Depending on who you ask, ketamine – with which Bristol has often had an unhealthily strong relationship – conjures up different images and associations.
For Dr Ben Sessa, a leading authority and practitioner of psychedelic assisted therapy, it is a powerful aid to helping people suffering from trauma and addiction.
Sessa is the co-founder of Awakn, a company leading the burgeoning movement to use psychedelic drugs for healing with a clinic in Bristol and internationally. Tune in with Neil to explore the science, philosophy and context of this exciting field with a raver, campaigner and medical professional.
More drug arrests but more people in treatment two years into new diversion scheme
Bristol was one of the areas to get funding from Project Adder, a new scheme to divert first time offenders away from the criminal justice system and pursue bigger players in the illegal drug trade. But how is it going?
Bristol to become first UK city to offer potentially life saving drug checking scheme
After years of pilot schemes at music festivals, the community-based service will aim to prevent drug-related deaths and harm, as users can find out what they’re taking.
Inside the Bristol clinic offering ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for mental health and addiction
The evidence from the £6,000 treatment plans is encouraging despite a lack of large-scale studies, but questions remain around disparities of access.
Watch: The government blocked Bristol’s plans for tackling drug overdoses. This Scottish activist took matters into his own hands.
Cranstoun Project Lead Peter Krykant set up his own safe consumption room in a van in Glasgow. The idea has support in Bristol, so what will happen next?
Does this Bristol pilot project suggest the UK is moving towards less draconian drug laws?
The £5 million pilot project came to Bristol earlier this year to help get more people into treatment and prevent reoffending.