Nurses at risk from synthetic cannabinoid use in prisons

The widespread use of synthetic cannabinoids like ‘spice’ in UK prisons is risking the health of nurses and other staff, according to the Royal...

Alcohol treatment at crisis point, says report

A cycle of disinvestment coupled with reduced capacity and staffing levels means that the alcohol treatment sector in England is in crisis, according to...

Royal College of Physicians comes out for decriminalisation

In what is being seen as a landmark move, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has issued a statement backing drug decriminalisation. After a...

More support for children of alcohol-dependent parents

The government has pledged to increase support for children living with alcohol-dependent parents. The plans include faster identification of at-risk children – including those...

Universities and colleges ‘failing to protect’ students from drug harms

Educational institutions are failing to protect their students from the ‘potential harms of drugs’, according to a report from the National Union of Students...

International study supports low UK alcohol guidelines

The UK’s comparatively low threshold for recommended safe drinking levels has been supported by a major new study. As international low-risk drinking guidelines vary substantially,...

Government to set up county lines ‘coordination centre’

The government is to establish a £3.6m National County Lines Coordination Centre as part of its new Serious Violence Strategy. The strategy identifies ‘the changing...

Scots signal drug policy shift

Leading members of the Scottish Government have discussed a potential shift in policy ahead of the country’s new drug strategy, which is due to...

Drugs trade driving huge increase in modern slavery cases

The exploitation of young people by drug dealers is contributing to a significant increase in the number of ‘modern slavery’ cases, according to a...

Step up testing to meet hep C target, say MPs

‘Significantly greater’ numbers of people need to be tested, diagnosed and treated in order to eliminate hepatitis C, according to a report from the...