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An enlightened approach to “illegal” drugs will revolutionise medicine and science

OPINION: Let logic prevail! It is time for all countries to review their support of the current UN approach to recreational drug control and allow medical research on illegal substances.

Sewage detectives scour wastewater for drugs

Every year in a coordinated, European-wide effort, scientists hunt for traces of drugs in wastewater from nearly 60 cities, including Oslo. But what can they learn from their findings?

Want to stop your children from drinking alcohol?

We asked two scientists what parents should and should not do to prevent their teenagers from drinking excessively.

Researchers get phone data to chart drug abuse in Oslo

Researchers have for the first time used anonymous data from mobile telephones together with analyses of wastewater to quantify use of illicit drugs in and around Norway’s capital.

Mythbusting: There is no steroid “epidemic”

When you watch the news, it is evident that steroid use is a growing public health concern that demands a solution. But when you look at the numbers, there is little evidence to support that claim.

Scientists develop explosives-detecting liquid

Scientists have developed a liquid that fluoresces when in close proximity to explosives--may even replace sniffer dogs.

Surprisingly many women tested positive for drug use during pregnancy

A new study finds that many pregnant women tested positive for addictive drugs, begging the question, should pregnant women be routinely tested for drugs?

Amphetamine gets the job done

Drugs are usually associated with vulnerable social groups. New research reveals that amphetamine, however, is used by some in physically demanding manual jobs - to sustain long working hours.

Depression patients experiment with their medicine

Half of all patients suffering from depression start experimenting with the medication during the first year of their treatment.

Side effects from asthma medicine are underreported

Danish scientists find evidence of underreporting of severe side effects from asthma medicine in clinical trials.