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‘Think Tank’ be buggered, the idiots are so damned stupid, the answer is right under their noses and I am not talking about a moustache!
‘Legal highs’ must be banned faster claims new report
Government efforts to clamp down on the sale of dangerous substances – known as legal highs – are failing, a think-tank has warned.
The Centre for Social Justice – set up by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith – says the UK is a leading hub for selling the drugs online.
Last year, 52 people in England and Wales died after taking legal highs, up from 28 the previous year.
Ministers said they were banning whole groups of drugs to tackle the problem.
The report, No Quick Fix, says legal highs, also known as club drugs including Salvia and Green Rolex, have similar effects to banned drugs, but they can be sold legally as long as they are clearly marked “not for human consumption”.
They are often marketed as bath salts or research chemicals.
The drugs can cause permanent bladder damage, blood poisoning and death.
According to the Centre for Social Justice, there are now more than 130 UK-registered websites selling the products cheaply by mail order.
The report also says there are 250 types of these psychoactive substances in circulation – so many that they now outnumber controlled drugs.
The think-tank said one in 12 young people in the UK said they had taken legal highs – the highest figure in Europe.
In England, 6,486 people were treated in 2011-12 for abusing these types of drugs, an increase of 39% since 2005-06, it said.
CSJ’s policy director, Alex Burghart, said: “Last year, one death every week was related to legal highs – that’s a substantial rise on the year before so we know this is a serious problem.”
‘Faster on its feet’
There is a quick fix answer, and it’s so bloody obvious.
Decriminalise all drugs!
If drugs had never been criminalised, so called ‘legal highs’ would never have existed, there would never have been a need for them.
These ‘think tank’ types are nothing but a bunch of wankers who can’t see outside the frickin box.
If you decriminalise all drugs, ‘legal highs’ just disappear because people don’t want them, the people know they are too dangerous. But they are driven to them because ‘safer’ drugs aren’t available.
Think tank… they couldn’t think if their pathetic lives depended on it!
You never heard of “52, nor 28 the previous year dying” of cannabis, and probably not of heroin either. You also probably never heard of figures like “one in twelve high school kids” trying cannabis either.
Bunch of stupid bastards… I don’t know why I even spend my time writing about them.
The doctors prescribing the drugs don’t know they don’t do what they’re meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they’re not telling.
Reboxetine is a drug I have prescribed. Other drugs had done nothing for my patient, so we wanted to try something new. I’d read the trial data before I wrote the prescription, and found only well-designed, fair tests, with overwhelmingly positive results. Reboxetine was better than a placebo, and as good as any other antidepressant in head-to-head comparisons. It’s approved for use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (the MHRA), which governs all drugs in the UK. Millions of doses are prescribed every year, around the world. Reboxetine was clearly a safe and effective treatment. The patient and I discussed the evidence briefly, and agreed it was the right treatment to try next. I signed a prescription.
But we had both been misled. In October 2010, a group of researchers was finally able to bring together all the data that had ever been collected on reboxetine, both from trials that were published and from those that had never appeared in academic papers. When all this trial data was put together, it produced a shocking picture. Seven trials had been conducted comparing reboxetine against a placebo. Only one, conducted in 254 patients, had a neat, positive result, and that one was published in an academic journal, for doctors and researchers to read. But six more trials were conducted, in almost 10 times as many patients. All of them showed that reboxetine was no better than a dummy sugar pill. None of these trials was published. I had no idea they existed.
It got worse. The trials comparing reboxetine against other drugs showed exactly the same picture: three small studies, 507 patients in total, showed that reboxetine was just as good as any other drug. They were all published. But 1,657 patients’ worth of data was left unpublished, and this unpublished data showed that patients on reboxetine did worse than those on other drugs. If all this wasn’t bad enough, there was also the side-effects data. The drug looked fine in the trials that appeared in the academic literature; but when we saw the unpublished studies, it turned out that patients were more likely to have side-effects, more likely to drop out of taking the drug and more likely to withdraw from the trial because of side-effects, if they were taking reboxetine rather than one of its competitors.
I did everything a doctor is supposed to do. I read all the papers, I critically appraised them, I understood them, I discussed them with the patient and we made a decision together, based on the evidence. In the published data, reboxetine was a safe and effective drug. In reality, it was no better than a sugar pill and, worse, it does more harm than good. As a doctor, I did something that, on the balance of all the evidence, harmed my patient, simply because unflattering data was left unpublished.
