Prisons: what’s gone wrong & how to fix it – Counsel

‘An abysmal mess? What our prisons tell us about our country today – by Nick Hardwick.’

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Counsel, February 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Charity warns over ‘safe’ legalisation of cannabis – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2020 in charities, drug abuse, drug offences, mental health, news, statistics by sally

‘One in 20 adults would take cannabis on a regular basis if it were legalised, similar to the number of people who currently use it, according to a poll for a leading mental health charity.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Painkiller crash death nurse Cerys Price jailed – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2020 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, news, sentencing by sally

‘A “drugged-up” nurse who killed a man in a head-on crash after taking a high dose prescription painkillers has been jailed for five years and four months.’

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BBC News, 6th February 2020

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Inquest finds use of Taser by Devon and Cornwall Police contributed to death of Marc Cole when experiencing paranoia – Garden Court Chambers

‘The inquest into the death of Marc Anthony Cole has concluded with the jury finding he died from excess use of cocaine resulting in paranoid and erratic behaviour, with the use of a Taser by Devon and Cornwall Police having a more than trivial impact on Marc going into cardiac arrest. The medical cause of death included the use of cocaine, an episode of altered behaviour including self-harm, excitement, exertion and restraint including the discharge of a TASER X26 device.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 30th January 2020

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Guildford cell death: Police ‘thought woman was asleep’ – BBC News

Posted February 4th, 2020 in death in custody, drug abuse, inquests, news, prisons by sally

‘A woman who was found dead in a police cell appeared to have stopped breathing the night before her body was found, an inquest jury has heard.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2020

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“Should Cannabis Use be Legalised” An Article by Yasin Patel & Amy Hazlewood – Church Court Chambers

Posted January 30th, 2020 in chambers articles, drug abuse, medicines, news by sally

‘Cannabis, good drug or bad? The topic of debate internationally for decades by governments, medical professionals, recreational users and more. A renewed debate about the laws prohibiting or permitting cannabis use and supply around the world has been fuelled by the legalisation of supply and use of cannabis for ‘recreational’ purposes. Yasin Patel and Amy Hazlewood consider amongst other things, the use of cannabis, the legal history, advantages and disadvantages of legalising it.’

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Church Court Chambers, January 2020

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Police tasering of man with mental health issues ‘contributed to his death’ – The Guardian

‘Truro inquest hears Marc Cole was hit three times as family calls for review of stun guns.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Proportion of UK prisoners with drug problem doubles in five years – study – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2020 in drug abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘The proportion of prisoners developing a drug problem in custody has more than doubled in the past five years, research suggests.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Judge under fire for telling violent abuser to take up running – Daily Telegraph

‘A judge has been criticised for telling a domestic violence offender to take up running to control his behaviour.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2020

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Letter to the ACMD to review GHB and GBL – Home Office

Posted January 9th, 2020 in drug abuse, medicines, press releases by tracey

‘Letter from the Home Secretary asking the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to review the classification of GHB and GBL.’

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Home Office, 6th January 2020

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Freeman tribunal adjourned and may not finish until October next year – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2019 in adjournment, disciplinary procedures, doctors, drug abuse, news, sport, tribunals by tracey

‘The occasionally dramatic if sprawling medical tribunal of the former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman, which was due to be done and dusted last March, may not finish now until October 2020 after being adjourned yet again.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Drug user jailed over wheelie bin death in Holloway – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 16th, 2019 in drug abuse, news, perverting the course of justice, sentencing by tracey

‘A drug user who threw the body of a man who had died in an overdose into a wheelie bin has been jailed for 16 months.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th December 2019

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Paedophile drug user was hired by NHS trust after being sacked by government press office – The Independent

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The Independent, 10th November 2019

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Blow for Richard Freeman case after Sutton evidence ruled admissible – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2019 in admissibility, doctors, drug abuse, evidence, news, professional conduct, sport by sally

‘Shane Sutton’s evidence at the hearing of former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman is admissible, a tribunal has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Consider decriminalisation to tackle drug death ‘crisis’, say treatment providers in unprecedented plea – The Independent

‘The future government has been urged to consider every available measure to curb the current drug death “crisis”, including decriminalisation, in an unprecedented plea from the UK’s major drug treatment providers.’

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The Independent, 2nd December 2019

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Family of teenager who died from lethal ecstasy dose support drug legalisation – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2019 in bereavement, drug abuse, drug offences, families, news by tracey

‘A mother in Devon who prevented two young dealers that had sold her son lethal ecstasy tablets from going to jail has warned that home secretary Priti Patel’s vow to renew the “war on drugs” is doomed to fail.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2019

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Drug addicts to receive diamorphine twice a day in UK-first scheme – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2019 in crime prevention, drug abuse, drug trafficking, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘Drug addicts in the north of England are to receive daily doses of diamorphine from next week as part of plans to reduce deaths, stop crime and undermine drug dealers.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2019

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HMP Pentonville: ‘Government neglect’ sees rise in prison’s violence – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2019 in drug abuse, health & safety, news, prisons, violence by tracey

‘”Government neglect” has “directly contributed” to the rise in violence and drugs at HMP Pentonville, the prison’s watchdog said. The Pentonville Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) called for funds for improvements “as a matter of urgency”.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2019

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Breach of PSED and consequences for possession – Nearly Legal

‘The Court of Appeal considers the effect of an admitted breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty under s.149 Equality Act 2010 on possession proceedings.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th August 2019

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Man sent to jail for stabbing police dog in first conviction under new law – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 6th, 2019 in animal cruelty, dogs, drug abuse, guilty pleas, news, police, sentencing by tracey

‘A knife-wielding attacker who nearly blinded a police dog while high on drugs has become the first person to be jailed under Finn’s Law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th August 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk