52. Drug Laws with Niamh Eastwood

Drug and the law Are drug laws just a political tool? Should we embrace the fact that drugs bring pleasure? In this week’s episode, we speak to Niamh Eastwood – CEO of the legal charity ‘Release‘ about the UK’s drug laws. Niamh Eastwood is the executive director of Release, the national centre offering legal services  …


Professional Perspectives on Treatment for Substance Use Disorders with Mental Health Problems

Authors Ben Houghton, Alexis Bailey, Christos Kouimtsidis, Theodora Duka, Caitlin Notley Published November 25, 2021 Background Opioid-related deaths are at record levels in the UK and contribute to over half of all drug-related deaths. The prevalence of psychiatric disorders within people who uses substances is known to be considerably higher than the general population, yet  …


Legalising Cannabis in Germany - High Ambitions

The 24th of November 2021 was a remarkable day for German drug policy reformers and cannabis enthusiasts. The federal election allowed a coalition to form, which is called the “traffic light coalition” due to the individual parties’ colours. Whilst two parties, the Greens and the FDP, are campaigning for cannabis legalisation for quite a while  …


Medical Cannabis for Epilepsy - Research Summary and Recommendations

Two Years of Research Drug Science research, conducted over the past two years and in close collaboration with the affected families, clearly shows the immense benefits of medical cannabis treatment for these patients. In contrast to the current BPNA guidance stating that prescribing medical cannabis is probably not in the best interests of children, our  …


#50 Labour Drug Policy with Dan Carden MP

 In this week’s episode, Dan Carden and Professor David Nutt will be discussing how we can change the way we deal with problematic alcohol use for the better. Why is alcohol consumption so normalised despite being far more dangerous than multiple illegal drugs? Why don’t we talk more openly about the harms from alcohol?  …