Recovery Plus: save time, save lives
News: stories symbolising trends to watch
"Religious belief tends to be associated with lower
rates of alcohol and drug use, but cannabis has
been shown to increase people’s preoccupation
with religion, especially in young men. Surely, it
is no coincidence that time and time again, in
the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks, as we
learn more about the perpetrators and try to
understand their motivation, we discover that
cannabis was a part of their daily lives," noted
Dr Max Pemberton in the Daily Mail after it was
found that Salman Abedi who committed the
Manchester massacre was a pot smoker. So, too,
were Jihadi John, shoe bomber Richard Reid,
Fusilier Lee Rigby killers Michael Adebolajo and
Michael Adebowale, terror fundraiser Amal
el-Wahabi, 7/7 London bombings ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan and Westminster car-killer
Khalid Masood. Aine Davis, the UK jihadi convicted in Turkey on terrorist offences this year, was a
cannabis addict. There are more, as well as pot smokers who went on to commit school massacres.
"It is a roll call of horror that should shame those who push for a loosening of drug laws... that has
led to the epidemic of cannabis use that clinicians like me encounter daily," Pemberton concluded.
The european drug agency's comprehensive bestpractice
portal has been relaunched, designed to
help you find practical and reliable information on
what works (and what doesn’t) in drugs prevention,
treatment, harm reduction and social reintegration ~
WHO expert committee:
68 pages of recommendations have been published by
the 38th World Health Organisation Expert Committee
on Drug Dependence, reviewing the therapeutic
usefulness, abuse/dependence, and the public health
and social harm of each substance ~ http://apps.who.
26 June: World Drug Day
27 June: PTSD Awareness Day
The Recovery Plus conference (see pullout programme) synchronises with, and
raises awareness of, two key annual dates in the addiction-recovery calender.
The first is World Drug Day – the United Nations' International Day Against Drug
Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – on 26 June, when the Recovery Plus conference starts.
This is supported by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health
Organisation ~ www.un.org/en/events/drugabuseday/messages.shtml.
Starting in 2010, the US Congress named 27 June PTSD Awareness Day (S. Res. 455)
or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day, and the 2nd day of Recovery Plus marks this.
In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness
(S. Res. 481) ~ https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/index.asp.
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