Europeans Turn To Cocaine And Alcohol As Cannabis Loses Favour

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Post by maoshantemple » Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:08 pm

Pubdate: Sun, 15 Oct 2006
Source: Observer, The (UK)
Copyright: 2006 The Observer
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Author: Jason Burke

EUROPEANS TURN TO COCAINE AND ALCOHOL AS CANNABIS LOSES FAVOUR

Europeans are abandoning cannabis but turning to cocaine and drink,
new figures from French customs reveal. According to a report by the
Central Narcotics Office, after more than a decade of rapid growth,
seizures of cannabis resin in Europe dropped by a fifth last year, to
831 tonnes. At the same time, seizures of cocaine grew by 15 per cent.

The apparent trend is reinforced by British figures which show that
the popularity of cannabis in the UK has plummeted, with 600,000
fewer people smoking or eating marijuana than three years ago. The
Home Office statistics, released last week, also show that
consumption of cocaine in Britain has risen.

The figures will help the British government and other European
nations with more liberal drug laws such as Holland and Switzerland
rebut claims that their approach to cannabis leads to increased use
of the drug. The growing cocaine use will, however, worry European
anti-narcotics police and many politicians.

'Seizures in Europe have increased over the last several years,
confirming the maturing of the cocaine market in western Europe,'
said Interpol, the transnational police agency. 'Recent reports,
particularly from northern [European] countries, suggest young adults
are increasingly using cocaine rather than amphetamine-type
stimulants. This change is likely to be the result of the increased
availability and lower price of cocaine, as well as government
campaigns against amphetamines.'

Despite apparent success by police - Bernard Petit, head of France's
anti-Narcotics squad claimed last week that 90 of the 250 tonnes of
cocaine imported onto the continent were seized - the price of the
drug is lower than it has ever been.

'Drugs gangs know where the profits are and can afford to lose most
of their shipments,' said one former senior British customs officer.
'They are focusing more and more on cocaine. No one serious traffics
or deals cannabis any more.'

Possible explanations for the decrease in cannabis use include the
growing awareness that cannabis can cause mental health problems, and
the fact that in the UK and France marijuana abuse is being replaced
by binge-drinking.

In France, cannabis use has levelled out while heavy drinking
sessions have become more common, with almost half of all teenagers
in a study this summer saying that they had had more than five drinks
in one evening in the last month.

'This consumption pattern corresponds to the phenomenon of
"binge-drinking" seen in Britain and America,' said Jean-Michel
Costes, of the National Observatory of Drugs and Addicts.

Frederic Rouillon, a French drug expert, told Le Monde last week that
ideas that Americans used stimulants whereas Europeans used sedatives
were outdated. 'The fashion for cocaine has eroded that distinction,' he said.

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Post by Eduard » Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:48 am

Yeah,

there were coke-bust in Sweden little while ago, and guess who were busted? Lol, athlets:

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/17082006/...athletics.html

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Post by jse » Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:14 pm

Europeans are abandoning cannabis but turning to cocaine and drink,
new figures from French customs reveal. According to a report by the
Central Narcotics Office, after more than a decade of rapid growth,
seizures of cannabis resin in Europe dropped by a fifth last year, to
831 tonnes. At the same time, seizures of cocaine grew by 15 per cent.
cannabis was reclassified here to a class c drug which is basically a slap on the wrist and no arrest for its use

when you decriminalize anything it's use decreses imo

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Post by hekura » Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:43 am

Cocaine is a plague on the human race. 20% of the population are seriously affected by it. By serious, I mean that 1 in 5 that try it once are addicted for life. Especially in its freebase form. The drug makers have made a drug that enslaves a percentage of the population completely and no government works on a valid resolution to the problem. In the case of freebase cocaine (crack) there is no cure for addiction for a percentage of the population. It adds no benefits to thought or creativity. Any cracker will tell you that they don't want to do or think about anything while on the drug except when they can smoke another rock. The time in between smoking is spent on base thoughts, noncreative.

Of course the drug manufacturers would rather sell cocaine. It is a perfect sell to those genetically effected by its addiction. Users will quickly go from a human being into a degenerate, willing to do anything for more, almost overnite.

Why isn't more being done to help these people? Because, since it is addictive drug use, we look at them as the pariahs of society, the low-life scum, instead of seeing them as infected with a genetic predisposition to a disease. We feel no need to help those who cannot help themselves and the world is becoming filled with thieves, murderers, and prostitutes who in any other circumstance would not be. When will the bell be rung!?! It is the rest of us who are not genetically infected with this high rate tendency to become addicted who must cry out for these people for a solution. Cocaine is not like marijuana or other drugs. Cocaine is intrensicly evil. I am afraid that high government officials may be involved in the manufacture and trafficing of this substance to the end of decimating a portion of the population. Chemical warfare. Imagine a world where nothing gets done because almost everyone is busy smoking cocaine. How much easier would it be then to oppress the afflicted and enrich one's self.

