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Under the Influence: Jamaicans Driving High

Jamaica’s recent decriminalization of possession of up to two ounces of ganja is contributing to a dangerous practice that officials warn needs urgent attention. Disturbing findings in the 2016 National Drug Prevalence Survey show that one in six males and 17 females drive under the influence, with most admitting to using ganja since it has […]

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German MPs vote to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes

Germany’s lower house of parliament has passed a law legalising the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. People with serious illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, or a lack of appetite or nausea, could be offered marijuana under the law.  Patients will only have the right to be treated with cannabis “in very […]

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Illicit drug deaths reaches record high 914 in B.C. in 2016

More than 900 people died in British Columbia last year from illicit drug overdoses, but the provincial health minister says the toll could have been far higher and he warned the federal government Wednesday the epidemic is spreading across Canada. The arrival of the powerful opioid fentanyl pushed the provincial death toll to a new […]

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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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Medical marijuana user ‘shocked’ by recall over hydrogen cyanide risk

A medical marijuana patient in Lower Sackville, N.S., said he’s worried after the marijuana he consumed for nearly a year was recalled by Health Canada because it was grown with two pesticides that, if heated, can emit hydrogen cyanide. John Percy, 67, smokes, vapes and bakes his cannabis to control pain in his hip caused […]

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Cannabis use disorder and suicide attempts in Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans.

Abstract The objective of the present research was to examine the association between lifetime cannabis use disorder (CUD), current suicidal ideation, and lifetime history of suicide attempts in a large and diverse sample of Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans (N = 3233) using a battery of well-validated instruments. As expected, CUD was associated with both current suicidal ideation […]

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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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LETTER: Obama legacy includes drug addiction epidemic

The letter below speaks of the heroin epidemic in the USA.  The figure of heroin and opioid addiction that has destroyed countless families and killed more than 50,000 Americans in 2015 alone is salutary. A chronicle of President Barack Obama’s tenure must include the heroin epidemic that he leaves us with. Our nation is plagued […]

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Middle school student hospitalized after eating marijuana gummy bears.

FRAMINHAM, Mass. – A Framingham middle school student was hospitalized Monday after he and another student ate a marijuana edible on the school bus, according to a letter released by Fuller Middle School.   School officials are trying to find out who brought the edibles on the bus and how to make sure it doesn’t happen […]

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Surgeon general commends efficiency of D.A.R.E. program

The United States surgeon general’s landmark report on alcohol, drugs and health entitled “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health,” concludes that alcohol and drug misuse, disorders and addiction are among America’s most pressing public health concerns. As noted in the report, nearly 21 million Americans – more than […]

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Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

This Report reviews what we know about substance use and health and how we can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related health consequences. First, a general Introduction and Overview of the Report (PDF | 1.5 MB) describes the extent of the substance use problem in the United States. Then it lays a […]

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Ignition Interlocks Prevent Deadly Drunk-Driving Accidents

January 12th, 2017 A new study finds ignition interlocks, devices that prevent a person from starting a car if their blood alcohol level is too high, prevents deadly accidents. Ignition interlocks are associated with a 7 percent decrease in the rate of fatal crashes involving at least one drunk driver, researchers report in the American […]

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Children’s Books Are the New Frontier in Weed Normalization

As well as targeting children with ‘marijuana edibles’ children’s books are now being used as ‘a tool in (his) campaign for legalisation’.  Cannabis is addictive and the younger a person is when they begin to use the more likely they are to have problems later. The author of ‘Hairy Pothead’ and ‘Green Buds and Hash’ […]

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Despite study, marijuana still linked with problems among teenagers

Earlier this week, the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), released a study that claims a 24 percent decline in marijuana-related problems among teenagers, such as becoming dependent on the drug or having trouble in school and in relationships. The researchers also claim there is an association between drops in […]

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A systematic review of adverse events arising from the use of synthetic cannabinoids and their associated treatment

Robert J. Tait, et al Abstract Context: Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) such as “Spice”, “K2”, etc. are widely available via the internet despite increasing legal restrictions. Currently, the prevalence of use is typically low in the general community (<1%) although it is higher among students and some niche groups subject to drug testing. Early evidence suggests […]

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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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