel meaningful. LSD acts on with a number of different […]

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Cannabis use and risk of schizophrenia: a Mendelian randomization study.

Abstract Cannabis use is observationally associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia, but whether the relationship is causal is not known. Using a genetic approach, we took 10 independent genetic variants previously identified to associate with cannabis use in 32,330 individuals to determine the nature of the association between cannabis use and risk of schizophrenia. […]

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"When representing a cause (almost) lost, sound your trumpet, mount your steed and go for the very last charge, failing which you will die of sad old age in the depths of the forgotten fortress, no longer besieged because life has abandoned it for greener pastures."

Jean Raspail
From the website of jeanraspail.net

"Universal prevention initiatives are important elements of a comprehensive prevention strategy that should include selective and indicated prevention initiatives as well. In order to prevent the development of dependence you need all three - and you cannot do without universal prevention. Norms, attitudes, availability are important risk factors for developing drug use problems as well as neighbourhood disorganization and weak family bonds."

Christina Gynna, Deputy National Drugs Policy Co-ordinator, Sweden,
at the ICAA conference in Budapest, 24 October 2005

 
 

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