drugs

Is Xanax safe?
Xanax
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Is Xanax safe?

Soaring number of deaths linked to anxiety drug amid increased usage among teens
5 Feb 2019
What price a UK-US post-Brexit trade deal?
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What price a UK-US post-Brexit trade deal?

US lobbyists seek changes to UK standards amid fears rush for quick trade deal could see protections weakened
30 Jan 2019
NHS medicine shortage: what medicines are affected?
A variety of pills and drugs
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NHS medicine shortage: what medicines are affected?

Pharmacists warn of delays and price increases for commonly prescribed drugs
18 Jan 2019
Brit facing 15 years in Indonesian jail over cannabis oil
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Brit facing 15 years in Indonesian jail over cannabis oil

Cornish artist Pip Holmes arrested after allegedly going to collect package containing 31kg of medicinal THC oil
18 Dec 2018
Money mules swallowing wads of cash for Colombian drug gangs
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Money mules swallowing wads of cash for Colombian drug gangs

Police arrest 27 people from criminal networks smuggling dirty money from Mexico
7 Dec 2018
Steep rise in older Britons hospitalised for drug abuse
NHS ambulances and A&E
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Steep rise in older Britons hospitalised for drug abuse

Number of middle-aged patients suffering drug-related mental disorders has surged by 85% over the past decade
3 Dec 2018
British brothers wanted on drug charges arrested in Thailand
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British brothers wanted on drug charges arrested in Thailand

UK police had issued appeal for help to track down Joseph and Gregory Mulhare
23 Nov 2018
What are legal highs and has the government ban worked?
Legal highs
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What are legal highs and has the government ban worked?

New report suggests psychoactive substances have now been driven underground
20 Nov 2018
Spanish drug lord caught after music video cameo
Francisco Tejón
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Spanish drug lord caught after music video cameo

Francisco Tejon surrendered to police after starring role in reggaeton video
18 Oct 2018
How many people die from drug misuse in the UK?
Drug use
In Depth

How many people die from drug misuse in the UK?

Death rate has increased dramatically over past decade
9 Oct 2018
Middle-classes consume more drugs and alcohol than the poor
alcohol
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Middle-classes consume more drugs and alcohol than the poor

But deprived people smoke more and experience worse physical and mental health, report finds
17 Sep 2018
Drug tunnel discovered from old KFC in Arizona to Mexico
KFC Drugs Border Tunnel
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Drug tunnel discovered from old KFC in Arizona to Mexico

Authorities arrest vacant restaurant owner after finding 180m passageway
24 Aug 2018
How dangerous is cocaine?
cocaine, drugs, drug abuse
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How dangerous is cocaine?

New statistics show that UK deaths from the drug are at record high
7 Aug 2018
Demi Lovato overdose: what do we know now?
Demi Lovato
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Demi Lovato overdose: what do we know now?

US pop star says she needs ‘time to heal and focus on my sobriety’
6 Aug 2018
Boy dies after mistaking father’s crystal meth for cereal
Crystal meth
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Boy dies after mistaking father’s crystal meth for cereal

Curtis Collman III, 8, consumed 180 times the lethal dose of drug
6 Aug 2018
Colombian drug cartel puts £53,000 price on dog’s head
Sombra dog
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Colombian drug cartel puts £53,000 price on dog’s head

Sombra had become something of a celebrity for her powers of drug-detection
27 Jul 2018
Why do so many more prisoners die in custody?
A prison guard at HMP Pentonville in London
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Why do so many more prisoners die in custody?

Police Commissions says 23 people died in English and Welsh prisons last year, the highest for a decade
26 Jul 2018
When was cannabis banned in the UK?
Cannabis
In Depth

When was cannabis banned in the UK?

