Synthetic cannabis having ‘devastating impact on our prisons’ – The Independent

Posted May 3rd, 2016 in drug abuse, news, prisons by tracey

‘Synthetic cannabis known as “spice” or “black mamba” is having a “devastating impact” on normal prison life, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said. Despite being banned in UK prisons, the odourless marijuana substitute has caused 19 inmate deaths between 2012 and 2014.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2016

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Woman defrauded parents of £250,000 with fake Oxford career – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2016 in drug abuse, families, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman has been jailed for conning more than £250,000 out of her parents by convincing them she was a successful student at Oxford University and needed money for research projects and travel.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2016

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Rape Acquittal: A Case Study – 6 Pump Court

Posted April 19th, 2016 in drug abuse, news, rape by sally

‘‘D’ was a 21-year old university maths student. Born and brought up in Bristol, he had no convictions, cautions or reprimands and was of previous good character. He was charged with a single offence of rape. The complainant, ‘C’, was a fellow student. The rape was alleged to have happened on campus.’

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6 Pump Court, 15th April 2016

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Death driver’s drug levels ‘highest police had seen’ – BBC News

Posted April 18th, 2016 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

‘A driver who had a “staggering amount” of drugs in his system when he killed a passenger in a car crash has been jailed for two years.’

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BBC News, 15th April 2016

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Former senior police officer to head investigation into UK Anti-Doping – The Guardian

Posted April 6th, 2016 in drug abuse, inquiries, news, sport by tracey

‘A former assistant police chief constable will lead an independent review into the handling by UK Anti‑Doping of the Dr Mark Bonar affair. The inquiry has been set up following allegations Bonar prescribed performance-enhancing drugs to 150 professional athletes.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2016

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Ban on legal highs delayed over concerns law is not enforceable – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2016 in delay, drug abuse, drug offences, legislation, news by sally

‘The government’s blanket ban on legal highs that was due to come into effect on 6 April has been postponed for at least a month, the Home Office has said.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2016

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Poppers will not be banned despite legal highs crackdown, Government says – The Independent

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in drug abuse, drug offences, news by tracey

‘Poppers will not be banned in a crackdown on so-called legal highs, the Government has said..’

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The Independent, 22nd March 2016

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Leicester ‘cannabis mum’ guilty of killing daughter in crash – BBC News

‘A mother who smoked cannabis before killing her daughter and her son’s girlfriend in a car crash has been found guilty of causing their deaths.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2016

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Poppers ‘not part of legal highs ban’ – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2016 in drug abuse, drug offences, homosexuality, legislation, news by tracey

‘Government drugs advisers have said “poppers” – used by many gay men to enhance sexual experience – will not be covered by a ban on “legal highs”. The Psychoactive Substances Act, which comes into force in the UK next month, makes it illegal to supply drugs which have a direct effect on mental processes, unless the drug is exempted. Ministers had indicated that poppers would be included in the ban. But advisers say poppers have only a “peripheral” effect on the brain.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2016

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UK Anti-Doping handed task of organising global fight against doping – The Guardian

Posted March 15th, 2016 in drug abuse, news, sport by sally

‘UK Anti-Doping has been given the task of coordinating the global fight against performance-enhancing drugs in the build-up to this summer’s Rio Olympic Games.’

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The Guardian, 14th February 2016

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Research suggests Family Drug and Alcohol Courts make major savings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 8th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, courts, drug abuse, family courts, news, reports by sally

‘Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) save the state money, with the London FDAC alone generating estimated gross savings of £1.29m to public sector bodies over five years, research has suggested.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2016

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The poppers ban: will it criminalise gay users? – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2016 in bills, crime, drug abuse, drug offences, homosexuality, news by sally

‘More than 2m bottles of poppers are sold legally every year – and Yorkshire is the centre of the trade. How is one factory preparing for the ban?’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2016

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Inside Wandsworth prison: drug drones and demoralised staff – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in aircraft, drug abuse, drug trafficking, news, prison officers, prisons, reports by sally

‘The Guardian has been granted unprecedented access to two prisons to see the impact of funding cuts. In the first of two reports, Amelia Gentleman finds broken windows and bored inmates at the UK’s most overcrowded jail.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2016

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Violent domestic abusers to be tackled by new programme – BBC News

‘Men who pose a high risk of domestic violence are to be given one-to-one support to change their behaviour. ‘

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BBC News, 17 February 2016

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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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