Trump Pledges to Fight Opioid Crisis by Force

During a briefing on the opioid crisis in the United States on Tuesday 8 August, President Donald Trump declared that “strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society”. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioid-related death have risen by 180% between 2002 and 2015, raising from more than 12,000 to … 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

The Alternative Drug Strategy

“Addicts should be treated and supported into recovery, removing them as consumers. Their entrapment in criminal justice is a waste of police time, a waste of public spend, does not help them to recover, provides a continued market to dealers and dissuades addicts from revealing themselves for treatment for fear of the criminal consequences… If … Continued

Volteface Report Cited In Parliamentary Debate On Drugs

Yesterday, the House of Commons debated national drug policy, following the government’s announcement of their “new” drug strategy last week. It received biting criticism from both sides of the house, with strong arguments made against prohibition from a number of MPs, including Conservative MP and former criminal justice minister Crispin Blunt. In his energising speech … Continued

The Spice Response

Friday 14th July was a big day for UK’s drug policy strategists. Many of our best and brightest, including treatment service providers, mental health practitioners, police and probation officers, gathered at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) for a conference called “Responding to ‘Spice’: Developing an Integrated Response.” The cross-sector discussion was led by Dr Rob Ralphs, … Continued