War on Drugs

Why Was Nigella Lawson Refused Entry To The US?

Megan Hughes | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

Ultimately, the decision to refuse Nigella Lawson entry to the US reflects the uglier side of its immigration legislation. It was apparently arbitrary; Lawson's behaviour suggests that she had no prior indication of the Border Agency's decision...

Why Nick Clegg Is Right on Drug Policy

John Collins | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Collins

Nick Clegg's timely recent intervention on the failures of the global war on drugs, and advocacy of an alternative strategy, is an important call to arms that other political leaders should heed.

War in Reverse: Drugs, Consensus and Killing

Damon Barrett | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Damon Barrett

Today the fighting is as intense as it has ever been but it is right at this moment that the war on drugs may be coming to an end. What we are seeing now at the UN in Vienna, over half a century since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was adopted, is the breakdown of the all-important consensus.

More Than 40 People Arrested In Parliament Since May 2010

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics

The extent of crime police have had to tackle in Parliament can be revealed thanks to a Freedom of Information request by the Huffington Post UK. T...

Legalisation Of Cannabis Set To Generate Huge Tax Revenue Boost For Colorado

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK

Cannabis is set to be a billion-dollar legal industry in the state of Colorado by next year after officials suggested far greater volumes of the drug ...

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."

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heroin

Tim Fenton | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Tim Fenton

So another life is lost, to be blamed on the use of heroin. Thus the so-called "war on drugs" will be perpetuated. The lessons of prohibition - that it is the criminality, not the drug, that does the real damage - will remain unlearnt.

San Patrignano UK - Now a Charity

Danny McCubbin | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Danny McCubbin

This week we are off to San Patrignano with a special team of volunteers who are going to work with me and be responsible for the admissions process here in the UK. This will mean that we will be able to support more people who are dependent on drugs and looking to enter the community in Italy.

Cocaine Found In Banana Crates At Aldi Stores

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Supermarkets in Berlin had an unusual special offer this week. Aldi workers were left rather surprised when they found huge shipments of cocaine hi...

Blog Del Narco (Part I)

Kay Smythe | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kay Smythe

When I asked for Blog Del Narco for Christmas this year, I highly doubt my parents were expecting quite the shock they got Christmas morning. One cannot simply flick through the accounts written by the Mexican journalist and computer scientist who dared to report what others were getting 'disemboweled and hung off a bridge' for.

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...

UK Should Follow New Zealand In Dealing With Legal Highs 'Epidemic'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Government and police are failing to get to grips with an "epidemic" of so-called legal highs and an overhaul of legislation is needed, a cross-pa...

Charlotte Meredith

Should The UK Follow Uruguay's Lead And Legalise Cannabis?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK

Recent reform victories are reshaping the landscape of the oldest debate in drug policy. As Uruguay passed historic legislation this week – becom...

Royal Navy Veteran Dies From Drink Used By Drug Smugglers

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A Royal Navy veteran has died after drinking a pear drink which police believe drug smugglers may have used to bring cocaine into the country from the...

Time to Face Up to One of the Key Human Rights Challenges of Our Time

Damon Barrett | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

At the 2016 summit human rights must be central to any evaluation of the drug control system. As usual many states will resist and will claim that human rights are not relevant to drug control. This is false. They will claim that this 'politicises' a technical issue. It's already political (and not very technical because of that).

The Rich Use Cocaine for Different Reasons Compared to the Poor

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

What has not been investigated until now, was how wealth impacted on personality in taking drugs. Being surrounded by poverty and the availability of drugs also appears to be strongly predictive of taking up heroin and cocaine habits.

Dealing With Toronto's Mayor Two - Enabling, Denial, Disease and Blah, Blah, Blah...

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Just as most murderers are not absolved by reason of insanity, most people who misbehave in public when tipsy (e.g., urinating for the crowd) are not necessarily diseased - some people are just rude and crude, without any medical qualification.

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...

In Out, In Out, Smoking All About

Nick Abbot | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Abbot

The problem of drugs in society will not be solved by allowing drugs in prison, but it might make the time go more quickly for the inmates and it might make the job easier for the guards. And if it is true that drugs are as easily available inside as a latte is on the outside, then that rather makes the "War On Drugs" even more unlikely ever to be won...

Norman Baker, Drugs Minister, Says Legalising Cannabis Should Be ''Considered'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

Legal cannabis should be "considered", according to the recently appointed Crime Prevention Minister. Norman Baker, who is became responsible for drug...

Legal Highs, Jesus and I

Katie Winrow | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK
Katie Winrow

Now you might wonder why a seemingly sane and rational person suddenly began to believe that they were the saviour of all mankind. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the story began on a park bench with a packet of legal highs.

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...

Jessica Elgot

The Ridiculing Of Paul Flowers And Rob Ford Is Damaging For Addicts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK

"Toronto's crackhead mayor" headlined a Rob Ford story this week in the New York Post and this morning "Sorted For He's And Whizz" was the Sun's front...

'Sadly An Experimentation Gone Wrong'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A coroner has warned of the dangers of so-called "legal highs" after a teenager died from taking a substance which was marked "not for human consumpti...

Pablo Escobar's Death Anniversary In 20 Remarkable Pictures (WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT)

Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

December 2 marks the 20th anniversary since the infamous King of Cocaine, Pablo Escobar, was gunned down by police in Colombia. Here's 20 remarkable p...