Music And Psychedelics - An Interview With Mendel Kaelen


In this month’s Dose of Science, rather than focusing on a specific academic paper, we present an interview with Mendel Kaelen, a neuroscience researcher at Imperial College London, working in collaboration with Professor David Nutt and Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris. In this piece, we get an unprecedented window into the scientific conceptualization behind one of the world’s only active human neuroimaging laboratories investigating the effects of LSD in combination with music.

March 20, 2017

Drugreporter Film Sessions at the Harm Reduction International Conference: Call For Submissions! 

The Rights Reporter Foundation and Harm Reduction International now welcomes entries to the Drugreporter Film Sessions at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference!/Rights Reporter Foundation et Harm Reduction International accueillent les propositions de films et de vidéos pour les séances Drugreporter à la 25e Conférence internationale en réduction des méfaits

March 9, 2017

"We Do Not Wish To Walk Indifferently Away"

Café Therapy is a restaurant in Prague, its employees are clients of drug rehabilitation services provided by the NGO SANANIM. Watch this video interview by David Pešek with Josef "Pepe" Sedivy about his mission and belief in the field of drug services.

February 4, 2017

Dose of Science: What Is In Your Cocaine?

Cocaine is a drug which has a certain ‘high life’ status attached to it, mainly because of its price. It is expensive. Conversely, amphetamines have a similar stimulant effect, yet their average street price is only a fraction of that of cocaine. The large profit margins make cutting cocaine with other substances a lucrative option for drug  dealers. Most users are aware of the potential impurities of cocaine, but they do not know much about impurity levels or the modern adulterants used. To address this gap, we looked at a recent paper published by Julian Broséus and colleagues, from the University of Lausanne, where they describe what they found in cocaine [1].

February 2, 2017

"The Drug Consumption Room Can Create New Partnerships" - Interview With Charlotte Mévil-Blanche

The city of Paris has opened its first drug consumption room (DCR) last year, after a long political struggle. We interviewed Charlotte Mévil-Blanche, a volunteer at the Gaia-Paris DCR about their plans.  

January 18, 2017

Drug Users Activism in Macedonia

“People are afraid of the Police. If you go to protests... you are marked and whenever they see you, they might stop you, control you." This is just one of the obstacles restraining drug user activism in Macedonia. An article by Vlatko Dekov.

January 16, 2017

No-Alcohol Policy Means No Shelter For The Homeless

"The local authorities in Bucharest, Romania, don’t have any official statistics on the city’s homeless population." According to a local NGO, there were about 5,000 people in 2010. Read the story of Florian, by Vlad Odobescu, who cannot go to shelters because of his alcoholism.

December 30, 2016Dose of Science

Dose of Science: The Role Of The 5-HT2A Receptor In Hallucinogens

Hallucinogens are known to affect cognition, perception and emotions; we still, however, know little about how these drugs produce their mind-altering effects. Hallucinogenic action is thought to occur by binding and activating a subtype of serotonin receptor, called the 2A. In this edition of Dose of Science, we look at a recent paper which demonstrates the role of this receptor during psychedelic experiences.

December 21, 2016

“Sport Isn't For Drug Users!”…Or Is It?

Vašek is a drug user; when he was younger, he played football for many years. He had a dream - to have a football cup for drug users. Watch this video of David Pešek from the Czech SANANIM Contact Centre about the Harm Reduction Cup 2016.

2017. March 20.

The Rights Reporter Foundation and Harm Reduction International now welcomes entries to the Drugreporter Film Sessions at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference!/Rights Reporter Foundation et Harm Reduction International accueillent les propositions de films et de vidéos pour les séances Drugreporter à la 25e Conférence internationale en réduction des méfaits

2017. March 9.

Café Therapy is a restaurant in Prague, its employees are clients of drug rehabilitation services provided by the NGO SANANIM. Watch this video interview by David Pešek with Josef "Pepe" Sedivy about his mission and belief in the field of drug services.

2017. February 24.

Watch the video report of the art exhibition.

2017. February 2.

The city of Paris has opened its first drug consumption room (DCR) last year, after a long political struggle. We interviewed Charlotte Mévil-Blanche, a volunteer at the Gaia-Paris DCR about their plans.  

2017. January 18.

“People are afraid of the Police. If you go to protests... you are marked and whenever they see you, they might stop you, control you." This is just one of the obstacles restraining drug user activism in Macedonia. An article by Vlatko Dekov.

2017. January 16.

"The local authorities in Bucharest, Romania, don’t have any official statistics on the city’s homeless population." According to a local NGO, there were about 5,000 people in 2010. Read the story of Florian, by Vlad Odobescu, who cannot go to shelters because of his alcoholism.

2016. December 21.

Vašek is a drug user; when he was younger, he played football for many years. He had a dream - to have a football cup for drug users. Watch this video of David Pešek from the Czech SANANIM Contact Centre about the Harm Reduction Cup 2016.

2016. December 19.

An image from the centre of Skopje: Children, barely five years old, walk around the park, holding a bag, pressing it to their faces from time to time to inhale. Healthy Options Project Skopje fights for available treatments for these kids thus for their lives.

2016. December 15.

"Instead of promoting harm reduction programs, journalists and other relevant actors use stigmatizing and discriminating terminology." Ognjen Martinović and Irena Molnar from the Serbian NGO Re Generation deconstruct the problem drug and terminological confusion.