New police roadside drug testing legislation comes into force in UK

This week saw new rules come into force in the UK which allow the police to perform roadside drug testing on any driver they suspect to be under the influence of drugs. The test will be performed using a saliva drug testing kit which will give an immediate result within minutes. If the driver tests positive for any of the drugs then they will be taken back to the police station for further testing including a blood test.

The new rules are hoped to reduce the number of drug driving incidents, in a similar way that roadside breathalysers have reduced the incidence of drink driving.

The following drugs may now be tested for under the new rules :Cannabis, Cocaine, Opiates, Amphetamine, Methadone & Benzodiazepines 

Some of these drugs are prescription drugs. The penalties for drug driving are similar to those for drink driving.

Penalties for drug driving include:
Someone convicted of drug driving will get:
-a minimum 1 year driving ban
-a fine of up to £5,000
-up to a year in prison
-a criminal record

The persons driving licence will also show that they have been convicted of drug driving. This will last for 11 years. When re-licenced it may be difficult to get insurance.

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Drugs News-‘Club Drug’ use has increased over last 6 years in UK

A report by the National Treatment Agency has reported an increase in the number of people seeking treatment for ‘club drugs’ over the last 6 years however over the last 12 months the numbers have started to decline.

The ‘club drugs’ include ecstasy,  ketamine & Mephedrone (meow meow )

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Drug and alcohol in the news November 2011

Here are some of the drug & alcohol related stories making the BBC news in the last month

Scotland minimum alcohol prices BBC news 2/11/11

”The Scottish government has announced plans to make Scotland likely to become the first country in Europe to introduce a minimum price for alcohol.

The SNP government has said it is the best way to tackle the serious criminal, social and health problems associated with alcohol abuse.

The proposal will mean cheap, strong drink will become more expensive. ”

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Abuse of painkillers reaches ‘epidemic’ levels in US BBC news 2/11/11

”Abuse of prescription painkiller have reached “epidemic” levels in the US, a government report says.

Overdoses of pain relievers cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, the report has found.

It says sales and prescriptions of the drugs rose sharply in recent years and this was linked to the rise in overdoses.

Narcotic painkillers are prescribed to relieve chronic pain but the drugs can be “highly addictive”, the report says.

The report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said fatalities caused by narcotic pain relievers have more than tripled in the last 10 years – equivalent to 40 deaths a day.”

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Children claim alcohol intake of 28 units a week BBC news 30/10/11

”A small number of children as young as 12 claimed they drank the equivalent of 19 glasses of wine a week when questioned for a health survey.

Research by the independent Schools Health Education Unit suggested that 4% of those questioned aged 12 or 13 claimed they drank 28 units or more.

However, the overall trend in the survey of almost 84,000 youngsters was for fewer to be drinking and smoking.

The government says it is cracking down on those who sell alcohol to children.”

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Drugs and Alcohol News

 BBC news stories related to drugs and alcohol in the UK this month:

Plan to stop underage drinkers in Newquay BBC News Devon 27 June 2011 A project to stop adults buying alcohol for underage drinkers has begun in a Cornwall resort.Police said the scheme in Newquay was aimed at reminding people that it was an offence to buy under 18s alcohol.During the summer, teams of youth service workers will visit campsites to highlight the dangers. Police said the offence can lead to a £5,000 fine.

Health warning to festivalgoers BBC news 21 June 2011 Too much alcohol, drugs, and sex, coupled with poor hygiene, can be a health risk at festivals, an expert is warning.

Grampian drug deaths jump prompts warning to users BBC News NE Scotland 9 June 2011 Drug users have been warned of the dangers they face amid an “alarming” rise in the number of deaths in Grampian.” “In the majority of cases, people have taken a lethal cocktail of substances, ones which on their own present dangers but when taken together amplify these risks.”Combinations of drugs including alcohol, benzodiazepines, heroin, methadone and cocaine have been involved.”

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Drugs news from UK

Here are this months top drug stories in the UK news 

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25/08/10 Drugs deaths up by 67% in Wales in three years

24/8/10 Don’t label heroin users as ‘junkies’ – Drug Commission

20/8/10 Drugscope’s Martin Barnes criticises benefit plans

20/8/10 Drug addict benefit withdrawal considered

16/8/10 Top doctor Sir Ian Gilmore calls for drugs law review