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More than 200 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested in a national crackdown.There are thought to be around 1,500 of the networks in operation in the UK, which involve urban dealers forcing children to carry drugs to customers in more rural areas.They also "cuckoo" the homes…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been accused of putting "party political dogma ahead of people's lives" with his refusal to allow a safe injecting room to be set up in Scotland's largest city. Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewlis begged the Tory Government minister to come to the city and speak…
A drug dealer who trafficked three children including a teenage girl to use in a "county lines" crack and heroin selling ring has been jailed for 14 years after a landmark prosecution. Birmingham-based Zakaria Mohammed, 21, recruited the vulnerable youngsters to extend his drugs network to Lincoln, but was caught…
Children are increasingly being prosecuted for selling cannabis and should be treated like victims of exploitation and not criminals, a report has argued. Research released on Wednesday found prosecutions of young people for supplying cannabis increased 26% between 2012/13 and 2016/17. This is despite a 16% drop for adults, according…
Applications to study the highly regarded Foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling in September 2019 are now open. The degree is a franchised programme of the University of Bath, delivered by Action on Addiction for Addictions Treatment Studies and accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners.The degree gives…
Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services in Wales, has announced the re-appointment of Caroline Phipps as Chair of the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse. She has been re-appointed as Chair of the Panel from 14 August 2018 to 13 August 2019. The Panel’s remit is to advise…
Eight scouts have been sent home from an international gathering after two teenagers were charged in relation to cannabis offences. A two-week "jamborette" is currently under way at Blair Atholl Estate in Perthshire with more than 1,000 scouts and leaders from around the world taking part in activities including canyoning,…
The Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) has called on Britain to follow Canada and parts of the United States and decriminalise the Class B drug. The report - called Joint Venture: Estimating the Size and Potential of the UK Cannabis Market - claims the current black market for cannabis is…
A woman who murdered her step-grandfather on Christmas Day by beating him with his own walking stick and stabbing him more than 120 times has been told she will serve at least 13 years in prison. Lindsey Fletcher, 39, claimed she attacked Michael Eaton when he tried to sexually abuse…
Two teenagers have been jailed over the fatal stabbing of a youth worker who confronted a group of drug dealers outside his home. Omid Saidy (pictured) was knifed in the neck after he chased two teenagers from outside his house near Parsons Green, south-west London. The 20-year-old had gone after…
Most students have not used drugs during their time at university and more think excessive alcohol consumption is a bigger issue, a new study suggests. The survey also found that a high proportion - 88% - believe drug use can cause long-term mental health problems, with around two thirds stating…
The prevalence of recent cocaine use among young adults in England and Wales is the highest in Europe, a study from the EU's drug monitoring agency suggests. Analysis cited 2016 figures indicating that 4% of 16 to 34-year-olds had taken the class A substance in the previous 12 months. The…
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