Drugs policy

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Prisons should trial free cannabis, says UK's former chief drug adviser
Prof David Nutt supports study into whether move could cut violence and deaths

Mattha Busby

27, Feb, 2021 @7:29 PM

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Enlightened drug reforms are sweeping the US. Why is Britain so far behind? | Kojo Koram
While other countries reject the futile ‘war on drugs’, politicians here are still falling for the ‘evil’ narcotics narrative, says law professor Kojo Koram

Kojo Koram

25, Feb, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Guardian view on illegal drugs: the laws don’t work | Editorial
Editorial: A new minister in Scotland is on a mission to cut drug deaths. But a fresh approach to a complex problem is needed across the UK


22, Feb, 2021 @7:34 PM

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Meet Carl Hart: parent, Columbia professor – and heroin user
In a startling new book, Drug Use for Grown-Ups, the Ivy League professor argues that the dangers of recreational drug use have been wildly overstated

Andrew Anthony

06, Feb, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Addiction services need more investment | Letter
Letter: Dr Adrian James and Prof Julia Sinclair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists say the government’s current plans will do little to reduce record numbers of drug deaths


22, Jan, 2021 @5:27 PM

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Ministers spurned drug tsar's guidance of £900m funding to tackle misuse
Exclusive: leaked emails show government dismissed funding plea before £80m announcement

Vikram Dodd Police and crime correspondent

21, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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New funding to tackle drug misuse 'a drop in the ocean', say experts
Government announces £80m for treatment including rollout of overdose medicine naloxone

Jamie Grierson Home affairs correspondent

20, Jan, 2021 @12:01 AM

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For 50 years, zero tolerance to drugs has failed – yet Britain refuses to change | Simon Jenkins
The 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act has needlessly criminalised thousands of people, says Guardian columnist

Simon Jenkins

15, Jan, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Mother fears son could die as Brexit stops medical cannabis supply
Government gives two weeks notice that access to epilepsy treatment for nine-year-old Alfie Dingley will end

Lisa O'Carroll Brexit correspondent

05, Jan, 2021 @7:22 PM

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Public health minister resigns over record drug-related deaths in Scotland
Joe FitzPatrick quit hours after Scottish Labour lodged a motion of no confidence in him

Libby Brooks

19, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Scotland's drug-related death toll more than 3.5 times rate for whole UK
Experts condemn public health emergency as ‘national tragedy and disgrace’

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

15, Dec, 2020 @1:11 PM

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Theresa May accused of breaking rules in blocking drugs expert
Exclusive: in 2018 the then prime minister barred expert from drugs advisory panel

Mattha Busby

10, Dec, 2020 @1:30 PM

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