Supreme Court finally clears the way for minimum pricing

The UK Supreme Court has ‘unanimously’ dismissed the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) appeal against last year’s ruling by Scottish judges in favour of minimum...

Government accepts ACMD’s ketamine recommendation

Ketamine is to be upgraded to a class B drug, crime prevention minister Norman Baker has confirmed. Baker has written to Advisory Council on...

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...

Alcohol industry ‘misrepresenting’ cancer evidence

The drinks industry is misrepresenting the evidence about alcohol-related cancer risks, according to research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and...

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...

Drug-related in Scotland

Scots record highest number of drug-related deaths ever   Scotland recorded 613 drug-related deaths last year, the highest figure ever, according to new statistics from National...

Half of those living with hep C unaware

Around half of people living with hepatitis C infections are unaware that they have the virus, according to a new Public Health England (PHE)...

Government launches ‘legal high’ review

The government is to review the laws relating to new psychoactive substances, the Home Office has announced, in a bid to ‘clamp down on...

‘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...

North Wales PCC calls for introduction of consumption rooms

The police and crime commissioner for North Wales, Arfon Jones, has used his annual report to call for the establishment of a pilot drug...