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Legalising cannabis and scrapping prison sentences for personal use of drugs are among a range of pledges in the Liberal Democrat manifesto. The party says plans to create a legal market for the production and sale of the class B drug would generate £1 billion in revenue and would "break…
A new wave of drug fuelled student super-parties held in houses could lead to a "perfect storm" of mass casualties, it has been warned. Organised through social media and often unofficially sponsored by drinks companies, the new phenomenon is posing huge risks to the students involved. With bouncers on the…
Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, has announced appointments to the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse. Richard Ives has been appointed as Chair of the Panel for an interim period of three months, running from 1st March 2017 to 31st May 2017. Meanwhile, Professor Simon Moore (pictured)…
An immigration removal centre has been hit by surging levels of violence and drug use, an inspection report has warned. Morton Hall near Lincoln has seen a "significant decline" in safety, with rising numbers of assaults on detainees and staff. An official watchdog raised concerns about the impact of new…
A family court judge has warned of the damage drugs can do after ruling that four children whose mother was an addict by the time she turned 20 must go into council care. Judge Stephen Wildblood said impressionable teenagers may think that drug taking was "cool". But he said it…
A new Report into substance misuse among adults over 50 years old has been welcomed by Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans. The independent Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse (APoSM) was asked by the Welsh Government to provide advice on the additional actions needed to tackle the…
Soaring numbers of people are ending up in hospital for illicit drug poisoning, new figures indicate. There were rises in admissions across all age groups, including for patients aged 75 and over, which more than doubled in 10 years. In 2015/16, there were 15,074 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis…
Any call for drug policy reform in the UK is usually met with a standard response from the Home Office. It goes something like this: “Drug misuse among adults and young people has fallen in the last ten years and we are working to educate young people about the risks,…
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