[Event] In Conversation: Jenny Valentish & Rosalind Stone

Join us for an evening with Jenny Valentish – author of ‘Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment’ – and university harm-reduction advocate Rosalind Stone, at  Volteface HQ in London on Friday 24th November. Australia-based journalist and AOD consultant Jenny Valentish will be in conversation with drugsand.me co-director and journalist Rosalind Stone to explore their … Continued

‘Seven Days of Heroin’: Cincinnati Enquirer lifts the lid on city’s harrowing epidemic

Stephanie Gaffney and her eight-month-old Elliana, pictured above, are at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Centre. It’s a clinic for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, which happens when babies are born to mothers addicted to heroin. The children can suffer from sleeplessness, seizures, tremors and other withdrawal symptoms. Gaffney used heroin and opiates for a number … Continued

Honouring colleagues who have passed away

Dear Drug Policy Reform colleagues: As you may remember DPA produced a brief, well-received “in memoriam” presentation during 2015 REFORM conference, to honour colleagues who had passed away in the preceding two years. This emotional tribute honoured drug policy reformers from all walks of life – activists, harm reduction workers, board members, scholars, elected and … Continued

Time for a Change? Newsbeat Take on Cannabis

Is the UK actually fairly tolerant of cannabis use despite its classification as a Class B drug? This is the open-ended conclusion reached by BBC Newsbeat reporter Jim Connolly in his new documentary Cannabis: Time for a Change? With attitudes towards cannabis use around the world changing, Connolly considers the arguments for and against decriminalisation, … Continued

Green Planet

Instead of helping us become ‘one with the world,’; is drug taking actually contributing in some way to destroying our planet? Beyond its title being a rollicking triptych of double-e’s, Gary Potter’s thesis turned eco-cannabis handbook Weed, Need and Greed has presented something of a standout in the Volteface drug policy library since landing through … Continued

Outer Squalor, Inner Ecstasy

There’s a scene in The Look of Love – the 2013 biopic of adult entertainment mogul and one time richest man in Britain Paul Raymond – where the self styled ‘sex king of Soho’ (played by Steve Coogan) tries to impress his date with a little story: Soho, as Raymond tells us, was where our … Continued