News

Cannabis testing in prison 'contributed to the rise of spice'

Testing prisoners for cannabis has 'massively contributed' to the rise in the use of spice in prisons, drugs expert Professor David Nutt says in an interview today.

'There were 16 deaths last year from spice in prisons', he told The Observer paper. 'There has never been a death from cannabis.' The failure to treat Britain’s heroin problem...

20 October 2019
News

Professor Alex Stevens to speak at David Nutt lecture

We're pleased to announce that Professor Alex Stevens from the University of Kent will be speaking at our event with Professor David Nutt, which we are co-organising with Drug Science.

He will join us on 30 October to say a few words in light of his recent resignation from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). He resigned from the ACMD over...

8 October 2019
Comment

Beneath county lines

County lines refers to the extension of drug supply from urban into rural and other settings. Adopting the analysis of the National Crime Agency (NCA), the construction of public discussion about...

By 
Roger Grimshaw
20 February 2019
Publication

Assessing the General Election manifestos

This UK Justice Policy Review Focus scrutinises some key manifesto pledges in the area on the police, prisons and drugs policy
By 
Richard Garside
26 May 2017
Comment

Fix room for drug addicts overdue but welcome

The announcement of support for Safe Injection Facilities in Glasgow is long a overdue but very welcome decision. Glasgow City Alcohol and Drug Partnership are to be congratulated for taking these...

By 
Kenny MacAskill
8 November 2016
News

Call for a fresh approach on drugs policy

Our Deputy Director Will McMahon co-signed a letter in The Sunday Telegraph, published yesterday, calling for the government to join the growing global policy shift towards a health-led approach in relation to the harms of controlled substance misuse. The call comes as the government...

12 September 2016
Comment

A new approach to drugs for the Trainspotting generation

The stars have been in Edinburgh for the filming of Trainspotting 2. Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and other actors have been on the streets of the capital as the sequel to the 1990s cult...

By 
Kenny MacAskill
21 July 2016