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A slap on the wrist won’t do

Scotland is in the midst of a drug crisis that just keeps getting worse. We have the highest number of drug-related deaths in all of Europe, a number which keeps rising, having tripled in the last decade. In response to this, the Scottish Government has proposed introducing warnings for Class A drug users caught in […]

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The UK’s drug policy is failing: can Scotland do better?

It recently emerged that the recorded number of drug deaths in Scotland reached a record high last year. The National Records of Scotland (NRS) reported that 1,187 people had lost their lives in 2018. Compared to the 4,359 people who died from drug poisoning in England and Wales over the same period, this number doesn’t seem […]

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Taking a trip to planet brain: exploring consciousness with LSD

Astronauts go on trips to outer space in the name of scientific exploration. Regular people take trips into their consciousness with exactly the same intentions. Or at least, they’re starting to. Although the outlawing of LSD had a massive impact on scientific research on its effects, interest in the potential of psychedelic substances is growing. […]

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Second chance for opioid users

On January 9th, a team led by assistant Professor Jacob Sunshine of the University of Washington published results surrounding a new smartphone application developed to detect opioid overdoses and facilitate timely medical intervention. The current opioid crisis in the United States has resulted in a record two-thirds of 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017 being […]

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How long will it be until we see the legalisation of MDMA?

The drug, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (better known by its much catchier abbreviation of MDMA) is mostly considered to be a party drug. It’s a synthetic, psychoactive substance that binds to the transporters involved in serotonin reuptake, resulting in more serotonin in the synaptic space. A similar effect is seen within the norepinephrine and dopamine systems and consequently, […]

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Forget Teviot nachos- drug testing kits are what students need

Throughout the UK, drugs are well ingrained in the fabric of student culture. This isn’t news – the National Students’ Union (NUS) estimates that two in five students are regular drug users, with 56 per cent having taken them at some point in their life. Considering such an established practice, efforts should be made by […]

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Getting lobsters high before death may be more humane

Lobster tanks are not known for being the most comfortable place for lobsters. In fact, studies have shown that most crustaceans, including lobsters, experience stress and pain that can be exacerbated by poor tank conditions. Charlotte Gill, the owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine, is attempting to make the industry more humane by […]

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How worried should we be about the antibiotic apocalypse?

While the news in 2016 was filled with obituaries of beloved world icons, looking back, there may have been one passing of particular importance: that of an elderly woman in Washoe County, US. Why, you may ask? The answer is short, but the implications are potentially massive: the woman was the first known carrier of […]