Spice, a dangerous and highly addictive variety of synthetic cannabis, has grown to become one of the biggest challenges for young homeless people. And a government ban this Summer could have made things worse.
The current monopoly of the pharmaceutical industry by corporate giants is costing lives, but individuals and group initiatives are challenging the system, campaigning for widespread use of generic drugs and affordable price tags.
Activists, politicians and international investors are piling on the pressure for legalisation and dismantling the barriers to reform. Is it finally time for the UK to catch up with the rest of the world?