Decriminalise possession to ease prison crisis, say Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats have called for the possession of drugs for personal use to be decriminalised as a way of easing the overcrowding problem...

Government expands ‘evidence-based’ drugs education

Public Health England (PHE) has announced a new three-year contract for Mentor UK to expand its ADEPIS education programme to more schools and community...

Durham police to offer heroin-assisted treatment

Durham Constabulary is planning to become the first police force in England to offer heroin-assisted treatment to problem drug users. Under the proposals, people whose...

Take alcohol ads off the streets, Scottish Government urged

Alcohol advertising should be removed from streets, parks and public transport, according to a new report from Alcohol Focus Scotland. The document also wants...

Government unveils ‘landmark’ prison and courts bill

The government has published its prison and courts bill, which it says will pave the way for the ‘biggest overhaul of prisons in a...

Drop ‘politically motivated’ charges against drug war critic, Duterte told

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on authorities in the Philippines to immediately drop ‘politically motivated’ charges against senator Leila de Lima, ‘one of...

Government must ‘create a national strategy’ for children of alcoholics

The government needs to develop a national strategy for the children of alcoholics alongside properly funded local support, says the first ever manifesto for...

A third of relationships affected by substance use ‘break down’

Thirty three per cent of relationships affected by drug or alcohol problems will eventually break down, according to research by the charity OnePlusOne in...

‘Unprecedented’ purity levels for heroin, cocaine and ecstasy

Heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and MDMA are now being sold at ‘unprecedented’ levels of purity, according to the latest DrugWise survey of the UK’s...

Alcohol deaths up again

There were 8,758 alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2015, according the latest ONS figures, a slight increase from 8,697 the preceding year. The...