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Bluelight is hiring!

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Bluelight is seeking volunteers for a couple of positions. We need a research assistant and graphics designers. You can find full details here:

Research Assistant

Graphics Designers

Follow instructions in the posts to apply for either position. Any member can apply, this is not restricted to current staff. We're excited to expand the Bluelight family with these new additions.

BLUELIGHT.ORG: Reducing Harm by Educating the Individual

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BLUELIGHT.ORG: Reducing Harm by Educating the Individual

Bluelight is an international, online harm-reduction community, committed to reducing the harm associated with drug use.

Bluelight neither condones nor condemns the use of drugs. Rather, we accept that drug use will always exist irrespective of legal status or societal norms. While there is no truly safe way to use drugs, we understand that prohibition and abstinence are not realistic or desirable solutions for everyone, nor have they been adequate in addressing the serious public health concerns associated with drug use.

While there is no universal definition of drug-related harm reduction, Bluelight believes that through frank and open discussion we are able to deliver accurate information, eliminate misinformation and empower individuals to make wiser, more responsible choices.

Bluelight understands that drug use encompasses a broad range of behaviors, some safer than others, and that drug use can progress...

Our research collaborations

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Have you ever wondered how Bluelight stays online?

Bluelight co-owners have ensured the survival of the website after our benefactor passed away. There were a few options for us to establish our own revenue streams:

1. Constantly run donation drives (annoying to members, diverts from our focus, extremely time consuming for senior staff, and probably wouldn't be sufficient to pay our bills)

2. Sell advertising to the highest bidder (even more annoying to our members, clutters the site, diverts from our focus)

3. Paid memberships: defeats the purpose of providing harm reduction to the masses and would likely fail, anyway

4. Collaborate with researchers: (May have some hypothetical/theoretical drawbacks, but has many practical benefits, not the least of which includes going Bluelight an opportunity to directly contribute to the growing body of scientific research)

For many reasons we believe the last option provides Bluelight with the most benefit and least...

MAPS Receives $2 Million Grant from Colorado for Study of Medical Marijuana for PTSD

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DENVER, COLO.—On Wednesday, December 17, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded a $2 million grant to the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for their planned study of marijuana for symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 76 U.S. veterans.

Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council recommended that MAPS receive the grant on November 24. Yesterday’s decision followed the Council’s recommendation, giving MAPS the largest of eight grants awarded by CDPHE at Wednesday’s meeting. All of the other grantees are major research universities.

Cops Like Me Say Legalize All Drugs. Here’s Why.

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Who exactly is prohibition supposed to be helping? After many years of enforcing drug laws as a police officer, my experience with an addicted family member changed my attitude for good.

I was a police officer for 20 years, enforcing drug laws in California and thinking I was doing my part for society. But what made me think properly about drug use for the first time was my experience with my older brother, Billy. I had watched him struggle with a lifelong problem with drugs. But I still did not understand what it meant to be Billy until my husband convinced me to open up my heart and our home to save him in 2002.

It was in this intimacy of watching Billy try, during the year he lived with us, to live up to the expectations of society and those he loved that I realized that our society’s portrayal of people with chronic drug problems was both damaging and morally flawed.

Major bug called ‘Heartbleed’ exposes Internet data

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April 9 at 12:30 am
By Lindsey Bever / The Washington Post - Morning Mix

Please note: bluelight was not affected by this security breach, as we run on a dedicated server with ssl disabled. Thus there is no need to change your password here, however, our intention in posting is to alert you that other sites you frequent might have been endangered.
A newly discovered security bug nicknamed Heartbleed has exposed millions of usernames, passwords and reportedly credit card numbers — a major problem that hackers could have exploited during the more than two years it went undetected.

That’s why some experts were calling Heartbleed the worst bug yet, something that should worry everyone who frequents the Internet or does business on it.

FDA approves new hand-held auto-injector to reverse opioid overdose

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April 3, 2014
By Sandy Walsh / FDA NEWS RELEASE

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a prescription treatment that can be used by family members or caregivers to treat a person known or suspected to have had an opioid overdose. Evzio (naloxone hydrochloride injection) rapidly delivers a single dose of the drug naloxone via a hand-held auto-injector that can be carried in a pocket or stored in a medicine cabinet.
It is intended for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, characterized by decreased breathing or heart rates, or loss of consciousness.

Drug overdose deaths, driven largely by prescription drug overdose deaths, are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States – surpassing motor vehicle crashes. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the number of drug overdose deaths had steadily increased for more than a decade.

Naloxone is a medication that rapidly reverses the effects of opioid overdose and is the standard treatment for overdose. However, existing naloxone drugs require administration via syringe and are most commonly used by trained medical personnel in emergency departments and ambulances.

“Overdose and death resulting from misuse and abuse of both prescription and illicit opioids has become a major public health concern in the United States,” said Bob Rappaport, M.D., director of the Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Evzio is the first combination drug-device product designed to deliver a dose of naloxone for administration outside of a health care setting. Making this product available could save lives by facilitating earlier use of the drug in emergency situations.”

Ex-officer: War on drugs 'far worse' than a failure

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February 6, 2014 11:35 PM
By Robert Zullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The war on drugs, Jack Cole said, has been "far worse" than a failure.

Speaking to about 75 students Thursday afternoon at Slippery Rock University, Mr. Cole, a retired New Jersey State Police narcotics detective and a co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, called it "a self-perpetuating and constantly expanding policy disaster."

Mr. Cole, who will be speaking in Pittsburgh at noon today at the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh's Northside, 701 N. Point Drive, said 43 years of drug prohibition, millions of arrests and an estimated $1 trillion spent on law enforcement and incarceration have failed to put a dent in drug supplies or their purity, price and rate of use or the explosion in associated crime.

"Once we start treating drug abuse as a health problem instead of a crime problem, we won't have to arrest and sacrifice on the altar of the drug war 1.7 million people a year who we arrest for nonviolent drug offenses, which is what we do today," said Mr. Cole, whose international nonprofit, composed partly of former police officers, prosecutors and judges, supports drug legalization.

He added that the nation's drug policy has also helped to make the United States the world's leader in per capita incarceration, a phenomenon disproportionately affecting blacks.

"The war on drugs has also been the most devastating single destructive social policy since slavery," Mr. Cole said.

bluelight featured in vice.com article on web resources for drug users

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Vice magazine recently interviewed bluelight owner, Sebastians_Ghost for as piece on how internet communities are increasingly serving as sources of information for a wide spectrum of drug users: In a World of Opiate Addicts, the Internet Plays Doctor and Therapist

Bluelight's future: Exciting developments and a call to action

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Dear Bluelight Family:

We write to you with something we find uncomfortable to address, but requires your attention nevertheless - yours, mine, everyone's.

In short, Bluelight needs your help. Today.

As Bluelight has grown, so has the need for better servers and bandwidth, improved software, and a proper domain name. In fact, every penny that comes into Bluelight goes right back out in the form of site maintenance (server fees, software and server upgrades).

We've assessed Bluelight's needs and are ready to upgrade our servers with advanced hardware and software capable of supporting us well into the future. However, these upgrades are not cheap and will increase our monthly operating costs. As it stands, Bluelight costs approximately $8000 a year to run before we factor in the upgrades. As mentioned, we run as lean as possible -- no salaries, no personal equipment, no administrative costs whatsoever. We do this so as not to burden the community and to keep Bluelight...
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