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Legalization Of Marijuana

Source: Email from Ed Moses to Drug Watch International drug-watch-international@googlegroups.com August 2017

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Colorado fentanyl deaths continue to rise. DEA’s new approach to combat the problem.

Ernesto Cabral4:12 AM MDT on May 22, 2024Updated 9:16 AM MDT on May 28, 2024 At least 1,089 people died from fentanyl poisoning in 2023, up 18.4% from the year before, preliminary data shows The Trust Project As many as 7 in 10 counterfeit pills tested in 2023 contained a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl, or […]

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Daily cannabis use surpasses daily alcohol use for first time, study finds

Travis Schlepp   KTLA TV station, Los Angeles May 24, 2024· For the first time in history, marijuana has surpassed alcohol in daily use amongst Americans, according to a new study Research published earlier this week in the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal “Addiction,” showed that more than 17.7 million Americans used marijuana daily or near-daily in […]

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UNODC Executive Director: anti-corruption, fight against organized crime, and drug prevention 

During a mission to Hong Kong and Macau, China, from 22 to 24 May, UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly highlighted the collaborative efforts of the government, civil society, and experts in addressing a broad spectrum of challenges, including corruption, the fight against organized crime, drug prevention and treatment, and the trafficking of illegal goods. Revitalizing […]

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DEA Brings Its “One Pill Can Kill Game Over” Tournament to New England for a First-of-Its-Kind Event

May 29, 2024  Contact: Kristen Govostes  Phone Number: (617) 557-2100 BOSTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division will team up with college esports teams from across New England to host the first of its kind, hybrid One Pill Can Kill Game Over Tournament. This event aims to meet a critical moment in […]

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A Dose Of Reality: Underscoring The Fatal Consequences Of The Opioid Epidemic

05.29.24 Text by MICHELLE RIPPY Associate Professor | Department Chair | Director, Forensic Science Research Center Department of Criminal Justice, California State University The opioid epidemic is a public health and safety emergency that is killing thousands and destroying the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans and those who care about them. […]

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Vilnius, Lithuania – Pilot model for the prevention of drug use and distribution by minors in schools

The use of psychoactive substances among children and young people is one of today’s challenges. In order to solve this problem by acting in a coordinated manner, this academic year Vilnius city municipality, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, implemented a pilot model for the prevention of drug use […]

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The Fentanyl Death Crisis in America

PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY Medication for reversing overdose is life-saving—if used quickly and correctly.   Mark S. Gold M.D. Addiction Outlook Posted June 4, 2024 KEY POINTS Fentanyl is a major threat causing overdose deaths in the United States. Young people are unknowingly taking fentanyl and dying. Fentanyl smoking is contributing to overdose and speedballing deaths. Government and private […]

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USA: Findings from the 2024 Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™

As the workplace evolves, so do the challenges that organizations face in maintaining a safe and productive environment.   A Surge in Drug Test Tampering   According to Quest Diagnostics’ latest report, the percentage of employees in the general U.S. workforce showing signs of tampered drug tests increased dramatically in 2023. Instances of substituted urine […]

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Australian Senate report rejects proposed laws to legalise recreational cannabis use

Australia won’t see any cannabis cafes selling brownies anytime soon, despite agreement that the use of marijuana should be prioritised as a health issue. Eleanor Campbell   https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au   A push to legalise the recreational use of cannabis on a national scale has been knocked back after experts expressed concerns it would lead to more use […]

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Is CBD a controlled substance? DEA: Yes- FDA: No

The communication below was issued by John Coleman, Chairman of DrugWatch International, to summarise the position with CBD and its legal status, as reported on in May 2020. The format, as an email, has been retained in this version.   From: drug-watch-international@googlegroups.com <drug-watch-international@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of John J. Coleman, PhD Sent: 21 May 2020 17:30 […]

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RECOMMENDATIONS THAT CAN HELP PREVENT THE AUSTRALIAN “LOST GENERATION DYING”

        April 24, 2024   Introductory remarks (shown in italic) added by NDPA (UK) on 19 May 2024:   The presentation below is from notable Australian specialists in the field of drug prevention, submitted to the Australian Government. The essence of the presentation is that: “The Australian community deserve a clear picture […]

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Summary of Cannabis Genotoxicity Papers

There are several principal pathways to inheritable genotoxicity, mutagenicity and teratogenesis induced by cannabis which are known and well established at this time including the following. These three papers discuss different aspects of these effects. 1. Stops Brain Waves and Thinking The brain has both stimulatory and inhibitory pathways.  GABA is the main brain inhibitory […]

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NDPA succeeds in Complaint to BBC.

