Legal Highs

March 27, 2017


Forbidden is an issue of four comics produced by The Romanian Harm Reduction Network with the support of Drugreporter as part of the national campaign to support harm reduction in Romania.

October 6, 2016

"Drugs Are Less of a Political Priority" - Interview with Alexis Goodseel, The Director of the EMCDDA

On 1 January 2016, Alexis Goosdeel became the new Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in Lisbon, Portugal. In an interview with Drugreporter, he discusses the challenges posed by Europe’s drugs problems, and the future plans and opportunities for the agency in a changing political environment. 

July 12, 2016

Чехия: Люди и Наркотики

Чехия в нашем представлении - одна из самых либеральных в плане наркополитики европейских стран. DUNews побывал в Праге и выяснил насколько это соответствует действительности.

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! Watch some of the key presentations too!

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.

February 26, 2016

The Warsaw Declaration on Urban Drug Policies

The Polish Drug Policy Network organised a conference on urban drug policies in Warsaw, where participants adopted a new declaration which will be promoted at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs by the Polish government. Read our report from the conference! 

October 8, 2015

Legal Highs Steal Your Life

In Poland, a ban on over a hundred new psychoactive substances coincided with a massive outbreak of poisonings related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids. The most pressing question must therefore be: Does an increase in prohibition do anything useful to protect our young people?
September 28, 2015

What’s New in Polish Drug Substitution?

Recent media uproar in connection with a new wave of poisonings from "legal highs" provides a timely opportunity to draw attention to the Polish system for helping drug-dependent people. Demand for new drugs is not only a problem of criminal law and the result of inadequate prevention measures, but also a problem of inadequate treatment, as a result of which thousands of people remain without help.

September 8, 2015

Mystifying Designer Drugs: Serbian Media Does It’s Utmost

New psychoactive substances - temporarily legal substitutes for traditional illicit drugs - have been around in Serbia for several years, but the biased local media coverage tends to leave one poorly informed about them.

July 2, 2015

The Myth of a Final Solution in the War Against Legal Highs

"Legal highs: could this be the end of the road?" – asks Joe Shuts in his article, published in The Telegraph. He refers to the new blanket ban the UK government has recently introduced to stop the flood of so-called legal highs, new psychoactive substances which have been spreading all over Europe since 2009. Should other governments follow the British example and adopt similar bans? The answer has to be a resounding "No". 

May 11, 2015

Why Was Ibogaine Banned in Hungary?

The Hungarian government banned 42 new psychoactive substances this year - but some of them are not new at all, for example Ibogaine. The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union is suing a government agency for not providing access to the assessment reports on the risks of these drugs.   

March 29, 2015

The Romanian “King of Legal Highs” on Interview

Alin Rotaru, dubbed by the Romanian media, ”The Kings of Legal Highs”, was the owner of what was probably the first physical “ethnobotanical shop” in Romania, which opened in early 2008 in the eastern city of Galați. Read Drugreporter’s guest author Ștefan Iancu’s interview with him.

February 26, 2015

Drugreporter Annual Report 2014

Films about drug policy reform from New Zealand to Europe, video advocacy trainings, conferences, reports and campaigns about harm reduction, consultation with decision makers at the national and European level - the Drugreporter Team had a very active year in 2014. Please read & download our colorful 2014 Annual Report and learn more! 

February 4, 2015

The Illegal Trade in Previously Legal Highs in Romania

Since laws were passed in Romania in 2010 and 2011, prohibiting the trade in previously legal highs and any other commercial products with psychoactive effects, the sale and use of these substances has gone down significantly. Nevertheless, amphetamine-like stimulants and other previously legal highs are still readily available, via a number of different routes, to users who are in the know.

January 6, 2015

Coffee Shops and Compromise: The Success of the Dutch Model

In 1976, the Netherlands separated the cannabis market from the market in other illicit drugs, and allowed coffee shops to sell small amounts of cannabis to adults in a controlled environment. Our new movie, supplementing the report of the Open Society Foundation, tells the story of the Dutch model and highlights its successes, as well as the challenges ahead of it.  

December 12, 2014

Mandatory School Drug Testing Proposal Rejected in Hungary

A government politician's proposal for mandatory drug testing of teenagers has been rejected due to criticism. 

November 19, 2014


Watch our video interview with the man who discovered Mephedrone, the drug also known as Meow-Meow! 

November 17, 2014

Infographic: Romania’s second plague - Tuberculosis

Check out our new infographic on Romania, where the poor health services provided for injecting drug users lead to increased shared needle use driven by new psychoactive substances. All of this has caused a surge in new HIV cases, and the revival of tuberculosis among people who use drugs.

May 13, 2014

Speech of Grant Hall in Budapest on the Legal Highs Regulation of New Zealand

Grant Hall, director of Star Trust held a presentation at the HCLU - Drugreporter film event in Budapest on 12.05.2014 in Budapest.

May 8, 2014

A FOOT IN THE DOOR: A New Approach to Drugs in New Zealand

There is a growing debate on how to control new psychoactive substances (legal highs) in New Zealand. We traveled there to give you an insight into the innovative policy introduced by the government last year - please watch & share our new movie!