Nobody broke any law in that situation, reboxetine is still on the market and the system that allowed all this to happen is still in play, for all drugs, in all countries in the world. Negative data goes missing, for all treatments, in all areas of science. The regulators and professional bodies we would reasonably expect to stamp out such practices have failed us. These problems have been protected from public scrutiny because they’re too complex to capture in a soundbite. This is why they’ve gone unfixed by politicians, at least to some extent; but it’s also why it takes detail to explain. The people you should have been able to trust to fix these problems have failed you, and because you have to understand a problem properly in order to fix it, there are some things you need to know.
Drugs are tested by the people who manufacture them, in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and analysed using techniques that are flawed by design, in such a way that they exaggerate the benefits of treatments. Unsurprisingly, these trials tend to produce results that favour the manufacturer. When trials throw up results that companies don’t like, they are perfectly entitled to hide them from doctors and patients, so we only ever see a distorted picture of any drug’s true effects. Regulators see most of the trial data, but only from early on in a drug’s life, and even then they don’t give this data to doctors or patients, or even to other parts of government. This distorted evidence is then communicated and applied in a distorted fashion.
In their 40 years of practice after leaving medical school, doctors hear about what works ad hoc, from sales reps, colleagues and journals. But those colleagues can be in the pay of drug companies – often undisclosed – and the journals are, too. And so are the patient groups. And finally, academic papers, which everyone thinks of as objective, are often covertly planned and written by people who work directly for the companies, without disclosure. Sometimes whole academic journals are owned outright by one drug company. Aside from all this, for several of the most important and enduring problems in medicine, we have no idea what the best treatment is, because it’s not in anyone’s financial interest to conduct any trials at all.
These Big Pharma companies are running amok. They are out of control; concerned only with proftits and f**k the people!
They need to be brought to heel, and quickly.
Breaches of regulations or misleading doctors and patients by omitting facts should be fined, and fined heavily. I am not talking about a few paltry thousand out of petty cash, but fines that will really hurt their profits. I am talking about fines in their millions! Billions, if necessary.
Including the closure of the company for a third offence. Ban the company from doing any business in any field!
The only solution is to break the bastards!
Court In Columbia Approves The Decriminalization Of Marijuana And Cocaine
On Friday Colombia’s Constitutional Court approved a plan by the government to decriminalize less than 20 grams of marijuana and one gram of cocaine. Those caught with less than those amounts will not be subject to arrest or prosecution.
In the face of increasing violence, many Latin American countries have learned a lesson from Mexico’s disastrous military War on Drugs over the last 5 years. They will not be repeating that debacle.
Momentum is starting to build worldwide against the U.S. view of things on many levels, especially The War on Drugs. In the end the U.S. might be the last one fighting a war that can’t be won and will only bring misery to us all.
Read the rest: The 420 Times
GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3bn in US drug fraud scandal
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is to pay $3bn (£1.9bn) in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history.
The drug giant is to plead guilty to promoting two drugs for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about a diabetes drug to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The settlement will cover criminal fines as well as civil settlements with the federal and state governments.
The case concerns the drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia.
Deputy US Attorney General James Cole told a news conference in Washington DC that the settlement was “unprecedented in both size and scope”.
GSK, one of the world’s largest healthcare and pharmaceuticals companies, admitted to promoting antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for unapproved uses, including treatment of children and adolescents.
The illegal practice is known as off-label marketing.
The company also conceded charges that it held back data and made unsupported safety claims over its diabetes drug Avandia.
In addition, GSK has been found guilty of paying kickbacks to doctors.
“The sales force bribed physicians to prescribe GSK products using every imaginable form of high-priced entertainment, from Hawaiian vacations [and] paying doctors millions of dollars to go on speaking tours, to tickets to Madonna concerts,” said US attorney Carmin Ortiz.
As part of the settlement, GSK agreed to be monitored by government officials for five years.
Source: BBC News Read more
Beautiful to see, justice at work.
It’s high time that Big Pharma and its unscrupulous practices got a kick in the nuts.
There should be a lot more of this.
Unfortunately, GSK admit that the $3bn fine can be paid out of ‘petty cash.’ So obviously the fine wasn’t big enough. Which goes to show how rich and powerful Big Pharma is.
