Hitman. Drugs mule. Would you really do anything for a job?

The government’s Universal Jobmatch website may soon be a thing of the past, which is just as well looking at some of the fake adverts that have appeared on it since 2012. Read more

One fake ad on the Universal Jobmatch site was looking for an ‘MI6 target elimination specialist’. Photograph: Alamy

Generation jitters: are we addicted to caffeine?

Whether it’s in coffee, Coke or energy drinks, caffeine is the drug many of us can’t live without – but do you have any idea how much is in your daily hit? Read more

Image: Liz McBurney for the Guardian

The mind of a heroin addict: the struggle to get clean and stay sober

For a heroin addict, recovery is a life-long process. Philip Seymour Hoffman had been clean for 23 years before he relapsed in 2013, and died from an apparent overdose last week. 

To many people who have never grappled with addiction, it can be difficult to comprehend the desperate desire to use, even after so many years sober. To gain deeper insight into drug addiction, we asked recovering heroin users to share their experiences with us. Read more

Russell Brand: my life without drugs

Russell Brand has not used drugs for 10 years. He has a job, a house, a cat, good friends. But temptation is never far away. He wants to help other addicts, but first he wants us to feel compassion for those affected. Read more

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Captagon: the amphetamine fuelling Syria’s civil war

The drug, widely used in the Middle East but unknown elsewhere, is keeping fighters on their feet during gruelling battles and generating money for more weapons. Read more

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Michael Cera: from Superbad star to mescaline-soaked drug adventurer

The endearingly dorky actor has acquired a taste for less likeable roles. Next, he’s tripping across Chile – literally – for his new film Crystal Fairy. Read more

Ban qat? Theresa May might as well ban cats A simple analogy shows how absurd the basis for the home secretary’s drug prohibition plan really is.

What is qat, and how much of it is used in the UK? 

Home secretary defies her own expert advisers and makes herbal stimulant a class C drug

Police in the border city of Mexicali say they have recovered a powerful - if crude - improvised cannon used to hurl packets of marijuana across a border fence into California.
Photograph: AP

Police in the border city of Mexicali say they have recovered a powerful - if crude - improvised cannon used to hurl packets of marijuana across a border fence into California.

Photograph: AP