The following Complaint was sent to BBC by David Raynes of the NDPA – the response is shown underneath the Complaint summary herein. David judges the BBC response to be “very defensive, but a partial win” for NDPA. ************ BBC Radio programme – ‘PM’, Radio 4, 27 October 2022 Complaint This edition of PM included […]

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Is it right to force someone into rehab? The man whose life inspired a landmark law

Ricky Klausmeyer-Garcia’s friends struggled to get him addiction treatment, leading to the creation of a law in his name. A year after his death, profound questions remain about how best to help those with substance use disorder by Katia Riddle in Seattle Mon 13 May 2024 15.00 BST Sitting at his dining room table, Kelsey Klausmeyer, 41, […]

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Twenty-First Century Illicit Drugs and Their Discontents: The Challenges Posed by Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPSs)

May 17, 2024 Paul Larkin Rumpel Senior Legal Research Fellow Paul is a Senior Legal Research Fellow in the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.  SUMMARY Novel Psychoactive Substances multiply the difficulties involved in protecting ourselves and our families, friends, and neighbors from falling victim to illicit drug use. Ingenious […]

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Counting the cost of decriminalising drugs in Oregon

Jump to content Three-years-ago Oregon became the first US state in history to decriminalise hard drugs after 58 per cent of voters backed the legislation Susie Coen, US CORRESPONDENT, IN PORTLAND, OREGON23 December 2023 • 4:14pm Christian Haserot has tried to get clean a handful of times. But during his most recent attempt, the once aspiring cyber […]

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Investigation: Most Oregon drug use prevention programs for kids not science-backed

By Emily Green (The Lund Report) Jan. 16, 2024 2 p.m. As science teacher Zach Lazar looks out across his classroom at South Eugene High School, he sees more kids struggling than he did before the pandemic. In the past two years, Lazar said, three of his students have died from drug use. “It makes me sad […]

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Other states drive youth prevention in ways Oregon does not

States like Washington and Pennsylvania work with scientists to help schools put in place science-backed prevention programs by EMILY GREEN |THE LUND REPORT JANUARY 16, 2024 This article is part of an investigative series showing that as Oregon kids face a world with increasingly dangerous drugs and unparalleled external pressures, the state’s education establishment has failed […]

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DEA 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment

This is the Executive Summary of the DEA’s 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment  Fentanyl is the deadliest drug threat the United States has ever faced, killing nearly 38,000 Americans in the first six months of 2023 alone. Fentanyl and other synthetic drugs, like methamphetamine, are responsible for nearly all of the fatal drug overdoses and […]

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Friday Fact: The rate of violent behavior in daily marijuana users aged 18-34 was nearly twice the violent behavior rate of non-users

This is The Drug Report’s Friday Fact report – The rate of violent behavior in daily marijuana users aged 18-34 was nearly twice the violent behavior rate of non-users The study “Associations of cannabis use, use frequency, and cannabis use disorder with violent behavior among young adults in the United States” was recently published by […]

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What You Aren’t Hearing About Marijuana’s Health Effects

Bertha Madras, a leading expert on weed, outlines the science linking it to psychiatric disorders, permanent brain damage, and other serious harms. Young people who smoked marijuana in the 1960s were seen as part of the counterculture. Now the cannabis culture is mainstream. A 2022 survey sponsored by the National Institutes of Health found that […]

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Stress Main Factor Driving Teens to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol

By HealthDay      Feb. 9, 2024, at 7:50 a.m. By Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter  American teenagers cite stress as the leading reason they might get drunk or high, a new report reveals. That only underscores the need for better adolescent mental health care, according to the research team behind the study. Better “access to […]

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Smoking Now Fuels More Drug Overdoses than Injecting Does

By HealthDay     Feb. 16, 2024, at 7:53 a.m. Smoking Now Fuels More Drug Overdoses than Injecting Does By Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter Despite stereotypical images of addicts injecting heroin and then dying, new government research finds that smoking drugs such as fentanyl is now the leading cause of fatal overdoses. In the new research, […]

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2021-2022 NSDUH: Model-Based Estimated Prevalence For States

Description: Browse state-level percentage estimates based on the 2021-2022 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The 37 tables include estimates for 35 measures of substance use and mental health, by age group, along with 95% confidence intervals. The percentages are based on small area estimation (SAE) methods, in which state-level NSDUH data are […]

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Unlocking the Truth: The Hidden Risks of Melatonin Gummies for Children

  A Research Letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) raises alarms about administering melatonin gummies to children. Between 2012 and 2021, reports to U.S. poison control centers regarding pediatric melatonin ingestions surged 530% and were linked with 27,795 emergency department and clinic visits, 4,097 hospitalizations, 287 intensive care admissions, and tragically, 2 […]

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Teens use cannabis for coping, enjoyment

