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Letter from David Raynes re Policy-UK forum

Subject: Re: Priorities for Reform of UK Drug Policy : Policy-UK Forum : March 2016 Dear Mr Marsh. Thank you for the invitation. I shall not be attending. You have included in the Speakers Niam Eastwood & Mike Trace, both people who push drugs legalisation. I have debated publicly with both. Their positions are well […]

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Mental Illness Risk As ‘Skunk’ Drives Out Milder Cannabis

Almost all cannabis sold on British streets can cause psychosis after weaker forms were driven from the market. The most potent “skunk” accounts for 94 per cent of all cannabis seized by police, up from half in 2005, according to the first study for almost a decade. Dealers are thought to be pushing higher-strength products […]

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Regnery: Feds Should Prosecute California Marijuana Farmers For Devastating The Environment

Marijuana farming is a big business, and marijuana growers are raking in billions. In California, the crop ranks between lettuce and grapes; total sales in the state, according the Los Angeles Times, will top $21 billion by 2021. In Colorado, where marijuana is also legal, revenues stood at just over $1 billion last year, adding $2.4 […]

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Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome, Without The Hype

Cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is nothing new, but nonetheless lacks a diagnosis code. This means that nobody—including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is meant to track such things—knows the prevalence of the condition. It is, however, relatively rare. Medical sources say that it’s likely, as you’d expect, to become more common as […]

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Conservation In Colombia – A Shared Responsibility – A Hub Of Biodiversity Threatened By Cocaine

Source: http://archive.unu.edu/events/files/2008/Santos_SharedRespnsibility_presentation_200810.pdf 2008

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As Scans Show Drug’s Impact On Brain, A Top Doctor Warns Of A Psychosis, Paranoid Delusions And A Superskunk Schizophrenia Timebomb

Britain could set off a schizophrenia timebomb if it ignores the dangers of super-strength ‘skunk’ cannabis, one of the UK’s most eminent psychiatrists warns today. Strong evidence now shows that smoking potent forms of the Class B drug increases the chance of psychosis, paranoid delusions and schizophrenia. But too many people – from teenagers to […]

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Beyond Supply: How We Must Tackle The Opioid Epidemic

A. Benjamin Srivastava, MD Mark S. Gold, MD The opioid epidemic is the most important and most serious public health crisis today. The effects are reported in overdose deaths but are also starkly evident in declines in sense of well-being and general health coupled with increasing all-cause mortality, particularly among the middle-aged white population. As […]

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Quebec Pot Arrests Behind The Wheel Up 54% Since Legalization

Police forces in the province collected 795 blood samples from motorists suspected of driving while under the influence. One year after the legalization of recreational use of cannabis in Canada, the black market for the drug — as well as its use behind the wheel — continues to keep Quebec police forces busy. In 2018, police collected 795 blood […]

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New Therapeutic Approach For Children Born To Mothers Who Used Cannabis During Pregnancy

As a growing number of U.S. states legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an increasing number of American women are using cannabis before becoming pregnant and during early pregnancy often to treat morning sickness, anxiety, and lower back pain. Although emerging evidence indicates that this may have long-term consequences for their babies’ brain […]

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Impacts Of Cannabinoid Epigenetics On Human Development: Reflections On Murphy Et. Al. ‘Cannabinoid Exposure And Altered DNA Methylation In Rat And Human Sperm’ Epigenetics 2018; 13: 1208-1221.

