War on Drugs

The Psychoactive Substances Bill Only Creates More Criminal Offences, Confusion, Harm and Deaths

Lord Brian Paddick | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Brian Paddick

This Bill will push users into the hands of criminal street dealers in hard drugs and overseas-based internet suppliers who could not care less about what's in the drugs they supply or what effect they have on their clients. The internationally respected expert Professor David Nutt believes this Bill will "increase harm and deaths". Surely that is the last thing anybody wants and yet that is what the Conservative government and the Labour 'opposition' have signed.

Drugs and Women in Prison

Helen Crewe | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

Problem-solving courts The current Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove has announced that a team has been set up to investigate how to establish problem-so...

What We Did Right in Drug Policy During 2015

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Politics
Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

Real drug policy changes are possible. As we've seen this year, they often happen at the national level, and UNGASS will be an important moment to think about our collective approach to drugs and drug use, to challenge the prohibitionist regimes that undermine human rights, social justice, and public health. Reform-minded nations like the ones highlighted above can be leaders in that process.

It's Time to Loosen Up About Poppers

Benali Hamdache | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics
Benali Hamdache

The ban on poppers is happening because no one has been talking about. It's time to shine a light. I'll admit I've had poppers and yes I did inhale. It did me no harm and countless others the same. It's time for a grown up drugs policy.

Richard Branson Leaks UN Report Calling For All Drugs To Be Decriminalised

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK

The UN is expected to call on governments across the world to change tack in the 'war on drugs' by decriminalising all illegal substances. In a su...

Can the Truth About the War on Drugs Be Revealed in the Eyes of a Loving Pet?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

It was the early 1990s, and I was a young PhD candidate. At the time I didn't know too much about crack, though I did know that the place next door wa...

Parallel Universes Collide: Drug Control and Human Rights at the UN

Ann Fordham | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Ann Fordham

Next April's important UNGASS is an opportune moment to align these parallel universes and ensure that global drug policy genuinely has the promotion and protection of human rights at its centre. The devastating human rights violations committed in the name of drug control must end. We will be judged by history.

A Third of Us Will Have Tried Drugs in Two Years Time

Martin Preston | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Martin Preston

The nature of addiction means it's never possible to know if you'll become addicted before trying a substance. Nor is it simple to pinpoint the moment that a habit becomes an addiction. Taking the idea of 'illegal' drugs out of the equation might help you think more about what you're predisposed to - most people underestimate the dangers of alcohol as a drug, too.

An Ethical and Effective Global Drugs Policy Is at Last on the Horizon

Molly Meacher | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Meacher

The United Nations will have a Special Session on global drug policy next April and will begin discussions next month in New York. Our Guidance on Interpreting the Drug Conventions, published today, sets out an entirely new vision for global drug policy. The first step is to abandon the hopeless objective of creating a drug free world.

Punishment Will Never Solve Addiction

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

Yes, we must help people to help themselves. But we must also recognise that punishing people for their addictions isn't the way forward. If we use this draconian approach, then we are setting them up to fail.

'Legalising Drugs Could Have Saved My Partner'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK

Families of drugs abuse victims are calling on David Cameron to radically review drugs laws, saying current policies are harming and even killing peop...

Mexico's Most Powerful Drug Lord In Second Maximum Security Prison Escape

AP | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK

Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped from a maximum security prison through a 1.5km tunnel that opened into the shower...

Banning Legal Highs Is Like Banning Catholicism Says Drug Expert

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics

A former Government drugs expert has branded Tory plans to ban so-called legal highs “the worst piece of legislation in living memory”. Profess...

Prohibit Globally, Execute Locally: International Drug Laws Made Manifest in Local Executions

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

In the first months of 2015 Indonesia executed 14 people for non-violent, drug related offences. It's a mistake to view Indonesia's executions as the isolated actions of a president eager to solidify his position. These are part of a half-a-century-old international drug regime determined to crush anyone and everyone associated in any way with illicit drugs.

Urgent Follow-up Needed as Colombia Suspends Aerial Eradication

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK
Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

President Juan Manuel Santos's decision to suspend Colombia's aerial spraying program is a welcome move that further strengthens his position as an international leader of drug policy reform.

Drugs Are a Development Issue - It's Time for a New Approach

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As governments, policy makers, academics and civil society gather together, it is time to call for a new approach that puts public health, human rights and development at the heart of global drugs policy.

Collateral Damage: How the War on Drugs Has Ruined Lives, Health and Livelihoods in the Global South

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

There are millions of people living in the Global South whose lives have been altered or ended by the war on drugs. Lives of people who never opted-in to the war, some never even knew such a war existed, but nevertheless they have been caught in the crossfire.

British Police in Ibiza - Will It Make Any Difference?

Louisa Newton | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
Louisa Newton

Recently it was announced that 'up to a dozen' British police officers will patrol the streets of Ibiza during the tourist season this summer, with the aim of solving the island's ever growing drug problem.

UN Debates on Drugs: "There Must Be No New Thinking and No New Ideas"

Ann Fordham | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Ann Fordham

A growing number of governments believe that current drug control leads to disastrous consequences for human rights, public health, citizen security and sustainable livelihoods, and that it has to be modernised.

Nick Clegg and Drugs Reform - A Misguided Malady

Harry Saville | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

If Nick Clegg really does believe drugs aren't a big deal, why doesn't he start making the case for real legalisation in a regulatory framework, protecting the consumer's health, protecting their liberty and undermining the criminal organisations that profit from the trade of illicit drugs?

Psychedelic Science Should Not Be Feared, It Should Be Encouraged

Amanda Feilding | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Amanda Feilding

The Home Office has repeatedly stated the substances' scheduling does not impede the development of this type of research; and yet, time and time again the current system has led us to financial and logistic hurdles.

The Unquestionable Benefits of Cannabis Legalisation

Richard Neil | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Richard Neil

As with other controlled substances like alcohol and tobacco, cannabis could also be taxed. With the NHS currently struggling, wouldn't this be an obvious solution and hopefully avoid the greedy grasp of privatisation?

The Curse of Apathy: Why Don't We Believe in Ourselves?

Kay Smythe | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kay Smythe

Apathy is a strange curse. I recently conversed with a friend over the diminishing motivation of my generation. It's not that we're lazy, nor are we disinterested in the workings of our planet, but there is a heightened degree of the 'It will never happen' attitude.

Could This FINALLY Be The Start Of A Sensible UK Drugs Policy?

Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK

Sir Richard Branson and Nick Clegg are calling for a major overhaul in the way government classifies and criminalises drug users. The Virgin owner...

Indonesia's Executions: Drugs Diplomacy in a Diplomatic Crisis?

Damon Barrett | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

The ambassador of Indonesia will make his allotted intervention at the beginning of the Commission meeting with the usual self-congratulatory script that most governments will follow. So it always proceeds. But it will be all the more difficult to stomach this year. It takes just one representative to stand up and walk out to make a diplomatic statement far greater than any consensus resolution.