DRUGS

MADE Festival has announced plans to offer on-site drug testing and counselling, following recommendations from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. The Birmingham event will be working in collaboration with The Loop, which will be running its MAST (Multi-Agency Safety Testing) service at the event. This comes after the news of two deaths at […]

The majority of participants in trials using MDMA as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reacted well to the study. One year after the study was completed, 16 of the 26 involved – including 22 military veterans, three firefighters and a police officer – were no longer regarded to be suffering from PTSD. There […]

Illegal drugs could soon be decriminalised in Norway thanks to a recent vote within the Norwegian Parliament. The vote saw four out of nine parties vote in favour of the act, which would see decrimalisation of illegal drugs across the country. The Labor Party, Socialist Left, Conservatives and Liberals voted in support of the move, […]

A nightclub in Lincolnshire is cooperating with local authorities on a new campaign that puts drug itemiser machines at the club entrances in order to test patrons for illegal substances. Everyone who entered the Circle Nightclub had their hands swabbed and tested by the itemiser machines. The venue is the first in the area to […]

A new study has revealed the positive effects of magic mushrooms treating depression. 19 patients ingested the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin, with results showing that half of them had responded positively after five weeks. Reduced depressive symptoms happened as a result of decreased amygdala CBF, as stated by Scientific Reports. The study goes on to say: “The […]

Having already helped lead the way in marijuana legalisation, California may be on its way to legalising magic mushrooms as well. Newly proposed legislation wants to see the main ingredient in mushrooms, psilocybin, decriminalised so that anyone over the age of 21 won’t be penalised for selling, growing, possessing or transporting the substance. Residents could […]

A new study by American Addiction Centers has revealed that just 40.5 per cent of ecstasy pills sold in the UK contain MDMA. Based on results of testing kits and/or consumption of users, via Pill Reports, the Adulterant in Drugs study also showed that 21.4 per cent of pills in the UK contain MDxx, while 11.5 […]

American Green Inc., a US marijuana company, recently purchased a plot of land in California that serves as the location of a small town called Nipton. The company bought the land, which is 120 acres with only 20 inhabitants, for just $5 million and plans to establish somewhat of a cannabis oasis that manufactures edibles, […]

Boomtown Fair is the latest festival to utilise drug testing on-site. The 60,000-capacity festival has linked up with substance testing organisation The Loop and will also have trained drug counsellors available to attendees at each campsite hub. Prior to the festival, Boomtown has dedicated a page on its website highlighting UK drug trends including the risk of […]

Synthetic cannabinoid Spice is reportedly being sold as MDMA crystals in the Greater Manchester area. The Greater Manchester Drugs Early Warning System has released a statement following an incident in Oldham on Saturday, in which one man died and 11 people were rushed to hospital after they took what police said was “highly potent” MDMA. Posted […]


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