Items tagged with legal highs

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Near majority of Canadians back legal pot but it doesn’t look like a vote-getter in 2019: poll [21.09.2017] Canadians are divided on legalizing recreational marijuana, with nearly half supporting the sale and distribution of the illicit substance, however m...
A flagship law is on the brink of collapse as experts say the Tories have ‘blood on their hands’ [31.08.2017] One of the Conservative government’s flagship laws has been left on the brink of collapse, as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced a “ full ...
Congress is considering a bill that would expand Jeff Sessions’s power to escalate the war on drugs [16.06.2017] Congress is considering a bill that would expand the federal government's ability to pursue the war on drugs, granting new power to the attorney gene...
The expanding universe of synthetic drugs [20.05.2017] The 20th century saw new drugs created from scratch: amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines and more. It also saw a far more spirited, if often ...
Doctor: Legalisation of pure MDMA should be considered [18.06.2015] Dr Paul Quigley, an emergency medicine specialist and clinical toxicologist at Wellington Hospital, says the legalisation of pure MDMA - the main ing...
Bans on legal highs will drive booming trade underground, drug experts warn [03.06.2015] The booming trade in legal highs will go underground in the face of blanket bans, such as that now being debated in Britain, European drug experts ha...
Fear of flakka: Anti-drug hysteria validates itself [15.04.2015] Recent news reports about " the dangerous new drug sweeping Florida," told you two things about flakka: It gives you " superhuman strength," and you ...
Teens are being used as guinea pigs in the synthetic drugs market [02.03.2015] The low volume, high frequency internet drugs market makes it hard for police to target. And even harder for teenagers to know what they’re taking. A...
Illegal drugs laws: Clearing a 50-year-old obstacle to research [26.01.2015] The United Nations drug control conventions of 1960 and 1971 and later additions have inadvertently resulted in perhaps the greatest restrictions of ...
Superman ‘ecstasy’ pill deaths are result of ‘illogical and punitive drugs policy’ [05.01.2015] The deaths of four men who had taken pills they thought were ecstasy are the result of the government’s "illogical and punitive drug policy", says Dr...
How powerful synthetic drugs will upend drug markets globally [01.12.2014] Illicit drugs made from plants (e.g., cocaine, heroin) are being replaced in some national drug markets by those that are synthesized (e.g., methamph...
Expert seminar: Global experiences with harm reduction for stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances [04.08.2014] The Expert Seminar on the Global Experiences with Harm Reduction for Stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), an initiative of the Transnati...
'Mountain of synthetic cannabis' hits Norway [12.11.2013] Norwegian customs officials are calling for increased funding after a surge in the quantity of synthetic cannabis coming into the country - most of i...
New Zealand’s bold experiment with regulating recreational drugs [07.10.2013] One country is trying a new approach. For the first time in history, New Zealand has created a regulatory body to oversee recreational drugs. Passed ...
New Zealand’s psychoactive substances legislation [31.08.2013] On 11 July 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Psychoactive Substances Act. The legislation enacted a new legal framework for the testing, ma...
More than 280 'legal highs' now on European drug experts' radar [28.05.2013] "Legal highs" and other new psychoactive synthetic drugs represent a fundamental shift in the market in illicit drug, according to the 2013 annual su...
‘Club drug’ ketamine lifts depression in hours [21.05.2013] The largest study to date confirms that ketamine — a “club drug” that is also legally used as an anesthetic — could be a quick and effective way to r...
Legal highs flooding UK pose immense overdose risk, warns drugs tsar [15.05.2013] The chief drugs adviser to the government has given his strongest warning yet on legal highs in Britain, saying there are now more than 200 synthetic...
Drugs 2.0: The web revolution that's changing how the world gets high by Mike Power – review [11.05.2013] Every day we hear about what the internet has done to books, music and newspapers. But there's one massive retail industry that has also been radical...
From Chinese factory to UK households – realities of the trade in legal highs [08.05.2013] Chemistry firms in many Chinese provinces are churning out modified versions of illegal drugs and selling them online. Everything from amphetamine-li...
Clubbers mix former legal high mephedrone with ecstasy, despite ban [27.04.2013] Clubbers are regularly taking the former legal high mephedrone alongside ecstasy and cocaine, a trend that experts warn could have grave health impli...
The hidden dangers of legal highs [26.04.2013] It's never been easier, or cheaper, to buy drugs online – but no one knows what's in them, or how dangerous they are. For most of the last decade, an...
Drop charges over ecstasy, police urged [21.03.2013] Ecstasy users should not be charged by police, former Labor health minister Neal Blewett said during a provocative keynote address to the peak police...
Generic legislation of new psychoactive drugs [28.02.2013] New psychoactive drugs (NPDs, new psychoactive substances) enter the market all the time. However, it takes several months to ban these NPDs and imme...
