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Thoughts from Vienna (commission on narcotic drugs 2019)

Reposted with permission from CSSDP Written by Alex Betsos. In 2009, The United Nations adopted what is informally called “The 2009 Political Declaration”, or more formally, “the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem”. 2019 was the date that the UN…
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Youth RISE at “Taking Roots, Branching Out” 4YOUTH Inception Meeting

Youth RISE Project Managers Ishwor Maharjan and Florian Scheibein recently attended the 4YOUTH Inception Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. The 4YOUTH Consortium is a partnership between Youth RISE, Youth LEAD, YPEER and Y+Network. We are very excited about this one! More details can be found in the attached document here.
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Youth Rise at the 4th law enforcement and public health conference

“You call each other junkies, so why can’t we adopt the jargon?” our Youth RISE adventures in the 4th Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference “Aren‘t these simply cases of bad police practice that you have just presented?“ asks an audience member at the 4th Law Enforcement and Public Health conference after the Youth RISE International Coordinator…
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Czech perspective on drug checking

The courtesy of Jurek Badman Drug policies of the 21st century remain focused on repressive approaches in most of the world’s countries. This can make it harder, if not impossible, to progressively intervene regarding psychoactive substance use, preventing possible benefits to public health. Results of more than half a century of repressive (although slightly milder…
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Reagent tests

Reagent testing involves the use of reagents to test or ‘check’ drugs for particular substances.  As a result of a chemical reaction a colour change can be compared to reference sheets. Reference sheets associated with a number of reagents can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/ReagentTesting/wiki/nps) Strengths: Can be used to establish credibility amongst people who use drugs…
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Youth Rise intervention at CND 2017

Who are we Really Protecting? If we are to address the issue of meaningful youth participation in the design of drug policy and programming/implementation of health services, using a peer-to-peer model is effective for training & capacity-building needs in youth advocacy endeavours within this realm. Youth advocates need collective, self-reflective inquiry in order to engage…
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Half-baked opposition to Ireland’s medical cannabis regulations bill

Dr. Bobby Smyth, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist penned a piece in the Irish Examiner attacking Gino Kenny’s Medical Cannabis Regulation bill entitled ‘It’s time to smoke out the lies about cannabis’. He argued that medical cannabis has “marginal value”  and that the enactment of the legislation would contribute to the  normalisation of cannabis, a trend that he associates with…
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Rethinking drug policy in Africa

The African Union Plan of Action on Drug Control (2013-2017) has continued to provide a solid basis for rethinking drug policy among member states.This I can further affirm as one of the participants at the continental experts consultation on developing and improving responses to counter drug trafficking and related challenges to human security which took…
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