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
Although more than a third of adults have tried drugs, most people do not take them for long
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
Breakthrough in Britain's war on drugs and crime
A treatment programme is breaking the link between drug abuse and criminal behaviour. Four ex-addicts explain how their lives have changed
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 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 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
Cocaine may not cost much but it certainly isn't cheap
The cocaine trade turns people into throwaway human containers. That alone should make it unacceptable
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