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European Drug Agency Report Finds Safe Injection Sites Achieve Goals

The European Union's drug monitoring agency, the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (http://www.emcdda.eu.int) this week released a report on the benefits and risks of safe injection sites (or "consumption rooms"), where injection drug users shoot up under medical supervision.

New EMCDDA Study Asks ‘ Is Cannabis Getting Stronger? ’

‘Is cannabis getting stronger?’ is the key question explored in the first-ever European review of cannabis potency released today, International day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking, by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA).

An End To Marijuana Prohibition: The Drive To Legalize Picks Up

Never before have so many Americans supported decriminalizing and even legalizing marijuana.

Seventy-two percent say that for simple marijuana possession, people should not be incarcerated but fined: the generally accepted definition of “decriminalization.” Even more Americans support making marijuana legal for medical purposes.

Support for broader legalization ranges between 25 and 42 percent, depending on how one asks the question.

Harm Reduction – One Half Of The Equation – The Drug Users’ Perspective

Plenary Presentation, 15th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm, Melbourne Australia, 20-24 April 2004
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Condemned To Death

In addition to the obligatory red ribbons, the logo for the XV International AIDS Conference features three Asian elephants raising their trunks as if in welcome. The world’s most important gathering of AIDS specialists will be held this July in Bangkok, a location chosen not only because Asia is thought to be the site of the next big wave of HIV infections but because Thailand is one of only a few developing countries that have thus far seemed able to control them.

A Chance For Europe: The Way Towards Just And Effective Drug Policies

Dear delegates,

This statement is presented to you by ENCOD, a collective of non-governmental organisations representing a large contingent of European citizens who are affected and concerned by current drug policies, and who wish to replace them with policies that are more just and more effective. At this moment ENCOD consists of 75 member organisations.

Bewitched, Bedevilled, Possessed, Addicted

“Burning accused witches during the witch hunts may thus be compared to destroying confiscated whisky during Prohibition”
— Thomas Szasz.[1]

In this presentation I will expose you to a way of thinking that tries to work toward a completely different scientific understanding of a behaviour that is now lumped under one vague definition, addiction. In cases of ‘addiction’ to drugs and alcohol, the substance is seen as the cause of the behaviour we call addiction.

The Social And Health Consequences Of Cocaine Use: An Introduction

Every day, I pass a small park on the way to my office. In this park along the road a group of people is sitting, standing or lying down, all with bottles of wine in their hands or tins with beer. They are not very neatly dressed, sometimes they show up in rags and some have hairdos that look like a Zoo.

Mostly they are talking. They seem engaged in quite energetic talking but at the same time some sit listening quietly and some even seem to sleep.

Drugs And The 9/11 Commission Report

Drugs and drug policy are everywhere -- even in the final report released yesterday by the 9-11 Commission. Drugs were a decidedly secondary issue for the commission, understandably -- we are able to include literally every excerpt on the topic in this short article -- but the report information of some relevance and importance to the topic nonetheless. Page 17, NORAD Mission and Structure: “The threat of Soviet bombers diminished significantly as the Cold War ended, and the number of NORAD alert sites was reduced from its Cold War high of 26.

Health Reports: Use Of Cannabis And Other Illicit Drugs

The proportion of Canadians aged 15 or older who admit to using cannabis nearly doubled in 13 years, with the highest rates among teenagers, according to a new study based on data from the Canadian Community Health Survey.

An estimated 3 million people aged 15 or older reported that they used marijuana or hashish at least once in the year before the survey, which was conducted in 2002.

According to the study, published in Health Reports, 6.5% of Canadians reported using cannabis in 1989, 7.4% in 1994, and by 2002, the proportion had reached 12.2%.

Not Enough Graves: The War On Drugs, Hiv/Aids, And Violations Of Human Rights In Thailand

Executive Summary

Why do you have to kill people? . . . It’s better to help drug users find ways to change their behavior instead of killing them. There are not enough graves to bury us all.
—Odd Thanunchai, twenty-six, a recovering heroin user in Chiang Mai

Substitution maintenance therapy in the management of opioid dependence and HIV/AIDS prevention

The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), have developed a joint position on substitution maintenance therapy for opioid dependence. Based on a review of scientific evidence and oriented towards policymakers, the WHO/UNODC/UNAIDS position paper covers a wide range of issues, from the rationale for this treatment modality, to the specific considerations regarding its provision for people with HIV/AIDS.

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