The Negative Impact of Drug Control on Public Health : The Global Crisis of Avoidable Pain

La Commission Mondiale pour la Politique des Drogues a rendu public son nouveau rapport : L’impact négatif du système de contrôle international des stupéfiants sur le respect de la dignité humaine : La majeure partie de la population mondiale n’a pas accès aux anti-douleurs, dont les analgésiques opiacés. Un chiffre ? 92% de la morphine, […]

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Study on the impact of the world drug problem on the enjoyment of human rights

United Nations, General Assembly, Human Rights Council Thirtieth session Agenda items 2 and 8 Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General Follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action A/HRC/30/65 Distr.: General / Original: English […]

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State of the Evidence : Cannabis Use and Regulation

Scientists speak out against false cannabis claims Leading international scientific body reviews thirteen oft-repeated claims on cannabis use and regulation, finds that none are strongly supported by scientific evidence Toronto, Canada – Many scientists are increasingly frustrated by the disregard of scientific evidence on cannabis use and regulation. To set the record straight, the International […]

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Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Doug Mills / The New York Times By PETER BAKER Even though President Obama is expected to commute dozens of sentences, he will barely make a dent in clemency applications. WASHINGTON — Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug […]

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Medical Marijuana Laws and Adolescent Marijuana Use in the USA from 1991 to 2014

Results from Annual, Repeated Cross-Sectional Surveys Published in: The Lancet Psychiatry, v. 2, no. 7, July 2015, p. 601-608 by Deborah S. Hasin, Melanie Wall, Katherine M. Keyes, Magdalena Cerdá, John Schulenberg, Patrick M. O’Malley, Sandro Galea, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Tianshu Feng BACKGROUND : Adolescent use of marijuana is associated with adverse later effects, so […]

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Drug consumption rooms : an overview of provision and evidence

Last update: 04.06.2015 Introduction / site OEDT – EMCDDA Supervised drug consumption facilities, where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff, have been operating in Europe for the last three decades. These facilities primarily aim to reduce the acute risks of disease transmission through unhygienic injecting, prevent drug-related overdose deaths and […]

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A Quiet Revolution : Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe

ARI ROSMARIN NIAMH EASTWOOD ‘A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe’ is the first report to support Release’s campaign ‘ Drugs – It’s Time for Better Laws ’. This campaign was launched in June 2011 and saw the organisation write to David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, calling for a review […]

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Vienna Declaration : a call for evidence-based drug policies

Evan Wood, Dan Werb, Michel Kazatchkine, Thomas Kerr, Catherine Hankins, Robin Gorna, David Nutt, Don Des Jarlais, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Julio Montaner,   DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60958-0   Summary Full Text References © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.   There remain crucial areas in public health in which the gap between evidence and public policy persists, and […]

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