Nitrous oxide gets the last laugh

The Novel Psychoactive Substances Act has taken its first major blow as a court ruled that nitrous oxide could be defined as a medicine, and is therefore legal. For many users of the drug hearing such news many might induce nitrous oxide type effects, a short bout of laughter, rush of euphoria and amusement before … Continued

Heroin and Crack – What’s on the Tin?

Cannabis has been getting a lot of air time across both radio and TV in the past few months. Various documentaries, panel debates and news stories have covered the issue and examined legalisation of the drug. While this great for the reform movement, and I certainly welcome fresh perspectives on the issue, sometimes all it … Continued

Scotland’s Drug Death Crisis Needs a Radical Harm Reduction Response – Now

This article was originally published on The Conversation. The newly published figures of annual drug-related deaths (DRD) in Scotland are appalling. The National Records of Scotland figure of 867 represents the highest annual total recorded – a 23% increase on the previous year, and a 100% increase since 421 Scottish DRDs were reported in 2006. The recent annual figures for … Continued

Is Doping So Bad?

At the weekend, Justin Gatlin sprinted to victory in the 100m at the World Athletics Championships, beating fellow American Christian Coleman and the famous Usain Bolt into 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Gatlin received a distinctly frosty response from the crowd however, who booed him as he celebrated his win. This is because Gatlin has a reputation … 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