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Parliamentary briefing on tackling the misuse of Nitrous Oxide

This Parliamentary briefing has been prepared by DrugScience, The Global Drug Survey, Release and Transform Drug Policy Foundation.   Recreational use of nitrous oxide Nitrous oxide is a gas that was discovered in the late 1800s by UK scientists Priestley and Davy, the latter being President of the Royal Society. At the time nitrous oxide  …


Medical MDMA Student Educational Slides

MDMA (3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine) was first synthesised in 1912 by chemists at the pharmaceutical company, Merck in Germany. In 1985, MDMA was placed in schedule 1, resulting in no research being conducted into the potential therapeutic applications of MDMA between 1985 – 2000. However, since then, MDMA has been included in over 5000 academic articles and administered to  …


Medical Psilocybin Student Educational Slides

The psychotropic effects of Psilocybe mushrooms were largely unknown in the West until the 1950s, despite evidence that they had a long history of indigenous use in Central and South America, and possibly other parts of the world. Western civilisations had very little knowledge of this relatively ‘new‘ psychotropic and subsequently banned research into its  …


Project Twenty21 - Costs and Progress

Update from the Director Project Twenty21 Roadmap [/vc_column_text] In November 2019, Project Twenty21 was announced to the public. This announcement marked the very beginning of the project.  Project Twenty21 is not a clinical trial. Instead, it is a registry/database which is being developed to address the challenge of controlling the cost of medication, supporting doctors,  …

Letter to The Times: Legalise medicinal cannabis

A letter to The Times from coalition of world-leading clinicians and academics, many of whom are DrugScience members, urging the government to legalise medical cannabis. Related Content New Zealand Cannabis Referendum 2020October 2 2020 Independent review of drugs part two - Drug Science submissionSeptember 3 2020 Parliamentary briefing on tackling the misuse of Nitrous OxideJuly  …

New analysis of alcohol and cannabis – what’s the harm?

This blog discusss DrugScience's latest multi-criterion decision analysis of cannabis and alcohol regulation. Read the open access paper here. We’re all used to weighing up the benefits and pitfalls in our decision making. Is it worth the cost? Is it safe? Will I be able to get up in the morning? These are all simple  …

My dead daughter's shoes

This blog piece was originally a speech delivered by Anne-Marie Cockburn at the Nordic Reform Conference 2017 Hello, I am Martha’s mum. I don’t hear that very much these days, so I say it very proudly in these moments when I can. I am here to represent an incredible group of families from all over  …

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

Nitrous oxide has returned to our headlines - last month two possession with intent to supply Crown Court cases collapsed and this week the 2016 mortality figures were released. The cases were brought forward under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 (PSA) and fell apart when both judges ruled that nitrous oxide was in fact exempt  …

A fentanyl future?

Today’s report of over 60 deaths last year in which fentanyl was implicated raises major alarm bells in the opioid treatment community. It could be the prelude to a wave of deaths from this synthetic opioid (as is now being seen in the USA), where now most street “heroin” is boosted with fentanyl. So what  …