As the government announces a review into the use of medicinal marijuana - the length of time other drugs have been illegal may surprise you
20 Jun 2018
Medical cannabis case raises hopes of change in law
Charlotte Caldwell
In Depth

Medical cannabis case raises hopes of change in law

MPs back bid by mother of epileptic schoolboy Billy Caldwell to change ‘bizarre and cruel’ drug legislation
18 Jun 2018
Clean-living UK university students reject drugs
Graduates students
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Clean-living UK university students reject drugs

Modern undergraduates take a dim view of illegal drug use, study claims
12 Jun 2018
How facial software can identify liars
Facial recognition technology has come on a long way in recent years
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How facial software can identify liars

Facial-recognition software could warn immigration officers if someone is lying
25 May 2018
Cocaine ‘delivered faster than pizza’ in the UK
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Cocaine ‘delivered faster than pizza’ in the UK

Global Drugs Survey findings put Scotland top for cocaine binging
9 May 2018
Which everyday drugs have been linked to dementia?
Dementia
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Which everyday drugs have been linked to dementia?

Taking medication for depression, Parkinson’s and incontinence may increase risk, study finds
26 Apr 2018
How photocopiers are reducing drug use in prisons
Prison
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How photocopiers are reducing drug use in prisons

Inmates have been getting high by smoking letters soaked in psychoactive substances
17 Apr 2018
Britain’s coast worst-hit by heroin deaths
Blackpool has the highest rate of heroin deaths in the UK
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Britain’s coast worst-hit by heroin deaths

New figures show Blackpool has the highest heroin death rate
5 Apr 2018
Antibiotic production plummets amid rise of superbugs
The use of antibiotics on animals has drawn huge protests
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Antibiotic production plummets amid rise of superbugs

Doctors say drug makers must do more to combat antibiotic resistance
24 Jan 2018
Iran’s drug law reform to save thousands from death row
Iranian authorities burn confiscated drug shipments
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Iran’s drug law reform to save thousands from death row

Judicial ruling could spare 5,000 people from execution
11 Jan 2018
Man gets payout after police mistake doughnut glaze for meth
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Man gets payout after police mistake doughnut glaze for meth

Daniel Rushing spent 10 hours in jail in 2015 following false arrest
17 Oct 2017
Warning as fentanyl seized in Northern Ireland
fentanyl
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Warning as fentanyl seized in Northern Ireland

The potent and potentially lethal painkiller typically used in hospitals is being used to cut heroin
22 Sep 2017
Missing British canoeist may have been ‘snatched by pirates’
Canoe
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Missing British canoeist may have been ‘snatched by pirates’

Brazilian police say adventurer disappeared in notorious drug trafficking area
19 Sep 2017
Former Barcelona star denies links to Mexican drugs kingpin
Rafael Marquez
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Former Barcelona star denies links to Mexican drugs kingpin

Champions league winner Rafael Marquez among those named by the US as having links to Raul Flores
10 Aug 2017
Is it time the UK decriminalised drugs?
Drug use
In Depth

Is it time the UK decriminalised drugs?

Making personal use legal appears to have stopped Portugal's heroin epidemic, but there's a different story in the Czech Republic
18 Jul 2017
Albanian gangs 'exerting power' over UK drug trafficking
Cocaine
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Albanian gangs 'exerting power' over UK drug trafficking

National crime agency warns small group are having a big impact around the country
29 Jun 2017
Tests for three-year-olds 'can predict future criminals'
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Tests for three-year-olds 'can predict future criminals'

Toddlers with low cognitive test scores more likely to end up in jail, hospital or on benefits, say researchers
13 Dec 2016
Should festival-goers be allowed to have their drugs tested?
Drugs
In Depth

Should festival-goers be allowed to have their drugs tested?

Police chief says recreational drugs assessment could be 'very useful' but is tricky legally
24 Nov 2016
Junior school pupils suspended over 'happy crack' sugar bust
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Junior school pupils suspended over 'happy crack' sugar bust

Children in South Carolina were buying and selling mixture of Kool-Aid powder and sugar - and other tall tales
4 Nov 2016
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