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How a man with a van is challenging UK drug policy [21.11.2020] Every Friday for the past two months, Peter Krykant has parked his white van on Parnie Street in central Glasgow and waited for people to come by and ...
Crime commissioner says its "ludicrous" to chase drug addicts who need help [06.11.2020] The man running the UK’s most progressive drug diversion scheme believes it’s “totally ludicrous” for officers to seek to arrest drug users at a mobi ...
Police routinely use drug powers to 'bully people', says former Chief Inspector [04.09.2020] A former chief inspector has said he believes that over a third of drug stop-and-searches by UK police are used “as an excuse to harass people”, afte ...
Mobile ‘fix room’ begins operating in Glasgow [02.09.2020] A drug consumption van where addicts can inject heroin has been launched in Glasgow - despite warnings it could be breaking the law. Peter Krykant, a ...
Cannabis research database shows how U.S. funding focuses on harms of the drug [27.08.2020] A new analysis of cannabis research funding in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom has found that $1.56 billion was directed to the top ...
Campaigners demand reform as official figures show one in five found guilty of cannabis possession is black [03.08.2020] One in five of those found guilty of cannabis possession in England and Wales last year was black, official figures show, prompting accusations of ra ...
First major study by Glasgow experts finds Scottish public support drug consumption rooms [30.07.2020] Research from a Glasgow university has revealed that the majority of Scots back the introduction of drug consumption rooms (DCRs) – with academics in ...
Over 1,100 children trafficked into UK drug trade, data shows [30.07.2020] More than 1,100 children have been trafficked into the UK’s drug trade, new Home Office figures reveal. The data obtained by the drug reform charity ...
5 ways the UK could legalise cannabis [02.07.2020] With more than half of people in the UK in favour of legalising the recreational use of cannabis, and countries around the world adopting more libera ...
PPE and contactless delivery [21.05.2020] While the COVID-19 lockdown might have brought most parts of the economy to a halt, it seems to have had little affect on drug dealers. They have eve ...
“We’re human beings. Help us.” [06.05.2020] COVID-19 and the lockdown have obviously hit many different groups in different ways, but few as severely as street-homeless people who use drugs. Th ...
Coronavirus triggers UK shortage of illicit drugs [12.04.2020] Drug treatment experts have raised concerns a drop in the supply of illicit drugs to the UK triggered by the lockdown is leading to an increase in th ...
A shortage of illicit drugs is imminent due to the coronavirus lockdown [24.03.2020] We’ve already witnessed the havoc of coronavirus as panic-buying compromises supply and distribution of food and some medicines. The illicit drug mar ...
Big cannabis in the UK [18.03.2020] The BMJ has uncovered links between companies, campaign groups and individuals lobbying for wider patient access to cannabis for medical use and a pa ...
Failures in treatment and policing behind 'boom in illegal drugs' [27.02.2020] Disappearing and underfunded drug treatment services and fruitless attempts to restrict the flow of illegal substances into the country underpin a bo ...
What can be done about Scotland's drugs crisis? [26.02.2020] Scotland has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in Europe and the numbers are continuing to rise at an alarming speed. Both the Scottish governm ...
Britain's CBD clampdown, explained [19.02.2020] An estimated 1.3 million people in the UK regularly use CBD for a variety of health and wellness reasons – but ingestible CBD products occupy a hazy ...
A quarter of street drugs are fake and dangerous to users [16.02.2020] Almost a quarter of street drugs are not what users think they are, some being far more powerful and dangerous than expected, according to findings f ...
Deputy Mayor wants pilot for safe consumption room in new drug strategy [27.01.2020] In Bristol, there were 49 drug related deaths in 2017/18 – the highest ever recorded. There are almost 5,000 heroin and crack users in the city and, ...
Justice secretary hits back at criticism of nitrous oxide ban [16.01.2020] The UK justice secretary, Robert Buckland, has hit back at the former drugs adviser David Nutt for labelling the government’s criminalisation of nitr ...
Consider decriminalisation to tackle drug death ‘crisis’, say treatment providers in unprecedented plea [01.12.2019] The future UK government has been urged to consider every available measure to curb the current drug death “crisis”, including decriminalisation, in ...
Medical grade heroin drug treatment centre to open in Glasgow [26.11.2019] A new service providing medical grade heroin to the most problematic drug users in Glasgow is ready to open. The Enhanced Drug Treatment Service will ...
Britons who legally smoke cannabis in the US 'risk being deported' [15.11.2019] A legal expert at an international immigration firm has warned British tourists and employees that if they smoke marijuana in the US, even in states ...
Sadiq Khan: Time for cannabis rethink to cut violent crime [01.11.2019] London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for a rethink on cannabis laws and policing amid concern about the links between drugs and violent crime. The Mayor so ...
SNP formally backs decriminalisation of drugs [13.10.2019] The SNP has backed decriminalising the possession and consumption of drugs. At its conference in Aberdeen, a resolution was unanimously passed by del ...
