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Let's look at some common-sense q's on #PAIN & #ChronicPain

1) If pain is so benign (not harmful), why is it used in torture?
2) If chronic pain is something people can get used to, why is it outlawed in the Geneva Conventions? (Rule 90)
3) Is addiction so terrible that it's worse than a terminal disease?

3a) If is is worse, why do we imprison addicts & not send to hospice?
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So VPD conducted a survey. With 755 respondents, they concluded that "vast majority" of Vancouverites are concerned about crime in the city...
dropbox.com/s/nellutmkayai…
According to 2016 census the population was 631,486. Let's pretend the population has not fluctuated. 755 represents around - 0.12% of the population.
But wait! Only 363 of the 755 respondents lived in Vancouver. So that represents like 0.06% of the whole of Vancouver's population. See anything wrong with this tweet @VancouverPD?
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Our review highlights how legal, regulatory and
socio-political actions intended to enable availability of
unintentionally limit availability and practical
access to opioids in Asia @whpca @IAHPC #opioids #pain @PalliativeMed_j

journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.11…
We demonstrate how barriers at (inter)national and sub-national levels interact to limit availability, accessibility and potential for appropriate prescribing, resulting in inadequate supply/consumption and avoidable patient suffering @IDPCnet @UNHumanRights #avoidablesuffering
Inadequate consumption at sub-national levels due to identified barriers, provides data to inform estimates of future requirements for opioids at national level, for submission to international level @INCB_OPIOIDS @INCB_President
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Fourth installment of the Drug Book saga:
"Transnational Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking in the Second Decade of the 21st Century in the Dominican Republic, Suriname, Venezuela, French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe"
"This work is an analysis of the power relations between Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) and the apex trafficking States of the Dominican Republic, Suriname, Venezuela, French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe in the second decade of the 21st Century...
This analysis focuses on the business models of TOC groups involved in these apex trafficking states of the Caribbean Basin, their trafficking methodology and the response of the State in their war on drugs to the operational presence of these TOC groups...
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Former vice president #JoeBiden has a sordid history of opposing progressive #CriminalJustice legislation, spearheading draconian #police and #immigration measures, and playing a central role in waging America’s failed #WarOnDrugs.
by @AlanRMacLeod
mintpressnews.com/mass-incarcera… #drugs
With over 2 million people locked up across a network of private & public #prisons, the US has by far the highest #incarceration rate in the world, significantly worse than brutal dictatorships in Africa, Latin America or Central Asia.
by @AlanRMacLeod
mintpressnews.com/private-prison…
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#Singapore continues to defend hangings, usually carried out for drug trafficking and murder. Syed Suhail has been scheduled to hang on Friday. In a letter, he said that he will not be able to see his Malaysian relatives due to #COVID19 border closures. vice.com/en_us/article/…
Earlier today, human rights lawyer M Ravi published a letter that Syed Suhail bin Syed Zin had written to him about his imminent execution. #deathpenalty #Singapore Image
Even as the world moves away from the #deathpenalty, #Singapore continues to insist on not just capital punishment but also the #WaronDrugs. From my observation, the majority of death row inmates have been sentenced to hang for drug offences.
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This is the #DemPartyPlatform for 2020. This section deals with #CriminalJusticeReform It is clear that Dems want clear &comprehensive REFORM and the lie about abolishing police is just that- A Lie! Only one party has a platform for the next 4 years..read on for #TheTruth #1/16
Dems believe we must ensure real accountability for individual &systemic misconduct in our police departments, prevent law enforcement from becoming unnecessarily entangled in the everyday lives of Americans &reimagine policing for the benefit &safety of the American people. 2/15
In recent years, some innovative police departments have enacted evidence-based reforms to change their approach by investing in robust training and putting in place-even more crucially, enforcing-strong standards governing conflict resolution, de-escalation & use of force. 3/15
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Special Analysis
"Ultimately, as long as Americans continue to pay top dollar for illicit #drugs, Colombians will continue to pay in blood."
by @AlanRMacLeod
bit.ly/3hElijt #Columbia #DrugWar #WarOnDrugs #FridayVibes #FridayThoughts #CocaineConvention
Jorge Ivan Ospina, the Mayor of Cali, visits the crime scene where the bodies of five young men were found.
Photo | Twitter via Jorge Ivan Ospina
#Columbia Image
Despite protests of historic proportions fueled by anger over corruption and a brutal right-wing crackdown, the unrest in #Colombia has garnered remarkably little international #media attention compared to #Venezuela.
by @AlanRMacLeod and @_whitneywebb
mintpressnews.com/media-silent-m…
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"It didn’t matter that no #drugs were found—nothing but a hydroponic #tomato #garden and loose tea leaves. The search and #SWAT raid were reasonable, according to the courts."
by John Whitehead
bit.ly/3htyLKR #gardeningtips #WarOnDrugs #DrugWar #TuesdayThoughts
Civil discontent leads to civil unrest, which leads to #protests and #counterprotests, and instead of restoring order, local #police stand down. Tensions rise, violence escalates, and federal armies move in.
by John Whitehead
mintpressnews.com/crackdown-poli…
The real purpose of qualified immunity is to rig the system.
by John Whitehead
mintpressnews.com/system-is-rigg… #PoliceBrutality #jakeblake #TuesdayThoughts #KenoshaUprising #KenoshaProtests #JacobBlake
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Thread 🧵 sharing some quotes from an article I reshare often re: racism and the “opioid crisis”

