"War on Drugs

Scotland Should Have Power To Decriminalise Drugs, Says SNP

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Politics

Drug laws should be devolved to Scotland so the government in Holyrood can make moves towards decriminalisation, SNP party delegates have said. Membe...

Why We Should Experiment With Drug Policy

Tom Knight | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK
Tom Knight

Last week, on a visit to an east London addiction charity, Prince William asked a group of recovering addicts whether drugs should be legalised. He re...

Forfeit Of The Will

Sturla Haugsgjerd | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Sturla Haugsgjerd

Whether we are free to vote for Brexit or Trump or refrain from doing so - or free not to take that first dose of a drug, for that matter, is a mystery.

International Overdose Awareness Day Reminds Us That Silence Still Equals Death

Rick Lines | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK
Rick Lines

(Photo by Nigel Brunsdon) 'They talk. We die.' This was the stark message written across dozens of protest signs held aloft by drug users and their ...

Five Reasons Donald Trump Is A Health Hazard

Martin Drewry | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Martin Drewry

When Donald Trump tries to sneak in to the UK, be careful! This is a president that should come with a health warning. Here's five ways Trump is bad for public health around the world.

Addiction - One Of The Many Causes Of Homelessness

Stephen Fear | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Stephen Fear

The causes of homelessness are many and, despite common belief, not all are associated with the negative causes of excessive use of alcohol and non-prescription drugs. Undoubtably, many people do fall into homelessness because an addiction occurs. The root cause of this addiction isn't usually drugs or alcohol in themselves but more the circumstances that drive a person to need a prop.

Choose Life

Sturla Haugsgjerd | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Sturla Haugsgjerd

But why would you choose something like this? Choosing not to choose life. Why not choose something else. What could be the reason? There is no good reason. Who needs reasons when you have heroin?

In The UK's Opioid-Related Deaths Crisis, The Home Office Has Blood On Its Hands

Avinash Tharoor | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Politics
Avinash Tharoor

The Home Office has demonstrated yet again that, when it comes to drug policy, it is more concerned with political posturing than public health.

Why The Whole UK Needs Drug Fix Rooms

Neil Woods | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Woods

As a police officer I used to work undercover among problematic drug users. I witnessed the chaotic lives where gangsters manipulated vulnerable people, sexually exploiting them, or steering them to commit crimes for their fix.

Why Hasn't The UK Changed Its Approach To Drugs?

Jess Devonport | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
Jess Devonport

Despite this weight of evidence and 2,000 deaths per year, we continue to criminalise drugs rather than treating it as a public health issue. So why does the UK insist on digging its heels in and sticking to the same flawed approach? Moralising and point-scoring is preventing decision-makers from looking objectively at the evidence, which points towards a harm-reduction approach.

Jay Z Calls War On Drugs 'An Epic Fail' In Powerful Video

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK

Rapper Jay Z has narrated a video that calls the war on drugs an “epic fail” that disprortionately targets black people. “Rates of drug use are ...

After Fabric: A Moment of Clarity

Sam White | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK
Sam White

It is the moralizers who are immoral, as they seek to inhibit and intrude. They treat us like infants, just as they themselves behave like peculiar children. Failed drug laws are responsible for death and misery around the world.

Is the Philippines Really Ready To Break From Colonialism?

Sai Villafuerte | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Sai Villafuerte

Politics is often likened to child-play and it's an accurate allegory, to say the least. Stanley Kubrick's Cold War classic, Dr. Strangelove, gives an...

Rodrigo Duterte: The Double-Edged Sword

Sai Villafuerte | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK
Sai Villafuerte

There is much to say about this Nixon-style war on drugs. But what about Dutertenomics? Indeed, much of the discourse has been overshadowed by the slew of state-sponsored killings. By focusing too hard on the reactions coming from the drug war, it can be difficult to realise the counter-narratives surrounding other policy areas.

Indonesia's War on Drugs: On Capital Punishment and How it Harms Public Health and Human Rights

Citta Widagdo | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK
Citta Widagdo

If President Jokowi is to fix the drugs problem, he should employ human rights-based legal responses and evidence-based public health policy and measures, consistent with the spirit of health and human rights norms to protect the wellbeing of its citizens.

Depressed? You Need A Fungi To Be With.

Nick Abbot | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK
Nick Abbot

Imagine traipsing though a bosky glade, an opening in the trees on some light-dappled hill. The scent of myrtle in the air, the leaves on the trees a ...

A Blanket Ban Suggests There Is a Simple Answer to Legal Highs - The Truth Is Much Hazier

Paul Noblet | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK
Paul Noblet

A blanket ban in itself is perhaps not a bad thing. But placing the burden wholly on the police to eradicate NPS use is unlikely to yield results. The government must do better and it could start by increasing the paltry £180,000 it currently spends on educating young people about drugs. .. Education and medical support can be no more expensive than condemning vulnerable young users to long sentences in prison. And this is not the binary problem the government's catch-all law suggests. A ban may keep costs off the statute book, but it won't conceal the reasons some of the most vulnerable young people are turning to often dangerous, now illegal highs.

Why Pointing a Finger at Countries With the Death Penalty for Drugs Is Not Enough

Rick Lines | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK
Rick Lines

We are commonly told by political leaders that punitive drug laws are needed to 'send a message'. Perhaps, then, the most powerful way that non-death penalty States can truly challenge capital punishment for drugs is to reject the supremacy of punitive suppression within their own domestic drug laws...

Beyond Bureaucracy: The Aftermath of UNGASS

Amanda Feilding | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK
Amanda Feilding

The UNGASS was a disappointment to both progressives and hardliners alike. Whilst we may decry the small progress in the outcome document, we can find solace in the fact that an increasing number of countries seem intent on acting unilaterally outside the UN Drug Conventions. Principled non-compliance may start to become the norm.

Money Is Flooding Into Cannabis but Ignorance Still Prevails

George McBride | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
George McBride

The cannabis debate is in a strange place at the moment: the evidence available is better than ever, debate is more mainstream, money (still not much) is available for people to study drug policy, and yet the international debate is stifled and the old school of the policy world is still promulgating evidence based on fear, not reason.

The Drugs Consensus Is Not Pretty - It's Been Ripped Apart at the Seams

Ann Fordham | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ann Fordham

This UNGASS demonstrates the impact civil society pressure can achieve. The drug policy reform movement will continue to grow into a formidable global social movement towards 2019. The collective demand for change will grow ever louder leading to sustainable and seismic break-throughs at national, regional and ultimately UN levels.

The Dangers of Legalising Marijuana

Thomas Smith | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Smith

The answer to both questions is 'no', and the onus is now on the government to carefully review the implications of marijuana before deciding on its legalization- for it could well prove a decision damaging and myopic.

Out of UNGASS: Launching the 2016 Public Letter of the Beckley Foundation

Amanda Feilding | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK
Amanda Feilding

We the undersigned call on Governments and Parliaments to recognise that: Fifty-five years after the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was launched, it is clearly evident that the global war on drugs has had many unintended and devastating consequences worldwide, and has failed to eliminate drug production or drug use.

Drug Treatment Disinvestment Undermines UK Attempts to Show International Leadership

Paul Hayes | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Hayes

The UK Government's message to the UN is right - robust investment and light-touch enforcement is the path forward - but those words will ring hollow if we fail to heed them at home.

How Long Can Civil Society Be Ignored?

George McBride | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK
George McBride

The UN is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the drug policy debate as wealthy countries act unilaterally to bring about changes in their own countries, undermining the UN Drug Conventions but leaving them in place, unchanged.