Understanding motives for cannabis use is important for addiction prevention and intervention (SACRAMENTO)A study in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors by researchers at UC Davis Health and the University of Washington surveyed teens over a six-month period to better understand their motives for using cannabis. The researchers found that teens who have more “demand” for cannabis (meaning they […]

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Is cannabis bad for teens? Here’s what the data say

Ten years after cannabis was first legalized for casual use in adults, scientists are struggling to provide evidence-based recommendations about the risks to young people. Krista Lisdahl has been studying cannabis use among adolescents for two decades, and what she sees makes her worried for her teenage son. “I see the data coming in, I […]

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Navigating The Adolescent Overdose Crisis: Insights And Prevention Strategies

Navigating the Adolescent Overdose Crisis: Insights and Prevention Strategies An Alarming Rise in Adolescent Drug-Related Mortality Recent years have seen a worrisome increase in drug-related fatalities among adolescents in the United States. As relayed by Dr. Joseph R. Friedman, this alarming trend necessitates a more aggressive approach to overdose prevention. While the reasons behind this […]

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Victoria’s Voice Foundation Marks Milestone of One Million Children and Parents Impacted Through its Education Programs with School Assembly in Nashville on the Dangers of Drug Use and Vaping

375 Middle and High School Students Attend Event at Davidson Academy Presented by Victoria’s Voice Foundation and Steered Straight ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Victoria’s Voice Foundation, a nonprofit providing evidence-based drug education and addiction prevention support for families, marked a major milestone yesterday, surpassing one million children and parents impacted through its education programs – with […]

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Drugs online: UN-backed body offers solutions to counter narcotics surge

Drug dealers have continued to use cutting-edge digital technology, social media platforms and disinformation to sell their illegal produce, fuelling narcotics consumption globally, a UN-backed report launched on Tuesday showed. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) study recommends responding with the same methods, running counter-narcotics campaigns offering advice that can be trusted on popular online platforms. “We can […]

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The role of the Internet in drug trafficking and drug use is highlighted in the International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report

In its 2023 Annual Report, the International Narcotics Control Board: – finds that online drug trafficking has increased the availability of drugs on the illicit market; – warns that patient safety is at risk from illicit Internet pharmacies selling drugs without a prescription directly to the consumer; – highlights the daunting task facing law enforcement authorities […]

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Survey Finds Illicit Drug Use Among Youth Declining While Overdose Deaths Rise

The lowered rates of substance use that youth reported after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic remained steady into 2023. However, the rate of fatal drug overdoses among youth, which rose in 2020, remained increased well into 2022. After the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated school closures began in 2020, youth reported that they were […]

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Opioid epidemic is in a ‘fourth wave,’ with multiple substances being used at the same time, and fentanyl is the most common

The United States is knee-deep in what some experts call the opioid epidemic’s “fourth wave,” which is not only placing drug users at greater risk but is also complicating efforts to address the nation’s drug problem. These waves, according to a report from Millennium Health, were the crisis in prescription opioid use, followed by a significant jump in […]

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America’s addiction crisis: It’s not just fentanyl. These drugs play a growing role.

Illicit fentanyl, the driving force behind the U.S. overdose epidemic, is increasingly being used in conjunction with methamphetamine, a new report shows. The laboratory Millennium Health said 60% of patients whose urine samples contained fentanyl last year also tested positive for methamphetamine. Cocaine was detected in 22% of the fentanyl-positive samples. Millennium officials said the […]

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Understanding and Overcoming Substance Abuse Relapse

Why Do People Relapse? Understanding and Overcoming Relapse in Substance Abuse Recovery: Embarking on the journey of addiction recovery is a tough, but worthwhile goal. However, it is not uncommon for you to face setbacks in the form of relapse during your recovery journey. In this blog post, we will explore the reasons why people relapse […]

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Washington tribes look to Iceland for help getting teens off drugs

Washington tribal leaders are looking at an overseas model to combat the rise in opioid use among teens. It’s called the Icelandic Prevention Model, and it’s helped slash alcohol use among Icelandic 15- and 16-year-olds from 77% to 35% in 20 years. “There’s no other model in the world that has that kind of turnaround in the […]

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UNODC celebrates the power of sports in preventing violence, crime, and drug use

“I never imagined that sports could do this”: UNODC celebrates the power of sports in preventing violence, crime, and drug use among youth on the International Day of Sports   Alice*, a 15-year-old living in a rural area in Nigeria, was struggling. Feeling lonely at home, subjected to punishment for the smallest of reasons, she […]

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School substance use prevention efforts are crucial. The question is how to do it

The majority of adults with substance use disorders start during their adolescent years. That’s why experts say prevention efforts in schools are paramount, but many schools struggle with implementation. According to a survey by the Education Week Research Center in 2022, 67% of school health workers say that dealing with students who are vaping and using alcohol, marijuana, or opioids is “a challenge” […]