Uruguay government aims to legalise marijuana
Uruguay has unveiled a plan to allow state-controlled sales of marijuana to fight a rise in drug-related crime.
Under the bill, only the government would be allowed to sell marijuana to adults registered on a database.
Defence Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro said this was part of a plan to remove profits from drug dealers and divert users from harder drugs.
He said that the recent increase in murder rates was a clear symptom of a rise in drug trafficking crimes.
“We believe that the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems for society than the drugs themselves… with disastrous consequences,” Mr Fernandez Huidobro said, presenting the bill.
“Homicides related to settling scores have increased, and that’s a clear sign that certain phenomena are appearing in Uruguay that didn’t exist before,” he said.
The authorities blame the rise in crime in Uruguay on hard drugs, specifically crack cocaine.
The new bill envisages that some shops would be allowed to sell marijuana cigarettes at a price fixed by the authorities.
The government also wants to create a user database to supervise consumption.
BBC regional correspondent Vladimir Hernandez says the move is seen as groundbreaking in South America.
Several Central American leaders – including the presidents of Guatemala and Costa Rica – have spoken of the need to consider decriminalising some drugs in an attempt to undermine cartels.
In Uruguay alone, the illegal marijuana market is estimated to be worth about $75m (£48m) a year.
But the new bill has already proved controversial, and the debate in Congress could take several months, our correspondent says.
Source: BBC News
At least some countries are thinking along the right lines.
Americas war on drugs is futile, it can never be won. Why is America against drugs? Because they are bad… oh no, because they will interfere with the profits of the tobacco and alcohol industries. Once again, the politicians have been bought and paid for.
Summit of the Americas agree war on drugs a failure
This weekend’s Summit of the Americas did not produce a joint communiqué charting the future of the hemisphere, but the 31 leaders agreed on one thing: The U.S.-led war on drugs has been a dismal failure.
The summit pledged to create a panel of experts through the Organization of American States to consider drug policy reforms, and new approaches to stem the violence and power of the drug cartels.
Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has created mandatory-minimum prison terms at home for minor drug offences, seems to have moved beyond the rhetoric of a Reagan-era counter-narcotics crusade: “Everyone believes… that the current approach [to the war on drugs] is not working, but it is not clear what we should do.”
The onus is on the hemisphere’s leaders, including Mr. Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama, to consider innovative, evidence-based policies. The decriminalization of marijuana – which comprises between 25 and 40 per cent of the drug cartels’ revenues – is one option. In the Netherlands, where licensed coffee shops can sell small amounts of marijuana, the rate of cannabis use is just 5 per cent, versus 14 per cent in the U.S. The policy of tolerance helps the government regulate cannabis sellers, and also distinguishes between soft drugs and cocaine and heroin.
In Portugal, where all drugs were decriminalized in 2001, there has been a decrease in serious drug use and drug-related deaths, and a savings to the criminal-justice system. “The aim shouldn’t be to totally decriminalize the whole enterprise, but to set some reasonable standards so that people don’t become criminals for minor drug use and clandestine organizations don’t make obscene amounts of money,” said Allert Brown-Gort, a Latin American expert at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
The problem with the current war-on-drugs policy is that it is unwinnable – and leads to weakened states, staggering levels of violence and continued drug consumption in Canada and the U.S. The U.S. spent $8-billion to help Colombia eradicate coca fields, only to have coca production shift to Peru and Ecuador and cartels set up new smuggling routes in weaker states. Guatemala and El Salvador now have the highest homicide rates in the world, while 50,000 people have been killed in Mexico since 2006.
In the words of Guatemalan President Otto Perez, a champion of drug liberalization, it is time to “stop being dumb witnesses to a global deceit” and consider treatment, harm reduction and decriminalization as viable alternatives.
Source: The Globe and Mail
Oh, they’ve just figured that out…
It has been evident for 20 years to everybody else!
As usual, the USA doesn’t agree, idiots!
