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Drug-driving detector approved for UK police use

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A testing kit to detect drugs in drivers has been approved for police use across the UK, the Home Office says.

The kit will analyse a mouth swab for traces of cannabis. Testing capability for other drugs is being developed.

It will be used at police stations, and removes the need to have a doctor take a blood sample for drug testing.

UK aid contributes to hundreds of executions in Iran

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UK aid for Iran’s ‘War on Drugs’ is helping to send hundreds of people to death row, despite extensive sanctions placed on the country by the Government, a new report from Reprieve has found.

British aid provided to Iran’s counter-narcotics programmes, both bilaterally and via the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) amounts to millions of pounds and includes night vision equipment, GPS and training for Iranian enforcement agencies.

In Colombia, David Cameron's stance on drugs looks cynical

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Twenty-six years ago, on 17 December 1986, my uncle, Guillermo Cano Isaza, editor of the Colombian daily newspaper, El Espectador, was killed by gunmen paid by Pablo Escobar and his drug trafficking cartel. He had led a journalistic crusade to denounce the corruptive and violent power of drug trafficking. He paid with his life. The newspaper he edited was bombed and became a target as we lived through the bloody years of the so-called "war on drugs".

Nick Clegg and David Cameron clash over drug law reforms

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Deputy prime minister says politicians know 'war on drugs' is failing and prime minister must show courage over issue

Divisions between David Cameron and Nick Clegg over Britain's "war on drugs" emerged on Friday after the Liberal Democrat leader said that current policy was not working and accused politicians of "a conspiracy of silence".

The Drug Equality Alliance responds to the HASC Drugs Inquiry Report “Drugs: Breaking the Cycle”

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The Drug Equality Alliance has made multiple submissions to this inquiry from the outset; we have sought to demand a re-think about the errors of law within the terms of reference to the inquiry, but we have been almost entirely ignored (except footnote 27). The report thus fails to take note of these essential pervasive criticisms that subsumed the whole inquiry with various meaningless concepts. The failure of the HASC and key witnesses to address the proper issues, preferring to partake in the charade of debating the straw man argument about the merits of de-criminalisation / legalisation of drugs led directly to the derisory government response: