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  1. crack-smoking-brazil

    Do crack smoking practices change with the introduction of safer crack kits?

    • Leslie A. Malchy, Vicky Bungay, Joy L. Johnson, Jane Buxton
    30 April 2011

    Crack smoking has increased in Vancouver despite the harms associated with its use. Many people who smoke crack share their equipment, thereby increasing their risk for infectious disease. This project explored the effects of outreach distribution of "safer crack kits" on smoking practices. While kit distribution made safer use items more accessible, its impact on safer use practice was limited. Our findings highlight the need for targeted distribution of safer use items. Future research should explore the dynamics of unsafe crack smoking practices and ways to leverage safer use messaging.

     

  2. crack-smoking-rio

    Do crack smoking practices change with the introduction of safer crack kits?

    • Leslie A. Malchy, Vicky Bungay, Joy L. Johnson, Jane Buxton
    30 April 2011

    Crack smoking has increased in Vancouver despite the harms associated with its use. Many people who smoke crack share their equipment, thereby increasing their risk for infectious disease. This project explored the effects of outreach distribution of "safer crack kits" on smoking practices. While kit distribution made safer use items more accessible, its impact on safer use practice was limited. Our findings highlight the need for targeted distribution of safer use items. Future research should explore the dynamics of unsafe crack smoking practices and ways to leverage safer use messaging.

     

  3. Federal pot prosecutions have not let up

    30 April 2011
    Other news

    When the Obama administration declared 18 months ago that it would stop arresting people who complied with their states' medical marijuana laws, advocates were encouraged but wary, saying pot patients and their suppliers were still at risk of federal prosecution. In a new report, the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access said its caution was justified: Prosecutions have continued unabated, and the number of raids has increased.

  4. Bolivia Steps Up Campaign at U.N. to Legalise Coca Leaf

    Haider Rizvi
    30 April 2011
    Other news

    Is coca a dangerous drug that should be tightly regulated, or an essential part of Andean indigenous people's cultural and medicinal heritage? Or perhaps both? In the coming months, diplomats at the U.N. body will face the thorny issue of how to address the production and use of coca plants in the Andes region of South America.

  5. The Obama Administration’s drug control policy on auto-pilot

    • Coletta Youngers
    29 April 2011
    Policy briefing

    In a widely watched You Tube video, U.S. President Barack Obama is asked whether or not the drug war may in fact be counterproductive. Instead of the resounding NO that would have come from any of his recent predecessors, Obama responded: “I think this is an entirely legitimate topic for debate.” He then qualified his remarks by adding, “I am not in favor of legalization.” Nonetheless, even acknowledging the legitimacy of debate on U.S. drug policy is a significant shift from the past, when successive administrations stifled discussion and routinely labeled anyone promoting alternative approaches to the socalled U.S. “war on drugs” as dangerous and surreptitiously promoting massive drug use and poisoning America’s youth.

  6. AV is not perfect, but we need it for plurality

    Hilary Wainwright
    29 April 2011
    Article

    The first-past-the-post voting system in the UK has led to the slow death of a critical political culture. Saying yes in the referendum on a proposed Alternative Voting (AV) system would at least give oxygen to debate.

  7. Obama's dirty energy fixation

    Daphne Wysham
    28 April 2011
    Article

    Despite the clear alarm bells sounded by Fukushima and the BP Gulf oilspill, Obama has yet to change either his energy policies or strategy.

  8. The banksters and the climate fund

    Patrick Bond
    28 April 2011
    Article

    The resumé of Trevor Manuel, confirmed co-chair of the Green Climate Fund, gives reason to worry. As South Africa's finance minister, he frequently rewarded transnational corporations at the cost of rising inequality, unemployment and environmental degradation.

  9. The politics of achieving the Right to Water

    Susan George, aleksej, Mthandeki Nhlapo, Peter Waldorff
    28 April 2011
    Article

    Privatisation offers nothing to the 43 percent of Africans in cities who have no access to water. On World Water Day 2011, experts met in Cape Town to share experiences of successful public-public partnerships for equal public access.

  10. The growing crisis of credibility of the Indian media

    Praful Bidwai
    28 April 2011
    Article

    Despite massive growth in the Indian media industry, the lack of quality and diversity shows an increasing disconnect with the real lives of people in the country and the most important issues they face.

  11. Jaitapur draws blood

    Praful Bidwai
    28 April 2011
    Article

    Indian protest against nuclear power plans are answered with violent oppression. The brute force used to counter the public protests only worsens the situation and already has claimed one life.

  12. Study: tens of thousands of Finns have grown their own cannabis

    26 April 2011
    Other news

    An estimated 40,000 – 60,000 Finns have tried growing cannabis at home. The number of active home growers in Finland is about ten thousand, but they have many friends. On in five Finns under the age of 35 say that they know at least one home grower. The estimates are from a study which is being published in Yhteiskuntapolitiikka, the publication of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

  13. The 2011 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    25 April 2011
    Report

    The 54th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was the first for the new Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yury Fedotov, who held his maiden speech.

  14. The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia's historic bill

    22 April 2011
    Article

    Approval of Bolivia's revolutionary 'Mother Earth' law is an historic step by social movements in a long struggle for real ecological transformation of their economy and society.

  15. From Chernobyl to Fukushima: the hazardous journey of nuclear power

    Praful Bidwai
    22 April 2011
    Article

    Three partial core meltdowns and other crises have precipitated a nuclear nightmare. This is a wake-up call for the world.

  16. Why so-called "Responsible Agricultural Investment" must be stopped

    21 April 2011
    Article

    Wealthy interests are pushing to normalise the concept of "responsible agricultural investment" but this corporate lingo masks the mass appropriation of land at the cost of local inhabitants (often forcibly removed), the destruction of livelihoods and the environment.

  17. Medical marijuana: Federal pressure stirs legal confusion

    Mary K. Reinhart, Craig Anderson
    21 April 2011
    Other news

    Threatened medical-marijuana crackdowns by federal prosecutors in other states have stoked fears about whether state employees, dispensary owners and others could be punished for operating under Arizona's fledgling law. Although the Justice Department said in 2009 that it would not prosecute sick people using medical marijuana, U.S. attorneys in California and Washington state have told officials there that they do intend to enforce federal laws that prohibit manufacture and distribution of the drug.

  18. It's Time for Drug Policy Reform in Poland!

    Peter Sarosi
    21 April 2011
    Article

    In the year 2000, Poland amended its criminal legislation on drug possession. As a result, any person possessing even the smallest amount of an illegal substance was liable to be prosecuted. Since the amendment in 2000, the number of drug-related offences has been increasing steadily.

  19. The Way Forward - Voices from the Global Water Operator Partnership Alliance

    20 April 2011
    Multi-media

    GWOPA brings together public water operators, trade unions, workers and civil society on a platform to discuss, learn and develop model practices for the provision of fair and equal access to public water.

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