Government announces new drug powers as Baker replaces Browne

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

PHE ‘does not recognise’ picture painted in think tank report

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a statement that it does not recognise the portrait of a treatment system ‘unambitious for recovery’ in the...

Cannabis legalisation could see use rise but potency fall

It is likely that overall cannabis consumption would rise ‘significantly’ if the drug were legalised and prices dropped as a result, according to a...

Eastern Europe still bucking HIV trend

There has been a 33 per cent reduction in HIV infections in adults and children worldwide since 2001 but ‘little change has occurred in...

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Probation promises The government has launched an invitation to tender for organisations ‘looking to turn offenders’ lives around’ as part of its controversial ‘transforming rehabilitation’...

Cannabis legalisation could see use rise but potency fall

It is likely that overall cannabis consumption would rise ‘significantly’ if the drug were legalised and prices dropped as a result, according to a...

New psychoactive drug deaths double

Deaths involving new psychoactive substances in England and Wales have almost doubled in a year, from 29 in 2011 to 52 in 2012, according...

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....

Scots record second-highest number of drug deaths

Scotland recorded its second-highest number of drug deaths in 2012, although the number of deaths in under-25s was down by a fifth, according to...

Equal in the eyes of the law?

A new report from Release and LSE says police stop and search policy is exacerbating racial inequality in the criminal justice system. Black people are...