Operation Clean Recovery

Fighting Global Drug Addiction

Nearly twenty years after the United Nations designated June 26th as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, illegal drug cultivation, production, trafficking, and consumption continue to plague the globe. Alongside an unprecedented number of global challenges such as climate change, cyber-attacks, and terrorism, it can be difficult to meaningfully focus international attention on […]

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The Failed War on Drugs

The war on drugs in the United States has been a failure that has ruined lives, filled prisons and cost a fortune. It started during the Nixon administration with the idea that, because drugs are bad for people, they should be difficult to obtain. As a result, it became a war on supply. As first […]

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How Governments Have Used the War on Drugs to Oppress Their Enemies

It was revealed Richard Nixon launched his war on drugs to target people he didn’t like—but he’s not the only one to use narcotics as a hammer to beat his enemies. Published 29 Mar 2016   Sailors dousing a fire set by narcotics smugglers who’d hoped to escape and destroy the evidence. Photo: US Navy […]

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Cocaine use rising in Hong Kong … and it’s not just expat bankers who are at risk of addiction

Drugs charities warn the stigma of abuse could be preventing young local Chinese from seeking help Cocaine abuse is on the rise in Hong Kong – and the local Chinese population is just as at risk of becoming addicted as expats, charities say. Charity chiefs and drug addict counsellors have again claimed figures from the […]

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How Does Drug Addiction Affect Families?

Support for families affected by substance abuse has not been given a strong emphasis for years. The cost of setting up a solid family support system is seen as one of the major obstacles. Families are also not viewed as ‘patients’ that need to be tested and monitored. The fact is drug addiction can cause […]

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A global crackdown on illegal drugs—code-named Pangea X—just put 400 people in handcuffs

In one week the US Food and Drug Administration identified more than 500 websites illegally selling prescription medicine—including opioids, according to the government. The operation—which took place between Sept. 12-19—was part of a worldwide effort led by Interpol, a global police organization, to target the illicit online sale of medicine and medical devices. Cracking down on […]

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UN Just Called For Worldwide Drug Decriminalization

Published July 5, 2017 The United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have finally entered the 21st Century when it comes to drug policy reform, issuing a call for all drugs to be decriminalized. Time to end healthcare discrimination Photo credit     Buried deep in a joint statement on ending healthcare discrimination, the two organizations […]

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9/10 of patients who overdosed on opioids and survived still get their meds

Published January 4, 2016 Fatal overdoses due to painkillers have reached epidemic levels, greatly exceeding those from heroin and cocaine combined and becoming the worst drug epidemic in US history. Prescriptions for painkillers in the United States have nearly tripled in the past two decades, and the results are dreadful. In 2012, enough painkillers were prescribed to […]

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American Media Silence After UN Calls For Decriminalizing Drug Use Worldwide

One year after ignorantly doubling down on the drug war, the UN is now calling to end prohibition. The drug war is crumbling.   By: Justin Gardner/The Free Thought Project  A little-noticed public statement issued by the United Nations last week contains a dramatic shift in thinking on the issue of “illicit” substance use. After recommitting to […]

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Dr. Gabor Maté, Renowned Addiction and Trauma Expert, Joins The Calo Programs Distinguished Council

A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté, is the latest expert to join The Calo Programs Distinguished Council. Dr. Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Dr. Gabor Mate’ We share the mission to increase the awareness and understanding of the […]

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Every One of Us Can Help Someone Beat This Thing

Sometimes something as simple as a few kind words makes the difference. BY LIZ BRODY Because it’s so rare to kick an opioid addiction in one try, there are many opportunities to help. Almost every former user I spoke with told me that, at the lowest of the lows, when quitting seemed impossible, it was […]

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Opioid Deaths in Hospitals Quadruple Over Fifteen Years, According to CDC

A study from the CDC found that opioid deaths during hospital stays quadrupled between 1993 and 2014, physician and assistant professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, Zirui Song, analyzed close to 385,000 patients admitted to hospital for opioid use. The White House Commission on Opioids found that more than 175 Americans die […]

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