Drugs

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In a world first, New Zealand has legalised drug-checking after passing a law to allow a temporary pill testing service at festivals to continue and expand. In contrast, other countries' drug-checking services have operated in a legal grey zone.

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Nine prisoners have died at a maximum security prison this year, where guards have claimed authorities turn a blind eye as inmates are easier to deal with when they are on drugs, The Times reports. The deaths happened at HMP Shotts, in North Lanarkshire. Russell Findlay, the Conservative MSP for Wes

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A life-saving nasal inhaler that can reverse the effects of an opiod overdose is being given to men leaving jail. Prisoners at Barlinnie are being given the device and training on how to use it before being released as this is a time when people are vulnerable to overdosing.

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The Crown Office should consider dropping low-level drugs cases, an American attorney who championed similar changes in the US has said. Marilyn Mosby, who oversaw a radical shift in prosecutors' approach to drugs in Baltimore, Maryland, called on ministers to ensure that plans to arrest those in po

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A publication of statistics on the number of suspected drug deaths during the first half of 2021 shows a small decrease (one per cent) on the same period last year. The report covers January to June this year.

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Traffic police in Scotland are catching as many drivers on drugs as those who are drunk, new figures show. Specialist road officers are catching 40 to 50 motorists a week who have taken narcotics. The figures come after roadside tests were brought in two years ago. Drug wipes are used to detect drug

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An East Ayrshire project is offering same-day support for people seeking help for drug use through an initiative introduced ahead of new treatment standards for Scotland. A total of £4 million was announced in May to fund Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) standards, which will mean people wh

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A new toxicology laboratory for Scotland is to be created to provide state-of-the-art testing capabilities for police and prosecutors. The Scottish government is providing more than £6 million for the new purpose-built centre that will be able to test for a wide range of substances, including

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Too many drug addicts are "cycling in and out" of prison without hope of rehabilitation or recovery, according to a UK government review. The Review of drugs part two: prevention, treatment, and recovery, by Dame Carol Black, sets out recommendations for drug treatment and recovery.

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Grants worth a total of £1.61 million have been allocated to community-based drugs organisations and support services providing access to treatment and residential rehabilitation. The local support fund – for groups with an annual income of under £1 million – issued 24 awards

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New standards for treatment for drug users published by the Drug Deaths Taskforce aim to reinforce a rights-based approach for people who use drugs. They make clear that people must be able to start receiving support on the day that they ask for it and emphasise the importance of allowing people to

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Women, families and children are among those who will benefit from separate funds worth a total of £18 million to improve drugs services. Four schemes are planned for May with the funds coming from the additional £250 million announced by the First Minister to tackle the drug deaths emer

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More than half a million pounds has been awarded to eight projects working to deliver more support to people living with drug addiction. Each of the eight projects will use their share of the £514,000 of investment to increase staffing levels in their work with people with multiple complex nee

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