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Julia Buxton on the legacy of the UNODC and contradictions with international Harm Reduction
Julia describes how the United Nations Office on Drug Control alignment with US prohibition strategies. She looks at the contrasting views of Doctors, academics and public health. As a result Latin America has established a committee which pressures UNODC for change.
Julia Buxton on 'Plan Colombia', Mexico, Drug War blood baths, and movement through West Africa
Julia describes the complex history of narcotics and insurgency between the US South America. Julia describes the link with other violent criminal activity.
Nick Heather on the alcohol field and the relative irrationality of the drugs field
Nick explains that he is ‘a legaliser’ and believes that eventually this is the only way to resolve the problems caused by illicit drugs. He also says we have a legal drug, alcohol, which is the most harmful we know.
Julian Buchanan on the problem of criminalisation and the pragmatism of decriminalisation
Julian talks about his perspective as having emerged from experience and from developing a pragmatic approach to problematic drug use
Jonathan Caulkins at UKDPC: Summary feature [8 mins]
Jonathan Caulkins Summary Feature UKDPC
Mike Ashton on Welfare Reform and Test on Arrest
Mike talks about Flag in the Breeze: Including Welfare Reform and Test on Arrest, and the use of pilots with drug users
Mike Ashton on compulsory treatment and crossing the line
Mike talks about test compulsory treatment, Welfare to Work, benefit withdrawal and poverty. He says 'we keep ratcheting it up'. He says for most people they would fear stigma if 'holding their hands up' to problem drug use.
Mike Ashton on choice and the state
Mike Ashton talks about entitlement, choices people have, and changes in public service reform
Toby Seddon on the cost - benefit of a criminal justice approach to drug policy

Toby suggests that chronologically public health and criminal justice work have and still do co-exist and that there are positive and negative consequences

Annette Dale-Perera on waiting times and retention

Annette says "We've got relatively easy to access free drug treatment for half of our heroin and crack cocaine users, which is quite phenomenal..."

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Lifeline Project and FEAD
Welcome to Lifeline and FEAD (Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs). This project has been shaped by the wealth of experience, openness, and knowledge of the contributors. You are invited to comment on the clips, which are supported by footnotes to which you can add. FEAD is an ongoing Lifeline Project initiative.

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Lifeline Project: In 1971 the Lifeline Project opened a day centre for drug users in Manchester. Since its foundation Lifeline has grown and developed, and now works in a diverse range of settings across the UK. Our purpose is to relieve poverty, sickness and distress among those persons affected by addiction to drugs of any kind, and to educate the public on matters relating to drug misuse.
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26th June 14 - The government has produced a report looking at the impact people aged over 65 have on the NHS. This publication provides a compilation of information on older people living in England to give a broad picture of their health, care and wellbeing.
The Condition of Britain: Strategies for Social Renewal >>

19th June 14 - This report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), sets out a comprehensive new agenda for reforming the state and social policy to enable people in Britain to work together to build a stronger society in tough times.