• Published on 10 Jul 2014 Sections Health, UK

    After years of austerity, NHS ‘could experience a funding crisis’

    The clamour is growing for something to be done about the NHS – through extra taxes, paying to see your GP, reconfiguring services, better use of technologies, more care in the community.

  • Published on 15 Jul 2013 Sections Fact, FactCheck, Fiction

    As two of the world’s fastest sprinters test positive for a banned substance, FactCheck looks at the recent history of doping in sport.

  • Published on 11 Jun 2013 Sections Health, UK

    Decriminalising drugs – a wise investment?

    Sir Richard Branson says it’s time to be brave on drugs policy. But as funding is cut for harm reduction programmes in many countries, perhaps there are more pressing issues.

  • Published on 26 Sep 2012 Sections Science, UK

    Why I shall not be getting stoned

    I may not be taking part, but a Channel 4 experiment in which volunteers take Ecstasy in hospital conditions has already yielded ‘three scientific breakthroughs’.

  • Published on 22 Aug 2012 Sections Health, India

    Indian court battle threatens the supply of affordable medication

    India manufactures one-fifth of the world’s generic drugs with about half sent abroad, largely to poorer countries. But a court case could threaten this supply of affordable medication to the developing world to treat conditions such as HIV and Aids.

  • Published on 5 Jul 2010

    From sun to bust

    I spent Sunday in the Solent on a boat sailed by my cousin Peter. A good wind in our sails, choppy seas, and glorious unbroken sunshine as we sped past the glistening white Needles. There was hardly another  boat in sight. I wondered why, and suddenly remembered the Men’s Final at Wimbledon was on. Must…

  • Published on 6 Apr 2010 Sections FactCheck, Uncategorised

    The Conservative Party claims it can pay for all cancer drugs on the NHS from the money it “saves” by not implementing the National Insurance rise.

  • Published on 30 Mar 2010

    My battles for answers over Mephedrone

    Jon Snow blogs about his interview with Home Secretary Alan Johnson on Mephedrone

  • Published on 2 Nov 2009

    Dealing with drugs needs new thinking and new courage

    Alan Johnson’s gift to personkind might be to re-engage Professor David Nutt and join with him in calling a halt to a bankrupt method of handling the drugs disaster

  • Published on 2 Nov 2009 Sections Business

    On drugs policy, crime is the elephant in the room

    Were the home secretary ever to appoint a panel of independent economists to advise on drugs, those economists might note that there are alternatives to the present drugs policy which could wipe out certain types of crime altogether.

  • Published on 8 Apr 2009 Sections World

    Arizona is a dangerous place to visit these days. It’s become the kidnap capital of the United States as a wave of violence associated with the raging drug wars in Mexico has swept across the border and into America. More than one abduction a day is reported to the police, and they know that represents…

  • Published on 12 Mar 2009

    We have to say no to 'just say no'

    There really must be another way. According to The Economist, 5 per cent of the world’s population abuses drugs. Yet the UN conference in Vienna has offered no new routes to combating this world-trashing menace. The Economist, for the second time in 20 years, calls for wholesale legalisation. In a recession the mere tax take…

  • Published on 12 Mar 2009

    Admit it: the war on drugs has failed

    Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, eats a coca leaf in front of the UN drug committee meeting in Vienna (see video below). He complains about the continuing war on what is a natural product in his country. We have discussed drugs here before. We have not been prepared to admit that the war on drugs…

  • Published on 18 Feb 2009

    Spice: template for a shiny happy world?

    The news that the British military has recovered heroin in Afghanistan with a street value in the UK of £50m once again throws the whole issue of drugs and money centre stage. Of course, the drug locally in Afghanistan would have nothing like that value – perhaps, some experts say, a few thousand dollars at…