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Dutch Liberal Policy Towards Cannabis Use Pays Of

Dr Shock
March 19, 2009
In The Netherlands cannabis can be purchased for personal use. From research on this topic this results in less cannabis use and even hard drug use. In this video this drug policy is debated and also a more practical standpoint is advocated on the war against drugs. This video is made on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 during the United Nations' Commission of Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria, just10 years after Kofi Annan's pledge to have a "drug free world" by 2008. Representatives from around the world attended the conference voicing support and opposition to the centuries old "war on drugs." Most .....read more »

Drug Use Not Related To Drug Policy

Dr Shock
July 1, 2008
Drug use does not appear to be related to drug policy, as countries with more stringent policies (e.g., the US) did not have lower levels of illegal drug use than countries with more liberal policies (e.g., The Netherlands).This is the conclusion in a recent publication in PLoS Medicine: Toward a Global View of Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis, and Cocaine Use: Findings from the WHO World Mental Health Surveys.The researchers set out to collect basic patterns of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and cocaine use in different countries. They documented lifetime use of these substances in each county, focusing on young adults. They also .....read more »

Cocaine addiction, web based information useless

Dr Shock
April 24, 2008
The quality of information on cocaine addiction on the web is generally poor, confirming previous studies on other health issues. Furthermore, universities seem to be poorly active in proposing websites (8.2%), while commercial organizations hold 55.7% of the studied websites.This seems a little of topic but for depression the quality of websites for information about depression and it's treatment is also poor. Wouldn't it be nice to have a quality scale for health websites? The authors used quality indicators. They looked at: quality of content, design and aesthetics of the site, readability, dating of information, authority of source, ease of .....read more »