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Public warned over laughing gas risk

Public warned over laughing gas risk

Small silver canisters are becoming noticed more often. Dog walkers see them discarded in green spaces. They are left behind at music festivals. And they are increasingly seen lying around in public parks. The canisters contain nitrous oxide gas and they can lawfully...
Cocaine seizures at record levels

Cocaine seizures at record levels

Seizures of cocaine in Europe are at record levels, according to the European Drug Report 2019: Trends and Developments, released by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) [1]. Over 104,000 cocaine seizures were reported in the EU in 2017 (compared with 98 000 in 2016). This...
UK cocaine use has doubled in 5 years

UK cocaine use has doubled in 5 years

Cocaine use in the UK has more than doubled in 5 years and purity of the drug has reached a record high, according to an analysis of waste water. The analysis, carried out by forensic scientists at King’s College London, shows London and Bristol are among the top...
Family law court drug testing

Family law court drug testing

If parental drug abuse is a concern and a child could potentially be unsafe in his or her own home, care proceedings will be initiated. In cases such as these, drug testing is relied upon to help decision making. Understanding the pattern and extent of drug misuse can...
Cannabis sold in Spain contains faecal matter

Cannabis sold in Spain contains faecal matter

Cannabis smokers in Spain may be getting more organic matter than they bargained for. Pharmacologist Jose Manuel Moreno Perez studied 90 samples of cannabis resin he collected across Madrid. The results showed that an overwhelming 75% of the samples contained faecal...