A UK scientist who got funding to begin the world's first magic mushroom depression trial has hit out at rules that have stalled his study.
Former West Yorkshire detective Nick McFadden has been found guilty of stealing drugs from a police lockup and selling them in Leeds.
Lindsay Sandiford's lawyer says her sentence is "not fair" and has launched an appeal after her conviction for drug smuggling in Bali.
- More than 90 drug consumption rooms have been set up worldwide since the mid 1980s, including: Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Norway and Canada
- They are professionally supervised healthcare facilities where drug users can use substances in safe and hygienic conditions
- They aim to establish contact with difficult-to-reach users, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Tom Scanlon, Brighton and Hove's director of public health, said the city has a "relatively high" number of drug users, with a high number of drug-related deaths in the past.
– Tom Scanlon, Brighton and Hove's director of public health
So we welcome these recommendations and will work closely with key partners to make sure that the ideas in the report complement our work on helping people fully recover.
We have come a long way from the peak in 2000 when 67 Brighton and Hove residents died from drug use. While this has fallen to 20 deaths, each of these still represents a personal tragedy for the person concerned and for families and friends.
Proposals from the Independent Drugs Commission for Brighton and Hove, have suggested that drug consumption rooms could be used, to cut the number of fatalities from substance misuse.
Misuse in the city remains incredibly high, despite the city shedding its crown as the UK's drugs death capital.
- In 2000, 67 residents died a drug-related death, with the figure now standing at around 20
- More than 2,000 people are considered problem heroin and cocaine users, and that over 60,000 people in the city have used illegal drugs
Brighton and Hove could become the first city in the country to offer safe havens for addicts to use illegal drugs under professional supervision, without fear of prosecution.
Once known as the drugs capital of the UK, drug consumption rooms could be used to cut the number of fatalities from substance misuse, a report said.
Public health leaders have suggested that more people should be trained to administer a life-saving overdose antidote, as part of a series of measures aimed at cutting the harm drugs cause.
Dr Simon Harding, of Middlesex University London, interviewed illegal and legal dog owners as well as gang members as part of his research.
The research found that dangerous dogs are being bred by young men as a business asset in drug deals, debt collection and for their gang image.
A 16-year-old boy told him: "It's not just a dog, it's a half bull mastiff and half pit bull. I'll probably get another - we are looking to breed it - and we would get about £2,000 per dog."
Another boy, 17, said about pit bulls: "People know that if you are breeding you are making money from them."
For many young people, dogs are increasingly viewed as a commodity which can be traded up or down like a mobile phone.
It has become less about whether the dog will fit into family life and more about, 'What will this dog do for me, how much will it make me?'.
– Dr Simon Harding, Middlesex University London
Through their reputation for aggression or ability to intimidate [bull breeds] are also used in drug deals, gambling debts and loan-sharking, where their owners do not have recourse to law if the money owed is not paid because his business is illegal.
The dog says, 'I am here to be taken seriously' - it acts as a 'minder' and a 'heavy' when collecting dues. People believe that possession of an aggressive dog means that the threats posed by such men will be carried out.
Dogs that are classed as 'dangerous' are being bred a business asset in drug deals, debt collection and for their gang image, according to new research.
- The Dangerous Dogs Act is a law introduced in 1991 following a spate of attacks by aggressive or uncontrollable dogs.
- Dangerous dogs are classified by type, not breed, which means that a dog’s physical appearance will determine whether it’s deemed to be prohibited under the law.
- If your dog is seized by the police and found to be a banned type, the court can use its discretion to place them on the list of exempted dogs.
- This means that instead of them being destroyed, you can own them provided you follow certain conditions.
- The dog has to be muzzled and kept on a lead in public, they must be registered, insured, neutered, tattooed and microchipped.
- Defra has announced that all dogs must be microchipped from 2016.
- Changes to the law will also allow owners of dogs who attack on private property to be prosecuted.
Dangerous dogs are being bred by young men as an asset in drug deals, debt collection and for their gang image, according to new research.
More young men were using mastiffs, pit bulls, akitas and other aggressive dogs as a "commodity" for security and making money in gangs, the Middlesex University study found.
The study found the most aggressive dogs could be sold for more than £400, with owners building up their pet's muscles with vitamin supplements and even injecting them with steroids for fights.
The study, which will be presented to the British Sociological Association annual conference today, also found there has been a rise of 551% in hospital admissions for dog bites since 1991.