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IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair
Educating NZ is working with the Ministries of Health, Education and Youth Development to develop a matrix of learning outcomes for levels 1–8 within the NZ Health and Physical Education Curriculum for Drug Education. A draft matrix has been written and schools and teachers interested in providing feedback may download a copy from http://www.educating.co.nz/services/drugeducation/index.html.
Please return your feedback by 23 April.
The Matrix will take teachers step-by-step through the new curriculum levels of learning and detail the knowledge, understanding and skills that students should develop through learning at levels 1-8. The Matrix will reflect the outcomes of the new curriculum.
This initiative supports the recommendations in the Ministry of Youth Development's Best Practice Handbook for strengthening drug education.The project is one of collaboration between the Ministries of Health, Education and Youth Development. It will also involve the Alcohol Advisory Council of NZ, the NZ Drug Foundation, NZ Health Teachers Association and organisations of school Principals.
Over 250 principals of schools with students in years 7-13 attended regional one-day workshops during May and June 2005 that provided practical advice about planning for and implementing drug education in their schools.
The workshop was run by Educating NZ using well-known principals from most regions of New Zealand. The workshops were funded by the Ministry of Youth Development to promote best practice in school-based drug education.
The workshops focused on two new Ministry publications-Strengthening Drug Education in School Communities: A Best Practice Handbook and A Practical Guide for Years 7-13.
Drug Education (DrugEd)
This Ministry of Education programme in 1998-2000 saw over 1000 schools running their own professional development to improve drug education delivery in schools. The Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC) funded it. Educating NZ project director Janelle Grady managed the funding, evaluation and monitoring on behalf of the MOE.Download a copy of the draft matrix to provide feedback here
Please return your feedback with the matrix
by 23rd April 2007 to:
Lynley Bell, Educating NZ,
PO Box 12345, Wellington.
Fax to (04) 471 1547
Email to email@example.com
Labels: national drug policy
"We don't learn from our mistakes because we never ask if we've made a mistake", [Prof Fergusson, The Press, 14March, re Social Policy public meeting, Christchurch School of Medicine]
Labels: national drug policy
Press Release: US State Department
Combating the Spread of Illicit Drugs
Thomas Schweich, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Opening Statement of the Government of the United States of America Before the 50th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs
March 12, 2007
Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. As this is the first opportunity for my delegation to take the floor, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the Government of the United States of America on your election as chairperson of this 50th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). We look forward to a valuable and productive meeting, working together under your able leadership. We also continue to look to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to play a critical role in leveraging international support for counternarcotics issues.
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Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.com
The National Drug Policy (review) is about to be released. NZ has taken some progressive steps in accomodating 'herbals' with the "class D" initiative and may look to (if Czar on Drugs, Jim Anderton has anything to do with the policy) seeing herbals severely restricted if not banned all together.
However there is where it all falls apart. We, like the UK ascribed to the ABC classification in the vain hope ("so long as it was seen to be largely effective" - Blake Palmer Committee 1974 ) that criminalisation would eliminate the potential problems.
Originaly the Misuse of Drugs ACT  was to be named the 'Drugs, Prevention of Misuse' Bill, a more apltly named strategy had it been adopted, we could have lead the world in compasionate and restorative drug policy... instead we inheritated the disaster that is America's solution... lock em up, and throw away the key.
Here is an excerpt from the Telegraph(UK)- it makes our NZ Expert Advisoy Committee on Drugs (EACD) look lame indeed, as it does our 'seperate the licit from illicit' national drug strategy. Lets hope next weeks (fingers crossed) NDP strategy is a realistic assesement of all that is wrong with our current pretense for a solution. Yeah Right!
Britain's drug policy 'not fit for purpose'
Britain's drug policy is "not fit for purpose" and is failing to cut addiction or drug-related crime, an influential study will conclude today.
Current policy is driven by "moral panic" and is ineffective, with huge amounts of money being wasted on "futile" attempts to get drugs off the streets.
The system, it says, is "crude, ineffective, riddled with anomalies and open to political manipulation", while existing drugs education is often "inconsistent, irrelevant, disorganised" and "delivered by people without adequate training".
Problems are so acute that the Home Office should lose its lead in dealing with drug treatment and enforcement, according to the panel of academics, drug workers and a senior police officer.
The RSA Commission report, which will seek to influence Government policy next year, will prove controversial in some of its findings.
It recommends the introduction of "shooting galleries," where heroin addicts can go to take drugs and receive supervision and help.
It also says that only the worst drug offenders be jailed and that drug misuse should be treated as a social problem rather than a crime.
Among its other recommendations are that the focus of drug education should switch from secondary schools to primary schools in order to better stop children falling into substance misuse.
The focus of enforcement and treatment should also shift - away from illegal drugs - many of which are often "harmless" - and towards alcohol and tobacco - which are the most damaging drugs of all.
Maxim Institute Forum 2007 – Pursuing Social Justice in New Zealand
On Friday 30 March, many of New Zealand's leaders—from the community to business and academia to politics—will gather in Auckland for the Maxim Institute Forum 2007 - Pursuing Social Justice in New Zealand.
Delegates will hear from a top line-up of keynote speakers including leading social scientist, Professor David Fergusson; Principal Youth Court Judge, Andrew Becroft ; Professor Peter Saunders from the Centre for Independent Studies in Australia; and Families Commissioner, Lyn Campbell. A panel of MPs will debate how government can respond to the challenge of reinvigorating civil society in New Zealand, and at 6pm, His Excellency Anand Satyanand, the Governor-General of New Zealand will officially launch a new book from Maxim Institute entitled: Pursuing Social Justice in New Zealand: 14 New Zealanders share their stories of communities helping people in ways government cannot .
The Forum is an invitation only event. To enquire about receiving an invitation please contact Maxim Institute today. Registrations close on Tuesday 20 March and places are limited.
Marijuana - the New Prohibition, by John Kaplan
Stanford Law Review, 1970
USA interests in the region are not just limited to Oil, consider, record high cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan, Iran's emergence as the world's No. 1 abuser of opiates, the drug/terrorism nexus and the UN's complete failure on a global scale to mediate drug harms -role of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
Latest missive published in News-Medical.Net from the UN/WHO makes for sobering reading as to where the real drug addiction lies.
"Drugs and terrorism are linked and are set to become more so," Mo Mowlam concluded. "Legalization of drugs would stop this connection: It would begin to solve problems caused by drugs today and would isolate the terrorists." - Former British Drug Czar and Irish Peace broker Mo Mowlam Calls for Total Global Legalization, Cites Need to Quit Funding Political Violence 9/27/02