Drugs and democracy in Myanmar

There's increasing awareness that many of the greatest harms of global drug policy are borne in the developing world. In a timely article in the lead up to the UN General Assembly on drug policy in 2016, Gerad Collingwood looks at the way drugs and drug policy have undermined democracy and development in Myanmar, enriching a tiny elite while compounding the disadvantage and suffering of some of the poorest members of society.

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The case for supervised injecting

If saving lives isn't enough, there are many more arguments for safe injecting centres. Unharm co-founder Lisa Pryor reflects on her recent experience working at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre.

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#tranceforlife against dance party deaths

The death of a nineteen year old man a A State Of Trance a fortnight ago was the third dance party death in Sydney in the last 18 months. ‘All that we can do is to keep on running drug dog operations,’ NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli said in the Police press conference following the event. ‘Because drug dog operations saves lives, they really do.’

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Many people use drugs – but here’s why most don’t become addicts

By Paul HayesLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Drug use is common, drug addiction is rare. [In the UK] about one adult in three will use an illegal drug in their lifetime and just under 3m people will do so this year in England and Wales alone. Most will suffer no long-term harm.Paul_Hayes_London_School_of_Hygeine.jpg

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Johnboy Davidson on drug checking

Johnboy Davidson (pillreports.com) on the history of pill testing and the future of drug checking.

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Drugs at music festivals: we must be smarter, not harder

The death at Harbourlife this weekend is a tragedy from any angle but it’s the parents that I think about the most. About three thousand Australian parents had a child die of drug overdose this year. It’s higher than the road toll. When I hear stories like this one I look at my kids. My gut feels it but my mind can’t even.

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The economics of drug prohibition

Ross Gittins has told us that the War on Drugs has more to do with economics than we might think. There is much more to it than his own analysis would suggest.

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Police must act responsibly and reduce risks of harm

74 people were found in possession of illicit drugs during a police operation at the Dragon Dreaming Music Festival at Wee Jasper over the weekend. 18 police and two drug detection dogs conducted the ‘high visibility’ operation over the four days of the music festival.

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Why boycott cocaine?

We’ve called for cocaine consumers to boycott cocaine due to the death and destruction in the cocaine supply chain. Is this boycott going to change the behaviours of cocaine cartels? Unlikely.

And do consumers bear the full weight of responsibility for that supply chain? No they do not. The prohibition of drugs creates a black market just as the prohibition of alcohol did in the USA in the 1920’s. Prohibition hands lucrative markets over to criminals gangs who protect it all through violence and corruption.

Replace prohibition with legal regulation and the power of the cartels will erode. Violence will no longer be business as usual. A legitimate trade in drugs perpetrated by law abiding citizens must be better that what is happening now.

If legal regulation is the answer, why boycott cocaine?

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Boycott Cocaine

It’s time to boycott cocaine.

No, NOT because it’s illegal

No, NOT because it’s addictive or dangerous

No, NOT because it’s harmful to those who use it.

But because the prohibition of cocaine means that its supply and distribution is carried out by criminal gangs that have caused death and destruction – particularly in Mexico, Colombia and other parts of Central and South America. 

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