All change for alcohol charities

A new alcohol charity has been launched following the merger of Alcohol Concern with Alcohol Research UK (DDN, April 2017, page 5). Alcohol Change...

Government reverses controversial FOBT delay

The government has abandoned its plans to delay the reduction in the maximum stake allowed on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The announcement that...

Home Office stands firm on Glasgow consumption room

The government has reiterated its opposition to the opening of a drugs consumption room (DCR) in Glasgow, following a letter to home secretary Sajid...

Numbers seeking treatment for crack up nearly 20 per cent

There was an 18 per cent increase in the number of people seeking treatment for crack problems in 2017-18, according to the latest PHE...

UN drug policy a ‘spectacular failure’, says IDPC

The UN’s ten-year strategy to eradicate the international illegal drugs market has been a ‘spectacular failure of policy’, says a new report from the...

Cannabis becomes legal in Canada

Adults in Canada are now able to legally buy and possess up to 30g of dried cannabis or its equivalent from authorised retailers across...

Time to publish ‘evidence based’ alcohol strategy, government told

A new government alcohol strategy needs to ‘lead the way internationally’ in reducing the damage caused by alcohol misuse, according to a document from...

Racial disparity in stop and search increasing, says report

Black people are nine times more likely to be stopped and searched for drugs in England and Wales than white people, according to a...

Prisoners dying ‘preventable deaths’ because of NPS, says ombudsman

Prisoners are dying ‘preventable deaths – particularly as a result of the alarming levels of drug abuse in jails’, says the annual report of the...

 England sees ‘sharp decline’ in youth drinking

The last 15 years have seen a ‘sharp decline’ in drinking levels among young people in England, according to a new report from the...