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Cancer link bolsters drug critics (NZ)
    #4791355 - 10/12/05 04:19 AM (15 years, 4 months ago)

This is in response to the last number of articles in the past week, which I will add to the end of the article. Makes me want to shit blood. Everytime we try to change the law here, people who know nothing get on their soapboxes and yell.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10349782

Cancer link bolsters drug critics

12.10.05


A study linking cannabis use to lung cancer is further proof that New Zealand is long overdue for a change in its liberal approach to drug abuse, a Wellington drug educator says.

But the claim has further highlighted the gap in stance between drug and substance abuse hardliners and organisations such as the New Zealand Drug Foundation.

The study, being completed by Richard Beasley of the Medical Research Institute, said smoking three cannabis cigarettes a day was equivalent to smoking 20 tobacco cigarettes and may be a reason behind Maori having the world's highest lung cancer rate.

It was among research used in court last week by Wellington coroner Garry Evans to criticise the current approach to drug use among young people.

At the time, Mr Evans was releasing his findings into the deaths of six young people who had inhaled butane, propane or liquid petroleum gas.

The current focus of drug education was harm minimisation, but that needed to change to prevention with hard-hitting advertising to back it, Mr Evans said.

Life Education Trust founder Trevor Grice backed the coroner's calls yesterday. He said New Zealand had among the highest rates of cannabis use rates in the world, and it was also the same with suicides.

"Is that linked? Of course it's linked," he said.

"The libertarians say, 'Let them do it. They'll learn, it's part of growing up.' Well sorry, it's part of growing down.

"Part of this drug education is to confine your drug use to the weekend. But they don't realise that smoking on the weekend is like getting a good dose of sunburn, and the sunburn doesn't go away when the sun sets."

Drugs and alcohol were becoming increasingly embedded in society at an increasingly younger age, and the situation would not improve until attitudes were changed and law and order was strengthened.

But New Zealand Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said that approach had been tested worldwide and had not worked.

"It sounds really sensible to take a tough approach ... but what that ignores is the reality of human nature.

"Human beings have been finding ways of altering their state of mind for thousands of years."

Mr Bell said while the foundation promoted harm minimisation, it also had a bottom line of promoting abstinence, something which detractors sometimes overlooked.

What worked best was a range of approaches. Harm minimisation acknowledged that people used drugs and aimed to find effective ways of reducing the harm, he said.

In regard to law enforcement, Mr Bell said police resources had been shifted toward eliminating drugs at the source, including marijuana and P-lab raids, and sentences involving harder drugs had been toughened.

"In spite all of that law enforcement people are still using drugs.

"So I think one of the things we need to think about in New Zealand is how we balance our enforcement with our treatment and with our prevention."

- NZPA



http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=181&ObjectID=10349472

'Epidemic' of cannabis use tied to Maori cancer rate

10.10.05


Heavy cannabis use could be a cause of Maori having the world's highest lung cancer rate, ground-breaking research suggests.

Many Maori, from children to kaumatua, use cannabis in "epidemic proportions", says a study by Professor Richard Beasley of the Medical Research Institute in Wellington.

But cannabis might not be as safe as the proponents of its legalisation say.

A paper by Professor Beasley on the health effects of cannabis was among research that prompted Wellington coroner Garry Evans last week to urge that Government policy on illicit drugs be changed from "harm minimisation" to campaigning against drug use.

The paper reviews the literature on cannabis and suggests it is more cancer-causing than tobacco and, like tobacco, causes bronchitis.

Professor Beasley said that his institute was close to finishing what he believed was the world's first study on links between cannabis and lung cancer.

The study reviews all lung cancer cases from Hamilton to Canterbury with a focus on whether the sufferer used cannabis. A tandem study is tracking 300 New Zealanders in four groups of 75 to find the effects on lungs of cannabis smoking.

One group consists of cannabis smokers only, another smokes cannabis and tobacco, the third tobacco only and the fourth is made up of non-smokers.

In his paper for the coroner, Professor Beasley said information was urgently needed on the potential role of marijuana in New Zealand's high lung cancer rate, particularly among Maori, who had the world's highest rate and were heavy cannabis users.

Research showed cannabis use had reached epidemic proportions and was rising.

The proportion of the population to have tried it went from 43 per cent in 1990 to 52 per cent by 1998 and the proportion of regular users from 18 per cent to 21 per cent.

Studies showed regular smokers of three to four cannabis joints a day had chronic bronchitis and other symptoms similar to those of smokers of 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day.

"There is a perception that we understand the risks [of illicit drug use], but our research shows we don't know all the effects at all," Professor Beasley said.

The institute also hoped to conduct research into so-called party pills.

Inside dope

* Smoking three cannabis cigarettes a day is equal to more than 20 tobacco cigarettes

* Maori lung cancer rates may be linked to regular cannabis use

* Research suggests cannabis use had reached epidemic proportions and is tolerated among Maori

- NZPA


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=181&ObjectID=10348641

Coroner muddled, says drug chief

05.10.05


"Muddled thinking" is behind a coroner's criticism of New Zealand's approach to drug policy and education, says the Drug Foundation.

Wellington coroner Garry Evans called on the Government to develop a national public education campaign - on the scale of anti-smoking and drink-driving advertising - to stop young people using drugs, after six youths died inhaling solvents.

In releasing his findings into the six deaths, Mr Evans said New Zealand had no sustained and effective health education programme aimed at the prevention of drug-taking.

"There is a need for a paradigmal shift in consciousness and approach towards a societal problem that constitutes a major blight on young lives and is reaching crisis proportions," he said.

The present focus of drug education was on harm minimisation - reducing any harm arising from drug use without necessarily eliminating use.

Mr Evans said that focus had limited effectiveness in reducing rampant drug abuse and the emphasis must change to one of harm prevention, which teaches young people about the dangers of drugs.