ABSTRACT Recent data from the Kollins lab (‘Cannabinoid exposure and altered DNA methylation in rat and human sperm’ Epigenetics 2018; 13: 1208–1221) indicated epigenetic effects of cannabis use on sperm in man parallel those in rats and showed substantial shifts in both hypo- and hyper-DNA methylation with the latter predominating. This provides one likely mechanism […]

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UN Adopts Pakistan’s Resolution For Efforts To Prevent Drug Abuse

VIENNA: The United Nations Commission on Narcotic has unanimously adopted Pakistan’s resolution on strengthening efforts to prevent drug abuse in educational settings. The resolution was adopted during the commission’s sixty first regular session in Vienna. The resolution drew attention of the Commission towards the common challenges of drug abuse among children and youth in schools […]

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Marijuana Violence And Law

Abstract Marijuana is currently a growing risk to the public in the United States. Following expanding public opinion that marijuana provides little risk to health, state and federal legislatures have begun changing laws that will significantly increase accessibility of marijuana. Greater marijuana accessibility, resulting in more use, will lead to increased health risks in all […]

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Gene Could Help Identify Psychosis Risk In Cannabis Users

Researchers at the University of Exeter and UCL (University College London) have identified a gene which can be used to predict how susceptible a young person is to the mind-altering effects of smoking cannabis. The finding could help identify otherwise healthy users who are most at risk of developing psychosis. The research, funded by the […]

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Legalized Pot: No, It’s Not Inevitable

Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in 2016 in California, Arizona, Nevada, and elsewhere The marijuana movement received a big jolt last November. No, it wasn’t another celebrity endorsement or cable news special glorifying the drug. Rather, in the midst of what we’ve been told was an inevitable march to victory, marijuana lost. And it […]

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E-Cigarette Advertising Found To Be Pervasive For Youth, CDC Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vital Signs addresses a single, important public health topic each month. This month’s edition presents their latest findings on youth exposure to e-cigarette advertising. They also highlight strategies to prevent youth exposure to e-cigarette advertising and youth e-cigarette use. The use of e-cigarettes among U.S. youth has increased considerably since […]

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New Mother, 32, ‘Killed Herself After Developing Drug-induced Psychosis From Taking Cannabis’ To Treat MORNING SICKNESS

Polly Ross, 32, suffered with Hyperemesis Gravidarum during second pregnancy Mother smoked cannabis and magic mushrooms to ease pain, an inquest heard ‘Talented and clever’ translator took her life in 2015 after battling with psychosis A mother-to-be who took cannabis after developing the same morning sickness condition as the Duchess of Cambridge killed herself after […]

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Impact Of A Synthetic Cannabinoid (CP-47,497-C8) On Protein Expression In Human Cells: Evidence For Induction Of Inflammation And DNA Damage

Abstract Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are marketed worldwide as legal surrogates for marihuana. In order to predict potential health effects in consumers and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of action, we investigated the impact of a representative of the cyclohexylphenols, CP47,497-C8, which binds to both cannabinoid receptors, on protein expression patterns, genomic stability and on induction […]

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New Guideline Warns Pain Benefits Of Medical Cannabis Overstated

University of Alberta led guideline warns health risks may outweigh benefits, provides guidance on when (and when not to) prescribe. A new medical guideline published today suggests Canada’s family physicians should take a sober second thought before prescribing medical cannabis to most patients. Published in Canadian Family Physician, “Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in Primary […]

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What You Should Know About The Multistate Outbreak Of Severe Lung Problems Linked To E-cigarettes And Vaping

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a warning about vaping following a multistate outbreak of severe lung problems linked to the use of electronic cigarettes. According to the CDC, there are, as of September 6, 450 reported cases of possible vaping-linked lung problems across 33 states and 1 territory, resulting in 6 deaths. […]

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Reducing Future Rates Of Adult Addiction Must Begin With Youth Prevention

The United States is confronting a public health crisis of rising adult drug addiction, most visibly documented by an unprecedented number of opioid overdose deaths. Most of these overdose deaths are not from the use of a single substance – opioids – but rather are underreported polysubstance deaths. This is happening in the context of […]

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Ontario Proposal To Allow Cannabis Consumption In Hotel Rooms Could Jump-Start Pot Tourism

