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New report provides more evidence of how drug decriminalisation saves lives

As Britain significantly ratchets up the war on drugs with the psychoactive substances bill, the parliament in Ireland is investigating alternatives. Chief among them is Portugal, which has experimented with decriminalisation.

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Legal highs: Psychoactive Substances Bill 'will brand young people criminals'

The government's plan to ban legal highs could result in young people disproportionately punished and branded criminals, according to The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).

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Academy of Medical Sciences concerns over Psychoactive Substances Bill

The Academy and other reserach organisations have written to the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, to highlight concerns over unintended but damaging consequences for medical research of the Psychoactive Substances Bill.

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It's official: The Misuse of Drugs Act is the worst law of all time

It went down to the wire. Our official competition for the worst British law of all time (important notice: there's no such thing as British law, it wasn't of all time and absolutely nothing about this is official) came down to a two-horse race between the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The latter squeaked it, by 28.7% to 27.5%.

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In Search of a Drug Consumption Room

It was in the fall of 2011, when the idea of opening a drug consumption room (DCR) in Romania was first put on the table, at a conference organised by the Carusel Association, a local NGO whose activity focuses on improving the life of hard drug and alcohol consumers.

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It’s time to stand and fight

There has never been a more urgent need to have clear English government leadership spelling out the responsibilities of local authorities along with the levers to ensure they deliver. What we have is localism, a post code lottery, a government washing their hands of responsibility like Pontius Pilate and senior political figures actively conspiring to undermine evidenced based practice.

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Addiction is not a disease: A neuroscientist argues that it’s time to change our minds on the roots of substance abuse

Lewis’s argument is actually fairly simple: The disease theory, and the science sometimes used to support it, fail to take into account the plasticity of the human brain. Of course, “the brain changes with addiction,” he writes. “But the way it changes has to do with learning and development — not disease.”

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This Is How England Could Stop Its Heroin Users Dying from Overdoses

Earlier this month, six Nottinghamshire residents died in the space of 36 hours after injecting what's suspected to be a super-strong batch of heroin. Chris Kenny, the county's director of public health, was quick to dub this a "public health emergency".

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The Global Drug Survey 2015 findings

Global Drug Survey seeks to become the largest most credible source of current drug use data trends in the world

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