The Unintended Consequences of Prohibitionist Policies - Mephedrone

Mephedrone is the common name for 4-methylmethcathinone. This is a synthetic derivative of cathinone, first synthesized in 1929, and largely forgotten until the early 2000s when Israeli scientists working for an insecticide company started experimenting with cathinones as octopamine analogues to disrupt the brain activity of aphids so make them less damaging to plants. Mephedrone  …


The case of the Norwegian teen who died from synthetic cannabinoids

Author: Jon F Olsen Published: September 21, 2018 During the Easter holiday in 2015, 22-year-old Egil AndrĂ© Kvelstad Myhre was found dead in his apartment, after a cardiac arrest . Myhre was not a common drug user, as his family stated he had never done drugs before. Hours before his death, Myhre had attended a  …

The poppers ban is a veiled attack on pleasure

A version of this post was published in The Guardian The new psychoactive substances bill, when it comes into force in the UK in April, will ban the acquisition and sale of all psychoactive substances, whether existing now or to be discovered in the future, except for alcohol, tobacco/nicotine and caffeine. The driver for this  …


Briefing notes on the Psychoactive Substances Bill 2015

The DrugScience group met on Thursday 1 June, and the major item for discussion was the new Psychoactive Substances Bill. The Bill will have its second reading in the House of Commons on 9th June 2015. The following points were made and are presented here for public information and dissemination. 1 Issues of principle 1.1  …