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VAADA Conference Keynote, Melbourne Australia 2015
February 23, 2015 01:23 AM PST
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"Developments, threats and challenges in tackling problematic drug use”

Based upon thirty years of working in the drugs field as a practitioner, researcher and academic, this presentation will seek to identify key developments that should shape and inform best policy and practice, to reduce the harms associated with chronic problematic drug use and promote recovery. Progress has too often been threatened by polarised reductionist perspectives such as legally approved substances versus illegal drugs; harm reduction versus abstinence; or drugs a health issue versus a crime problem. The reality is much more nuanced and complex. These are challenging times of considerable change, in terms of how we see, understand and accommodate drugs within society, and indeed how we understand and help people who have lost control of their lives. This paper hopes to offer some practice wisdom to negotiate the way forward.

Ending Drug Prohibition with a Hangover? Global Perspectives
June 12, 2014 04:07 AM PDT
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The Community Justice Portal 11th Annual Public Lecture, Sheffield Hallam University, England, 22nd May 2014 

We have not had a War on Drugs, nor has the use of drugs for pleasure been prohibited. The 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs imposed strict controls and punishments on particular substances while other dangerous drugs (alcohol and tobacco in particular) were granted a privileged and promoted status. This socially constructed bifurcation of substances established a Drugs Apartheid that outlawed particular drugs so what we have is a 'War between Drugs' that ultimately became a war on people who used substances that didn't have government approval. Black and Minority Ethnic groups and the discarded working class have been major casualties in this war. Radical drug law reform rooted in scientific evidence and human rights is needed to end the oppressive and unjust drug laws that have caused more harm than good.

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Barriers to recovery: Stigma & discrimination
April 07, 2013 12:44 AM PDT
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Aotearoa New Zealand 2011 Drug Policy Symposium: Through the maze

Associate Professor Julian Buchanan argues that the bifurcation between legally approved drugs for pleasure and the tough enforcement against illicit drugs for pleasure produces personal, cultural and structural stigma and discrimination for illicit drug users that makes recovery from dependent use difficult and relapse more likely.

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"It's not drugs that cause so much harm it's drug policy!"
July 04, 2012 05:03 PM PDT
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Public Lecture series 'Scarman Lectures' at the Department of Criminology, Leicester University on 13 June 2012 A/Professor Julian Buchanan considered 'The damage caused by drugs, or the damage caused by drug policy?'

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