An all-party parliamentary report discussing the emergence and use of new psychoactive drugs 'legal highs'. Considers the approaches used by other nations and benefits from the input of over thirty organisations.
This concise report outlines what decriminilisation is and how it has been deployed in various forms in countries across the world. It discusses the benefits of these approaches compared to that of a criminal justice system and provides recomendations for how they can be succesfuly implemented.
A Harm Reduction International report that calculates the number of females in prison for drug offences in Europe and Central Asia. It finds that in some countries more than half of female prisoners are imprisoned for non-violent drug offences.
An article highlighting the so-called "balloon effect", whereby when supply of one drug is squeezed, use of another, potentially more dangerous drug increases. In this case, users have switched from mephedrone to a new, less well understood alternative known as "bubble".
A Daily Telegraph article citing Chief Superintendent Mark Mathias of South Wales Police, who states that, as a result of the current criminal justice approach to drugs, the UK's heroin addicts can cost society around £850,000 each.
A Department of Health report offering a brief coverage of the health-related harms and effects of drugs most popularly used in the UK. Based upon recent scientific research and focused largely on the cost to the individual, this article considers a wide range of licit and illicit drugs.