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...

US signals softer stance on drug sentencing for non-violent offenders

The US administration has indicated a softening of its stance on drug sentencing, with proposals to abolish mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders....

Ireland considers consumption rooms and decriminalisation for personal use

The Government of Ireland is considering the introduction of drug consumption rooms, as well as decriminalising small amounts of drugs for personal use. The announcement...

Government announces new drug powers as Baker replaces Browne

The government is creating new powers to seize chemicals suspected of being used as cutting agents for illegal drugs, as part of its Serious...

Local news from the substance misuse field

Cornwall service users celebrate life skills Service users in Cornwall have successfully completed a new accredited course, ‘life skills in action’. The course, designed by Cornwall...