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A drug that was weaponised by the UK's most prolific rapist and the serial killer Stephen Port should be reclassified, says an official report

Currently GHB is in class C, with anabolic steroids and some tranquilisers.

The official review was commissioned following calls for a change in the law by the children of a man who was murdered with the drug.

Eric Michels, a father of three from south London, was killed in 2018 by a GHB dealer who gave him a catastrophic overdose in order to steal from him.

His sons Sam and Josh campaigned for the drug to be reclassified.

"Today is a positive day," Sam Michels told the BBC but said he thought GHB should be a Class A drug.

Assessment of the harms of (GHB) gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, gamma-butyrolactone, and closely related compounds Research & Analysis:

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Cocaine’s effects on the heart can cause both immediate emergencies, such as a heart attack, and long-term damage.

Cocaine’s effects on the heart can cause both immediate emergencies, such as a heart attack, and long-term damage.

Regular, long-term cocaine use significantly increases the risk of heart disease. For people with pre-existing heart health problems, even short-term cocaine use may elevate the risk. These risks include…

Coronary artery disease

Higher blood pressure

Damage to the structure of the heart

Heart arrhythmias

Chest pain

Congestive heart failure

Heart attack and stroke

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It is way past time to promote drug use exiting recovery, not simply 'harm reduction' mechanisms that only sustain on going drug use. If there is no focus on an exit strategy from the 'Harm Causer' - the drug, then we are are simply putting 'Band-Aids' on gangrenous wounds.

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Vaping  Info Sheet

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Combining MDMA and alcohol increases the risk of adverse or severe side effects. In some cases, side effects can be fatal or cause long-term health problems. Taking both MDMA and alcohol increases the risk of an acute intoxication and accompanying harms. If people think someone has consumed MDMA or too much alcohol or both, they should seek immediate medical help. All use of psychotropic toxins carries risk, both short and long term. No use is best health practice.

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