• Trump and the Hydroxychloroquine Heresy

    Trump has recently told reporters that he is taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to protect himself against coronavirus. As a drug that is yet to be confirmed safe or effective in treating COVID-19, it is an extremely risky move to take, especially as President of the United States, a...
  • Canada has Legalised Weed: Should the U.K. follow?

    Almost fifty years after Nixon launched the war on drugs, there now exists a building momentum to abandon the fight. Canada’s recent legalisation of cannabis, the second nation in the world to do so, embodies this motion. The question remains: Should the U.K. follow in Canada’s footsteps? With an...
  • Emancipation and Entrapment: My Experience of the Dual Effects of Marijuana

    In one of his legendary set pieces, cult figure and comic icon Bill Hicks famously announced that he thought marijuana should not just be legalised, it should be mandatory. Though he may only have been trying to tickle the ribs of his Saturday night crowds, his innocent image of...
  • Drug Ballad: An Analysis of Narcotics in Rap

    “I like lean, I like drugs”. These are the opening lyrics to ‘Slingshot’, a song which served as my introduction to the upcoming underground rapper, Lil Xan. Given these lyrics (lean referring to a syrup-based recreational drug), along with his name itself (an abbreviation for the drug Xanax), I...
  • Not so smart: students warned of ‘study drugs’

    The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning over so-called ‘study drugs’.  According to the MHRA, students are ‘gambling with health’ by taking ‘smart’ drugs such as Modafinil and Ritalin without a prescription. Ritalin is normally used to treat ADHD. Modafinil is prescribed to relieve...
  • Safety and Responsibility: Why Universities Should Provide Drug testing

    Newcastle University has made kits for testing the safety of illegal drugs available to students for just £3, as part of the new ‘Test Your Drugs, Not Yourself’ initiative aimed at improving drug safety. The kits allow students to check the purity of drugs, with chemical reactions turning the...
  • Nottingham labelled drug dealing capital of England

    In a recent study of drug related prosecutions, it has been revealed that Nottingham is the drug dealing capital of England and Wales. Figures from the Mirror prove that Nottingham has a higher percentage of drug trafficking offences per 10,000 people than any other town or city in England...