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The National Advisory Committee for Decriminalization is an ad-hoc coalition made up of individuals from across Canada. The collective is comprised of healthcare and medical professionals, grassroots overdose prevention organizers, people with lived experience of overdose risk/death for self, family, ...
A drug policy expert not involved with the study cautioned that the findings do not mean that the reformulation of OxyContin (or other extended-release opioids) was a bad idea — it did, after all, appear to make an addictive drug less prone to misuse. But the new research suggests that when it comes to ...

Mark Sanchez's NFL career appears to be on life support. The NFL announced Friday that Sanchez has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season after violating the league's PED policy. Free agent Mark Sanchez has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular ...
A former Texas City employee filed a federal lawsuit this week against the city and Mayor Matthew Doyle, accusing the city of wrongful termination and violating her due process rights after she refused to take a random drug test. The plaintiff, Michelle Garcia, claims the test violated her constitutional rights ...
Regardless of how much evidence the U.N. entities provide and call for reforms, they will not take place at the multilateral level until a P5 country such as the United States decides to take interest in the highly-needed international drug policy reform. If it did, it would allow states to move with their reforms ...
Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel and Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha of the Utah Jazz have been suspended five games each for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, the league announced. Noel's suspension will begin tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers. Noel is averaging 4.4 points, 5.6 ...

As more countries move away from drug prohibition, Indonesia is about to step up its efforts to defend it. Proposed revisions to the country's criminal code promote harsh penalties for the use and possession of narcotics - including society's ultimate sanction, the death penalty - instead of a health-oriented ...
Prompted by city lawyers, the New Haven Police Department turned over a copy of its new two-page hiring guidelines — with almost every line about drug use whited out. Feel like helping to fill in the blanks? The heavily redacted two-page document, New Haven Department of Police Service Employment ...
"That is heading in the war-on-drugs direction which isn't going to work, but going to a select committee to a bill is one thing, it's what will come out the other end," Clark said. "And I think all the people who know about drug policy, who know what's happening around the world, need to come to the [select] ...
In an email interview, Gernot Klantschnig, a senior lecturer at the University of York and the author of several books and articles on drug policy and trafficking in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, discusses the problems that drugs pose in Nigeria, how the government's strict response has evolved, and how ...
Legal and drug policy experts say decades of experience during the war on drugs has shown that harsher sentences will do little to solve the runaway surge ... Rosalie Pacula, co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center, said researchers have found that stiffer prosecutions were not as effective as ...
One of the letter's signatories, Steve Rolles, a senior policy analyst at the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, told The Independent the reforms should inspire change in the UK. He said that decriminalisation approaches were "more than just a change in the law, they need to be part of a wider reorientation ...
According to an analysis by the Drug Policy Alliance, media mentions of drug-induced homicide prosecutions rose by over 300 percent between 2011 and 2016, suggesting that law enforcement is increasingly relying on them in response to opiate overdose deaths. In Pennsylvania, such cases have ...
As Mark Kleiman, a drug policy expert at the Marron Institute at New York University, previously told me, “We did the experiment. In 1980, we had about 15,000 people behind bars for drug dealing. And now we have about 450,000 people behind bars for drug dealing. And the prices of all major drugs are ...
President Jabba the Hutt Donald Trump has made a number of terrible suggestions on how to end the debilitating opioid crisis, including giving drug dealers the death penalty and just teaching children not to do drugs. Today, he went to New Hampshire, where he added some more big ideas to his list.
“This approach is also disturbingly reminiscent of the war on drugs, which set back American drug policy decades, and codified harm to black and brown people — laws we have just begun to reverse. And like the war on drugs — with a focus on extreme punishments instead of the root causes of drug use ...
President Donald Trump's former liaison to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, who was pushed out after questions surfaced about his lack of experience, has joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Taylor Weyeneth will serve as a mid-level official in the office of Community ...

