Drug Legalization

Reporter Casually Sparks Up Joint During Interview With Uruguay President

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

Cannabis is now legal in Uruguay, so when a reporter was interviewing the country's president he saw it as a perfect opportunity to spark up a casual ...

Seems The War On Drugs Is Hitting Bottom - Let's Also Lose the Baggage That Goes With It

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Still, wisdom is evolving. In the news: "Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for an end to the war on drugs."

Should 'Legal High' NBOMe Be Banned Permanently?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

A former "legal high" should be banned permanently as a class A substance, the Government's official drug advisers have said, meaning dealers could fa...

Asa Bennett

How Britain Got Hooked On Legal Highs

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK

The legal highs industry has been steadily growing in Britain, with the number of shops estimated to be over 250, while the country is seen as an 'int...

Drug Legalization Revisited - Time to Get Serious About What That Means

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Many who oppose the legalization of harder drugs (e.g., heroin, cocaine) paint some pretty farfetched images. Take a ten year old walking over to a candy dispenser, and then walking away with some crack. Or, less farfetched: people buying what they please over the counter at convenience stores.

'Drug Related Violence' - A Misnomer We Can Do Without

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

All over the media, we hear talk of drug related violence. On the streets of Western democracies, in the jungles of Latin America, and elsewhere, people do seem to fight over drugs and the money they can generate.

Drug Policy Reform Is Breaking Through at the International Level

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK
Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

More governments are breaking from the pack and express concern that the system is not succeeding. Forward-looking governments are standing up and demanding that we count the costs of current policies.

It Is Unfortunate That Oxycodone Can No Longer Be Injected

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

For a while, Oxycodone offered an option for opiate users - essentially, it was akin to medically prescribed heroin. Someone could get an oxy script and, rather than use it "properly", crush up a pill and do a smash.

Keeping Drugs Illegal Does Not Protect Children

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Illegal drugs are easier for young people to get than legal ones. True today, this was also true when I was a teen. Even at the age of 13, any illegal drug you wanted was just one 14 year old away. Alcohol purchases, on the other hand, required some work.

Addiction Beat - We Need Truth, Not Points of View and Personal Anecdotes

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Many seem to like my recently published book on addiction. Here's what I often get: "Dr. Ferentzy offers an interesting and challenging perspective ..." In such cases I will thank someone for their kind words, but then quickly counter: everything I wrote in that book is true; perspective is irrelevant.

Even Abstinence Based Recovery Would be Healthier if Drugs Were Legal

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Legalise the drugs, and even the abstainers will have a chance at a much healthier, less resentful, and happier time in their recovery.

Puzzled by the Governing Approach to Addiction? It's All About "Hitting Bottom"

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

When we finally get past this whole thing - war on drugs, hitting bottom, abstinence only - future generations will perceive it all much as we, today, perceive monstrosities like the persecution of witches and the Inquisition.

Are You Drug Dependent? Don't sweat it

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 30.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Often, dependence of any kind is presumed - without reflection - to be a problem that must be solved. For the record, every human being depends on air, food and water - are we all sick, or defective, for this reason?