A critical review of drug testing policy in the Philippines

Authors Carissa Paz Dioquino, Carissa Paz Dioquino Published May 16, 2022 Abstract The drug policy in the Philippines is written as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or Republic Act 9165. Unlike drug policies in other countries, the law includes policies on drug testing. Aside from mandatory drug testing for specific situations, the law  …


Farmability and pharmability: Transforming the drug market to a health-and human rights-centred approach from self-cultivation to safe supply of controlled substances

Authors Fabian Pitter Steinmetz, Maja Kohek Published May 3, 2022 Background The supply chains addressing the global demand for major recreational drugs are hardly addressed due to international contracts, particularly the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Currently applied regulatory changes have several disadvantages ranging from political tensions to the neglect of ecological aspects. The  …


UK Drugs Inquiry: Drug Science Response

In 2019, Drug Science submitted evidence to the Drugs Policy Inquiry by the Health and Social Care Committee. In 2020, we prepared a detailed report in response to the Dame Carol Black Drugs Review. In 2021, we reacted to the government’s 10-year Drug Strategy. Our 2022 response to the UK government’s call for evidence of  …


57. British vs US Drug Policy with Ethan Nadelmann

 Who is Ethan Nadelmann?   Ethan Nadelmann studied at Harvard University and London School of Economics and was a lecturer at Princeton University. While at Princeton, Nadelmann’s work focused on drug policy, attracting considerable attention with his articles in Science, Foreign Affairs, National Review and many others. He also formed the Princeton Working Group on the Future  …


DHSC announces that the UK will not legalise Snus

DHSC announces that it will not legalise the world’s most successful smoking substitute   The health department has stated that it will not legalise the oral nicotine product snus The product has driven the world’s most dramatic falls in smoking in Scandinavia It is popular among hardcore smokers who do not want to use inhaled  …


Drug Policy Explained: Legalisation, Decriminalisation, and Prohibition

By Leah Williams What is Drug Policy In law, a policy outlines the rules and guidelines for an act or behaviour. Drug policy explains the different sanctions, criminal or civil, that an individual will face if they break the rules or fail to follow the guidelines around recreational drugs. The government put these sanctions in place in  …


Global Drug Survey 2022 is Live!

The available data for drug-related trends in the UK, and around the world, is extremely lacking. Crime surveys and national statistics have a narrow scope due to the limited data which they collect. Enter the Global Drug Survey (GDS), which collects data directly from people who have experience with drugs and which has become an  …


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?  …


#48 - Liberal Democrat Drug Policy with Norman Baker

 Tune in to this week’s episode to learn more about his interesting insights into UK politics and especially to UK’s drug policies.   Who is Norman Baker? Norman Baker, described by our host, professor Nutt, as “the first and last truly honest politician” is a Liberal Democrat and former MP for Lewes in East  …


Schedule 1 Barriers to Research in the UK: An In-depth Qualitative Analysis

Authors Annie Howard, Joanna C Neill, Anne Katrin Schlag, Charlotte Lennox Published October 25, 2021 Prior to the 1970s, psychedelics such as LSD were used and researched extensively. However, with the introduction of the UN convention Misuse of Drugs Regulations in 2001, all drugs were placed into one of five categories or ‘schedules’ based on  …


Working in Drug Science

In this webinar, you will learn about the medicalisation of both psychedelics and cannabis, from two of the biggest experts in these respective fields; Prof Jo Neill, and Prof Mike Barnes. We expect these industries to grow to tremendous size and want to prepare the next generation for a new economy of medicine and psychiatry.  …


#42 - Alternatives to Prohibition with Dr Sheila Vakharia and Prof Alex Stevens

 This week’s episode features Doctor Sheila Vakharia and Professor Alex Stevens, together with Professor Nutt they will be talking about decriminalization and drug policies in the US and the UK. Has both countries’ drug policies arisen from colonialism and social class hierarchy? What are the consequences of the policies that can be witnessed today?  …


The Future of Festivals

In this webinar, we discuss how festivals can be improved as they return from their 2020 hiatus. Drug use at festivals is unsurprisingly high, and always has been, but organisers are often battling against drug policy in their efforts to improve the safety of festival-goers with harm reduction techniques such as drug testing and psy-care.  …


Legalising Psychedelics

There is no defined road to legalising psychedelics, but there are many options available. Ismail Lourido Ali, of MAPS, discusses the important nuances in this Drug Science webinar on expanding access to psychedelics. Due to the recent progress of medical cannabis legalisation, many expect psychedelics to follow a similar path of medical legalisation, followed by  …


Drug Consumption Rooms

Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs), also known as Supervised/Safe Injection Facilities (SIFs), or Overdose Prevention Centres (OPCs), provide safe environments for people to consume controlled drugs under the supervision of trained professionals who can save lives if medical emergencies such as overdoses take place. These facilities can be a powerful harm reduction strategy when implemented correctly.  …


#38 - Drug Markets

 This week’s episode features British Academy Global Professor Julia Buxton. Her research focuses on illicit drug markets and the impact of counter-narcotics policies on development, gender equality and security. In her career she’s led projects and worked with multiple universities around the world including the Central European University in Budapest. Outside of Europe, she  …


How to Formulate Drug Policies and Provide Evidence-Based Regulation

Authors: Steve Rolles, David Nutt & Anne Schlag Published: April 7, 2021 How do we end the war on drugs? With mounting evidence continuing to expose the failure of the war on drugs, more governments around the world are opening their eyes to consider alternative drug policies. But which drug policy reforms are the best  …

An unholy triangle? Evidence, politics and uncertainty in drug policy

Professor Nutt’s talk explores the contributions of politics and science to decision making about alcohol and other drugs. Professor Nutt reveals how evidential uncertainties are used to strengthen the political rhetoric and how this process has led to the denial of clinical research and utility to the great detriment of millions of people for many  …


How did COVID-19 affect drug use?

COVID-19 changed our lives: from travel bans, social and physical isolation and empty cities to workers laid off and governments scrambling to muster effective responses. The impact that coronavirus had on people varies widely and differently between countries. Relationships were placed under new stresses and for those educating children at home, long division never seemed  …


Putting UK Drug Policy into Focus

Commentary on the short film ‘Putting UK Drug Policy into Focus’ and reflections on the morality of a criminal justice approach to drugs A short film has been produced that explores some of the misconceptions fuelling the propagation of punitive drug policy, and what an alternative approach to drugs might look like. For a full  …