What could be done to stop this epidemic/pandemic?

First, the addict must be re-addicted to a different drug that inflicts much less damage upon their lives. Second, a drug must be developed that completely negates the effects from cocaine smoking to detour the cocaine addict from continueing their cocaine addiction,

Why is this problem not being solved? Because those with the money and ability to produce such a medical solution have not yet seen that the damage of cocaine addiction is irreversible.

'Just say no' will never work at this level. And, mark my words, eventually there will no longer be a problem with marijuana. No one will sell it, in favor of selling cocaine. This is the way the so called drug war will turn.

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Post by Eduard » Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:53 am

It is very strange drug that freebase coke. One form, is also injected coke, but it's much more difficult to inject than smoke. And the smoke is anesthetic, so it's easy to breathe in... smoked coke works enormous short period followed by incredible depression and crave to smoke more. One friend was in San Francisco in late eighties and didn't do anything else in that trip but smoked coke. He said later that it could have been just the same, if he has been in one house all the time; didn't sleep but couple of hours in a week and inhaled smoke... Complete waste of time. And he said he could have been selling all his property just for few days of more smoking. Incredible rush and lift and then it's over...


Could there be some form od f antidote or antagonist which could block that strong effect? There is some studies to make some form of maintenance coke... not much success though. It should be rather similar to cocainew which has tropane skeleton in it. There was some applications of arecoline and tropane skeleton... but cocaine is unique molecule (it's cult to form similar synthesis)

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Post by 420_4life » Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:27 pm

ya thats shit, i dont think its that cannabis is "losing" favour, its the times, the people, cocaine is making a strong come back, canada is really going hard on it, its really bad, every city, everybody think its bad in their town, its bad in everytown, really harsh when you see it across the land

anyway, about blocking effects of cocaine, im not certain so dont take my word, ill try to find the page i read about it, but aparently salvinorin binds to receptors that cocaine does but it has antagonist properties to that site, meaning no more cocaine can bind to any receptors once they are blocked, it wouldnt lower the high but it would stop you from getting any higher, possibly precenting an overdose.....??, someone has seen someone smoke salvia while high on freebase cocaine, large hits, and it didnt seem to do anything, though the same person tried it again another time, not under the influence of cocaine and had intense effects.....this means atleast that while on cocaine you cant seem to get high on salvia.....atleast not like you should

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Post by zakmalados » Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:53 pm

You can't deal with anything if you won't look it in the face... Our lawmakers (the world over) have, for whatever reason, chosen a policy of denial when it comes to cocaine. I have very little doubt that it is so because there are vested interests that profit from the plague of cocaine. From prison officials to drug lords (and everyone in between), they just don't want to make it better... it's good now.

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Post by hekura » Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:20 pm

Some sort of lobbying or protest or outcry should be made.

Freebase cocaine is like AIDS. A cure needs to be found.

Or else, every town and country in the world will be turned into a sort of hell by those infected.

Freebase (crack) cocaine is one of the worst plagues that has come upon our present society. I do not condemn those affected. I am sympathetic towards them.

But a 12 step program will not cure them. It is the self-righteousness of those unaffected that is a sin.

Since there is no way to know if a person is genetically predisposed to cocaine addiction, I sincerely plead with people that they decide to never smoke cocaine. 1 in 5 that smoke it once are addicted for life. You may as well put a gun to your head and play Russian Roulette. Your chances are better.

Freebase cocaine is almost 90% pure. Powder cocaine is 20-30% pure...and it is extremely addictive.

Here is a scale of addictive substances starting with the most powerful and difficult to overcome:

Number 1- Cigarettes (are you surprised?)
Number 2-Freebase cocaine
-These are the apex of difficulty to quit. They should be completely avoided. The rest are addictive, but much more possible to quit.
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Number 3-Amphetamines
Number 4- Benzodiazepines (Xanax,Valium, Etc.)
Number 5- Narcotics (Heroin, Morphine, Hydrocone, Etc.)
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The above drugs should be avoided for recreational use. If needed for medical use- they are effective.
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The remaining drugs are not really addictive in the same sense. They are psychologically addictive and some may feel some sort of physical withdrawal symptoms (alcohol being the top of the list in this section).

I am speaking only of drugs that are abused or used to get high only. I realize that there are addictions to other drugs that are taken for various ailments.
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These next drugs are relatively safe from addictions. But, because of bad education and misinformation, they are often gateway drugs. Ie: people use one of these drugs and discover that they are safe and, because they are misinformed, decide to experiment with other, more dangerous drugs:

LSD, MDMA, Marijuana (I think it is unnecessary to mention entheogens because I do not consider them to be drugs but instead spiritual plant teachers).

I am not anti-drug use at all. I would have to be non-human to take that stance. At some point in all of our lives we will all have to seriously consider using some sort of drug for medicinal purposes. Anyone with medical problems should try to research the drugs they will be prescribed to see just what sort of reactions or health problems they may eventually require from using them.

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