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Silk Road, the play, scheduled to open this summer

Just months before Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht is slated to go on trial in New York, a tale of a fictional vendor from the embattled illicit online marketplace is set to hit the stages of the United Kingdom. Silk Road, the one-man show, is scheduled to open in London in late July and will be performed throughout the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh.

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BC Supreme Court grants injunction providing access to heroin assisted treatment

Vancouver – On Thursday, May 29, 2014, Chief Justice Hinkson of the BC Supreme Court granted an injunction to the participants in the SALOME study (The Study to Assess Long-term Opioid Maintenance Effectiveness) providing an exemption from new federal regulations that prohibit doctors from prescribing heroin to patients for whom other treatment options have been ineffective.

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Lisbon room could be Portugal's first 'shooting gallery' for drug users

Lisbon city council has selected a space to house what would be the country's first assisted consumption room for drug users, popularly known as 'shooting gallery', as part of plans that are well advanced.

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New Zealand Makes Synthetic Drugs Illegal

Habitual synthetic weed smokers are being urged to seek help or face violent withdrawals after being forced to go cold turkey by the New Zealand government’s sudden reversal on its synthetic drug laws last week. Until then, the country had been attempting to regulate the drugs rather than criminalizing them, as bans often just resulted in manufacturers coming up with new compounds that weren't covered by the law.

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Cocaine use in Britain so high it has contaminated drinking water

Experts from the Drinking Water Inspectorate found supplies contained benzoylecgonine, the metabolised form of the drug that appears once it has passed through the body. It is the same compound that is looked for in urine-based drug tests for cocaine.

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San Francisco Crack Pipe Exchange Program Plans Expansion

San Francisco’s brazen crack pipe exchange isn’t going anywhere, its organizers say, even if the city won’t condone -- let alone fund -- the HIV-prevention program. Isaac Jackson, the San Francisco chapter president of the Urban Survivors Union, a drug users' rights group that has spearheaded the effort, said the program started as a “demonstration to show that all hell won’t break loose because we give out crack pipes.”

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Advocating Pill, U.S. Signals Shift to Prevent AIDS

US Federal health officials recommended Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for AIDS take a daily pill that has been shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it.

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Drug consumption rooms off the agenda for Brighton

The controversial idea of offering addicts a safe place to use heroin, crack and cocaine was suggested by the Independent Drugs Commission for Brighton and Hove last year. Supporters believe that regular contact would take drug use off the streets and make it easier to monitor, helping to reduce the number of drug-related deaths. But, after receiving a mixed response from policy-makers and the wider public, the idea has been dropped with advocates citing legal and budgetary reasons.

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Drug addiction, overdoses, and a very brief history of heroin

Far from its ‘one shot kills all’ reputation, there are actually very few long-term biological complications caused by unadulterated heroin use, other than dependency and constipation. The trouble arises with the purity of the drug – estimated to be between 30% and 50% at street level in the UK – and the way it can be administered.

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