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Drug use in the world is stable, according to the World Drug Report 2014 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), released recently. About 243 million people, or 5% of the global population between 15 and 64 years old, used illicit drugs in 2012. Problematic drug users, on the other hand, amounted to 27 million, about 0.6% of the adult population worldwide, or 1 in every 200 people.
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Global Commission Calls For Ending Criminalization of Drug Use, Responsible Legal Regulation of Illicit Narcotics

On September 9, the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) will release their groundbreaking new report, Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, at a press conference in New York City. The event will be live-streamed at 9:45 a.m. EST and speakers will include former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto […]

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Study suggests federal law to combat use of ‘club drugs’ has done more harm than good

A federal law enacted to combat the use of “club drugs” such as Ecstasy — and today’s variation known as Molly — has failed to reduce the drugs’ popularity and, instead, has further endangered users by hampering the use of measures to protect them.

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Racism Fueled by the Drug War

The dramatic uprising in Ferguson, MO following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, at the hands of a white police officer has become an international news story. As in the case of Trayvon Martin’s murder in Florida by a paranoid neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012, racism has been at the forefront […]

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Marijuana Use Linked To Lower Stroke Risk

  Those who use marijuana may benefit from a reduced chance of stroke, according to a new study. As part of The Stroke Prevention in Young Adults Study, researchers from the University of Maryland analyzed past marijuana use among 751 stroke cases and 813 controls.

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