Cannabis Britannica: The Rise and Demise of a Victorian England Wonder-Drug

Lecture by Dr. James Mills at the Museum of London / 03.18.2013 Professor of Modern History, University of Strathclyde Director of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare Glasgow (CSHHH, Glasgow Caledonian University) There was little awareness of the medicinal and intoxicating properties of cannabis in Britain before the nineteenth-century. Varieties of[…]

Australians Ask: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

Nimbin H.E.M.P. Embassy – Image courtesy Flickr user Nimal Skandhakumar By Kevin Rennie / 12.07.2016 Many Australians agreed with Greens party leader Richard Di Natale recently when he called for an end to the war on drugs. The Greens is a minority party that supports conservation, responsible environmental management such as climate change action, and[…]

Marijuana on the Ballot 2016

If all goes well, after November 8, marijuana could be legal for medical or recreational use in 29 states. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) ‘Marijuana prohibition has been a costly failure—to individuals, communities, and the entire country’ By Nadia Prupis / 11.02.2016 A potential sea change in marijuana legislation is coming, with ballot measures in several states[…]

Denouncing ‘Colossal Waste’ of Drug War, Report Makes Case for Decriminalization

There were 574,640 arrests for marijuana possession nationwide in 2015—outnumbering arrests for all violent crimes combined. (Photo: Office of Public Affairs/flickr/cc) ‘Locking people up for using drugs causes tremendous harm, while doing nothing to help those who need and want treatment’ By Nadia Prupis / 10.12.2016 Two prominent human and civil rights organizations are calling[…]

This Man Turned an Opium Field into a Sustainable Coffee Farm in Thailand

By Todd Reubold / 08.04.2016 Somsak Sriphumthong is on a caffeine-fueled mission. After years living and working abroad, the organic farmer and community leader returned to his native Thailand several years ago — during a time when the forests were being cleared for opium fields and rice plantations. Seeking a sustainable alternative, he started growing[…]

In Historic Move, Obama Grants Clemency to 214 Prisoners

It is the largest single-day granting of clemency in U.S. history. (Photo: IIP Photo Archive/flickr/cc) “Today’s action will bring hope to so many worthy individuals” By Nadia Prupis / 08.04.2016 President Barack Obama on Wednesday issued a record-breaking 214 commutations for people serving drug-related sentences in federal prison—the largest single-day granting of clemency in U.S.[…]

Busted: False Positive Roadside Drug Tests Landing Thousands in Jail

Tens of thousands of people every year are sent to jail based on the results of a $2 roadside drug test. Widespread evidence shows that these tests routinely produce false positives. Why are police departments and prosecutors still using them? Graphics by Fathom  |  Photography by Todd Heisler, The New York Times Story Co-Published with the[…]

The Hefty Price of ‘Study Drug’ Misuse on College Campuses

Using medicines to stay awake? Scott Akerman By Dr. Lina Begdache Research Assistant Professor Binghamton University For more sources and information, see “What is Dopamine and How Does It Affect the Brain“, by Zoe Miller from The Babble Out Nonmedical use of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drugs on college campuses, such as Adderall, Ritalin,[…]

Last Chance Incorporated

Through industry and ruination, a human body and a landscape compose a life tenuously holding together. Occulted ways of mattering in a late industrial landscape. By Dr. Jason A. Pine Professor of Anthropology Purchase College Cultural Anthropology 31:2 (May 2016) All photos by Jason Pine The Monarch trailer lies in the dirt off the side[…]

The ‘War on Drugs’ Turns Legitimate Pain Patients and Their Doctors Into Suspects

No one can deny that overprescribing and resulting addiction is an enormous problem, but let’s not allow eyebrows to raise at patients in legitimate need of pain relief and treatment.  They are easy targets in a lost ‘war’. By Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.11.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Where does it hurt?  This question has been asked[…]

Tackling the U.S. Heroin ‘Epidemic’: The Need for Decriminalization

Image Source: Neal Jennings, Flickr, Creative Commons By André Gomes President Barack Obama’s commitment to increased investment in drug treatment is welcome, but people will still face barriers to accessing services due to stigma, something decriminalization can help tackle. Late last month the White House committed $116 million of funding to tackle the United States’[…]

Ahead of UN Summit, Global Leaders Call for End to ‘Disastrous’ Drug War

The signatories are urging UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to usher in “real drug reform policy.” (Photo: Reuters) Over 1,000 signatories, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, say it’s time for drug reform based in “science, compassion, health, and human rights” By Nadia Prupis More than 1,000 world leaders, celebrities, and other societal figures have[…]

The Wait For Opioid Addiction Treatment Can Mean Life Or Death In New Hampshire

Eddie Sawyer, pictured here with his daughter, overdosed while waiting to get into treatment. (Courtesy of Eileen Shea) For years, Eileen Shea says her former partner Eddie Sawyer struggled with a heroin addiction. But after losing his job and time with his daughter, he was ready to get help. He was on the waiting list[…]

Humanizing the Heroin Epidemic: A Photo Essay

By Aaron Goodman Faculty, Journalism and Communication Studies Kwantlen Polytech University For over a year, I’ve been documenting the lives of three long-term drug users – Marie, Cheryl and Johnny – who are participating in Vancouver’s heroin-assisted clinical study and program. In recent years, heroin use in North America has exploded into an “epidemic.” At[…]