Addaction Releases Report on New Psychoactive Substances

The drug and alcohol charity Addaction published a report on Wednesday on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), called “The View from Young People”. The charity, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this month now employs specialist recovery workers that focus on outreach to help those with problems relating to NPS. The report surveyed over 1,600 young people on the use … Continued

Government Launches New Initiative To Help Tackle Harms From NPS

The government is launching a new initiative that aims to tackle the harms from New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), it was announced yesterday. Public Health England (PHE), in collaboration with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are piloting a new online system, “Report Illicit Drug Reactions” (RIDR) where healthcare professionals will report cases of suspected … Continued

How Does Contraband Get into Britain’s Prisons?

A recent BBC File on 4 radio episode, The Prison Contraband Crisis, investigates how staff corruption contributes to the amount of contraband being brought into prisons.  In order to reduce the drugs crisis in prisons, there needs to be more focus on disrupting supply chains, reducing demand for drugs, and improving intelligence-gathering. There is limited data on how … Continued

The Implementation of Medical Ganja in Jamaica

Farmers in Jamaica are struggling to engage with the nation’s new medical marijuana (or ‘ganja’) scheme, according to a new study. The findings of the study, conducted by a student at Writtle University College, have been published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. Study author Simon Jones reveals that, out of the over 180,000 registered farmers … Continued

On Young Women and Skunk

Yesterday morning, The Times released a piece entitled ‘Middle-class, female, and smokes skunk‘, which attempts the commendable task of highlighting problematic cannabis use by a group — young women and girls — which is often overlooked in discussions about cannabis. Use of cannabis by women is underreported in the UK, but medical professionals have seen a … Continued