According to Oregon law, possessing a small amount of drugs for personal consumption is now a civil – rather than criminal – offense.
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Possessing heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. The idea is to get people with problem drug use help, not punishment.
While many people said they drank more during the pandemic, others actually drank less, mainly because socialising at clubs, pubs and parties wasn’t possible.
People who use illicit drugs are at increased risk during the coronavirus pandemic. But minimising that risk will improve their well-being and help avoid additional pressure on the health system.
Even emergency department staff can have trouble telling if someone’s intoxicated as clinical clues can mislead.
We all know what a drunk person looks like, right? Wrong. Even health care workers can be confused.
Ayahuasca, a plant-based brew that gives people a psychedelic experience, can be fatal, especially when mixed with other drugs.
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Shaman have used the psychoactive effects of ayahuasca for spiritual and healing purposes for hundreds of years. But a new breed of tourist has discovered this plant-based drug.
Online gambling, shopping, social media and more are driving us to claim addiction to the internet.
Addicted to the internet? Perhaps not ...
Deadly addiction: so how do people get here?
There are scores of reasons why people get hooked on drugs. But governments play a key role, too.
Are you a prisoner of your habits?
Drugs, coffee, television – they can all be described as ‘addictive’. But when do they become a problem?
Pre-WWI Bayer heroin bottle, originally containing 5g of heroin.
Be careful: many of us have tried at least two of them.
Some people are more vulnerable.
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Drug use is common, drug addiction is rare. About one adult in three will use an illegal drug in their lifetime and just under 3m people will do so this year in England and Wales alone. Most will suffer…