Drugs

Rodrigo Duterte ‘legalises’ murder of drug dealers in Philippines

EVEN before Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte told citizens he would give a medal to anyone who shot dead a drug dealer in a national address at the weekend, the bodies were starting to pile up.. But since that speech, at least five people allegedly connected to the drug trade as well as an indeterminate number of low level pushers have been exterminated by street assassins. Unlike the hundreds of petty criminals and drug pushers who have “involuntarily… Source: Rodrigo Duterte ... Read More »

Minister proposes EU bulk buying of drugs to lower costs

Health authorities criticised for refusing to fund ‘game-changing’ cystic fibrosis drug.. Minister for Health Simon Harris says he intends to discuss with his European colleagues in the coming weeks the potential to jointly purchase new drugs in order to reduce costs… Source: Minister proposes EU bulk buying of drugs to lower costs Read More »

Cannabis Helps My Epileptic Son. If Only We Had Known Sooner

Patients, like my son Ben, don’t have time to wait. Catherine Jacobson, Neuroscientist, director of clinical research at Tilray The debate can no longer be about whether to provide access.. In 2012, when other parents were trading stories about the difficulties of balancing homework with football training or swimming lessons, I was in my garage… Source: Cannabis Helps My Epileptic Son. If Only We Had Known Sooner Read More »

Judge says WA is worst in world for meth

A senior judge says levels of ice use in WA are among the worst in the civilised world and are a sign that the so-called war on drugs has been lost.. During a sentencing hearing of a meth dealer in the District Court yesterday, Judge Philip McCann said the State’s ice epidemic was “a national and international disgrace”, caused by Chinese drug cartels targeting the WA economy when it was booming… Source: Judge says WA is worst in world for ... Read More »

Colombia to send jets against criminal gangs

The Colombian government says it will launch air raids against gangs involved in drug trafficking and illegal mining. Defence Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said the full force of the state, including the military, would be used to fight them. The gangs emerged from right-wing paramilitary squads disbanded under the last government of Alvaro Uribe, in office until five years ago… Source: Colombia to send jets against criminal gangs – BBC News Read More »

Police seize $100,000 worth of fantasy in raids targeting party drug traffickers

A 14-month investigation into the supply of the party drug fantasy on the Gold Coast has resulted in police seizures of $100,000 worth of the drug.. Police say the dangerous drug, also known as GHB, was responsible for a death at Adelaide’s Stereostonic music festival in December and multiple overdoses in Sydney… Source: Police seize $100,000 worth of fantasy in raids targeting party drug traffickers Read More »

Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws

Plan would see medical marijuana legalised and increase the amount of cannabis people can carry. Guerrero, Mexico – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced a proposal to relax some of the country’s drug laws. The plan would see medicinal marijuana legalised and increase how much cannabis people can carry…. Source: Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws – AJE News Read More »

Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate

The United Nations will hold a special session in New York this week to review global drug policy. The summit has the potential to revolutionise the drug control system enshrined in international law since 1961. If UN member states are serious about drug reform, they must act on the… Source: Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate Read More »

Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis

PRESSURE is mounting on the Tasmanian Government to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis in the wake of Victoria’s historic decision to become the first state in Australia to do so. The Victorian Government passed the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 yesterday, giving patients legal access to the drug in exceptional circumstances… Source: Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis | The Mercury Read More »

Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move

Victoria has become the first state to make medicinal cannabis available to people in exceptional circumstances, with the passing of historic legislation in parliament. Children with severe epilepsy will be given first access to medicinal cannabis from early 2017, following the passing of the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 on Tuesday, a state government statement… Source: Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move | SBS News Read More »

Cannabis farmers hidden in India’s Himalayas

Some villagers, high in the Himalayas, maintain centuries old tradition of growing charas, Indian cannabis.. Indian Himalayas, India – Torn between a widespread tradition and an internationally imposed prohibition, thousands of villages scattered on the Indian Himalayas survive on the production of charas, hashish produced in India.  In India, the use of cannabis dates back to the sacred Vedas texts and has been a part of religious rituals and festivities for millennia… Source: Cannabis farmers hidden in India’s Himalayas – Al Jazeera ... Read More »

Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity

AFP/ Raul ArboledaSince 1961, the international community has invested huge resources to enforce the UN mandate to create a “drug free” world. Yet, after decades of interdiction and eradication, organised crime around the globe has merely shifted routes and markets. Massive corruption, violence and human rights abuses are… Source: Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity – International Crisis Group Read More »

Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime

People who misuse drugs are often jailed – the US has 25% of the world’s prisoners. But learning-based treatment would work much better. Since entering recovery 28 years ago, I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about the conundrum of addiction. The most commonly accepted definition – the one used in psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual… Source: Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime | Maia Szalavitz | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »