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June 23, 2016

Harm Reduction in Vienna

The reporters of our Russian language video blog, DUnews, visited Vienna in March to find out what Eastern-European and Central-Asian countries can learn from its advanced urban harm reduction system. Read their report and watch their video! 

June 14, 2016

She Survived, in Spite of Her Treatment

Patients call the Yekaterinburg Hospital, located at 37 Kamskaya Street, the “final journey”. This hospital is for patients with tuberculosis and other severe diagnoses. They usually leave this place in black bags. 

June 9, 2016

Civil Society Must Fight Global Crackdown

The exclusion of non-governmental representatives from the UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS is not an isolated incident, but part of a global crackdown on civil society. To fight back, we need to understand the crucial role of NGOs in policy development.  

June 8, 2016

The Renaissance of Psychedelic Research

The research with psychedelic drugs can change our understanding of the human mind. Watch our video report from the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research! 

June 7, 2016

Public Debate About Decriminalisation of Drugs in the Czech Republic

A public debate on the possibilities and limits of decriminalisation was organised by SANANIM NGO in the Czech Republic on 1st June. Read this article and watch the video to find out more about the event. 

June 6, 2016

Inaugural Conference on Medicinal Cannabis in Hungary

Leading national and international experts and activists discussed barriers and opportunities at the first conference on medical cannabis in Hungary.  

May 20, 2016

How Sensationalist Media News Fuel Drug Prohibition

A case study by our guest author David Haddad on Methoxetamine, misinformed media and prohibition as a failed approach towards New Psychoactive Substances.

May 17, 2016

Let Us Live and Save Our Loved Ones

A struggle for making medical cannabis legal in Poland: an article by Iga Jeziorska on our new video produced by Paweł Libera and the Polish Drug Policy Network.

May 10, 2016

Polish Civil Society Reflects on UN Drug Summit

Why can you get a death sentence in Singapore for a joint, while in Colorado you can buy it at the shop? Read the report of our Polish guest authors about a discussion on UN drug policies in Warsaw! 

May 2, 2016

Cannabis Reformers in the Serbian Parliament

Medical cannabis activists formed an alliance with a political party, in order to contest the parliamentary elections in Serbia. Read Irena Molnar's report from Belgrade, and watch the video!

April 26, 2016

Living and Dealing with Stigma

A study conducted by the Portuguese harm reduction NGO, APDES, presents how stigma affects the daily lives of drug users. 

April 22, 2016

The UNGASS on Drugs: Reform Aborted

After a long gestation, the UN drug reform experiment suffered a miscarriage. It seems the UN is not the catalyst of change but its mirror. Reformers can learn many lessons - but can also be proud of their achievements. 

April 20, 2016

The UN Summit on Drugs Ended Before It Began

The UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) adopted the outcome document without a debate, right before the real discussion could have started. 

April 19, 2016

Drug Policy is Race Policy

Hundreds of drug reformers gathered at the "Drug Policy and the Politics of Race" event, organised at Columbia University on Sunday, to discuss how repressive drug policies affect the lives of communities of colour. Watch our videos! 

April 12, 2016

This Is How Young Artists See the War on Drugs: The Winners of Our Poster Contest

We are glad to present the five best posters submitted to our poster contest targeting the UNGASS on drugs this year!

March 31, 2016

Governments Disagree Over Global Drug Control - Video Report from the Commission on Narcotics Drugs 2016

Drugreporter’s video advocacy team filmed key speeches and interviewed some of the participants at the UN's drug meeting in Vienna - please watch and share our movie! 

March 24, 2016

Polish Government Supports Legal Access to Medical Cannabis

A surprise decision from the otherwise super-conservative Polish government: it improves access to cannabis for medical purposes. 

March 14, 2016

Growing Disagreement at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

While Colombia and the Czech Republic spoke up for drug policy reform at the opening day of the CND, others such as Russia or Thailand prefer the status quo and oppose any changes. 

March 12, 2016

UNGASS and the Drug-Free World: Dream On!

The UNGASS draft document still does not reflect the realities of the war on drugs, but continues to dream about a drug-free society, just like 20 years ago.
March 7, 2016

Dose of Science: Cognitive Decline and Adolescent Marijuana Use

The ‘cognitive impairment theory’ proposes that cannabis causes cognitive decline. The hypothesis has gained some support from a 2012 study, but a recent paper with twin participants strongly argued against the theory. Both studies agree on the association between smoking and cognitive decline. Where they disagree is whether the relationship is causal or merely correlation. In this Dose of Science we take a close look at the question. 

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