Category Archives: Drugs

“Legalise heroin” argues expert

Prescribing heroin to addicts could be cheaper than methadone, an expert on addiction has suggested. Professor Martin Schechter, who has long campaigned on the issue, said the drug substitute did not always prove to be effective while heroin treatments have been shown to get people clean as well as reduce harm, lower societal cost and… Continue Reading

BBC prison drug scanner story: “a fiction”

A story published today by the BBC claiming that all prisons in England and Wales are to be fitted with drug detection scanners at a cost of £15M, has been described as “a fiction” by one prisons expert. Mark Leech, editor of The Prisons Handbook – the definitive annual guide to prisons in England and… Continue Reading

Indonesia executes drug traffickers

Indonesia has executed six people, five of them foreigners, for drug trafficking despite international appeals to spare them. The government defended the firing squad executions as necessary to combat the rising drug trade. Four men, from Brazil, Malawi, Nigeria and the Netherlands, and an Indonesian woman were executed simultaneously in pairs just after midnight, several… Continue Reading

Prison Drug Seizures Increasing

A rise in drug seizures in prisons in England and Wales shows robust security measures are working, the Ministry of Justice has said – a comment that one prisons expert described as ‘simply ridiculous’. There were nearly 4,500 seizures in 2013/14 compared with a little under 3,800 in 2010/11, according to figures given in response… Continue Reading

First Mobile Drug Testing Device Approved

The first mobile drug-testing device has been approved by the Government for use on drivers suspected of being under the influence. The device known as Drugwipe is the first portable device that can detect the presence of cannabis and cocaine – two of the most common substances used by drug drivers – by analysing a… Continue Reading

Under their noses? 52kg of Cocaine Nicked From Police HQ!

A French police officer is facing preliminary charges relating to the disappearance of 116lb (52.6kg) of cocaine from Paris police headquarters’ evidence room. Prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said the unidentified anti-narcotics officer faces charges including transport, possession and sale of narcotics and covering up a drug ring. The cocaine has not been found. It… Continue Reading

Birmingham prison awash with drugs

Nick Hardwick HM Chief Inspector of Prisons today published his report on HMP Birmingham, operated bny G4S, in which he said the prison had postitive drug levels of almost 20% almost double the target figure: “When we last visited HMP Birmingham in late 2011 its management had recently transferred from the public sector to G4S… Continue Reading

Legal Challenge – but is there really a ban on prisoners having books?

The government’s so-called ban on prisoners receiving books is facing a legal challenge, with one prisons expert asserting there is no ban on books at all. The Ministry of Justice and secretary of state Chris Grayling have been criticised over the Earned Privileges Scheme, which sees prisoners banned from receiving books and other items in… Continue Reading

Drug Smuggling Prison Officer Jailed

A senior prison officer who struck up an intense sexual relationship with a heroin dealer inmate and smuggled in drugs hidden inside chocolate Kinder egss for prisoners has been jailed. Julie Turton, 54, exposed herself to a risk of blackmail by engaging in sexual contact with heroin dealer Danny King, Birmingham Crown Court heard. The… Continue Reading

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