Going Public

The UK’s public health bodies have added their voices to the call for decriminalisation. Reports advocating the decriminalisation of drugs come along fairly regularly these...

Reforming zeal

The Queen’s Speech saw the government announce a major shake-up of the prison system. DDN hears from a former governor about what sort of...

Public health bodies call for decriminalisation of drugs

A report from the UK’s two major public health organisations has called for the personal possession of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised. Published by...

National News July/August 2016

INTERVENTIONS UP There were nearly 100,000 alcohol brief interventions carried out in Scotland in 2015-16, according to official figures – 59 per cent more than...

Sharp rise in Scottish drug-related hospital admissions

The rate of drug-related hospital stays in Scotland has increased from 41 per 100,000 population to 124 per 100,000 since 1996/97, according to new...

News in brief

Coca review A report commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform is calling for a review of the illegal status of the...

‘New pledges’ announced as part of alcohol deal

A set of new pledges has been announced by the government as part of its ‘responsibility deal’ with the alcohol industry. They include an...

Public health bodies call for decriminalisation of drugs

A report from the UK’s two major public health organisations has called for the personal possession of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised. Published by...

UN highlights ‘alarming’ rise in new drugs

New psychoactive drugs are proliferating at an ‘unprecedented’ rate and pose ‘unforeseen public health challenges’, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and...

Scots record second-highest number of drug deaths

Scotland recorded its second-highest number of drug deaths in 2012, although the number of deaths in under-25s was down by a fifth, according to...