Modern Culture

The users of Novel Psychoactive Substances: online survey about the characteristics, attitudes and motivations

“Understanding the different motivations for NPS use in terms of drug groups could enable more effective prevention and consequently a reduction in harm”. For example, the use of hallucinogens was substantially motivated by self-exploration and spiritual attainment and showed very low levels of addiction potential while the use of opioids and especially GABA activating substances…

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Politics

Oregon earns a C+ for its civil forfeiture laws

“These percentages are lower than those of most other states, but they still represent a sizable incentive to seize”. Oregon law enforcement agencies are required to report details of seized and forfeited property to the Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee, which aggregates the data and publishes annual reports online. However, data are missing for 2009…

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Biography/Memoir

Students for sensible drug policy welcomes the university of oregon chapter

“Their advice to people who want to get involved? Just do it.” The founding members include Laura Huskey (Math and Computer Science freshman), Misa Smith (Sociology Senior), and Michael Worcester (Political Science Senior, dual-enrolled at Lane Community College). “Heroin overdose and opiate overdose in general is a huge problem in Oregon and on campus,” Misa…

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Psychology

The Hopes and Fears of Psychedelic Science

“The team at Imperial that I am a part of, led by Dr Robin Carhart-Harris and Professor David Nutt, will shortly publish results of the first trial of psilocybin assisted psychotherapy in treatment resistant depression. Robin explains to Jamie that 2/3 of the patients in the study were depression free after 1 week, with 42%…

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UNGASS Shadow Document: The language that the Outcome Document overlooked

“[Recalling that] more than eighty percent of the world´s population carries a huge burden of avoidable pain and suffering with little or no access to such medications. “ …harmonization of drug control and Human Rights and development principles. The group membership should represent a balanced selection of experts from Member States and regional organizations, relevant…

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The authors of the Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy call for non-violent minor drug offenses including use, possession, and petty sale, to be decriminalized.

“It’s time for us to rethink our approach to global drug policies, and put scientific evidence and public health at the heart of drug policy discussions.” “The goal of prohibiting all use, possession, production, and trafficking of illicit drugs is the basis of many of our national drug laws, but these policies are based on…

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Legalize it all: How to win the war on drugs

“We’re confronted now with the fact that the U.S. cannot enforce domestically what it promotes elsewhere,” a member of the U.N.’s International Narcotics Control Board, which monitors international compliance with the conference’s directives, told me. ​When the [United Nations] General Assembly convenes [in April 2016], it also will have to contend with the startling fact…

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Politics

Kratom, health supplement targeted by FDA…

“Regulation before prohibition is the answer,” says Susan Ash, a founder of the American Kratom Association in Virginia, who says she uses the herb three times a day to treat pain and lethargy from chronic Lyme disease. ​ Ash says the product should be restricted to adults, the supplement’s packaging should carry warning labels and…

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Soldiers turn to Native American sweat lodges to treat PTSD

For some, discovering the sweat lodge came at the lowest point in their lives. Originally designated only for men of the tribe, leaders now welcome anyone to the lodge, especially soldiers. ​Special Agent Kevin Cheek of the Air Force, now the military liaison for the sweat lodge, says, “I’ve deployed five times. I’ve been there…

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