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Ethan Nadelmann’s Fiery TED Talk: What has the war on drugs done to the world? | Drug Policy Alliance.

Take a few minutes, as soon as you can, to hear Ethan Nadelmann’s newly released TED Talk that’s featured as today’s lead item at TED.com.

Screen shot 2013-06-25 at 9.51.06 AMThis is a documentary film intended to be an irony in portraying the drug war as an American campaign that fuels the  illegal drug trade.  Adrian Grenier with Tribeca Films produced this work that looks at a 400 billion dollar global industry feeds off the drug war.  You can view the trailer here:  How To Make Money Selling Drugs  Tribeca Films. link by Denise C.

From Bangor to West Palm Beach and now to Orange County,  drug addiction continues to sweep through America killing one person every 19 minutes.   Now Orange County is yet another major force on fire to call for end to the madness.  The Orange County Register chronicles the epidemic in the  4 part series on RX addiction epidemic  One impacted California Dad eloquently speaks out in his blog, RxAddict.com  ♠  Check out the real story in Orange County.

The House I Live in  updates a 40-year-old unsolved problem.

The drug war is a problem that tears apart Americans.  The victims are millions of family members who care about someone trapped in addiction.  What it does to an addict is a torment words can’t adequately describe.  This is really a war, not on drugs, but on all of us.  It is a parasitical phenomena that relies on public silence while demanding massive cash flow; the taxpayer its host.   Dealing with addiction and ending drug demand  is antithetical to its existence.   See the film, The House I live in link by Monica

Meth is a dangerous and destructive drug

Meth destroys those it comes in contact with. Meth is the number one drug related issue for law enforcement officials in Alabama. Meth is addictive and creates mental and physical effects that changes your life forever. Meth is death.

ZEROMETH is an awareness and educational campaign sponsored by the ALABAMA DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION, with the goal of stopping this drug and it’s life threatening consequences  –  LINKS BY DONNA

Things We Lost in the Fire! If you know someone close who’s been there; you know the meaning of the title.  This is a not so old 2007 film with academy award winning Benicio Del Toro as a heroin addict.  “The walking dead”.  Check it out here in this you-tube video. You may have to look in the older video stacks to find this; but its worth your time.  Link by Drew.

http://www.pathwaytoprevention.org/ Teen drug addiction has a devastating effect on  youth,  families and  communities.  Teens drop out of school, the workforce or life itself.  Change the course of teen drug addiction.

Probably one of the best videos;  America’s Disastrous Drug War,  produced by Walter Cronkite was removed from all you-tube archives.  Go Figure!  One Cronkite  video that survived is called Harm Reduction BUT!!!, Many informative videos on the drug war are still out there and readily available to illustrate maybe,  the costliest problem America faces.  Here are a few notable video producers and interviews on the subject:  Neil FranklinFrontline,  Robert Capecchi ,  a 12 minute clip from a great 2007 series from Kevin Booth’s, The American Drug War.   Check out the rest of Kevin’s  series on TagTélé and  you-tube.

Probably one of the best videos;  America’s Disastrous Drug War,  produced by Walter Cronkite was removed from all you-tube archives.  Go Figure!  One Cronkite  video that survived is called Harm Reduction.  Many informative videos on the drug war are still out there and readily available on the costliest problem we face.  Here are a few notable video producers and interviews on the subject:  Neil FranklinFrontline,  Robert Capecchi ,  a 12 minute clip from a great 2007 series from Kevin Booth’s the American Drug War.   If you have time check out the rest of Kevin’s  series on TagTélé and  you-tube.

Meth:  Inside Out, is a powerful and engaging video series.   This you-tube site contains 31 video shorts all 3 to 5 minutes in length, covering every facet and angle of the world of methamphetamine use in America.

Happy New Years!  Drive sober; everybody hurts when we don’t

Forwarded,  courtesy of Chaplain Joe Herzanek,  Changing Lives Foundation

Inspired by the death of Heath Ledger, OxyContin Blues is a raw unflinching drama about prescription pill addiction in Hollywood.

ICSDP is a primary source for rigorous scientific evidence on illicit drug policy in order to benefit policymakers, law enforcement, and affected communities.

For those who have not seen The Oxycontin Express, click on the link to view.

Some insurance companies may cover substance abuse treatment. The vast majority will provide far too little help for their insured addicts.  That is a hard reality for addicts to face.  It is one reason among many others,  that reform and public acceptance of treatment is needed.    Here is a look at common discrimination practiced by the insurance industry as it is related to treatment for drug addiction.  View it in an HBO.com piece entitled “Can’t Get Treatment Through Your Health Insurance Plan”. Also check out the rest of HBO.com’s film series on addiction. The website CHOOSE HELP goes on to talk about affordability and other options for treatment.

Judge Gray speaks out on failing drug laws.

Dadonfire is looking at all sides of the issue in this rather interesting you  tube video.  “Six Groups Who Benefit from Drug Prohibition”

If you haven’t heard, National Geographic is presenting  a TV series every Monday  called Border Wars.  The series provides a little insight into the drug and human trafficking across our southern border.

In “Pain Clinic Legal Dope House?”, CNN’s Campbell Brown exposes a flourishing practice of licensed Florida “Pain” Doctors supplying drug addicts and drug pushers with legal prescriptions of dangerous narcotic drugs like oxycontin.  Granted some are legit; but 50 million Americans (one in 5)  have abused pain meds.  New laws are expected to take up to 2 years to effect this practice.

Heroin – The Next Generation is an important documentary education video about 90 minutes long created in 2005, centering around Massachusetts and Arizona.  A story every family should see.  To view this, click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbfKzDYzDJw

New docu-drama MTV series produced by the late DJ AM who paradoxically died recently of a drug overdose.  What an irony!  A heartbreaker!  God bless him.  He lived for a purpose.  Did he die for a purpose – to get our attention?  Here’s part one right here as the show goes on.  This link, courtesy of  Mary Slivinski

Begging for Help on Crack Street, by Richie Farrell –  “…America will never be safe from the gigantic ramifications of illegal drug use unless the Obama administration mounts a major campaign to rehabilitate drug addicts…”    Read the rest of the article.

This is PBS FRONTLINE’s best effort in outreaching the public on a serious drug crisis: The Meth Epidemic. It is a very educational data base well worth taking some time to view.  The website includes the full 2006 television program that was broadcast on prime time PBS programming on the award winning show, FRONTLINE.

Addiction is ugly.  Leonardo DiCapro rocks in this old youtube clip from the movie, “The Basketball Diaries.”  Check it out here.

This video is disturbing to view, as is shows the impact of highly alluring and addictive crystal meth, which has a reputation of being very disfiguring to the user.

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