Drugs behind ‘huge increase’ in prison violence

A ‘huge increase’ in violence across the prison estate has taken place in the last five years, according to the latest annual report from...

Scotland records highest ever drug deaths  

Scotland has yet again recorded its highest ever number of drug-related deaths, at 934. The 2017 figure is 8 per cent up on the...

Opiates and cocaine ‘bigger global health threat than ever’

Record-high production levels for opiates and cocaine, coupled with expanding drug markets, mean the drugs are now a ‘bigger global threat to public health...

Campaigners call for urgent reform in sixth annual day of action

The sixth Support. Don’t Punish global day of action is taking place on 26 June. Last year saw events in more than 200 cities...

Minimum pricing law passed in Wales

The National Assembly for Wales has approved the introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol. Approval of the Public Health (Minimum Price for...

Home secretary announces medicinal cannabis review

The government is to undertake a review of the medicinal use of cannabis, home secretary Sajid Javid has announced. The move follows headline stories...

UK among biggest consumers in ‘buoyant’ cocaine market

Cocaine purity levels in Europe are at their highest for a decade, according to the latest EMCDDA annual report, with a ‘buoyant’ market and...

Regulated cannabis market would generate ‘£1bn’ in tax

Introducing a legalised, regulated cannabis market in the UK would generate ‘at least £1bn in tax income, if not more’, according to a report...

Government slashes maximum stake for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

The maximum stake that someone can gamble on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) is to be cut from £100 to £2, the government has...

More than half test positive in community hep C pilot

A pilot project offering hepatitis C testing in pharmacies with needle exchange facilities has been hailed a success, with more than 50 per cent...