@jnetherland Netherland, J. & Hansen, H. B. (2016). The War on Drugs That Wasn't: Wasted Whiteness, "Dirty Doctors," and Race in Media Coverage of Prescription Opioid Misuse.

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“One of our strongest findings was that drug use in black and Latino urban communities is not considered newsworthy. ...
The absence of stories and what is missing in the stories that exist are in of themselves telling.”

2/15
“Story after story describes drug use in suburban, white communities as a new and dangerous phenomenon, even though decades of the epidemiological evidence shows that blacks and whites have long used illicit drugs in relatively similar proportions (SAMHSA 2014).”

3/15
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Exactly four years ago today, I photographed this image that would later be called “pieta.”

On July 23, 2016, under a footbridge along Edsa Pasay Rotonda, Jennilyn Olayres cradled her partner Michael Siaron after being shot to death by motorcycle-riding gunmen.
It was a traumatic night for many reasons. Traumatic to me because to this day, the voice of Olayres still lingers in my mind.
As she held her lifeless partner in the middle of a crime scene, surrounded by bystanders, police, and the press, she screamed at us photographers, begging to stop taking photos and help her instead.
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Grüne, wir müssen reden! @Die_Gruenen
Vor allem mit Euch, Realos in BaWü (@GrueneBW @FritzKuhn1 @cem_oezdemir), und, ne, nicht nur mit Euch, @gruene_jugend @gjbw! Über #Stuttgart #StuttgartRiots & #Drogenprohibition+ #WarOnDrugs+ #lifestyleprofiling+ #culturalprofiling Thread:
Klar, so ging es im ganzen Land oberhalb der massenmedialen Wahrnehmungsschwelle: Verschämt war und ist von „#Eventszene“ die Rede, wobei der eine oder die andere #Grüne wohl im Hinterkopf hat, dass das nicht beim Namen zu nennende Kind (neu)migrantische Jugend ist.
Spiegelverkehrt kam das auch von sonst dankenswert radikal antirassistischen und migrantischen Kreisen: In Stuttgart wurde sich nach deren Ansicht gegen #racialprofiling und strukturellen #Rassismus gewehrt.Aber wie wäre es, wir beginnen die Diskussion erst einmal mit dem Anlass?
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Breonna Taylor's death was a tragedy. It was also completely avoidable.

When thinking of no-knock raids, you envision hostage situations, active shooters, and kidnappings. Violent, urgent, critically dangerous circumstances.
However, those cases account for only 7% of no-knock warrants, while an estimated 79% were executed in drug related search raids.
Astoundingly, 65% of those yielded no contraband of any sort.
Breonna Taylor was one of these cases.
No-knock raids are common practice. Their use has increased substantially as a tool to fight the war on drugs. It's time to end the practice across the country.

