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Drugs Uncovered:

Observer Special Supplement

 


The Uncovered Poll
Revealed: Britain's Drug Habit
Time To Be Adult About Drugs
Boom or Bust?


Boom or bust?
Attitudes towards drugs have relaxed in the past decade, but, asks Mark Kohn, is this liberation or defeatism?

The facts


The knowledge
The catch-all 'drugs' describes a wide range of illegal substances on the street. Here's the lowdown on what's easily available across the country, and what effect they could have on you.

So how much do children know?
In the pop charts, in the playground, on every street corner, drugs are openly discussed. Here's what is said.

100 years of altered states
From cocaine in Coca-Cola in 1902 to toking Royals in 2002: we trace the drugs timeline over the past century.

Street market


Drugstore Britain
How easy is it to 'score' in Britain today? We gave Martin Deeson a wish list of illegal drugs and sent him shopping in three urban centres and one rural backwater.

But what's in the drugs?
Sweetener, stone and even ground glass were found in the drugs tested by forensic scientist Jim Campbell.

Cocaine nation
Simply everyone's taking cocaine. Once the champagne of illegal substances, it's now the classless Class A drug. But 'doing Charlie' comes with huge physical risks, reveals Sylvia Patterson.

Drugs' experiences


Tales of experience
Instead of a doctor's guidance, illegal drug users rely on the first-hand accounts of peers. But some sources are wiser than others, finds Carl Wilkinson.

My drugs
Drug users give their first-hand accounts of the highs and lows of taking illegal substances.

Staying clean


Can you kick it?
Perhaps. While some experts talk of an addictive personality and others argue addiction is a myth, Caroline, Naomi and Giles tell Martin Bright of their struggle to beat the habit.

Who profits?


Class A capitalists
Illegal drugs sustain a huge global industry, with a highly efficient international supply chain. Faisal Islam reveals who reaps the profits.

Deadly cargo
The luxury yachts smuggling cocaine into southern Spain are a key part of the drug's route to Britain. But the glitzy surroundings veil a trade run by hardened British criminals, writes Tony Thompson.

The future....


Feed your brain
Most people take illegal drugs to get 'high' but some use them to improve their intelligence. Can 'smart drugs' really boost brainpower? Andrew Smith spent a month finding out.

The next Big High?
Attempts to dodge the Law meet cutting-edge science in new drug fashions, writes Carl Wilkinson.

From the archive: Observer highlights


The changing debate
Two countries took the drugs test. Who passed?
David Rose reports from Utrecht on how there is no war on drugs in Holland. They believe this is a social problem, not a criminal one. And all the evidence suggests that their policy works.

"The dealers think they're untouchable now..."
Tony Thompson in Brixton reports on how the law has given dealers a free hand to sell increasing quantities of drugs, including crack, with impunity.

The policing debate


Drugs bust-up at the Met
Senior officers are at loggerheads, reports Martin Bright - should they pursue users or switch to softly-softly?

But there's only one problem. I hate dope
Euan Ferguson went out yesterday to test the new liberal attitude to cannabis. Buying it was easy, but smoking it made him sick.

A copper's copper
The Observer Profile: John Stevens

Should the law be changed?


What do we do when the drugs war stops?
Its not just the war on drugs that is failing, says Rowena Young. Drugs treatment fails nine times out of ten too.
Blair 'must scrap failed drug tactics'

Drug laws revolution set for UK
Cannabis should be decriminalised in an Amsterdam-style revolution on the streets of Britain, an influential group of MPs will recommend in a landmark report.

Police urge major rethink on heroin
Users would take drug in 'shooting galleries' to reduce need to steal, in proposals backed by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
The police and hard drugs: the Cleveland report

Softer drug laws vetoed by Labour
The government is to reject swaths of the seminal Police Foundation report on the future of British drugs policy because it fears appearing to be 'soft'.

Don't legalise drugs
Black leaders fear that lifting prohibition will harm their communities, says Cristina Odone

Legalise drugs, but tax them too
It's time that we took cannabis, heroin and Ecstasy out of the hands of the criminals, argues Henry McDonald

Hard drugs epidemic: Observer investigation


Opium of the people
In a prosperous Cotswolds village, Kevin can score heroin within minutes. In David Rose's two-part investigation The Observer reveals the true scale of Britain's hard drug epidemic.

Our society is hooked ... here's how we can fix it
David Rose - Drugs in Britain special, part two: As the Tories debate legalisation of soft drugs and Labour grapples with the perceived link between drugs and crime, a visit to a rehab unit in Oxford reveals one vital truth - every addict is different.

The drugs debate: where next?
Practioners and policymakers respond to David Rose's groundbreaking investigation into class-A drugs in Britain

Drugs education


Drug video's shock tactics 'won't work'
Questions are being asked by drug experts and campaigners: Do the shock tactics help? Or could they even be counter-productive?
Mary Riddell: Every mother's worst nightmare

The drug tests don't work
Viv Evans of Drugscope says Eton's approach to drugs exemplifies how schools and teachers get it wrong, and fail to give young people the informed advice they want.

Ecstasy


Comedown - the ecstasy fallout
Britain's half-million pill-poppers could face after-effects that last a lifetime. Anthony Browne reports.

Out of control or just growing up?
Harry's peers give the verdict on drugs, drink and teenagers.

We can't know the dangers
Your letters on esctasy.

Global perspectives


Business as usual for Afghan drugs
Afghanistan is likely to retain a central role in the global drugs trade, argues Mark Galeotti in this World Today essay. But even a miracle of western statecraft would only lead to Afghanistan's impoverished neighbours seizing a greater share of this lucrative trade.

It's not only the west that suffers
Afghanistan is the source of most of the west's heroin. But even greater supplies are devastating the local region, says Ustina Markus, and the damage will get worse unless the international community acts.

How global battle against drugs risks backfiring
The international war on narcotics is going awry. Chemical spraying of coca bushes is poisoning Colombian villages, while failure to back Afghan rulers could actually boost the heroin trade. By Hugh O'Shaughnessy in Bogota.

Revealed: Britain's drug habit

The Uncovered poll

Have we got the balance right yet?

Time to be adult about drugs

Boom or bust?

The knowledge

So how much do children know?

100 years of altered states

Drugstore Britain

But what's in the drugs?

Cocaine nation

Tales of experience

My drugs

Can you kick it?

Class A capitalists

Deadly cargo

Feed your brain

The next Big High?

Two countries took the drugs test. Who passed?

"The dealers think they're untouchable now..."

Drugs bust-up at the Met

But there's only one problem. I hate dope

A copper's copper

What do we do when the drugs war stops?

~Blair 'must scrap failed drug tactics'

Drug laws revolution set for UK

Police urge major rethink on heroin

~The police and hard drugs: the Cleveland report

Softer drug laws vetoed by Labour

Don't legalise drugs

Legalise drugs, but tax them too

Opium of the people

Our society is hooked ... here's how we can fix it

The drugs debate: where next?

Drug video's shock tactics 'won't work'

~Mary Riddell: Every mother's worst nightmare

The drug tests don't work

Comedown - the ecstasy fallout

Out of control or just growing up?

We can't know the dangers

Business as usual for Afghan drugs

It's not only the west that suffers

How global battle against drugs risks backfiring

 

 

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