Students for Sensible Drug Policy was originally formed in response to the FAFSA question on student drug convictions. The group won a significant victory in 2006 when the aid restrictions were scaled back by Congress. Executive Director Betty Aldworth said HEA reauthorization is a chance to push for its ...
“The benefits of at least reconsidering the drug policy on behalf of an employer would be pretty high,” said Jeremy Kidd, a professor at Mercer Law School, who wrote a paper on the economics of workplace drug testing. “A blanket prohibition can't possibly be the most economically efficient policy.”.
Authorities in Myanmar have taken action to tackle the country's decades-long issue with narcotics, by announcing a new drug policy that has been praised for being one of the first in Southeast Asia that takes an evidence-based approach to the issue, and focuses on the needs of the biggest victims of the ...
Paterson, NJ - The Passaic County Drug Policy Advisory Committee will be holding its second public meeting at St. Joseph's Wayne Medical Center. The Passaic County Drug Policy Advisory Committee was formed in August of 2017 to help create a comprehensive approach to the opioid epidemic.
Hannah Hetzer is the Senior International Policy Manager for the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance. She joins Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to talk about harm reduction drug policy, a philosophy on public health that focuses on fact-based drug education and intervention policies meant to reduce the injuries ...
The district's new drug policy nods to Scatena's sentiment, as students who may have previously been immediately suspended after getting caught with pot at school are now required to enroll in after-school drug education program. Under a system implemented last fall, first offenders are mandated to ...
The meeting was called to approve a new hiring policy, specifically a new drug policy, city lawyers later revealed. But the department brass won't say what changed. The commissioners discussed the policy in executive session, and they voted to approve the policy without revealing what they were voting ...
Polanco, 24, was suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. He tested positive for the drug stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. If that sounds familiar, there's a good reason why. Righthander Ervin Santana served the same suspension for testing positive for the ...
Federal Judge Throws Out Marijuana Rescheduling Case. A US district court judge in Manhattan has thrown out the latest lawsuit challenging marijuana's scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled Monday that plaintiffs should use administrative remedies to ...
Civil society groups, such as the Polish Drug Policy Network, have been pushing for rational policy reforms, including an amendment to the drug act. Poland hosted the Second International Urban Drug Policy Conference in 2016, one of the largest international events dedicated to narcotics policies in cities ...
His administration pursued a multitrack series of drug policy efforts, which included new enforcement programs and diplomatic efforts, but also focused extensively on demand reduction and treatment. He started SAODAP (the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention), a new office to oversee the ...
PBS star and prolific travel guidebook author Rick Steves is a prominent advocate of marijuana legalization and drug reform. For years, he has advocated for freeing the weed and adopting a more moderate, European-style approach to drug policy. He has enjoyed successes, playing a leading role in ...
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions leaves after a press conference regarding new opioid drug policy at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, the United States, on Feb. 27, 2018. The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that it will be filing a "statement of interest" in a multi-district action ...
Washington News Service: SEATTLE - The Trump administration is proposing harsher penalties for drug offenses, even as states such as Washington look for other solutions. According to a report from the news outlet Axios, President Donald Trump has praised countries like the Philippines and Singapore, ...
Prosecuting drug dealers in overdose deaths isn't new, but it is a tactic that has been dusted off lately and used with vigor in many places around the country, mainly the Midwest, South and Northeast, which have been especially ravaged by the opioid crisis, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. In San ...
A non-governmental ogranisation (NGO), Youthrise Nigeria, has faulted the current National Drug Control Master Plan which focuses more on supply reduction. Speaking during a two-day training for journalists on Nigeria Drug Policy in Abuja, the national coordinator of the organisation, Dr. Adeolu ...
Mies polttaa kannabista. Some Finnish experts are recommending drug decriminalisation. Image: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen / EPA. Helsingin Sanomat takes a look at Finnish drug policy in the wake of recommendations from experts at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) that the country consider ...