Vaccines And Autism:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children in the United States with autism has risen by 78 percent over the past decade. It is now estimated that 1 out of every 88 children in the United States has some form of autism disorder. Our schools are absolutely packed with “special needs” children and millions of parents are desperately trying to figure out why so many kids are having such severe developmental problems. Strangely, most autistic children start out perfectly normal. Most of them develop just fine for the first year or two and then something dramatic happens. So what could that possibly be? Well, there is a secret that you are not supposed to know. That secret is that vaccines are one of the primary causes of autism. As the number of vaccines being administered to our children has risen, so has the percentage of our children with autism. Today, in some areas of the United States more than 30 vaccinesare being given to young children before the age of 3. When you inject so much mercury and so much other toxic material directly into the bloodstreams of vulnerable young children, bad stuff is bound to happen. The evidence linking vaccines and autism continues to mount, and yet the pharmaceutical establishment continues to vigorously deny that there could possibly be any link between the two.
Each year, there are thousands upon thousands of parents that take their perfectly healthy toddlers into the doctor to get a vaccine and later end up deeply regretting it. Shortly after taking one too many vaccines, many children get sick, stop talking and never recover. The parents of those children are left absolutely devastated.
If you start surfing around the Internet you can find enough testimonies like this to keep you reading for days on end.
But for the pharmaceutical establishment, a link between must never be admitted between vaccines and autism. Hundreds of billions of dollars of profits are at stake, and the legal implications of admitting that vaccines cause autism would be absolutely mind blowing.
The big pharmaceutical companies will never, ever, ever, ever admit a link. And since those companies also spend billions of dollars advertising on the mainstream media, the mainstream media will never admit a link either.
It is all about the money.
So they have to act incredibly puzzled about what is causing cases of autism to dramatically surge in the United States.
And “dramatically surge” is actually an understatement.
It is getting really hard to deny that the epidemic of autism in America is absolutely exploding. The following is from a recent CNN article….
In 2000 and 2002, the autism estimate was about 1 in 150 children. Two years later 1 in 125 8-year-olds had autism. In 2006, the number was 1 in 110, and the newest data — from 2008 — suggests 1 in 88 children have autism.
So what is causing this?
The mainstream media is floating all kinds of bizarre theories.
But an increasing number of U.S. parents are coming to one conclusion. Despite overwhelming propaganda in the mainstream media that vaccines do not cause autism, one poll found that one out of every four parents now believe that vaccines cause autism.
So why are so many parents not listening to the “experts”?
Well, it is because of what they have seen in real life. The following is from a recent Huffington Post article….
It’s a fact that many children with ASD regressed following normal development just as they were receiving multiple vaccines at regular doctor visits. Health officials say the timing is entirely coincidental.
Regression usually occurs between 12 and 24 months, though one study found that some children show signs of autism as early as six months, but never before that age.
By six months of age, most U.S. children have received about 18 inoculations containing 24 vaccines against nine diseases. Over the next two years or so, they will receive another nine shots containing 14 vaccines against 12 diseases.
So whether a child regresses at six months, or 18 months, the tragedy happens during a period of intensive vaccination. In many cases, parents report that the child had an abnormal reaction after being vaccinated (seizures, spiking-fevers, diarrhea, lethargy, high-pitched screaming and/or other symptoms).
If your kid stopped talking within days (or even hours) after receiving a vaccine, how would you feel?
The big pharmaceutical companies have funded many studies to try to show that there is no link between vaccines and autism, but many independent studies contradict the findings of those corporate-funded studies. The following is from an article by Paul Joseph Watson….
Epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten and Dr. Richard Johnston, an immunologist and pediatrician from the University of Colorado, both concluded that thimerosal was responsible for the dramatic rise in cases of autism but their findings were dismissed by the CDC.
Cases of autism in the U.S. have now increased by over 2700 per cent since 1991, which is when vaccines for children doubled, and the number of immunizations is only increasing. Just one in 2,500 children were diagnosed with autism before 1991, whereas one in 91 children now have the disease, up from one in 150 just six years ago.
So what is so bad is about thimerosal?
Well, thimerosal contains mercury which is one of the most toxic substances known to mankind. Mercury has been proven to severely impair neurological development. The following comes directly from the EPA website….
For fetuses, infants, and children, the primary health effect of methylmercury is impaired neurological development. Methylmercury exposure in the womb, which can result from a mother’s consumption of fish and shellfish that contain methylmercury, can adversely affect a baby’s growing brain and nervous system. Impacts on cognitive thinking, memory, attention, language, and fine motor and visual spatial skills have been seen in children exposed to methylmercury in the womb.
So why in the world would we want to pump massive amounts of mercury into our young children when their brains are just starting to develop?
It is literally insane to do this!
Many other countries around the world have recognized this and have banned thimerosal from vaccines.
