Drugs

Norwood in talks to rescue Drugsline

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

Drugsline, the UK’s only Jewish substance abuse charity, which closed its doors in September, is to be resurrected by leading Jewish charity Norwood.

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EU needs Israeli medicines: time to trade freely

By Marina Yannakoudakis, October 19, 2012

Why is it that a trade agreement that will facilitate the import of high-quality and affordable medicines into Europe is such a political hot potato? Because the trade agreement is with Israel.

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Drugsline goes into liquidation

By Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2012

The Ilford-based charity Drugsline was put into voluntary liquidation this week. The Chabad-supported drugs outreach organisation, run by Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, who received an MBE for his work, has educated hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in its 23 years of operation, as well as supporting drugs users and their families. Its closure was announced in the JC three weeks ago.

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'Drugs Live' scientist hails rare opportunity

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

A scientist involved with a television programme featuring public figures taking ecstasy has praised it for offering an "unusual opportunity" for studying the aftereffects of the drug.

Dr Jonathan Roiser, from UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, is set to appear in the second installment of Channel 4's "Drugs Live: the Ecstasy Trial" programme.

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Hundreds call to help Drugsline

By Anna Sheinman, September 13, 2012

The former executive director of drugs outreach charity Drugsline has been overwhelmed by the response from the community following the news that the charity had closed because of acute financial difficulties.

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Drugsline must be rescued, the JC says

September 6, 2012

The sudden collapse of Drugsline is a disaster which simply has to be rectified. The charity has not only saved the lives of many of those already ravaged by drug abuse; the preventative work it does in schools and colleges is essential. Without it, we risk making an already bad situation far worse.

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Drug charity collapses and leaders refuse to act

By Anna Sheinman, September 6, 2012

Drugsline, the only charity working directly with drug and alcohol addicts in the Jewish community, has been forced to close due to acute financial difficulties.

The organisation’s demise has been met with indifference from the Jewish Leadership Council. A spokesman said it had “nothing to add”.

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Drugs advice charity in sudden closure

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2012

The leading advice service offering assistance to British Jews with drug problems has suddenly closed after more than 20 years of service.

In an email to supporters on Monday, Drugsline founder Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin said the charity’s work had ceased because “finance could no longer be secured to maintain this very high level of service”.

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Israeli scientists create cannabis that doesn't get you high

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 4, 2012

Israeli scientists in a laboratory in the Galilee have reportedly developed a pain-easing strain of marijuana that does not cause psychoactive effects.

The main component in cannabis, which results in the "high" feeling, is known as THC. But Israeli scientists believe they have managed to remove this element for the first time.

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UN drugs watchdog criticises Iran over Israel drug outburst

By Jennifer Lipman, July 3, 2012

The United Nations body responsible for drug control has criticised Iran after its vice-president spoke of drug addiction being a Zionist conspiracy.

Yury Fedotov, chief of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said Mohammad Reza Rahimi’s remarks caused him "dismay and serious concern".

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