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

The (Absolute) State Of Drug Education In The UK

With drug-related deaths at an all-time high and new drugs entering the black market all the time, drug education for young people is more important than ever.  This is especially true when you consider that around 1 in 5 (18%) of 16-24 year olds have taken illicit drugs in the last year, equivalent to 1.1 … Continued

Young People At The Oval

On the 3rd July, Addaction held their first ever National Young Person’s Conference, on the fantastic backdrop of the Oval cricket ground in London. It was organised so that young people and professionals could have the opportunity to feed into how Addaction shape their services and it also gave other organisations, such as Volteface, an … Continued

Prison Reform Needed Now More Than Ever

The Ministry of Justice today released it’s latest Safety in Custody Statistics Bulletin. The key message is clear: those in custody and those working in custodial institutions are not safe. The statistics paint a bleak picture of worryingly unsafe prisons. Assaults have continued to increase, reaching a record high of 26,643 incidents in the 12 … Continued

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