Party drug kills medical student

By Marcus Dysch, April 30, 2009

A 21-year-old medical student has been found dead after taking a “party drug” which the Home Office failed to ban despite warnings of its dangers.

Hester Stewart’s parents paid tribute to their “caring, wonderful girl” and attacked the government for failing to implement plans to outlaw gamma-butyrlactone (GBL) last year.

Ms Stewart, whose family were formerly members of Brighton and Hove Orthodox Hebrew Congregation, died at a house in Brighton on Sunday morning. A container of GBL was found close to her.

It mixes with acid in the stomach to create date-rape drug GHB.


Lenny Henry plays it straight on drugs

November 6, 2008

Comedian Lenny Henry raised some serious issues when he addressed the third annual dinner of Drugsline on Monday at the Millennium Hotel in London's West End.


Two deny drugs claims

October 16, 2008

Two Israelis, one in his 80s, have pleaded not guilty to importing cannabis into Britain, while a third has pleaded guilty.

Moshe Kedar, 81, and Mordechai Hersh, 66, will face trial at Winchester Crown Court in February next year.

Yehezkel Srebro, 56, pleaded guilty but will not be sentenced until later. Another six people are charged with the same offences.

All nine were charged following arrests in Southampton in April, in connection with alleged drug-trafficking.


Orthodox community steps up its anti-drugs campaign

By Simon Rocker, August 15, 2008

A strictly Orthodox charity is planning to step up its campaign over the next few weeks to educate its constituency about the risk of drugs.

Talking Matters, a Stamford Hill-based welfare agency specialising in mental-health issues, last autumn published a ground-breaking 128-page guide in Yiddish, Hebrew and English on understanding addictions, ranging from gambling, sugar and "shopaholism" to alcohol and drugs.


Cocaine blamed for rabbi's crash death

August 5, 2008

A wealthy philanthropist dubbed "God's postman" was killed when he crashed his Bentley after taking cocaine, an inquest heard.

Rabbi Benzion Dunner, who gave millions to charity, may have been under the influence of the class A drug as he drove his two sons in his £175,000 car.

The 45-year-old lost control of the Bentley Arnage as he overtook another vehicle at 80mph, careered off the road and ploughed into a tree.


Police in cannabis farm raid

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2008

A cannabis farm has been discovered by workmen at a house in the heart of a Jewish neighbourhood.

Police were called to the property in Prestwich, Manchester, last Friday afternoon after the men, who had been contracted to work at the house, saw plants growing inside.

The workers were chased away by a man at the Park Road house, but when officers arrived, they discovered around 400 cannabis plants.


Prize for helping mum’s fight against alcoholism

By Craig Silver, July 25, 2008
A Hertfordshire 25-year-old's efforts to help her mother and others to combat alcoholism - and to support the children of addicts - has been recognised with an Anne Frank Award.

Emma Spiegler from Kings Langley set up an online support group for Children of Addicted Parents (coap.co.uk) two years ago. The aim, she said, was to provide a forum for those in a similar situation.


Olympic hope fails drugs test

By Simon Griver, June 27, 2008

Israel’s top medals hope may be unable to compete in Beijing in August after the sailor failed a drugs test.

Udi Gal, who hopes to compete alongside Gidon Kliger, had two random samples taken by Israel’s Olympic Committee in May which showed traces of the banned substance Finasteride. The  29-year-old claims that he took the medication Propecia, which he did not realise contains Finasteride, to combat hair-loss.


Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue hears of drug issue

June 13, 2008
Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin from Drugsline Chabad addressed an audience of almost 100 people at Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue. Rabbi Sufrin spoke about why he started the East London counselling and educational service 17 years ago. He said: “No community is immune.” He urged his audience to remove any blinkers they might have on the drugs issue. The meeting was organised by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.


Why the world's drug addicts are off to the Promised Land

By Michal Levertov, May 30, 2008

Last week, the JC reported that Amy Winehouse was booked into detox in Israel. A wise move: the country’s state-funded rehab programmes are attracting addicts from across the globe, and claiming high success rates