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Harm Reduction - What Is Happening at the Federal Level

View image | gettyimages.com<p>Advocates for drug policy reform are doing some admirable work at the state level to improve the health and dignity of people who use drugs. But things are rolling at the federal level too. I recently spoke with Whitney Englander and Daniel Raymond, policy advocates with …

Just Say Yes to Harm Reduction

As harm reduction fell from favor, the disease theory of addiction became dominant. That theory helped reduce the stigma around alcoholism and drug addiction. However, it also promoted the idea — now accepted as medical fact — that compulsive behavior tied to drug or alcohol use is unmanageable …

Drug Addiction

Classic Video From a Huge 1994 Strictly Underground London New Year’s Eve Rave

Steve Bailey has posted a classic video from a huge 1994 New Year’s Eve rave hosted by Strictly Underground Records & Ravealation at the Wembley …

Two Dance Music Historians Talk German and American Rave

The authors of the two most compelling works on the history of dance music in recent years talk about process, roadblocks, and the differences between US and German club cultures.<p><i>Photos by Todd Sines and courtesy of The Underground I</i><i>s Massive.</i><p>“When I use the term ‘EDM,’ I’m not referring to the …

A Mother Wants To Change The RAVE Act After The Death Of Her Daughter

It’s been 9 months since I last reported on the RAVE Act, or <b>Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy</b>. The bill which was introduced in 2003 as a …

This Austrian Magazine Was Printed with HIV-Infected Ink

'Vangardist''s publisher, Julian Wiehl, talks about the fight against HIV discrimination.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Alps</i><p>For its May edition, Austrian gay mag <i>Vangardist</i> took blood donations from three HIV-positive people and mixed it with ink that was then used on its pages. …

An Interview with the Publisher of a Magazine Printed Using HIV-Positive Blood

<i>Vangardist</i> publisher Julian Wiehl talks about the fight against HIV discrimination.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Alps.</i><p>An Austrian gay mag called <i>Vangardist</i> made headlines around the world this week for using the blood of three HIV-positive people to print its new issue. The …

Five Gay Men On HIV PrEP Explain Why They Are Taking The Pill

So much of the conversation about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been reduced to labeling the people taking PrEP (“Truvada whore,” and more) instead of listening to them. Queerty wanted to get past those labels, so we spoke to five gay men on PrEP about why they chose to take a pill to prevent …

HIV

How These 4 Illegal Drugs Are Treating Mental Illness

A new wave of research suggests that psychedelic drugs may be able to provide long-lasting relief quickly for those dealing with common mental …

Rob Ford’s former driver found not guilty of drug charges

A friend of Rob Ford was acquitted Friday of drug-related charges after a judge admonished the Crown for lack of evidence, suggesting the former Toronto mayor was the real target of the police investigation.<p>Justice Ramez Khawly dismissed all charges against Ford's friend and former driver Alexander …

Rob Ford’s Party Pal Acquitted of All Drug Charges

In his ruling, the judge slammed the credibility of the former undercover officer who was the key witness in the Crown's case against Sandro Lisi.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>An Ontario judge has acquitted Alexander "Sandro" Lisi, the one-time driver of former Toronto mayor Rob …

Drug addicts stage mass breakout in Vietnam

More than 400 Vietnamese drug addicts have escaped from a rehabilitation centre where they had been detained so that they could receive compulsory treatment, a local official said.<p>The detainees, many wielding sticks, broke free from the centre near the port city of Haiphong in northeast Vietnam …

How These 4 Illegal Drugs Are Treating Mental Illness

For many, antidepressants are a way of life — both essential to normal human functioning and still not quite good enough. But, a new wave of research …

AsapSCIENCE Breaks Down the Effects of Psychedelic Mushrooms on the Brain

The latest episode of AsapSCIENCE (previously) takes a look at how psychedelic mushrooms affect the human brain. The short video breaks down the …

I Took a Lot of Drugs at a Psychedelic Boot Camp

The African Savannah Transformation Retreat promises to transform people through a combination of starvation, sunshine, and psychedelic drugs. Does it work? There was only one way to find out.<p>Just before Christmas I booked myself onto a thing called the African Savannah Transformation Retreat. This …

The Truth About Tripping: How Psychedelics Made A Comeback

Photographed by Stephanie Gonot.<p>Back in 1957, British psychiatrist Humphry Osmond summed up LSD’s effects in a pithy couplet, which he sent to the …

This TV Host Is Happy Psychedelic Drug Research Is Making A Comeback

Research on psychedelics is making a comeback, and this science-minded TV host says that's a good thing.<p>Jason Silva, host of National Geographic Channel's "Brain Games," is encouraging scientists to explore the medicinal use of psychedelic drugs -- saying they can efficiently be used as "tools" to …

Psychedelia

Safer than riding a bike? Scientists promote medicinal use of psychedelic drugs

The therapeutic or experimental use of psychedelic drugs is safer than taking legal substances such as nicotine or alcohol, two leading members of a drug research organization have said.<p>The two Norwegian scientists penned a letter in the Lancet journal claiming the ban on drugs like MDMA (ecstasy) …

The Worst Letter Ever Written? / Vaping.com - Your One Stop Vapor Shop

About the author<p>Oliver Kershaw<p>Founder of e-cigarette-forum.com and co-founder of vaping.com<p>The entire public health establishment of the United …

Why anti-pot crusaders need marijuana to change the brain

The assertion that marijuana makes you crazy has a long, unscientific history. In the mid-1940s, when prohibition of cannabis was just getting fired …

Cannabis