End No-Knock Raids.
End the #WarOnDrugs

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/…
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It's really important that people understand how the War on Drugs fuels racism and police violence.

When you say "weed should be legal, but I don't know about crack/heroin," you're saying you want cops to continue to have a blanket excuse to harass and brutalize Black people.
Mass incarceration, surveillance, drug prohibition, police militarization--these are all interconnected. They are all white supremacist mechanisms by which the state keeps Black communities torn apart and politically disenfranchised, and Latin American countries under heel.
Your squeamish desire to allow the state to control how other people alter their consciousness is contributing to mass death.

Legalizing & regulating drugs would deal an enormous blow to police's ability to manufacture excuses to enact violence on Black & brown communities.
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It’s easy to joke about the criminalisation of #antifa, but UK folks might have missed new legislation here that's massively expanding surveillance, police powers + sentencing for terrorism suspects. Let’s talk about the new #CounterTerrorism and Sentencing bill. [THREAD 1/]
The bill ends the prospect of early release for serious terrorism offenders and widens the list of offences classed as terror-related to ensure they carry tougher sentences. It also increases the maximum penalty for membership of a proscribed organisation from 10 to 14 years. 2/
It includes a £90 million funding boost for counter-terrrorism police + an extension of maximum prison sentences across the board. With UK prisons increasingly run for profit by private companies, it’s unlikely this is borne purely out of a concern for public safety. 3/
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Here @jasonluan88 responds to arguments for #safesupply brought forward by advocates on social & mainstream media, but it appears that he needs help with understanding and interpretation of the arguments and data in support of safe supply.
Thread: 1/
#Abpoli #Ableg
In the headline @jasonluan88 continues to use stigmatizing language with the word “addict”. People who use drugs are people first!
Stigma causes people to to use and die alone.

Here are helpful resources on stigma for the minsiter.

#ableg #abpoli
2/
canada.ca/en/health-cana…
A person with lived and living experience is free to chose how they self-identify, but unless @jasonluan88 has lived experience he should stick to #PersonFirstLanuage
#Abpoli #Ableg
3/
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“Second verse, same as the first.”

The Establishment Democrats and their corporate shills on TV and all over social media are already signaling that they want Bernie to drop out of the race, even though half of America hasn’t voted yet.
#DropOutBernie

This was always their main objective.
They sent almost 30 candidates at him.
They spent easy over a billion collectively.
Even now every state has disturbingly inaccurate exit polling that in any other country the OAS would deem as a fraudulent election. And yet here we are.

*crickets.
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My name is Dawn Anderson, & today I should be celebrating my 54th brithday.

I was a grandmother, mother, aunt, & dear friend.

I was also a #ChronicPain patient.

I used #opioid medication to maintain a decent #QualityOfLife.

I was forcibly tapered from my pain meds in 2016.
I found other patients who were suffering because of the #WarOnDrugs, & I cried out for help.

I shared my story with journalists.

I wrote my PCP a letter.

I attended a #DPPRally with my daughter @AmandaLatronica. I'm so proud of her. She's a #warrior!

painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2019/3…
In March 2019, my kidneys failed me, & I ended up at the hospital.

I was strapped to a hospital bed & injected with thorazine because I was confused.

The pain was horrific & STILL-no one listened. #PainStigma

I decided to let go on March 11, 2019.