But Drug Foundation chief executive Ross Bell said Mr Evans had ignored best practice and a wealth of international evidence in his criticism of the harm minimisation approach.

It was disappointing that this emotive issue would be manipulated through misinformation to undermine existing efforts to dealing with young people and drug issues.

"The criticism of harm minimisation is an argument based on rhetoric and not on evidence, and is wrong in a number of ways," Mr Bell said.

"Harm minimisation is recognised internationally as the most effective and comprehensive way of tackling drug-related harm to individuals, their families and the community.

"Harm minimisation advocates that people not use drugs at all, and is very clear about the significantly increased risk for young people."

Mr Bell said there were parallels between the attacks on harm minimisation and the rhetoric that surrounded the United States' "war on drugs".

"The drug-war approach has seen drug use rise significantly for 20 years in the US, while it locks away more citizens than any other developed nation.

"New Zealand per capita sits second in that statistic - we need policies that ensure we at least rise no higher."

He also questioned if the coroner's recommendations could be backed by his findings into the six young people's deaths.

"Mr Evans has drawn a very long bow by recommending a major overhaul of New Zealand's drug policy and education based on the findings of six tragic deaths from gas inhaling."

Mr Bell said the coroner's call for a national drug education campaign ignored the evidence about how to most effectively deal with inhalant abuse, which warned against publicising the issue because it could lead to more abuse.

- NZPA


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=181&ObjectID=10348445

Tackle drugs now, says coroner

04.10.05


After six young people died inhaling solvents, the Wellington coroner has called on the Government to combat drug use with a public education campaign on the same scale as anti-smoking and drink-driving advertising.

Coroner Garry Evans yesterday released his findings into the six deaths and said there had been no sustained and effective health education programme in New Zealand aimed at preventing drug taking.

There was a need for a "shift in consciousness and approach towards a societal problem that constitutes a major blight upon young lives and is reaching crisis proportions," he said in his findings into the death of 15-year-old Hayley Danielle Foster.

Hayley, a fourth form student at St Mary's College, died in 2003 after inhaling air freshener from a butane-propelled aerosol can.

The current focus of drug education on harm minimisation had limited effectiveness in reducing rampant drug abuse in New Zealand and the emphasis must change to one of harm prevention, which taught young people about the dangers of drugs, said Mr Evans.

Capital and Coast District Health Board alcohol and drug consultant Geoffrey Robinson told the court that harm-minimisation strategies were appropriate for people who were already dependent on drugs.

"However, there are risks in over-emphasis of harm reduction in educational programmes with a need to avoid mixed messages," he said.

Drug counsellor and Life Education Trust founder Trevor Grice said it was common for young people to be told to confine their drug use to the weekends, so it did not interfere with schoolwork.

Teaching children how to drink or use drugs safely was in direct conflict with the law and an "insane policy", he told the court.

St Mary's principal Mary Cook said six weeks a year were set aside for teaching the health and physical education curriculum, which included drug education.

Young people should not be taught that they had choices on whether to use drugs, Mrs Cook said.

Mr Evans said schools shouldered the entire responsibility of drug education for their pupils. Specialists should deliver drug education in schools, he recommended.

The coroner also released his findings into the deaths of: 15-year-old Adrian Curtis Hampton of Wainuiomata in March 2004; James Saulo Oti, 22, of Wainuiomata in January 2003; Houhuri Panapa, 21, of Porirua in April 2004; Peri Mana Newton, 27, of Wainuiomata in January 2004; and Paula Angel Toimata, 17, of Porirua in December 2003.

All six died as a result of inhaling butane, propane or liquid petroleum gas, Mr Evans found.

- NZPA


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Re: Cancer link bolsters drug critics (NZ) [Re: Sheepish]
    #4791486 - 10/12/05 05:15 AM (15 years, 4 months ago)

i think its odd that they didn't wait until the study was over before reporting their findings... i suspect the final report will not be as ominous...


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Re: Cancer link bolsters drug critics (NZ) [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #4792229 - 10/12/05 12:50 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

The government should hand out vaporizers to the Maori and teach them about cannabis cooking - problem solved!


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Re: Cancer link bolsters drug critics (NZ) [Re: Swami]
    #4793441 - 10/12/05 05:13 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

yeah, try eating tobbacco. it might just kill you.
tobacco can also cause cancer by touching it or chewing it.
its full of carcinogens.

pot causes damage when smoked because of the same carbon and tar that ciggarettes have. it however requires being smoked to be dangerous.

ciggarettes have NO positive properties. they seize up your lungs holding in harmful particles, pot does the OPPOSITE, actually opening up aveoles to promote dispelling of harmful material. so basically, even smoked, the tar from marijuana, although (purportedly) more abundant, is less malignant than that from tobbacco.

legalization would immediately make pot safer. and less of the "gateway" drug people often use against it.

unfortunately we live in a world or erroneusly proud minds, who refuse to embark upon the ruin of their own volitions.
however wrong they are. the establishment for which they impose draconian consequence MAKES them right, gives them POWER. makes them close to god..... stupid people.
monkeys in power suits kneeling before bannana-dispensing idols nailed to their cage wall.
throwing poop from their cage at anyone who walks around freely.
goddamn monkeys.
its because of them i can't grow 100 plants in my backyard and store pot in a deepfreeze for cooking.

its their fault i gotta grow a few plants in the deep woods or pay $15 a gram just to cough my lungs up.

its their fault its so profitable to criminals to produce it.

its their fault the drug war is perpetual.

i take no responsibility for this mess.


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Re: Cancer link bolsters drug critics (NZ) [Re: Mitchnast]
    #8366480 - 05/05/08 10:40 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

The current focus of drug education was harm minimisation




More like misinformation


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