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(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #405 -- 9/30/05

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"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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  1. COMMENTARY: DIRECT FROM KABUL -- DRCNET ON THE SCENE IN AFGHANISTAN THIS WEEK AND NEXT
    Intrepid DRCNet editor Phil Smith is on the scene reporting on the drug war and reform efforts in Afghanistan -- David Borden comments.
  2. ON THE SCENE I: EUROPEAN THINK TANK CALLS FOR LICENSED OPIUM CULTIVATION AT AFGHANISTAN CONFERENCE -- RESPONSE VARIED
    Amidst a burst of publicity and news coverage ranging from Kabul TV to the New York Times, thinkers and officials from around the world mixed with Afghans and representatives of neighboring countries at a three-day conference in Afghanistan this week.
  3. ON THE SCENE II: AFGHANISTAN'S NEIGHBORS LOOK WITH INTEREST AT LICENSING PROPOSAL
    Most Afghan opium ends up not in the west but in neighboring countries like Iran and Russia. Representatives of those countries attended this week's conference in Kabul and promised to bring the idea of buying the nation's opium supply for the medical market back to their bosses.
  4. ON THE SCENE III: BEYOND TREATMENT AND PREVENTION -- HARM REDUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN
    Afghanistan has its share or more of drug addiction. But the nation of 25 million people has a mere 100 treatment beds, and a lone needle exchange program sitting on a dusty side street in Kabul relies mostly on volunteers to help stem a looming epidemic of HIV and Hepatitis in the city's injecting population.
  5. DENIED: MASSACHUSETTS JURY SLAPS DOWN OVERREACHING DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN "SCHOOL ZONE" BUST
    A western Massachusetts jury refused to convict 18-year old Kyle Sawin after prosecutors used enhanced "school zone" penalties to try to hit him with two years mandatory minimum in prison.
  6. METHAMPHETAMINE: HOUSE DEMOCRATS CHALLENGE HARSHER PENALTIES IN FEDERAL METHAMPHETAMINE BILL
    Provisions in proposed federal methamphetamine legislation that would increase penalties for trafficking were challenged by some Democrats, foiling supporters' attempt to make the bill non-controversial and fast-moving.
  7. METHAMPHETAMINE: SAMHSA SAYS METH USE STEADY, PROBLEM USE INCREASING -- DATA SAYS YES BUT NOT AS MUCH AS SAMSHA IMPLIES
    Spin-meisters in the press office of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration exaggerated the findings of the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use released last week.
  8. NEEDLE EXCHANGE: LA COPS HASSLE NEP CLIENTS -- COMPLAINT FILED
    After two incidents of Los Angeles police interfering with city-authorized needle exchange programs in the last two weeks, the director of one of them has filed a formal complaint against four LAPD officers with the city Police Commission.
  9. HARM REDUCTION: CANADA HEALTH MINISTER SAYS MORE SAFE INJECTION SITES SHOULD OPEN IF COMMUNITIES APPROVE
    With Vancouver's Downtown Eastside safe injection site now two years old and working as planned, Canada's Health Minister has green-lighted the opening of more of them.
  10. WEB SCAN
    GAO Report, Cascade and AAPS Blast Meth Madness, New Orleans Jail in the Flood, MedMj Legal Brief Bank, Charles Shaw on Alternet, DEA's Microgram
  11. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  12. DRCNET T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
    DRCNet is currently soliciting designs for new t-shirts to be made available on our web site and worn by people nationwide who want an end to prohibition and the war on drugs.
  13. OSI OFFERING JUSTICE FELLOWSHIPS IN 2006 -- DEADLINE NEXT MONTH
    The Open Society Institute's US Justice Fund will support individuals in 2006 through two Fellowship programs. But the deadline is October 14, so move fast!
  14. JOB OPPORTUNITY: NATIONAL FIELD DIRECTOR, MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
    The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring a National Field Director to spearhead MPP's grassroots organizing efforts in targeted congressional districts and nationwide.
  15. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's listings for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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