Like many who enter law enforcement, Jeff Kaufman joined the New York Police Department in 1980 because he wanted to serve his community. He left six years later because the state's drug laws made that impossible. “As cops we need to develop trust with the community to get to people who need our ...
Responsible for advising the White House and Congress on drug policy, Carroll will presumably face immediate challenges, with an opioid epidemic of unprecedented magnitude still sweeping the nation and constantly shifting cannabis reform at the state level. In a statement following Carroll's nomination ...
During his first year in office, President Donald Trump spoke about high drug prices but took little action to address the problem. His budget proposal, released this week, does lay out a strategy — though what is most notable is not what's included, but rather what is missing, said an expert on drug pricing ...
The administration has justified the proposal in its budget, saying it “will enable ONDCP to focus resources on its core mission: to reduce drug use and its consequences by leading and coordinating the development, implementation and assessment of U.S. drug policy.” Opponents argue the move would ...
Some drug policy experts and a handful of congressional lawmakers have said the damage caused by forcing people away from kratom, and possibly back onto other prescription or illicit drugs, would far outweigh the current harms. Furthermore, if kratom were to be banned, many individuals would simply ...
With the proposed move of the grant program, the drug office is at risk of losing its largest stake in the national conversation on drug policy. The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program dishes out $275 million annually; the drug office's staffing budget was only $19.2 million in 2017, said its spokesman, ...
City Council votes to revise transit drug policy to include opioids. Amarillo Transit Director Marita Wellage-Reiley. Amarillo city councilmembers voted 5-0 for changes to the transit drug and alcohol policy during Tuesday's regular meeting, clearing the way for opioids to be added to the testing panel. Officials ...
MARTINSBURG –Looking for a new game plan to use in the state's opioid crisis, Gov. Jim Justice appointed Dr. Michael Brumage as director of the office of drug control policy within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. “We have a West Virginian dying on average every 10 hours ...
Revolving Door. "We're fighting a losing battle". That was how senior police drugs squad officers described their efforts to enforce the laws on substance abuse when I talked to them privately nearly 20 years ago. They told me the drugs epidemic was enabling organised crime syndicates to prosper and ...
A new report from Politico found that Kellyanne Conway has debilitated the federal drug policy office and silenced its experts as she and her own political staff made up of officials without specific drug policy expertise guide the formation of a federal opioid strategy. This report, based in part on interviews ...
Trump's 24-year-old drug policy appointee quits amid controversy. Taylor Weyeneth's only professional experience after college and before becoming a political appointee was working on the presidential campaign. By Robert O'Harrow Jr.The Washington Post. Share. facebook · tweet · email · print.
If the name Taylor Weyeneth rings a tiny bell in your head, then you might be related to him. Otherwise, the 24-year-old was until a week ago an unknown if powerful member of the Trump administration: deputy chief of staff in the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Weyeneth's qualifications for the job, ...
The cruise line on which "Storm Chasers" star Joel Taylor died of an apparent OD this week does not allow illegal drugs on the boat ... which raises the question -- how did they ignore a river of drugs on board? Royal Caribbean International tells TMZ they have a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to ...
There is no comprehensive data that compiles all drug-induced homicide charges and convictions, but a recent report by The Drug Policy Alliance measured media mentions of cases and found that news stories on the topic of drug-induced homicide jumped from 363 in 2011 to 1,178 in 2016. This is partly ...
After all, publicly funded (and uniformly rejected) reports from as far back as the 1950s have urged a rethink about drug policy. But when the federal government tabled the Cannabis Act last April, it was clear that once again, we'd failed to make a clean break from prohibition. Unlike tobacco regulation, the ...
WASHINGTON -- If the name Taylor Weyeneth rings a tiny bell in your head, then you might be related to him. Otherwise, the 24-year-old was until a week ago an unknown if powerful member of the Trump administration: deputy chief of staff in the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Weyeneth's ...


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