‘Let me take you to Columbia,’ said Sanho Tree, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and a director of its Drug Policy Project. ‘Here farmers grow coca because it makes economic sense to them,’ he said. ‘They don’t stand a chance of growing other crops and coca is one crop that doesn’t require much infrastructure.’ Yet the government had been trying to eradicate coca for decades, primarily through crop dusters – aircraft that sprayed the area with a potent form of Roundup, a herbicide that caused rashes, vomiting and illness as well as the death of crops and animals.
Author: Nigel Brunsdon
We’d like to thank everyone who made HIT Hot Topics such an amazing event, especially our speakers and our conference attendees. As you can see from our gallery your passion shows through.
Our annual Cavern Club charity event is where the HIT team finally get to relax and enjoy ourselves. Always featuring the Sensational HIT Soul Band and one or two other invited bands, this is a night of music in one of the most famous venues in the world. We know that for many people who come to our conference each year this is the highlight of the events!
HIT’s Harm Reduction Cafés are a major part of our conferences. The café event is held the night before the conference with people attending from all around the world to catch up with friends, network, chat and most importantly enjoy themselves.
Biz Bliss is a co-director and lead facilitator of the Psychedelic Society Experience Retreats, pioneering safe and legal psilocybin retreats since 2015. Guided by a desire to affect positive social change, Biz has worked in activist, corporate and social enterprise settings initiating a string of projects along the way. Through the process she’s found supporting people to do deep work is where her heart, skills and passion lie. Designing and guiding people through transformational processes feeds her soul, whilst growing the business satiates her mind. All in all, she has found a perfect job balancing the pragmatist and the mystic.
Nadia Hutten is a PhD student at the Department of Neuropsychology & Psychopharmacology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Her main research topic is cognition enhancement with ‘illicit’ drug use.
Mick has been working with the mobilisation and development of drug user networks since 2006. He is currently the coordinator of a new network in his home city of Bristol (CDF Bristol UK).
Amira originally trained as an accountant before pursuing a career as a pharmacist. She gained her PhD in the in-field detection of New Psychoactive Substance (NPS) and led the first Home Office approved Drug Checking Service in the UK.
Rui Coimbra Morais
Rui used drugs since he was young and knows well about different contexts of drug use. He’s worked in a Roma social housing neighbourhood, in a foster care home, in a State National Program to end Child Labor. In 2011 he joined CASO and then EuroNPUD and has been working in Peer Involvement and Community based interventions, and advocating for full citizenship for drug users.
Megan Jones is Policy Manager for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, leading on criminal justice and substance misuse. The West Midlands drug policy recommendations have been praised by Government Ministers, Cross-Party Parliamentary Groups, national treatment agencies and senior police officers.