Want To Put An End To Human Trafficking? Reform Drug Policy.

  There are unimaginable amounts of money to be made through covertly manufacturing and transporting drugs. When that takes place in the shadows, outside civilised society and free of law and order, it inevitably results in brutality and tragedy. In November 2020, Orges Rizak and Agustin Grembi were arrested at a converted industrial building in … Continued

Why is British Drug Policy so Disjointed?

  In early January, as the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced a tentative degree of policy experimentation by piloting, in three boroughs, a diversion scheme whereby young people in possession of small amounts of cannabis would be offered counselling and support instead of arrest, the Metropolitan Police were out in Shoreditch conducting their own … Continued

On Queerness & Drugs

The queer community and illicit drug users are inextricably linked: Both are subjected to similar politicisation of private practices, both are disproportionately aggravated by social harms, and are both fighting stigma and shame for the assurance of rights that should be fundamental. Drug use plays an outsized, if not wholly unsurprising part in the experience of … Continued

CBD, ‘Snake Oil’ or Life-Changing?

  This week Volteface examines the emerging and seemingly booming CBD industry. In this piece we had the opportunity to discuss the topic with Paul Moore, patient advocate and Chief Executive Officer at Green Machine CBD.  Moore discussed the vast potential applications and benefits that the CBD business offers to both the UK and Europe.    … Continued

Welsh Parliament Debates Drug Policy Reform

Last night the Welsh Labour MP for Newport West, Jane Bryant led a Senedd debate opening up a vital conversation about drug reform in Wales. This was an incredibly exciting debate, impactfully demonstrating increased pressure and appetite for reform to the UK government.  In 2020 4,561 people in the UK lost their lives to drug … Continued

On War and Drugs

Like the thick smoky aftertaste that lingers after bonfire night merrymaking, memory hangs heavy in the air during the early weeks of November in the UK. As the oppressive darkness of the ironically named daylight-savings time settles in, we cast our collective memory back to the foiled attempt at Gunpowder Treason in 1605. More poignantly, … Continued

What are drug consumption rooms?

Also referred to by the terms ‘overdose prevention centres’, ‘safe injecting rooms’, ‘safer consumption rooms’, and ‘supervised injection sites’, DCRs are medically supervised sites where people who use drugs are able to consume substances in a safer, and more hygienic environment. As of December 2018, there were 117 DCRs across the world, the vast majority … Continued