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A citizens’ initiative calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis use in Finland is headed to parliament for consideration by MPs. The initiative received the required 50,000 signatures on Thursday evening, which means the document can now be handed to Finnish MPs for consideration. The initiative calls for the decriminalisation of possession, use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis.

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So far this year, Icelandic police and customs officials have confiscated about 200 kg (441 lbs) of narcotics. Police authorities state there are signs of increasing import of drugs, and that a great deal of drugs is produced in Iceland as well. “There is more drug abuse in society, wherever you look,” states Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir, director of SÁÁ, the National Center of Addiction Medicine, Morgunblaðið reports. “This is a major challenge for the whole healthcare and social systems.”

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As a result of the operations carried out by the investigation department of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, several Estonian citizens were suspected of importing and selling drugs on the Estonian market and faced criminal proceedings. In July, seven Estonian citizens suspected of bringing and selling drugs into Estonia were detained by staff of the Tax and Customs Board (MTA) Investigation Department. During the detentions, a kilogram of high-purity cocaine was seized and various drug handling tools, such as scales, grooved plastic bags, were found.

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Study from Norway: Acute poisoning related to the recreational use of prescription drugs: an observational study from Oslo, Norway
One in three acute poisonings related to recreational drug use involved prescription drugs. Benzodiazepines were by far the most common class of drugs. Prescription drugs had mostly been taken in combination with illegal drugs or ethanol.

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