Landmark law to tackle psychoactive substances passed – Home Office

Posted January 29th, 2016 in bills, drug abuse, drug offences, press releases by tracey

‘The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 receives Royal Assent.’

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Home Office, 28th January 2016

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Legal highs law could hinder police, says commissioner – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2016 in bills, drug abuse, drug offences, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘Police could face extra expense and confusion as a result of discrepancies in the laws banning the possession of drugs that will emerge once the psychoactive substances bill comes into force, a police and crime commissioner has warned.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2016

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One Direction star wins round in Daily Star libel case – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2015 in defamation, drug abuse, media, news by sally

‘One Direction’s Niall Horan has won a round in his libel case over articles he claims imply he used drugs during an evening with fellow musicians Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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Businessman raped air stewardess he met on dating website by slipping ecstasy into her wine – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2015 in consent, drug abuse, news, rape by tracey

‘A finance director has been convicted of the date rape of an air stewardess he met on a dating website, by slipping drugs into her glass of wine.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2015

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Ex-prisoners with mental health problems ‘more likely to reoffend’ – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in affidavits, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental health, news, recidivists, reports by sally

‘Ex-prisoners with common mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder, and who misuse drugs and alcohol are more likely to commit violent offences after their release than other former prisoners, according to research.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2015

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Is taking drugs a human right? A cross-party group of MPs and peers think so – The Independent

‘Taking drugs is a human right, according to a cross-party group of MPs and peers who want to legalise the possession, purchase and growing of drugs.’

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The Independent, 19th August 2015

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Cannabis growers should not face prosecution, says police chief who has stopped targeting ‘small-scale’ producers – The Independent

Posted July 22nd, 2015 in drug abuse, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, police by sally

‘Police throughout England and Wales are being urged to end the blanket criminal prosecution of all cannabis growers by a north-east police commissioner who says his force is already by-passing Home Office guidelines on cultivating the banned drug and no longer targets small-scale production.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2015

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Suicides among male prisoners reaching an ‘all-time high,’ says penal reform campaigner – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2015 in drug abuse, homicide, news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘Suicides among men in prison could be reaching an all-time high as more than twenty inmates are reported to have taken their own lives since May, a leading penal reform campaigner has claimed.’

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The Independent, 8th July 2015

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Legal highs a factor in prison deaths, says ombudsman – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2015 in drug abuse, medicines, news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘Legal highs are suspected to have been a factor in 19 self-inflicted deaths in prisons in England and Wales over the past two and a half years, an official investigation has found.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2015

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Sadie Jenkins given supervision order for slitting children’s throats – BBC News

‘A woman who slit the throats of two children has been given a two-year supervision order.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2015

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Alexander McDonald given 30 years for mother’s murder – BBC News

Posted June 25th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who strangled and stabbed his mother in a frenzied attack while high on drink and drugs has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.’

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BBC News, 24th June 2015

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Conditions at Pentonville Prison so bad that staff can’t be bothered to mop up blood stains, report finds – The Independent

Posted June 24th, 2015 in drug abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, violence by sally

‘Conditions at Pentonville Prison have been criticised in a damning reports cataloguing blood stained cells, habitual violence and prisoners claiming to have easy access to drugs.

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The Independent, 23rd June 2015

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Bedford cannabis joint row killer jailed – BBC News

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in drug abuse, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who stabbed his friend to death in an argument about a cannabis joint has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2015

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Trecco Bay mistaken ID murderer David Braddon’s life term – BBC News

Posted June 4th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, assault, drug abuse, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who beat a teenager with a pole in an alcohol and drug-fuelled rage after he mistook him for someone else has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 3rd June 2015

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Laughing gas sales to be outlawed in government’s legal highs clampdown – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2015 in bills, drug abuse, drug offences, news by sally

‘The sale of laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, the second most popular recreational drug in Britain, is to be banned in the government’s clampdown on legal highs, Home Office ministers have announced.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2015

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Sadie Jenkins cleared of child murder bids ‘by reason of insanity’ – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in attempts, children, drug abuse, expert witnesses, insanity, murder, news by sally

‘A Newport woman who slit the throats of two children in a drug induced trance has been cleared of attempting to murder them on grounds of insanity.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2015

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Inside the secret court that helps victims of drug abuse keep their families together – The Guardian

‘Seven years ago, the Family Drug and Alcohol Court began in London: now it is being extended to England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2015

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Women in prison equals children without mothers, say justice groups – The Independent

‘12,000 women are sentenced each year in the UK – leaving about 20,000 children without mothers, according to Women in Prison’

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The Independent, 16th May 2015

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Attempt to ban toxic ‘diet drug’ DNP fails – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2015 in drug abuse, food, news by sally

‘An attempt to ban the possession of the toxic “diet drug” DNP has failed, it has emerged just days after student Eloise Parry became the fifth person in three years to die after taking the pill bought over the internet.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2015

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Liberty Baker: Driver jailed for schoolgirl’s death – BBC News

Posted April 17th, 2015 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who killed a 14-year-old girl when his car mounted the pavement and hit a group of people has been sentenced to four years in prison.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2015

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