Harm reduction

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Drug reformers to converge on New Zealand : Amanda Feilding Talk

March 11, 2014 Global Policy News

‘Pathway to Reform’ is a unique opportunity to hear how New Zealand became the first country in the world to regulate the legal highs industry. Learn how the industry worked with the government to develop a ‘reverse onus’ model to future-proof drug policy and address the emerging realities of Psychoactive Substances in society. Find out […]

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Petition: Have the Misuse of Drugs Act Discussed in Parliament

April 5, 2013 Drug abuse

A new e-petition has been set up on the gov.uk website calling for an impact assessment of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. The petition has one year to collect 100,000 signatures, and if successful will prompt a debate of the effectiveness of the primary piece of drug legislation in the UK.

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Doctors make themselves heard in the drug policy debate

January 16, 2013 Harm reduction

The British Medical Association, a professional association and registered trade union for doctors, has published a comprehensive report on drug policy in the UK making clear the role they feel medical practitioners should play, not only in improving care of problem drug users, but also in becoming involved in the political debate over drug policy

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Report from cross-party Parliamentary Group calls for radical drug policy reform

January 14, 2013 Drug abuse

A panel of peers from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform today released a new report. It focuses on ‘legal highs’, but also makes a number of other recommendations including decriminalising personal drug use and introducing a ‘class D’ to the current classification system, to allow carefully controlled sale of those psychoactives considered to pose a relatively low risk of harm. It is the third major report in as many months to recommend sweeping changes to UK drug policy.

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Amanda Feilding to meet with Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina

January 14, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

Director Amanda Feilding, is travelling to Guatemala for meetings with President Otto Pérez Molina, his Foreign Minister, and other senior figures in the Guatemalan government. She will be presenting our proposals for alternative drug policy options in Guatemala, which aim to reduce violence and corruption and allow resources currently devoted to tackling criminality to be re-allocated for health, education and development.

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Croatia decriminalises drug possession

December 18, 2012 Drug use/misuse

The new law will come into effect on January 1st, at which point those found in possession of drugs will either receive a fine, be sent for rehabilitation, or ordered to do community service. Previously, anyone convicted of drugs possession could be sentenced to up to 3 years in jail.

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Home Affairs Committee recommends UK drug policy reform

December 10, 2012 Harm reduction

The overall conclusion of the report is that the Government needs to invest in an evidence-based and harm-reducing approach to drugs. Unfortunately the Home Office is set to ignore these recommendations, repeating the same claim that current drug policies are successful and backed up by all the best evidence – presumably not including the UKDPC report, the last Home Affairs Select Committee Report, and this Home Affairs Select Committee report (representing together almost 10 years of evidence gathering) which all call for a new approach.

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‘Legal Highs’ and the Dangers of Bad Laws

August 7, 2012 Drug abuse

HUFFINGTON POST Click here for original article A recent UK Home Office report sounded the alarms about the identification of 17 previously ‘unknown’ drugs that had never before been seen in the UK –setting off a legislative rush to ban these so-called ‘legal highs’. The UK is far from alone. The European Monitoring Centre for […]

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AIDS doctors join international chorus targeting the ‘war on drugs’

July 23, 2012 Harm reduction

Click here for original Two prominent Canadian doctors have joined an international campaign calling on world leaders to stop the spread of AIDS by ending the so called war on drugs. Their advertising campaign is being launched today and is endorsed by supporters of the 2010 Vienna Declaration, which urges governments to write evidence-based drug […]

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Decriminalization of Drugs as HIV Prevention

July 19, 2012 Global Policy News

July 11, 2012   by Daniel Wolfe & Joanne Csete  What stops HIV? The answer—issued this week by a commission of leading experts assembled by the UN—is an end to the criminalizing of drug use, needles, and personal possession of drugs. Public health experts long ago realized that laws and policing were as important as […]

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Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs Eleven Years Ago And The Results Are Staggering

July 18, 2012 Global Policy News

Samuel Blackstone| Jul. 17, 2012 On July 1st, 2001, Portugal decriminalized every imaginable drug, from marijuana, to cocaine, to heroin. Some thought Lisbon would become a drug tourist haven, others predicted usage rates among youths to surge. Eleven years later, it turns out they were both wrong. Over a decade has passed since Portugal changed […]

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Safe Injection in the UK

June 26, 2012 Harm reduction

In Vancouver, Canada there is an area of 1000 sq ft where it is legal to shoot heroin, or any kind of illegal drug. Fresh from Supreme Court victory, hear the founders of InSite, North America’s only supervised injection site, talk about how they fought an antagonistic Conservative government and won the right to stay […]

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Pure ecstasy can be ‘safe’ if consumed responsibly: B.C. health officer

June 14, 2012 Global Policy News

Tamsyn Burgmann, Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:35 AM Read it on Global News: Global News | Pure ecstasy can be ‘safe’ if consumed responsibly: B.C. health officer   VANCOUVER – B.C.’s top health official says taking pure ecstasy can be “safe” when consumed responsibly by adults, despite warnings by police in Alberta and British Columbia […]

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Time to get specific in the drug policy debate

May 30, 2012 Global Policy News

Bob Douglas May 29, 2012 Events in recent months have led to growing national and international recognition that the criminalisation of drugs is producing more social and geopolitical harms than benefits. In the presence of continuing demand, prohibition leaves the production, distribution, regulation and quality control of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy and […]

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Response to drug problems hampered by government reforms, research shows

May 7, 2012 Drug abuse

Report finds ability of public services to overcome addiction and break the cycle of illicit drug use and crime has been reduced Research by the UK Drug Policy Commission looked at the impact of rapid structural reforms on the ability of the public services to tackle drug problems. Photograph: PA Of the coalition’s changes to […]

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