Mourn Phillip Seymour Hoffman: Rethink Drugs

Olivia Denyer | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Denyer

For many, the death of thirty-one year old Cory Monteith is still fresh in the mind. Deaths of these kinds can only be described as a tragic waste. But, rather than concentrating on the loss of life and love, the publicity of these sad events could - and should - be used in a far more meaningful way.

A Note About Philip Seymour Hoffman: Addiction Is Not Selfish

Corrigan Vaughan | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Corrigan Vaughan

Anyone who thinks dying from an overdose is selfish has a weird idea of what an addict wants out of life. There comes a point at which drinking, drug use, all that - they're not fun anymore. Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn't out partying. He was alone in his bathroom, compelled. Cory Monteith in his hotel room. Chris Kelly in his living room.

Will Self Talks To Jeremy Paxman On Newsnight About Drug Addiction Following Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK

On Monday's Newsnight , author Will Self talked to Jeremy Paxman about heroin addiction in the wake of fresh details about the death of actor Philip S...

10 Things Society Must Realise in Order to End the Drug War

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

As a society we need a serious paradigm shift regarding how much we allow the government to interfere with our free choices as citizens. The vast majority of people using illegal drugs in the UK are not addicts, but are perfectly functional members of society who enjoy drugs recreationally...

Vet Who Stitched Packets Of Heroin Into Live Puppies Is Arrested

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A vet who surgically implanted packets of liquid heroin in the bodies of live puppies has been arrested. The Colombian man – named by Spanish po...

Has The Recession Driven People To Take Legal Highs?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics

Britain's economic recession could have driven more people to legal highs to "help them through", drug experts have warned. Speaking to the Huffing...

Hannah's story - Getting Help for Drug Addiction

Danny McCubbin | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I started smoking cannabis and drinking socially when I was about 13. I fairly quickly progressed on to harder drugs and at about 15 I was using speed, ecstasy and cocaine.

Russian Doctor 'Ingested Heroin Found In Patient's Stomach'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Russian police say they have arrested a surgeon who stole and ingested heroin extracted from the stomach of a suspected drug mule....

Free Tin Foil For Drug Addicts

Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Politics

Drug addicts are to be offered free foil - typically used as a surface to heat substances such as heroin - to encourage them to take up treatment and ...

Father Admits Toddler's Heroin Overdose Death

PA | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK

A man has admitted killing his 23-month-old son who died of a heroin overdose. Daniel Jones was found collapsed at his home last May, and tests fou...

End The War On Drugs, Say Prison Governors

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK

Prison governors say it is time to end the 'way on drugs' because it is putting so many people behind bars. Government policy means criminals can c...

Brighton Considers 'Shooting Galleries' For Drug-Users

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK

Brighton could become the first place to set up rooms for people to inject drugs without fear of prosecution. A report said the safe houses, or "dr...

Russell Brand's Insight into Heroin

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Russell Brand, the notorious actor and comedian, recently published an article that gives the most penetrating insight into the struggles of a heroin ...

Russell Brand: I'm Still Tempted By Heroin

PA | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Comedian and former drug addict Russell Brand has admitted that he is still tempted to take heroin. The 37-year-old was speaking ahead of his show,...

RIP Sidney: 34 Years Since The Death Of Sex Pistols Bassist

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Entertainment

Saturday marks the 34th anniversary of the death of Sid Vicious. The 21-year-old Sex Pistols bassist was found dead in bed ahead of his trial for ...

Sid Vicious Fatally OD-ed in NY Nearly 34 Years Ago

Larry Jaffee | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Larry Jaffee

A friend recently mentioned that one of his now-grown daughters was named 'Sidney' after Sid Vicious. I immediately chimed in that I once was in an elevator with Sid while I was covering his murder trial on 21 November, 1978 for a long-gone fanzine called Imagine.

'Marijuana Recovery' - The Next Major Support Group for Recovering Alcoholics, Cocaine and Heroin Addicts?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

I have long been bothered by an inexcusable absence among the many recovery options available to people struggling with addictions: marijuana is not considered a viable substitute.

'Decriminalise Drugs, Including Heroin And Cocaine'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK

Cannabis and ecstasy should be sold in licensed shops, with the possession and use of all illegal drugs should be decriminalised, an inquiry by a grou...

Rising Death in the Streets of Athens: The Human Toll of the Greek Tragedy

Fragkiska Megaloudi | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK
Fragkiska Megaloudi

There is a sense of abandon, when walking in downtown Athens today. Open drug use within a view of the nation's parliament, an alarming surge in HIV infections and a total collapse of the health system and all safety nets are signs of a society that its priorities are out of balance.

Toddler 'Died From Heroin Overdose'

PA | Posted 13.12.2012 | UK

A man and a woman have been charged with manslaughter and causing or allowing the death of a child in connection with the drug death of a toddler earl...

Heroin Smuggler Jailed Over Haul Valued At More Than £2M

PA | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK

A drugs smuggler who was caught trying to bring £700,000 of heroin through a UK airport has been jailed for 16 years, Border Force has said. The a...

Addiction Beat: Learning From the Red Cross

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

For too long, people have been told that harm reduction - offering help of any kind - is in fact bad for the problem substance user. This one preachy bit of tripe is something our society can do without. Then, finally, more and more honest and practical decisions will be made.

How To Quit Smoking: Start With The Facts

Vincent Brogan | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Vincent Brogan

A 20 a day cigarette smoker takes about 200 individual puffs in total, each representing a single nicotine 'hit' for the brain's reward centre. Doing this day in day out for years has consequences. Addiction is one.

The Current Criminal Law Is Not Going to Tackle the Real Dangers of Drugs

Brian Paddick | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Politics
Brian Paddick

For the overwhelming majority who take illegal drugs, drugs laws lack credibility and the way they are enforced is inconsistent and confusing, making them an ineffective barrier. There is tension between politics and science, which draws the drugs classification system into disrepute. Politicians do not want to "send the wrong signal" about how harmful drugs are and so resist reclassification of drugs downwards whilst scientists want to be objective about relative harm, even if it means downgrading a drug. As the drug classification system is a fundamental part of UK drugs laws, this brings the law as a whole into disrepute.

Dealing With Addiction: What Does Stigma Entail?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

There are so many ways to address the issue of stigma, and those of us working in the addictions require a keen grasp of its many facets. Having exper...