Ontario’s proposal to allow people to consume marijuana in hotel rooms opens the door to a boom in cannabis tourism, says lawyer Matt Maurer. Maurer heads the cannabis law group at Minden Gross in Toronto, and says he knows businesspeople who are interested in opening cannabis-friendly hotels and resorts. Maurer says he was surprised by […]

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Stronger Cannabis Linked To Rise In Demand For Drug Treatment Programmes

Study drawing on data from the Netherlands is the first to show how admissions to treatment centres rise and fall in line with cannabis strength Many countries have seen far stronger cannabis come on to the market in the past few decades Researchers have found fresh evidence to suggest that more potent strains of cannabis […]

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Shocking Image Illustrates How Drugs Transformed Woman’s Appearance At Just 53

After Lynley Graham’s custody photo was posted to a police force’s Facebook page, horrified users were quick to discuss the harmful effects of hard drugs Deep lines etched across a woman’s face and cheeks sunken to the bone – this one shocking image illustrates the effects of substance abuse. Lynley Graham’s custody picture has been […]

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The Link Between Opioid Overdoses And Amnesia Is Only Getting Stronger

As more cases turn up, doctors are concerned about the extent to which memory loss may be undetected. Just over five years ago, a man suffering from amnesia following a suspected drug overdose appeared at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb. He was 22, and had injected what he believed […]

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Deadly Fentanyl Behind America’s Dramatic Doubling Of Synthetic Opioid Death Rates

President Donald Trump took a few minutes in his State of the Union address to acknowledge what he called the “terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction – never been has it been like it is now”. The American President told Congress that “we have to do something about it”, stating that 174 drug-addiction caused  deaths […]

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Hooked In Wisconsin: When Heroin Hits Home

A USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin project Heroin entered their lives so easily. For 10 addicts, the hard part is staying clean. They got the pills from their doctors, then kept using them until they couldn’t stop. They switched to heroin because it was cheaper, because a friend said it was an easier, better way to get […]

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Before And After Alcohol And Drug Addiction Photos

Millions of Americans are trapped in a cycle of drug abuse and addiction: In 2013, over 24 million reported that they had abused illicit drugs or prescription medication in just the past month. More than 1.7 million were admitted to treatment programs for substance abuse in 2012. The pursuit of a drug habit can cost these people everything – […]

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A Cannabinoid Analogue Of Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol Disrupts Neural Development In Chick Embryos

Abstract Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug by pregnant women. Its major psychoactive constituent, Delta(9)-THC (Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol), crosses the placenta and accumulates in the foetus, potentially harming its development. In humans, marijuana use in early pregnancy is associated with miscarriage, a fetal alcohol-like syndrome, as well as learning disabilities, memory impairment, and ADHD in […]

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Pennsylvania State Police Urge Gun Owners To Give Up Firearms To Get Medical Marijuana

If you’re a gun-owning Pennsylvania resident, the Pennsylvania State Police are urging you to turn in your firearms if you are seeking medical marijuana cards. Sorry, what? A statement from the Pennsylvania State Police’s website is receiving a lot of local attention over what appears to be an erroneous statement concerning state and federal law. The statement reads: “It is unlawful for […]

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Cannabis Use And Incidence Of Testicular Cancer: A 42-Year Follow-up Of Swedish Men Between 1970 And 2011

Abstract Background: Given current drug policy reforms to decriminalize or legalize cannabis in numerous countries worldwide, the current study assesses the relation between cannabis use and the development of testicular cancer. Methods: The study included a population-based sample (n = 49,343) of young men ages 18–21 years who underwent conscription assessment for Swedish military service in 1969–1970. The […]

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Research Finds Link Between Marijuana Use And Testicular Cancer

New research from Northern Medical Program Professor Dr. Russ Callaghan has found that use of marijuana is associated with the development of testicular cancer. As part of a retrospective study, Dr. Callaghan and his team looked at data from young men conscripted for military service in Sweden in 1969 and 1970, and tracked their health conditions […]

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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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