Western Europe remains at the forefront of evidence-based harm reduction and treatment interventions. The majority of the countries in the region have adopted a health-based strategy towards drug use (including decriminalisation of possession for personal use), and are moving towards more proportionate sentences for drug offences.
On 7th April, the French Parliament (Assemblée nationale) adopted the experimentation of safe injection rooms for a period of a maximum of six years, after more than four hours of lively debates between the left wing party and the right wing, UMP.
Researchers and medical cannabis patients met at the Prague Medical Cannabis Conference to discuss the latest developments in the field. On the sidelines, Drugreporter interviewed two activists who were involved with the recent founding of the International Medical Cannabis Patients' Coalition.
This report provides an update on new psychoactive substances in Europe, including developments on the growth of the market over the past few years, as well as the growing number of serious harms that are being reported as a result.
Women Drug mules made headlines in UK news throughout 2013 bringing to light misconceptions of drug mules and highlighting accounts of coercion and threats to transport drugs but also voluntarily involvement, motivated by poverty and financial difficulties.
There is nothing to prevent those at risk of opiate overdose being prescribed naloxone now, and yet over 50% of local authorities, who are now responsible for commissioning drug treatment in England, do not currently provide it.