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No laughing matter: how the anti-nitrous oxide campaign is a disingenuous waste of time and money

11th October 2017

Nitrous oxide returns to the news, providing an opportunity to discuss its harms and ask quite frankly: why are we wasting money on enforcing the ban when it kills fewer people than lightning strikes?

A fentanyl future?

2nd August 2017

Fentanyl has made landfall in the UK and deaths are rapidly occuring. What can be done to prevent a US-size opioid crisis?

Recreational MDMA testing - a European perspective

22nd February 2017

As high-purity/high-dose ecstasy pills return to the market and casualties rise, Oli Stevens discusses the roles testing can play. It can act as a harm reduction initiative, can it shape the composition of drug markets themselves?

THCv - an abject cop-out from the ACMD, another research opportunity for the UK lost

24th January 2017

The ACMD has voted to keep THCv, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with a promising properties for a range of health conditions, in Schedule 1 away from the hands of researchers.

How the law against synthetic cannabinoids might destroy pharmaceutical discovery in the UK

4th January 2017

In an effort to curb the current wave of recreational synthetic cannabinoids, the Government have introduced new controls for a range of core chemical structures. These structures are also found in many pharmaceuticals and could stifle future pharmaceutical development

Better late than never? After 82 years the WHO reviews cannabis!

22nd December 2016

The WHO has commissioned a cannabis review before the Commission for Narcotic Drugs 2018 meeting. This will be first WHO cannabis review since 1935!

‘Scotch mist’: the ongoing saga of Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing

21st December 2016

Eric Carlin discusses the health benefits of Minimum Unit Pricing and the resistance faced from 'Big Alcohol'

Psilocybin for anxiety and depression in cancer care? Lessons from the past and prospects for the future

1st December 2016

Two landmark studies have been published, showing a single psychedelic experience could produce profound and enduring mental health benefits. What does the future of psychedelic therapy hold?

How one patch of grass became the UK's first ever decriminalised drugs space

5th October 2016

The Loop makes UK drug policy history as it becomes the first organisation to offer front-of-house recreational drug testing at Secret Garden Party 2016.

I blame Fabric’s closure on this country’s backward drugs policy

13th September 2016

The recent deaths at Fabric were tragic, and more will follow them if we do not embrace receational drug harm reduction measures.

The poppers ban is a veiled attack on pleasure

21st March 2016

The UK needs common sense about ketamine

18th February 2015

The Superman pill deaths are the result of our illogical drugs policy

5th January 2015

“Ravaged by drugs”? Let’s spread facts, not fear; science, not stigma

27th March 2014

Figures for UK deaths from legal highs cannot be trusted

14th March 2014

Death by cannabis?

31st January 2014

Scheduling clash: revisiting ketamine (and legislation) harms

10th December 2013

Help me in my ambition to be uncontroversial

6th November 2013

Sense About Science: The John Maddox Standing up for Science Award

4th November 2013

“Think cannabis is harmless?” No. Does anyone? But what about propagating drug hysteria? Is that harmless?

24th October 2013

The Government’s proposal to curb drug-driving is a car-crash

17th September 2013

Will new drug driving law reduce minimise harm?

2nd August 2013

Uruguay is set to legalise cannabis. Should we celebrate?

1st August 2013

There's more than one way to skin a cat

3rd July 2013

Let’s get the War on Drugs out of our hospitals and laboratories

11th June 2013

Cocaine: the perfect heart attack drug?

1st April 2013

The Dustbin of Schedule 1: How Schedule 1 control may stifle medical advances

23rd January 2013

Time for a second opinion? Where we are going wrong on ‘Legal Highs’

14th January 2013

Cannabis and IQ

1st November 2012

Drugs Live: the facts behind the programme

4th October 2012

Hypothesising an alternative: Applying the scientific process to drug policy

29th June 2012

Smoke without fire? Scaremongering by the British Lung Foundation over cannabis vs tobacco

11th June 2012

Does drinking alcohol during pregnancy lower child IQ?

1st June 2012

Popular intoxicants – how do alcohol and cannabis compare?

29th September 2011

Evidence based policy? Why banning mephedrone may not have reduced harms to users

19th September 2011

Curiouser and curiouser: Could ecstasy actually heal brains as well as minds?

9th May 2011

Blair's other war

28th April 2011

Addiction: a life long illness not lifestyle choice

28th February 2011

Teaching the tricks of the liquor trade

29th January 2011

Necessity or nastiness? The hidden law denying cannabis for medicinal use

20th December 2010

Damming the flood: 21 principles to underpin a new approach to alcohol

22nd August 2010

Precaution or perversion: eight harms of the precautionary principle

23rd June 2010

Crutch or cure? The realities of methadone treatment

9th June 2010

Alcohol – the new opium of the masses?

3rd June 2010

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