I refused dialysis, & died.
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1. Nobody wants to say what needs to be done about the #RefugeeCrisis. We have allowed this hemisphere to become hell for many people and should not be surprised when they try to escape. The crime is the result of years of corruption amplified by the US thirst for illegal drugs.
2. We need to run up the white flag and declare the #WarOnDrugs lost. I would take control of the opiates on the street provide maintenance drugs and treatment to everyone afflicted. All people who obtain the public drugs would be put in treatment. Addictive drugs like opiates
3. cocaine and amphetamines get priority treatment. Pot would be legal for over 21. No drug abuse would go untreated. Nobody would go to jail for being a drug user. Nobody would make any money from selling illegal drugs. No income would be made by central american gangs here.
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I like how @fthilbayan answers questions in this senatorial debate. He explains his thoughts using analogies, easy to digest and are substantive. #PHVote #TheFilipinoVotes
.@ColmenaresPH is very articulate on defending his position on PH-China relations too!
Gigil na si Bato. Hilbay tells Dela Rosa: Your #WarOnDrugs has failed Bato tells Hilbay: How dare you say drug war has failed?

Bato: Paano ako kakalma, mag isa lang ako dito. Ang dami nila!

But where are we on the #drugwar? rappler.com/newsbreak/in-d…
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Ok.. Thread on voting because the establishment voters ain't listening.

1) Get a Fμ©KING CLUE Dem #BlueWave folks: We are PROGRESSIVES

If you have Questions about what that means in practice, please see my pinned.

We DO NOT operate on your #CultOfPersonality crap.
Full Stop
We don't operate on #CultOfPersonality BECAUSE OF OBAMA Cosplaying a progressive like a Furry in Las Vegas and then 109% #Ratfuxing us ALL on every level to service bribers at OUR expense.
This, and the utter disgust generated by @BarackObama @HillaryClinton and their decades of duplicitous lies is also how Trump got into office
Y'ALL think because you choose 2 make excuses we should as well

It doesn't work that way w Progressives
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@Bart_DeWever en zijn #WarOnDrugs: we hebben hier al goed gelachen (#yogasnuivers ), maar ook al in onze haren gekrabd (#parkspoornoord ). Een bescheiden draadje:

1/ De cocainetoevoer naar Europa is aan recordtempo bezig. Al twee jaar na elkaar worden in verschillende Europese
2/ havens alle records gebroken. Nieuwe agriculturele technieken werken niet alleen bij groenten en fruit, maar ook bij de cocaplant. De Colombiaanse productie is nog nooit zo efficiënt geweest.

Door de tijd waarin we leven, kunnen criminele organisaties makkelijker tot in
3/ Latijns Amerika komen om daar rechtstreeks zaakjes te doen. Door het controleren van de volledige toevoer wordt de prijs per kilo zo gevoelig naar beneden gehaald.

Waarom is Antwerpen zo populair als invoerhaven? Niet omdat het krioelt van de 'yogasnuivers'.
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@thehill #BidenSoProgressive that he got paid $200,000 to get a Republican elected to the House of Reps.

theweek.com/speedreads/819…
@thehill #BidenSoProgressive that he gave war criminal George W. Bush a Liberty Medal.

philly.com/news/ex-presid…
@thehill #BidenSoProgressive that he told #millennials who got screwed over by the neoliberal policies he and Obama implemented to fvck off.

vice.com/en_us/article/…
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ABD'deki Anayasa Mahkemesi sirki konusunda yorum yapmadım diye hiç yapmayacağımı sandıysanız, büyük yanılmışsınız. Tabii ki yapacağım ve tabii ki Trump bunu geceyarısı okuyacak.

1/ Bu sirkte rol alan kimseyi tutmuyorum. Öncelikle, nedir bu Supreme Court? (fazla mı başa sardık?)
2/ ABD siyasi sisteminin özeti "demokrasiye güvenmeden demokrasi" olmalı.

Her seviyede seçilmişler birbirlerine ve atanmışlara karşı dengeleniyor. Günlük siyasete en uzak iki öğe de Askeriye ve Supreme Court. ("Anayasa Mahkemesi" yerine SCOTUS diyeyim de uzman sansınlar).
3/ SCOTUS, Meclis ve Başkan arasındaki ilişki taş, makas, kağıt gibi: "Kutsal Metin" olan anayasayı, 9 SCOTUS rahibi yorumluyor ve kararları herkesi bağlıyor. Ama o rahipleri atayan kişi Başkan. Başkanın atamasını onaylayan Senato (üst meclis), vs vs.
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