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The CDPE publishes blog posts on current and relevant topics in the field of drug policy, as well as press releases related to high profile reports and publications that we produce.

Category: Blog Post
Posted: May 6 2015
Author: Nazlee Maghsoudi

The ICSDP asked the United Nations to take a hard look at the scientific evidence during a Civil Society Hearing held last month.

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Category: Blog Post
Posted: October 29 2013
Author: Michaela Montaner & Dan Werb

How do governments know drug enforcement is working? Generally by measuring seizures, arrests, and convictions—based on the assumption that the more drugs are confiscated, and the more drug users and dealers are imprisoned, the fewer drugs will be available. That assumption appears to be wrong.

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Category: Press Release
Posted: September 30 2013
Author: CDPE

BMJ Open study shows illegal drugs cheaper, more potent despite law enforcement efforts.

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Category: Blog Post
Posted: July 6 2012
Author: Dan Werb

At the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, Harper said: "I think what everyone believes and agrees with, and to be frank myself, is that the current approach is not working, but it is not clear what we should do."

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Category: Blog Post
Posted: June 25 2012
Author: Dan Werb

The recent episode of cannibalism in Miami sent shockwaves of disgust and horror across the world, with some commentators likening it to an impending zombie apocalypse. When it was announced that the perpetrator was high on something called "bath salts" during the time of the attack, a new wave of drug hysteria (think reefer madness) launched full tilt.

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Category: Blog Post
Posted: June 18 2012
Author: Dan Werb

In science, debates are often the best forum to tackle issues where evidence supports both sides of an uncertain issue. The harms of anti-depressant medication among youth, the value of genetically modified crops, the dangers of cellphone use -- these are all areas where scientific evidence is split, and for that reason debate serves society well. But there are other "debates" that are anything but scientific; debates in which the conversation isn't between people weighing scientific evidence, but between scientific evidence and those that would prefer to deny its existence.

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Category: Blog Post
Posted: May 11 2011
Author: Dan Werb

A study recently published in the Lancet demonstrates the impact that Vancouver’s supervised injection site (Insite) has had on overdose mortality over the last few years.

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Category: Blog Post
Posted: March 17 2011
Author: Dan Werb

In March 2011, JAIDS (Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 2011:56;S1) devotes an entire supplement on the integration of buprenorphine, an opiate substitution therapy, and HIV treatment for HIV-positive injection drug users. Drs. Gerald Friedland and David Vlahov, both of whom worked on the studies, note that buprenorphine has an improved safety profile compared with methadone, including fewer adverse interactions with antiretroviral therapies.

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Category: Blog Post
Posted: March 11 2011
Author: Ernest Drucker

Bill S-10 currently being considered by the House of Commons calls for the introduction of mandatory sentences as deterrents to organized crime and large scale drug dealing in Canada. There are serious doubts about the value of this strategy , and many of the country’s health, research, and academic leaders have objected , aware of the many hazards of this approach . But there is also a body of evidence from the US that can inform Canada’s decision on S -10 and help avoid the disastrous mistake that mandatory drug sentencing has been for the US – in effect launching a 35 year epidemic of mass incarceration and collateral harms to million of Americans.

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Category: Blog Post
Posted: February 28 2011
Author: Dan Werb

Ecstasy has been a major source of concern for policymakers and the public since the popularity of this drug expanded rapidly among young people in the 1990s. Despite a lot of concern that ecstasy is associated with decreased cognitive ability, however, there has been a dearth of evidence on its negative effects, leading then-Chairman of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (and current ICSDP Scientific Board member) Dr. David Nutt to suggest in a Lancet study that ecstasy appeared to be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

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