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Harmful habits

How safe do people think substances are - compared to how safe they actually are?

World drug situation

The production and use of illegal drugs, and how much the authorities manage to seize

Getting help: Young people & drugs

Alcohol and drug problems in young people seem to be declining but some still need help

Hidden drug users who won't be found burgling your home to fund their habit

This survey reveals that many drug users lead normal, successful lives

Where's the harm

Alcohol does more harm in society than crack cocaine - but crack is more harmful to individuals. A different way of looking at the drug problem

Let's be honest about party drugs

Youngsters will always want to experiment and there is always someone ready to provide the next high

The art and science of evidence about drugs

How can we tell how harmful a drug is?

When I see a young patient with a heart-attack, one of the first things I think of is cocaine.

A doctor gives his advice and insight into the effects of cocaine

Drug deaths

Drug poisoning deaths, from both illegal and legal drugs, are at their highest level since 1993

Getting help: Adult substance misuse

Over ten years the number of people accessing help for substance abuse increased considerably...and the proportion recovering from dependence also increased

Just Say Yes

A chief constable argues that the only solution to the drugs trade is to make it legal

Drug users

Drug use in the UK adults and round the world

If cannabis is legal, more teenagers will smoke it - and that can't be good

This writer believes that we already have a good system when it comes to regulating drugs

Cannabis in Colorado: The ups and downs of legalising highs

The American state of Colorado has made the sale of marijuana legal. It now has more cannabis shops than branches of Starbucks, yet there are still illegal dealers on the streets

Would legalising drugs really reap a good harvest?

The illegal drugs market is growing, but state control could bring more questions than answers

Is drug taking just a matter for the individual?

Writers from very different backgrounds think it is a matter of personal choice

Accept the facts - and end this futile 'war on drugs'

Banning drugs doesn't work, it simply puts money into the hands of armed criminal gangs

Many agree, none act: to ease untold misery, legalise drugs

The war on drugs has been lost, but politicians are too frightened to admit it

Why Blog del Narco has become the most important website in Mexico

The power of the drug cartels has forced Mexico's media into silence - but Blog del Narco details their activities and atrocities