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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Gateway drug, to what?

Substance abuse has less to do with the substance than it has to do with the lives we live. But what has the War on Drugs done to us, and what will follow it?

Really breaking the taboo: ending the war on the right to choose

The 'war on drugs' is more than a war on the people that use some drugs, it is a war on perception, consciousness and human potential. [2,560 word essay]

A phony war

It's not a war on drugs, it's a war on drug users, most of whom have no health issues associated with their use.  

The war on drug users' families

"While the drug laws did not stop my sons from getting into drugs, they certainly went a long way to stop them from getting out." An open letter from a mother who lost her sons to overdoses. 

The US incapacity to enforce federal drug laws - and the global consequences

The US drug policy is changing, pitting states against federal law. This essay explores this inner friction of contradictory drug legislation, and what it may mean for the international drug control regime, itself a result of US drug policy. (4,400 words)

Ketamine: Living in dreams, managing the realities

Ketamine is often perceived as a novelty drug which seems to have emerged out of nowhere with a catastrophic set of health and social consequences. Instead of repeating the mistake of further criminalising its users, the Government is urged to take a more enlightened approach to the growing ketamine crisis.

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of July 19, 2010

A weekly summary of what's going on in drug policy and criminal justice reform in the US & UK.
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