AlphaBay Takedown

Before last week, the only time you may have heard of AlphaBay was when they were making headlines selling stolen Uber accounts in 2016. Make no mistake – AlphaBay was much more than an identity fraud website. It was also the biggest online drugs marketplace with an estimated 240,000 users, generating between $600,000 and $800,000 … Continued

The Value of Testing Services

Recently there have been comparisons of the relative value of publicly accessible ‘front of house’ drug safety testing with ‘back of house’ lab-based testing only accessible to services working with people who use drugs. We suggest here that rather than competing models, we should aim for a gold standard testing system that includes both, in … Continued

“Its only weed”

Based on a report by Ballymun Youth Action, entitled “It’s only weed”: Rethinking our response to young people’s cannabis use. There has been increasing research attention to various aspects of cannabis and cannabis use in recent years. Concerns have been raised about the longer term impact of regular or significant cannabis use on young people’s … Continued

Ignore the Public at your Peril

Drug related deaths are at their highest on record and the call to action has been predominantly targeted towards treatment professionals. Volteface met with Michaela Jones, Community Director of in2recovery, to find why mobilizing the community would be key to reducing this alarming rise in drug related deaths. Michaela Jones is a person in long term … Continued

Drug-Taking is Inevitable at Festivals, So We Must Focus On Keeping People Safe

Last year I shadowed The Loop as they offered their pioneering front-of-house drug testing programme in Manchester at one of The Warehouse Project’s club nights. As someone who is particularly passionate about harm reduction in my role at CGL (Change, Grow, Live), I was inspired by their commitment to helping people make informed decisions, creating a safer … Continued

Volteface and Metropolis Announce Manchester Spice Summit for July 14th

MetroPolis and Volteface are proud to announce details of our one day event which will bring together key experts and stakeholders in a bid to work out how best to tackle the city’s ‘spice’ crisis. Spice has become a huge public health issue in the UK – Volteface has committed itself to covering and analysing the alarming increase of adverse effects connected … Continued