Yousaf defends campaigner charged for operating drugs consumption van

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has defended a man charged by police for operating an illegal drugs consumption van in Glasgow.

Published 19 November 2020

Drug Deaths Taskforce marks first year

Almost £4 million has been allocated by the Drug Deaths Taskforce to projects to support its work reducing harm and deaths.

Published 5 August 2020

Cross border operation sees more than £25m pounds worth of drugs seized

The Serious Organised Crime Taskforce has welcomed a successful cross border operation where Police Scotland arrested 59 people and seized more than £25 million pounds worth of controlled drugs.

Published 3 July 2020

Justice gets ‘smart’ as drug prosecutions fall

Drugs prosecutions in Scotland have plummeted following a change in policy.

Published 26 February 2020

People with ‘lived experience’ to lead Scottish drugs conference

People with lived experience will lead the agenda at a Scottish conference on drug use in Glasgow.

Published 13 February 2020

SNP calls on UK government to consult on drug decriminalisation

The SNP has called on the UK government to take up the recommendation of a key Westminster committee and hold a consultation on the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use.

Published 23 October 2019

Judge in Mexico grants pair recreational use of cocaine

A judge in Mexico has granted two people the right to use cocaine recreationally in the first ever ruling of its kind.

Published 28 August 2019

Holistic approach necessary to control drug addiction

A holistic approach to drug addiction is necessary to free users "entrenched" in their habits, a sheriff at Scotland's only drugs court has said.

Published 16 July 2019

Drug possession ‘virtually decriminalised’ in Scotland

Drug possession has been “virtually decriminalised” in Scotland, with prosecutors declining to take up the vast majority of cases, The Times reports.

Published 12 July 2019

Professor Catriona Matheson named chair of Drug Deaths Taskforce

A new taskforce to tackle the rising number of drug deaths in Scotland is to be chaired by Professor Catriona Matheson from the University of Stirling.

Published 8 July 2019

Senior Scottish police officer calls for overhaul of UK drugs regime

A senior Scottish police officer has called for an overhaul of the UK's drugs regime.

Published 3 July 2019

Can we create a world safe from drugs?

The past few years have brought about the most profound shift in the global narcotics trade for decades, according to a leading figure in international drug control efforts who will give a public lecture at the University of Dundee next month.

Published 21 May 2019

Ireland: Controversial ban on new psychoactive substances succeeds in reducing health problems

A controversial ban on the sale of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in Ireland has succeeded in reducing health problems associated with their use, according to new research.

Published 10 April 2019

US: Tens of thousands of old cannabis convictions to be automatically dismissed with new technology

Tens of thousands of convictions for cannabis possession could be dismissed or reduced automatically under a pioneering scheme launched by prosecutors in California.

Published 2 April 2019

Heroin main class A drug seized in 2017-18

Heroin was the main class A drug seized by Police Scotland in 2017-18.

Published 19 March 2019