FDAP closes and transfers functions to SMMGP

The Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) is to close at the end of this month, it has been announced. In a statement...

Introduce cigarette-style labelling for alcohol, says public health body

It should be ‘mandatory’ to include the government’s low-risk drinking guidelines of 14 units per week on alcohol labels, says the Royal Society for...

Alcohol industry would lose £13bn if drinkers stuck to guidelines

Drinkers consuming more than the government’s low-risk guideline of 14 units a week make up a quarter of the population but provide 68 per...

Huge increase in ‘county lines’ activity, says NCA

‘County lines’ drug dealing networks are continuing to expand with increasing exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, says a report from the National Crime...

News in brief

Gambling on health. There is a ‘great deal in common’ between alcohol and gambling problems, as well as the way they can be treated and...

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...

Decriminalise possession to ease prison crisis, say Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats have called for the possession of drugs for personal use to be decriminalised as a way of easing the overcrowding problem...

Cannabis becomes legal in Canada

Adults in Canada are now able to legally buy and possess up to 30g of dried cannabis or its equivalent from authorised retailers across...

Record drug deaths for England and Wales

England and Wales have once again recorded their highest ever number of drug-related deaths, according to the latest figures from the Office for National...

Government unveils major prison reforms

Sweeping reforms of the prison system were announced as part of last month’s Queen’s Speech, including the establishment of six autonomous ‘reform prisons’. Governors...