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Independent report: Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions: independent review

Matthew Oakley's independent review of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions for claimants failing to take part in back to work schemes. [DrugScope submission here] | DWP, UK

Benefit sanctions hit most vulnerable people the hardest, report says

Claimants not told about hardship system and sanctions imposed when they were not at fault, DWP study finds | Guardian, UK

Correspondence: Temazepan advice

Response to letter from Norman Baker requesting advice on temazepan from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs | ACMD, UK

Guidance for the use and reduction of misuse of benzodiazepines and other hypnotics and anxiolytics in general practice (PDF)

This long awaited guidance has been produced to aid all clinicians and other practitioners in the use of, and reduction of misuse of benzodiazepines (BZ) aimed at primary care. Other hypnotics and anxiolytics, including the "Z-drugs" (zopiclone, zolpidem, zaleplon, eszopiclone) are mentioned briefly | SMMGP, UK

Drugs Charities Call Upon Party Leaders to 'Act Now' Against Legal Highs

Legal highs awareness charity, Angelus, and Northamptonshire-based charity, Solve It called upon leaders of all parties to act now on the dangers posed by legal highs. Their joint report "Legal Highs: An Action Plan for Change" published today sets out how Departments should be co-ordinating efforts on education, prevention and information sharing | PRNewswire, UK

Research and analysis: The heroin epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s and its effect on crime trends - then and now

A historical account of the heroin epidemic in England and Wales, assessing its impact on crime | Home Office, UK

Rise and fall in heroin use key factor in crime trends, study suggests

Home Office researchers say focusing on reducing remaining number of heroin users could produce further falls in crime | Guardian, UK

ACMD, NDNADEG and ASC (Triennial Review)

Triennial reviews are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that non-departmental public bodies continue to have regular independent challenge. The review will examine whether there is a continuing need for the functions and form of the ACMD, NDNADEG and ASC and whether they should continue to exist at arm’s length from Government | They work for you, UK

HIV and sex workers

[Free issue of the Lancet] This Series of seven papers aims to investigate the complex issues faced by sex workers worldwide, and calls for the decriminilisation of sex work, in the global effort to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic | Lancet, UK

Early intervention guidebook

The Guidebook is an online resource for those who wish to find out more about how to commission and deliver effective Early Intervention. It will continually evolve and expand as we gain more information about ‘what works’ for children and commissioning children’s services | Early Intervention Foundation, UK

Most smokers 'want ban in cars'

Nine out of 10 (89%) of smokers say lighting up a cigarette or any form of tobacco should be banned in cars |, UK

Richard Branson calls for rethink on 'repressive' UK drug laws

Drug users should be treated with compassion rather than criminalised with a rethink needed on "repressive" policies, Sir Richard Branson has said | Express, UK

The sad demise of Nancy Lee, one of Britain's ketamine casualties

Ketamine is that crazy wobbly leg drug. The wacky student drug, the post club chill-out aid, the new gen LSD that gives users the power to become – according to 1970s K-hole explorer and dolphin whisperer John C Lilly – “peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity” | VICE, UK

Jersey Deputy in call for medicinal cannabis licence

A Jersey politician has called on the government to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for medicinal use | BBC, UK

'I was a drug addict, now I'm a teacher' - powerful message for Gloucestershire students from unlikely mentor

Cross spent the best part of his youth in and out of jail hooked on drugs. But that turbulent past is now well and truly behind the 29-year-old, who is now teaching at schools and colleges across Gloucestershire | Gloucester Citizen, UK

John Leckey in death drug dealers manslaughter call

Northern Ireland's senior coroner has called for manslaughter charges to be brought against those supplying a drug linked to a number of deaths | BBC, UK

4,000 illicit cigarettes seized in Northamptonshire raids

More than 4,000 packets of illicit cigarettes, worth up to £28,000, have been seized in Northamptonshire | BBC, UK

EU free movement rules being exploited by drugs runners and human traffickers, says Government study

Free movement of people within the European Union is being “extensively exploited by organised criminals” to ship drugs and traffic people into the UK, an official Government report found | Telegraph, UK

Heroin antidote Naloxone offers US hope against overdose

"To call heroin an epidemic is an understatement," says Camden, New Jersey, Police Chief Scott Thomson | BBC, UK

In pictures: One prisoner's HIV campaign

HIV prevention work in Indonesia's prison in Bandung prison in West Java | BBC, UK

Gardai seize €64m of drugs in blitz on hundreds of crime gangs

Gardai targeted a total of 269 organised crime gangs last year as specialist units led the crackdown on the mobsters and their associates | Independent, Ireland

Tobacco giants may sue over plain packaging

Industry had a ‘robust case’ and could claim compensation in billions | Irish Times, Ireland

What supervised injection sites can teach Canada about health and drug addiction

It is just before 9:30 in the morning, and as straggling commuters rush out of the Kings Cross subway station, a couple of rough-looking chaps mill about on the sidewalk of the entertainment district, smoking | Globe & Mail, Canada

NSW Premier may support medical cannabis

NSW Premier Mike Baird has indicated he supports the use of medical cannabis after hearing the story of a terminally ill cancer patient | West Australian, Australia

Study shows lowest HIV rates ever among injecting drug users

A recent study by the New Zealand Needle Exchange has revealed the HIV prevalence rate amongst injecting drug users in New Zealand to have fallen to just 0.2 percent; the lowest ever recorded in New Zealand and likely the lowest anywhere in the world |, New Zealand