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For Norwegian drug addicts, pregnancy might lead to incarceration

A unique law gives social workers in Norway the right to lock up pregnant drug addicts to protect the health of unborn children. A new study looks at how the pregnant users react to being incarcerated.

Drug users in prison want treatment

Drug users are massively overrepresented in Norwegian prisons, but there are few drug treatment programmes.

Pharma giant threatens Danish scientist

A German pharmaceutical giant is threatening a Danish professor with a big compensation claim. The researcher has conducted a critical study of a type of medicine manufactured by the company.

Blocking the effects of heroin

The euphoric effects of heroin can be blocked using a drug called naltrexone.

Dope leads to dungeon and the dole

Cannabis smoking can give you a heart attack and it increases the odds that you’ll be spending more time behind bars or queuing up in welfare lines. Researchers are less certain about other harmful effects.

Young people say no to weed

Norwegian youths, like their peers across Europe, use less cannabis today than they did at the turn of the millennium.

Addiction - a growing menace

Addiction is on the rise in Europe. An increasing number of young people are unable to control their use of drugs, alcohol, sex, computer games, technology, shopping, dieting or exercise.

Heroin clinics improve addicts' lives

State-funded heroin clinics have been set up in several European countries in recent years. They have all showed signs of success, but there hasn’t been any research into why – until now.

Hormone-impairing substances make daughters fat

Pregnant women with high levels of hormone-impairing substances in their blood have a three times higher risk than other women of giving birth to daughters who will be overweight at the age of 20.

Multi-resistant bacteria fear avocados

Substances in avocado plants can fight off multi-resistant bacteria. The newly-discovered extracts can complement existing antibiotics.