Drug-drivers face Christmas crackdown

Drug-drivers face Christmas crackdown

Drug-driving crashes across Great Britain have more than doubled in 5 years. In 2018, there were 1321 accidents where drivers were impaired by medicinal or illicit drugs, according to Department for Transport (DfT) figures. This compares with 594 in 2014. The National...
Warnings about uncoordinated codeine use

Warnings about uncoordinated codeine use

A coroner has questioned the regulation of online pharmacies after a woman died as a result of her addiction to the painkiller codeine. Debbie Headspeath, aged 41 years old, collapsed at her home in Ipswich in 2017. She had bought codeine from online pharmacies on top...
MPs call for radical new approach to drugs

MPs call for radical new approach to drugs

A group of MPs believe that the government should investigate decriminalising the possession of all illegal drugs in a bid to prevent the rising number of drug-related deaths. The level of such deaths in the UK is a public health emergency, say the Health and Social...
Hair drug testing in horse racing

Hair drug testing in horse racing

Hair drug testing looks set to be introduced to tackle drug use in horse racing after William Carson became the fourth jockey this year to be banned for cocaine. Carson, the grandson of five-time champion jockey Willie Carson, admitting to doing eight or nine lines of...