Choose drug terms with care to avoid stigma

Choose drug terms with care to avoid stigma

‘Addict’, ‘drug abuser’ and ’junkie’ are negative terms that shouldn’t be used in today’s language when describing individuals with drug issues. These, and many other similar terms, are alienating and designate people who use drugs as morally flawed and inferior...
Norway votes to legalise drugs

Norway votes to legalise drugs

In a historic vote, Norway has become the first Scandinavian country to legalise drugs. Instead, it intends to focus on treatment rather than punishment. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction [1], 266 people died from drug-related...
Blue lights combat drug use

Blue lights combat drug use

The notion of blue lights acting as a deterrent to drug users may make you initially think of a flashing blue police light. However, a US petrol station in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, is installing blue lighting in its restrooms to combat drug use. Why? The lights...
Could breathalysers help roadside drug testing?

Could breathalysers help roadside drug testing?

With the festive season upon us and the Christmas roadside drink-drive checks in full swing, the use of a breathalyser is a common tool for today’s police force to check motorists who have overindulged on alcohol. This year, the alcohol-detection tool reached 50 years...
Drug deaths overtake gun deaths in the USA

Drug deaths overtake gun deaths in the USA

Deaths from firearms continue to increase in the USA. However, drug deaths in the country have spiked 21% over the last year: this is a bigger jump than the previous four years combined. Overall, mortality rates are up compared to the same time period last year....