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Roger Morgan: Trump Must Clamp Down On Marijuana Or America Is Doomed

Appointing Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General infused new life into those of us who know that marijuana is destroying our nation from within. But were we premature in believing that Donald Trump would put an end to what Barack Obama and George Soros inflicted on this nation in the last eight years? After eight […]

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Problems Of Drug Dependence, 1986 : Proceedings Of The 48th Annual Scientific Meeting, The Committee On Problems Of Drug Dependence

Foreword The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is pleased to publish in its Research Monograph series the proceedings of the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence, Inc. (CPDD). This meeting was held at Tahoe City, Nevada, in June 1986. The scientific community working in the drug abuse area […]

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Cannabinoids Exacerbate Alcohol Teratogenesis By a CB1-Hedgehog Interaction

Abstract We tested whether cannabinoids (CBs) potentiate alcohol-induced birth defects in mice and zebrafish, and explored the underlying pathogenic mechanisms on Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) signaling. The CBs, Δ9-THC, cannabidiol, HU-210, and CP 55,940 caused alcohol-like effects on craniofacial and brain development, phenocopying Shh mutations. Combined exposure to even low doses of alcohol with THC, HU-210, […]

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Smoking Cannabis Causes Bronchitis And Changes To Lung Function

Cannabis is harmful to the lungs, but in a different way to tobacco, causing significant respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis with evidence to suggest it can result in destructive lung disease – sometimes referred to as ‘bong lung’ – in heavy cannabis users. These are the key findings from a review of research on the […]

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Perspective: Iceland Succeeds at Preventing Teenage Substance Use

Abstract and Figures In 2017 Iceland received word-wide attention for having dramatically reversed the course of teenage substance use. From 1998 to 2018, the percentage of 15-16-year-old Icelandic youth who were drunk in the past 30 days declined from 42% to 5%; daily cigarette smoking dropped from 23% to 3%; and having used cannabis one […]

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INTERVIEW WITH U.S. DRUG CZAR JOHN WALTERS

US DRUG CZAR EXPLAINS CAUSES AND RSDT TOOL TO PREVENT TEEN DRUG USE AND OVERDOSE DEATH INTERVIEW WITH U.S. DRUG CZAR JOHN WALTERS Introduction:  In response to recent news of a huge increase in drug overdose deaths and arrests for drug trafficking among Fairfax County youths, Fox News TV5 reporter Sherri Ly interviewed U.S. Drug […]

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Variability In Content And Dissolution Profiles Of MDMA Tablets Collected In The UK Between 2001 And 2018 – A Potential Risk To Users?

Abstract 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy) tablets are widely used recreationally, and not only vary in appearance, but also in MDMA content. Recently, the prevalence of high-content tablets is of concern to public health authorities. To compare UK data with other countries, we evaluated MDMA content of 412 tablets collected from the UK, 2001-2018, and investigated within-batch […]

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‘Fourth wave’ of opioid epidemic crashes ashore, propelled by fentanyl and meth

The United States is knee-deep in what some experts call the opioid epidemic’s “fourth wave,” which is not only placing drug users at greater risk but is also complicating efforts to address the nation’s drug problem. These waves, according to a report from Millennium Health, began with the crisis in prescription opioid use, followed by a significant […]

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SAMHSA’s 20th Prevention Day: Leading with Science, Improving Lives

We’re building on the momentum of SAMHSA’s 20th Prevention Day and looking ahead to National Prevention Week (May 12-18). About 4,300 prevention professionals, researchers, and advocates from across the country attended SAMHSA’s 20th Prevention Day held outside of Washington, D.C., on January 29, 2024. This was the largest Prevention Day gathering to date, offering 83 sessions with about 200 […]

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Twenty-three new substances/precursors placed under international control; four resolutions passed at 67th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Vienna (Austria), 22 March 2024 — The 67th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) concluded today, after a two-day high-level segment focusing on the Midterm Review of the 2019 Ministerial Declaration and five days of discussions focused on the implementation of international drug control treaties and drug policy commitments. In his closing remarks, H.E. Philbert Johnson of […]

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Nearly 108,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2022, breaking record, CDC says

Nearly 108,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2022, according to final federal figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Over the last two decades, the number of U.S. overdose deaths has risen almost every year and continued to break annual records — making it the worst overdose epidemic in American history. The official number for 2022 […]

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2024 Addiction Statistics: Accurate Data on Substance Abuse in the US

In This Article Prevalence of Substance Use Disorders by Drug Type Age and Gender Differences in Addiction Rates Socioeconomic Factors and Addiction Risk Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders and Addiction Treatment Rates and Barriers to Accessing Care The United States faces a complex and evolving crisis when it comes to substance use disorders (SUDs). These disorders […]

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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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