Wednesday, 15th August 2018

MAP - Europe

Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. France: France To Soften Cannabis Laws -- But Not Legalize
    The Daily Tribune, 25 Jan 2018 - Paris, France -- France's fight against cannabis, through tough laws to punish users, has long been a failure -- the French remain among Europe's biggest dope smokers. So will a change of strategy under President Emmanuel Macron have more success? The new centrist government is preparing to soften legislation, making users caught with cannabis liable for an instant fine of 150-200 euros ($180-250) instead of prosecution and the threat of a one-year jail term.
  2. Switzerland: Commission Makes Recommendations For Tackling Opioid
    Globe and Mail, 02 Oct 2017 - The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of harm reduction services, the decriminalization and regulation of currently illicit drugs and an initiative to allow interested cities to de facto decriminalize as federal debates over drug policy continue. The position paper, to be released on Monday, comes in advance of the final report of the White House opioid commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, due out in November.
  3. UK: Teen Died After Five Bags Of Ecstasy 'Exploded' In Her
    New York Post, 05 Sep 2017 - A teenage law student from Britain died while on holiday in Ibiza after five bags of ecstasy exploded in her stomach, an inquest heard. Rebecca Brock, 18, was discovered with a pool of blood next to her head in a hotel room after traveling to the party island for a friend's birthday.
  4. UK: Ecstasy Being Studied As Treatment For Alcoholism
    New York Post, 03 Jul 2017 - Taking party drug ecstasy may help boozers break their addiction to alcohol. Scientists are set to carry out the first ever trial to see whether the controlled substance can help treat heavy drinkers.
  5. UK: 'Elsa From Frozen' Telling Meth Addicts To 'Let It Go' Is The
    The Mirror, 17 Jan 2017 - Meth is not good -- and a community in Montana, US, used a young woman who looked oddly like Elsa from Frozen to remind its citizens. An anti-drug campaign called the Montana Meth Project (MMP) erected some billboards and signs calling on people to "just let it go" -- "it" being meth, an illegal substance that causes misery around the world.