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Trainspotting

Still from the 1996 film, 'Trainspotting'

Cultural attitudes and government policies toward opiate use in Britain have shifted markedly over the past two centuries from acceptance to criminalization, the latter...

Heroin emerged in the 19th century

In the first part of this series we examined Britain’s sordid past as the world’s greatest opiate pusher, and the widespread use of opium in 19th century...
Opium smoking Victorian UK

Opium smokers in Victorian Britain

Britain’s history with the opium trade, along with its attitude toward domestic use of opiates, is both shameful and hypocritical. Nearly 200 years ago the country...
Psilocybin magic mushrooms

Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, could have medicinal benefits

A recent study on the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms could have implications for the drug's future medicinal application. However, thanks to its...
Dar es Salaam methadone clinic

Tanzania's first methadone clinic in Dar es Salaam

In 2011, the Tanzanian government took the amazing step forward of opening the country's first methadone maintenance clinic, and a new study is highlighting the huge...

Romania would do well to learn from decriminalization models in other European countries

Romania’s drug laws ensure severe consequences, both immediate and long-term, for users of illegal substances. If caught in possession of a small amount of illicit...

Acting head of the ONDCP, Michael Botticelli

The appointment of  Michael Botticelli -- a former problematic drug user -- as acting director of the ONDCP this year has given hope that federal drug policy will...

Albanian authorities seize marijuana

Recent efforts by Albanian authorities to fight the profitable marijuana trade in southern Albania may have brought early returns, but doubts remain over the government...
In a commentary, Drug and Alcohol Findings (DAF) tackles the contentious issue of what addiction treatment is trying to achieve -- the "what should treatment be for...

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