Kiwis on drugs: a blueprint for the future? [27.02.2013] This week New Zealand publishes its Psychoactive Substances Bill, legislation which some believe will transform the international debate on drugs pol...
Towards a Safer Drug Policy [14.01.2013] For forty years the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 has formed the corner stone of drug policy in Britain. The emergence of new psychoactive substances (‘le...
Make legal highs available for sale, government urged [14.01.2013] The least harmful new " legal highs" should be made readily available for sale under strictly regulated conditions rather than being immediately bann...
Decriminalise drugs – it would reduce the level of harm in Britain [13.01.2013] The all-party parliamentary group on drug policy reform undertook an inquiry into the implications of the arrival of "legal highs" – a new substance ...
‘It opens your heart’ [27.12.2012] Exactly a century after ecstasy was first patented, Health Canada has approved the drug’s import for the first Canadian study using the illegal subst...
Britain has not simply fallen out of love with illegal drugs [17.12.2012] "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" summed up the response from the Home Office, and later David Cameron, to the publication of the home affairs select...
David Cameron urged to take 'now or never' step on drugs reform [09.12.2012] David Cameron should urgently set up a royal commission to consider all the alternatives to Britain's failing drug laws, including decriminalisation ...
Government cracks down on legal highs [10.10.2012] Legal highs will undergo a costly and lengthy testing process involving human clinical trials under a strict new regime that could see manufacturers ...
Illicit drugs 'going out of fashion' [27.09.2012] Illicit drug use in England and Wales is firmly on a downward curve, with the latest annual figures confirming the long-term trend that they might si...
Can MDMA help to cure depression? [14.09.2012] There is a real concern among many scientists that the government's classification of ecstasy as Class A overstates the danger it poses to society an...
Legal use of cannabis, ecstasy for over-15s backed by state medical body [10.09.2012] A report by a group of prominent Australians that recommends Australia rethink its criminalisation of illicit drugs has been backed by the Victorian ...
'Revolutionary' legal high law means state regulated drug market [27.07.2012] Kronic-style drugs are expected back on the shelves under the new legal high law being crafted by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne. Experts say ...
Matt Bowden: The drugs lord who's strictly legal [13.07.2012] It is a remarkable statement - the rock musician and drugs activist credited with spawning the global legal highs industry is now calling for new law...
New Psychoactive Substances [03.07.2012] Addressing the rapid escalation in consumption of new psychoactive substances among young people around the world, we have produced a report outlinin...
Feds hike danger rating on ecstasy while health officers urge drug policy reform [23.06.2012] Several top public health officials are proposing a rethinking of current illegal-drug policies they assert spurs on a global problem involving ecsta...
Pure ecstasy can be 'safe' if consumed responsibly: B.C. health officer [13.06.2012] B.C.'s top health official says taking pure ecstasy can be "safe" when consumed responsibly by adults, despite warnings by police in Alberta and Brit...
Legal high drug 'mexxy' banned under new government powers [27.03.2012] A so-called legal high used as an alternative to ketamine will be the first drug to be banned under new government powers. Methoxetamine, or mexxy, w...
Let the qat out of the ban [01.03.2012] Over half of EU countries, as well as the United States and Canada, ban the stimulant qat, a sort of mild amphetamine. But attempts to do so in Brita...
Legal highs evade being banned as scientists run out of cash to test them [12.02.2012] Scientists studying Britain's rapidly increasing number of synthetic recreational drugs are struggling to assess the risks they pose because money fo...
Is banning legal highs effective? [19.01.2012] New psychoactive substances (commonly known as legal highs) are spreading across Europe with growing speed. Between 1997 and 2010 the early-warning s...
Nieuwe publicatie van het Transnational Institute raadt de regering af khat te verbieden [11.01.2012] De engelstalige briefing Chewing over Khat Prohibition rekent af met de effectiviteit van een ban, zoals is gebleken uit andere Europese landen. Prob...
Chewing over Khat prohibition [10.01.2012] In the context of a fast changing and well documented market in legal highs, the case of khat (Catha edulis) provides an interesting anomaly. It is f...
Clubbers should be able to test their ecstasy [28.11.2011] Media reports of two deaths at the weekend in the same party venue have once again been accompanied by police suggestions that the drug responsible i...
Rope a Dope: U.S. Anti-Terrorism Labs Enlisted in the War on "Legal" Synthetic Drugs [23.11.2011] A worldwide arms race has erupted between inventive street chemists who concoct "legal" highs and government officials who wish to regulate and inter...
Ecstasy is back in clubs as newly potent drug is taken with 'legal highs' [20.11.2011] Ecstasy, the drug of choice for the clubbers of the early 1990s, is making a comeback. Once synonymous with the rave scene, its popularity declined a...
Young drug users turn to 'bubble' for a cheap high [06.11.2011] A huge gap is opening up in the country's illicit drugs market, as cash-strapped users switch to generic stimulants while wealthier buyers in search ...

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