‘Chicken shops and McDonald’s have become the new youth centres’: Why are young people using and selling cannabis?

In September, Volteface published its seminal report The Children’s Inquiry examining how effectively the UK’s cannabis policies are safeguarding young people. The report was a wide-ranging examination of how easily young people are able to obtain cannabis and the type of cannabis they are using, the repercussions of this for their wellbeing and the support … Continued

‘Seven Days of Heroin’: Cincinnati Enquirer lifts the lid on city’s harrowing epidemic

Stephanie Gaffney and her eight-month-old Elliana, pictured above, are at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Centre. It’s a clinic for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, which happens when babies are born to mothers addicted to heroin. The children can suffer from sleeplessness, seizures, tremors and other withdrawal symptoms. Gaffney used heroin and opiates for a number … Continued