The following comes from an article by Dawn Prate….
“In 1977, a Russian study found that adults exposed to ethylmercury, the form of mercury in thimerosal, suffered brain damage years later. Studies on thimerosal poisoning also describe tubular necrosis and nervous system injury, including obtundation, coma and death. As a result of these findings, Russia banned thimerosal from children’s vaccines in 1980. Denmark, Austria, Japan, Great Britain and all the Scandinavian countries have also banned the preservative”
So why is it not banned in the United States?
And why do so many American parents still allow it to be pumped at very high levels directly into the bloodstreams of their precious young children?
Source: The American Dream Read more of this horror story
Peru replaces controversial drug tsar Ricardo Soberon
Peru, one of the world’s largest producers of cocaine, has replaced its drug tsar, Ricardo Soberon.
He had come under criticism last year for temporarily suspending coca eradication efforts in the Huallaga region, where much coca is grown.
Mr Soberon said the eradication programme had not had much success.
The move raised concern about Peru’s commitment to the fight against the illegal growing of coca, the raw material for making cocaine.
Mr Soberon’s successor is Carmen Masias, who has said she thinks the destruction of coca crops is a vital part of the fight against drugs.
She has previously worked for an anti-drug charity, which is partly funded by the United States.
In August 2011, Mr Soberon said that coca eradication in Huallaga would be halted while his office re-evaluated the eradication programme.
The move caused concern in the United States, which helps finance the Peruvian eradication efforts.
Source: BBC News Read more
The problem isn’t Peru, nor Peru’s growing of coca. The problem is the USA and other countries that have a drug problem.
You fix your drug problem at home!
Leave Peru alone. Coca is a traditional plant grown there and other parts of South America for use in the high altitudes of the Andes. Coca is not a drug. Cocaine is the drug, it is made to satisfy markets in the first world, therefore it is a first world problem, fix it in the first world. If you can’t, then that’s your look out, you take the consequences.
Don’t shove the blame on Peru and make them sack people for taking a responsible look at the problem so that you can get your patsy Masias in to do the dirty work because she agrees with your shitty policies.
The fact that the problem of cocaine exists shows what a sick society the first world is.
Bolivian President Evo Morales has said that US anti-drug agents are not welcome back in his country, despite an agreement to restore diplomatic ties.
Mr Morales said that he himself had been a “victim” of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a coca growers’ union leader.
The DEA’s exclusion from Bolivia was a question of “dignity and sovereignty”.
Bolivia and the US agreed to restore relations on Monday, three years after Mr Morales expelled the US ambassador.
Although details of the deal signed in Washington have not been made public, sources on both sides have said there was an agreement to exchange ambassadors as soon as possible and to work together to combat drug trafficking.
But Mr Morales stressed that the improvement in relations would not mean the return of the DEA.
He expelled DEA agents in 2008 along with US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, accusing them of conspiring against his government – charges the US has always rejected.
Source: BBC News Read more
Morales is doing the right thing on two fronts.
Firstly, the US needs to face its drug problem at home, not overseas blaming everyone else and not themselves, just like the classroom bully.
Secondly, after recent disclosures of the US government’s duplicity in many areas, Morales suspicions are well founded.
A congressman in Rio de Janeiro says he will flee Brazil with his family on Tuesday after an escalation of threats to his life.
Since 2006, Marcelo Freixo’s work to expose the city’s militias has earned him a price on his head of 400,000 reais (£143,000; $230,000).
It was his campaign that inspired Brazil’s biggest grossing movie to date, last year’s Tropa de Elite 2, which shows how militias – gangs formed of current and former police, firemen, soldiers and security guards – are taking over from the traditional scourge of drug dealers in the city’s slums.
These militias run services such as gas, water and alternative transport in slums, as well as charging protection money and ruling with violence and fear.
A further source of concern was the murder on 11 August of judge Patricia Acioli. It led to the resignation of chief of police Mario Sergio Duarte and the arrest of a large number of police officers.
The murder of the judge, known for her hard line against corrupt police in the dock, sparked comparisons with the Italian Mafia and is one of the reasons for Mr Freixo’s decision to leave.
“Patricia Acioli was threatened but at the time everyone said that no-one would kill her,” he said.
He will travel to Europe on the invitation of Amnesty International although the destination has not been disclosed.
Follow the money…
Source: BBC News Read the full story