Caught In The Act

May 26th, 2016: The Conservative Government’s long awaited and much-criticised Psychoactive Substances Act finally comes into force, at a stroke outlawing hundreds, if not thousands, of products that had previously been perfectly legal. Everything from Kratom to Black Mamba, by way of Salvia Divinorum, and Gogaine, has, over the previous weeks, been hurriedly gotten rid of. A … Continued

Cannabis Treatment and Child Exploitation

A new report by the Children’s Society on behalf of Public Health England highlights the relationship between sexual exploitation and drug use. Like their adult counterparts, young people in specialist drug treatment have a range of complex problems that extend beyond drug use. The latest treatment data from England reveal that 38% of young people (anyone … Continued

Breaking Down The Black Report

This is the time of year we’re meant to reflect on our supposed over-indulgence over Christmas and New Year, perhaps committing to a Dry January without alcohol, or a new diet or exercise regime. While some of the interest and publicity given to these campaigns might come from a public health perspective, it can often … Continued

A Psychedelic History

As we attempt to get our respective New Years resolutions in motion, Slate have shared a history of psychedelics, detailing their use as a therapeutic tool for squashing vices and healing depression. Author Don Lattin opens proceedings with an account of Arthur King, who had submitted himself to LSD-based treatment for the alcoholism that had threatened his livelihood as … Continued

Taking Back Control

The UK government has proven itself perfectly capable, over recent decades, at curbing underage access to alcohol. So, with discussion around legalising and regulating cannabis in the UK intensifying, concerned Middle Englanders may need reminding that regulation most certainly does not translate as ‘free-for-all’. Indeed, major world economies such as the USA and Germany are in … Continued