Drug use/misuse


Report from cross-party Parliamentary Group calls for radical drug policy reform

January 14, 2013 Drug abuse

A panel of peers from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform today released a new report. It focuses on ‘legal highs’, but also makes a number of other recommendations including decriminalising personal drug use and introducing a ‘class D’ to the current classification system, to allow carefully controlled sale of those psychoactives considered to pose a relatively low risk of harm. It is the third major report in as many months to recommend sweeping changes to UK drug policy.

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Legal Highs May Be More Damaging When Made Illegal

January 11, 2013 Drug Legalisation

Legal highs are being driven into more harmful forms by current legislation. Several commentators think it is time we rethink the way we make laws that seek to control these designer drugs.

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Croatia decriminalises drug possession

December 18, 2012 Drug use/misuse

The new law will come into effect on January 1st, at which point those found in possession of drugs will either receive a fine, be sent for rehabilitation, or ordered to do community service. Previously, anyone convicted of drugs possession could be sentenced to up to 3 years in jail.

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Comment: Politicians don’t have the guts to support us in public

December 6, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Politicians will say many things privately but never dare utter them in public, especially when in office. Only when they are out of power do they reveal their true feelings. And this is no truer than the when addressing the ‘D’ word – drugs. Support the regulation of drugs and your career could be over. Or could it?

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Diazepam boom threatens more drug deaths, say experts

July 3, 2012 Drug abuse

Amateur laboratories producing class C drug in response to rising demand from a young generation unaware of its dangers Click here for original article in the Guardian Addiction experts are warning that a ballooning illicit trade in a tranquilliser popularly known as “mother’s little helper” is now a significant factor behind many drug-related deaths. They […]

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Response to drug problems hampered by government reforms, research shows

May 7, 2012 Drug abuse

Report finds ability of public services to overcome addiction and break the cycle of illicit drug use and crime has been reduced Research by the UK Drug Policy Commission looked at the impact of rapid structural reforms on the ability of the public services to tackle drug problems. Photograph: PA Of the coalition’s changes to […]

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