Government consults on proposals for new drug-driving offences

The government has published plans to make it easier to prosecute people who drive under the influence of drugs. A new offence of  ‘driving...

News in brief

Council call London’s drug and sexual health services are failing to respond appropriately to gay men’s drug use, according to NAT (National Aids Trust). The...

Hep C deaths down 11 per cent in a year

Deaths from hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease fell by 11 per cent last year compared to 2016, according to new figures from Public Health...

A round-up of national news: November 2016

OPIUM UP Afghan opium production has soared by 43 per cent compared to 2015 levels, according to UNODC’s latest Afghanistan opium survey. The increase –...

North West tops alcohol-related liver deaths table

Rates of premature death from liver disease are higher in the North West than anywhere else in England and are also increasing at a...

Drug-driving arrests

Monthly drug-driving arrests top 400 More than 400 people a month are being arrested for drug driving in England and Wales, according to the Institute...

Three in five drinking ‘to cope’

Almost 60 per cent of adults who drink are ‘doing so because it helps them to cope with the pressures of day-to-day life’, according...

Scotland confirms alcohol minimum unit price at 50p

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will recommend the country’s minimum price per unit of alcohol be set at 50p, following the results...

Government rules out benefit sanctions for refusing treatment

People with drug and alcohol problems should not be made to undergo treatment in order to claim benefits, according to a long-awaited review by...

‘A national tragedy’ – Record drug fatalities for Scotland

Scotland has once again recorded its highest ever number of drug-related deaths, at 706 – almost two per day. The 2015 figures are 15 per...