War on Drugs

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.

Legalising Marijuana: A No-Brainer Decision?

Lewis Parker | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Parker

I don't smoke marijuana, however I completely support the case for legalisation. An increasing amount of people are turning to the drug to help with ongoing medical issues such as cancer and arthritis. Marijuana has been proven to help relieve pain and improve quality of life over more conventional legal drugs such as Morphine.

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Kay Smythe | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Kay Smythe

Your campaign is beautiful and I am a firm supporter but the truth is that even if our tiny little island nation legalises every narcotic, psychedelic and hippy plant there will still be hundreds of thousands of kidnappings, mass murders and mutilated, decaying bodies left in the streets across Central, South and North America.

A Bridge To San Patrignano

Danny McCubbin | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

San Patrignano is the most successful drug rehabilitation community in the world with an impressive 72% success rate. Situated near Rimini in Italy, there are over 1,300 residents currently residing there from 28 countries around the world.

Fatal Attraction: Brownfield's Flexibility Doctrine and Global Drug Policy Reform

Damon Barrett | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

For governments, in an effort to avoid political controversy, the four pillars may seem attractive. For those who support drug policy reform they may seem progressive. But this is no win for drug policy reform or progress towards policies grounded in evidence and human rights.

As the UK Prepares to Talk About Drug Policy, It Must Look at the Action Taking Place Globally

Kojo Koram | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Kojo Koram

The speed of change in terms of global drug policy over the past few years has been nothing short of remarkable. As is their way, Britain's political class has largely responded by shutting their eyes, putting their fingers in their ears and insisting on business as usual.

Charlotte Meredith

The Coalition Is Completely Confused About Its Stance On Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Politics

Drug prevention charities have responded with exasperation after the Tories immediately slapped down calls from the drugs minister for the legalisatio...

Charlotte Meredith

Clegg In Bold Call For Radical Overhaul Of 'Utterly Senseless' Drug Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has claimed "we are never going to win the war on drugs" in a powerful call for reform of the UK's "utterly senseless" drug laws. Drug p...