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May 2012

 

Large seizure of heroin in Ireland - Irish Times
29 May 2012

One of Ireland's Garda’s drug unit based in west Dublin, have made one of the biggest drug seizures of the year with the discovery of a consignment of heroin valued at an estimated €2.25 million.

Source article on Irish Times


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EU Agency Chief says 'Cooperation in the drugs field must cross borders' - EMCDDA
29 May 2012

Wolfgang Götz, Director of the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA), comments that 'Cooperation in the drugs field must cross borders if we are to build a more accurate picture of the drug situation and responses to it in the EU and its neighbouring countries'.

Source article on EMCDDA


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Police survey finds low awareness of legal high risk in Dumfries and Galloway area - BBC News
29 May 2012

A survey carried out by Dumfries and Galloway Police Constabularly has found little awareness about the dangers of taking so-called "legal highs".

Source article on BBC News


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Increase in heroin use in Ireland - Independent.ie
28 May 2012

Article from the Independent.ie which discusses the recent increase in the use of heroin in Ireland and an upsurge in burglaries.

Source article on Independent.ie


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Five held over major drug seizure in Dunfermline area - BBC News
28 May 2012

Fife constabulary have seized drugs including cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis resin, with an estimated value of about £600,000 in the Dunfermline area.

Source article on BBC News


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Scottish drugs expert wins Nils Bejerot award - HeraldScotland
24 May 2012

Dr. Neil McKeganey, the drugs expert responsible for setting up the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow in 1994, has been given the prestigious Nils Bejerot Award for his contribution to research and policy related to substance misuse.

Source article on HeraldScotland


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Minister calls for the state to intervene further to help those with drug problems - BBC News
24 May 2012

Iain Duncan Smith, in an address to Alcohol Anonymous, has said that the state needs to go further to help those with alcohol and drug problems recover and make them employable in the future.

Source article on BBC news


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Drugscope response to reports regarding cuts to benefits for drug users - Drugscope
24 May 2012

Martin Baines, Chief Executive of Drugscope has responded to reports "that Ministers believe that stopping benefits is an appropriate or effective way of engaging people with drug or alcohol treatment and supporting their recovery".

Source articles on Drugscope


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Drug-driving law proposed for UK - Various sources
24 May 2012

Proposals for a new drug-driving law for England, Scotland and Wales are being considered in the UK Parliament, which would see drug-driving become a specific offence with a jail term and fine.

Source articles on BBC News, ITV News


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Profits seized from drug dealer - BBC News
24 May 2012

Crime profits from drug-dealing have been stripped from a former mortgage advisor caught trafficking in cannabis and cocaine worth around £1 million.

Source articles on BBC News


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Substance misuse project aims to raise awareness of issues in workplace - Welsh Government
17 May 2012

A ground-breaking "Peer mentoring" project is being extended to raise awareness of substance misuse issues in the workplace.

Source article on the Welsh Government


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Addiction worker job vacancies - Scottish Drugs Forum
17 May 2012

The Scottish Drugs Forum is advertising vacancies for those interested in developing a career working with people with addiction problems in social care. Interviews for the posts are being held at the end of May, 2012. For more information visit the link provided below.

Source article on Scottish Drugs Forum


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Policy for provision of drug treatment services in prisons - Department of Health, England
16 May 2012

Deaprtment of Health in England publishes details this week of a letter which sets out policy for provision of substance misuse services in England.

Source article on Department of Health (England)


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Report reveals numbers of crimes prevented by treatment for drug misuse - NTA for Substance Misuse
16 May 2012

A new report released last week by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse in England has estimated that every £100 invested in drug treatment services prevents a crime being committed, with a cumulative saving of £960 million a year.

Source article on NTA for Substance Misuse


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Public asked to be vigilant to stop drug smuggling in jails - Scotsman
14 May 2012

Members of the public are being encouraged to act as watchdogs to prevent drugs being smuggled into Scotland's prisons, as part of a nationwide scheme currently being rolled out.

Source article on the Scotsman


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Addiction worker training project wins lottery funding - Scottish Drugs Forum
14 May 2012

Scottish Drugs Forum’s Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP) is to be given almost £600,000 in Big Lottery Funding with the aim of expanding its award-winning work in training people with a history of substance use problems for a career in social care.

Source article on Scottish Drugs Forum


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Cannabis farms in the UK on the increase - The Independent
3 May 2012

Article highlighting the recent expansion of cannabis farms with police forces reporting raids on 20 illegal farms a day in the UK.

Source article on The Independent


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Report reviews new drugs entering market in EU - EMCDDA
3 May 2012

A review recently produced by EMCDDA-Europol has reported that new psychoactive substances are being detected in the EU at the rate of about one a week.

Source article on EMCDDA


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Proposal to amend data collection by NDTMS - NTA
3 May 2012

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse(NTA) in England is proposing to amend the NDTMS dataset it collects for young people receiving specialist treatment for problem drug misuse.

Source article on NTA


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