Prohibition kills: education saves lives. Learn and never skip the safety measures.


The drugscape does not exist in a vacuum, and neither do you. The world you are part of encompasses society and culture, legal implications, irrational threats, personal responsibilities, sources of help and assistance, terminology and slang, and a myriad of other complex and omnipresent phenomena.

Within this, this section seeks to provide background, context, and direct information relevant to drug use, as well as guidance on where to obtain further material and knowledge. It offers practical data and reference material to help manage all the above, and hopefully to successfully navigate any emerging problems or issues.

Again, this cuts through the misinformation and propaganda of mainstream sources, and focuses upon the factual and the accurate. Used in conjunction with the earlier sections, it may help you to avoid many of the pitfalls which are encountered by the unwary all too frequently.

Both the drugscape and the worldscape are fraught with danger and risk. Education and awareness are obvious first steps to mitigate this. Don’t shortcut these steps, or indeed, any of the safety measures documented in this book.

The worldscape is documented via the following sub-sections:

4.1 How Many People Use Drugs?
4.2 The Relative Harm
4.3 Addiction & Overdose
4.4 The Law
4.5 The UK Legal Highs
4.6 The Dutch Connection
4.7 Dealers: A Different Perspective
4.8 Confessions of a Lab Rat
4.9 Reference Works / Further Reading
4.10 Online Information Sources
4.11 Idioms & Acronyms
4.12 Common, Street & Brand Names
4.13 Social Media
4.14 Namaste: A Final Note