Middlesbrough Heroin Assisted Treatment scheme to begin [09.10.2019] A scheme that will see drug addicts given daily doses of medical-grade heroin will begin. Costing £12,000 per person, the scheme in Middlesbrough, on ...
Expert quits Home Office drug panel over 'political vetting' [06.10.2019] A criminal justice expert has quit the Home Office’s drug advisory panel, claiming political interference in the appointment process is undermining i ...
Class A drug use among young adults at 16-year high [19.09.2019] Class A drug use among young adults is at a 16-year-high, driven by increases in powder cocaine and ecstasy use, official estimates have revealed. Ar ...
Legalise cannabis, says Liberal Democrat candidate for London mayor [14.09.2019] The legalisation of cannabis should be tested in London to improve public health and stop young people being drawn into crime, a London mayoral candi ...
UK advised to recruit former drug dealers if marijuana is legalised [05.09.2019] Former drug dealers should be recruited and trained to produce safe, legal cannabis if the UK decides to legalise marijuana, the head of an American ...
It’s time we were made legal, say London’s cannabis dealers... but don’t do it for skunk [22.08.2019] London cannabis dealers would welcome the legalisation of their trade, despite apprehension that they would be excluded from enjoying the fruits of t ...
Weed investment boom sparks calls for City pot exchange [20.08.2019] Canada was once the centre of a gold rush, but now a "green rush" for cannabis is setting stock markets alight. As the world's most progressive count ...
Cannabis to be 'fully legal in UK within years' [29.07.2019] A group of cross-party MPs said the UK could completely legalise cannabis use within a decade following a research trip to Canada. Labour’s David Lam ...
When harm reduction expansion stifles activism: A lesson from Europe [23.07.2019] Western European harm reduction presents an interesting paradox. On the one hand, the widespread availability of effective harm reduction programs is ...
Support for legalising cannabis growing among British public, survey finds [14.07.2019] Twice as many British adults now support the legalisation of cannabis than oppose it, according to a poll which reveals a “widening gulf” between pub ...
Make cannabis legal and cut crime, says Adam Smith think tank [09.07.2019] A leading think tank today called for cannabis to be sold over the counter in pharmacies — and said legalisation for adult recreational use is a matt ...
The Cannabis Debate: 63 per cent of Londoners think UK should follow Canada and make drug legal [01.07.2019] Londoners overwhelmingly support the legalisation of cannabis for adult recreational use, according to a poll commissioned by the Evening Standard an ...
Drugs expert barred from policy panel after criticising Home Office [11.06.2019] A government minister vetoed the appointment of an expert to a public body after vetting found she had criticised the Home Office and called for drug ...
'Chinese Ecstasy' drug linked to 125 deaths has arrived in Britain, NCA warns festival goers [02.06.2019] A new ecstasy-like drug produced in China that has been linked to at least 125 deaths is feared to have spread to Britain, the National Crime Agency ...
High finance: Mr Nice 'cannabis lifestyle' shop opens in London [16.05.2019] Howard Marks made his name in the illicit drugs trade but the late drugs baron is making a posthumous comeback to cash in on a booming legal trade in ...
Medicinal cannabis: Legalised yet impossible to access [14.05.2019] On 1 November 2018, the UK changed the law on medicinal cannabis. Medicinal cannabis products were moved from schedule 1, meaning they have no medici ...
Cannabis being decriminalised by back door, MPs warn [27.04.2019] Police have been accused of decriminalising cannabis by stealth as forces recorded a drop in possession offences of up to 75 per cent in a decade. Mo ...
‘You can’t arrest your way out of record drug-related deaths,’ say police [24.04.2019] In what is effectively de facto drug decriminalisation, people caught in possession of personal amounts of controlled substances in a number of polic ...
Mother of girl with epilepsy has supply of medical cannabis confiscated [06.04.2019] The law in the UK was changed last November to make access to medical cannabis legal, but parents have been struggling to secure prescriptions, due t ...
High-strength cannabis increases risk of mental health problems [19.03.2019] Frequent cannabis use and high-strength varieties are likely to increase the chance of mental health problems, according to researchers in Lancet Psy ...
Drug consumption rooms 'should be considered' in NI [07.03.2019] Consideration should be given to providing rooms where people can safely inject themselves with illegal drugs, NI's chief medical officer Dr Michael ...
Home Office gives green light to first drug testing clinic [24.02.2019] The first drug-checking service licensed by the Home Office will allow users to have their illicit substances tested without fear of being arrested i ...
Tough cannabis policies do not deter young people – study [18.02.2019] There is no evidence that tough policies deter young people from using cannabis, a study has found. Analysing data about cannabis use among more than ...
Legalisation of cannabis in the UK would help protect its users from harm [15.02.2019] New research highlights associations between teenage cannabis use and a range of mental health problems. The results suggested that use of the drug w ...
Why Europe has dodged America's fentanyl crisis [07.02.2019] A perfect storm of conditions over the last decade led to the current fentanyl epidemic in the US. It began with rising social deprivation and excess ...

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