The Disconnects in Indian Drug Policy: Article 47, Drug Research, and Social Policy

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by Contributing Editor Dr. Kawal Deep Kour.  Policymakers in India have responded to proliferating reports of substance use disorders with great concern, opening the winter session of Parliament with a discussion of drug addiction and ways and means to reverse the trend. Even formerly radical ideas are on the table: …

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“Without Hemp Columbus Would Not Have Reached America”: Barcelona’s Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum

Editor’s Note: Today’s piece is by Dr. Miriam Kingsberg Kadia, Associate Professor of History at University of Colorado Boulder and author of the book, Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History.

Having visited museums and exhibitions on intoxicants (several of which I’ve reviewed for Points) in nearly ten different countries, a few consistent patterns have emerged. Perhaps most strikingly, content tends to focus overwhelmingly on production and regulation, while all but entirely excluding issues around consumption. In national institutions such as the Drug Enforcement Agency (Washington, D.C.), the Drug Elimination Museum (Yangon, Myanmar), and the Opium Museum (Chiang Rai, Thailand), this slant reinforces other forms of anti-drug propaganda in vilifying “evil” traffickers against a “hero” state. At private institutions, where curators may enjoy greater intellectual freedom, many are nonetheless discouraged by the lack of reliable information to show the public.

The Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum of Barcelona, by contrast, is almost entirely devoted to consumption of Spain’s most recently decriminalized substance. Together with its “older sister” institution in the Netherlands (a nation long known for its liberal drug policies), this museum encourages the tolerance and even celebration of marijuana by showcasing the many important functions the drug has played for users around the world and throughout time.

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Points Bibliography: New Perspectives on the Regulation of LSD, Cannabis, and Heroin in U.S. History

Editor’s Note:  These entries are part of an ongoing drug-related dissertation bibliography being compiled by Jonathon Erlen. They were formerly published in the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs journal but are now periodically featured on the Points blog. For more information, contact Dr. Erlen through the above link. We are happy to point out that today’s selection features new work …

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Points Bibliography: Cultural Contexts of Drug Use and Recovery Models

Editor’s Note:  These entries are part of an ongoing drug-related dissertation bibliography being compiled by Jonathon Erlen. They were formerly published in the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs journal but are now periodically featured on the Points blog. For more information, contact Dr. Erlen through the above link.

Factors Related to Prescription Drug Abuse Among Young Adults in Florida

Author: Gonzalez, Mabel

Abstract: A lack of available data exists regarding environmental factors related to prescription drug abuse (PDA), which could explain the ineffectiveness of efforts to reduce PDA in Florida. Prescription drug abuse among adults older than age 18 varies with the level of education achieved, and these metrics potentially reflect socioeconomic differences. The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the connections between contextual aspects of prescription opioid abuse among Florida’s middle and high school students to understand youth PDA in relation to their environments. This study consisted of a secondary analysis of existing PDA data (dependent variable) in relation to a number of independent variables, including the incidence of female-headed households, the nature of residential environment, adherence to religious precepts, and students’ ability to achieve educational goals. Incidence of female-headed households, the nature of residential environment, and adherence to religious precepts were not found to predict youth PDA. The only finding of significance was that PDA predicted lowered students’ ability to achieve educational goals ( p = .015). Data collected from this study might be used by school counselors and administrators when developing drug abuse prevention, intervention, and educational programs, thereby leading to positive social change in helping to reduce PDA among youth.

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Deadline Tomorrow: American Society of Criminology 2018, “Institutions, Cultures and Crime”

American Society of Criminology Call for Papers Annual Meeting 2018 Atlanta, GA November 14 – 17, 2018 Atlanta Marriott Marquis Theme: “Institutions, Cultures and Crime” Program Co-Chairs: Lisa Broidy, University of New Mexico and Stacy De Coster, North Carolina State University meeting@asc41.com ASC President: Karen Heimer University of Iowa SUBMISSION DEADLINES Thematic panels, individual paper …

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Conference: “Cannabis: Global Histories”

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19-20 April 2018
Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow

University of Strathclyde

Governments in places as diverse as Uruguay, Portugal and the USA have made significant alterations to cannabis policies over the last decade, and others such as Canada have committed to change in the next few years.  Ninety years after the UK imposed its own 1928 Coca Leaves and Indian Hemp Regulations, the CSHHH Glasgow gathers historians and invites others to the University of Strathclyde to address a range of historical questions about the origins of attitudes towards, policies on and markets for cannabis substances.  After all, by understanding how countries have come to the laws and control mechanisms that they currently deploy, and the reasons that consumers and suppliers have often proven to be so resistant to them, contemporary positions and future directions can be clearer, better-informed and free of the prejudices of the past.

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CFP: American Society of Criminology, “Institutions, Cultures and Crime”

American Society of Criminology Call for Papers Annual Meeting 2018 Atlanta, GA November 14 – 17, 2018 Atlanta Marriott Marquis Theme: “Institutions, Cultures and Crime” Program Co-Chairs: Lisa Broidy, University of New Mexico and Stacy De Coster, North Carolina State University meeting@asc41.com ASC President: Karen Heimer University of Iowa SUBMISSION DEADLINES Thematic panels, individual paper …

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Points Bibliography: Drugs, Addiction, and Other Diseases

Editor’s Note:  These entries are part of an ongoing drug-related dissertation bibliography being compiled by Jonathon Erlen. They were formerly published in the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs journal but are now periodically featured on the Points blog. For more information, contact Dr. Erlen through the above link. Lung Cancer Stigma: Associated Variables and Coping Strategies Author: Criswell, Kevin R. …

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