CONCERNS have been raised over increased use of ecstasy, and a rogue batch which may contain traces of another Class A drug, which has been linked to deaths in Europe.
The number of heroin and crack addicts needing treatment has fallen by almost 10,000 in the past two years.
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LIBERAL Democrats are poised to call for the decriminalisation of the possession of all drugs, insisting that current laws are "harmful" and "ineffective".
A RECORD £300 million haul of cocaine has been seized and six alleged members of an international drugs gang arrested, officials said today.
THE father of Amy Winehouse has pleaded with the government to reform drug rehabilitation centres for youngsters in memory of his daughter.
The Netherlands, famous for its liberal soft-drugs policies, has said it may label some highly concentrated forms of cannabis as a hard drug, on a par with cocaine or heroin, because of the risk of addiction.
A FORMER road safety minister has urged the UK Government to tackle the "scourge" of drug-driving.
Millions of Britons are driving cars while high on illegal drugs, a survey has found.
Professor Neil McKeganey, when responding last week to the Global Commission on Drugs Policy, used the terms decriminalising and legalising as if they meant the same thing. This is profoundly misleading, especially in relation to heroin which is highly addictive, with both physical and mental dependency.
At THE start of the National Health Service, GPs could prescribe any drugs for their patients and there were only a few hundred addicts in the country. There are now more than three million.
A CONTROVERSIAL report demanding the decriminalising of drugs - backed by a panel including former world leaders and businessmen - has been dismissed as a potential "disaster" by a one-time Scottish drug squad boss.
Background: How illegal substances went from the fringes of Scottish society right to its very heart
UNTIL the late 1970s, illicit drugs in Scotland were widely viewed as something exotically dangerous and the preserve of distant figures such as pop stars and wealthy aristocrats who had gone off the rails.
Neil McKeganey: 'We would end up with a problem of a similar scale to the one that we have with alcohol'
It's extraordinarily simplistic for the Global Commission to advocate that decriminalising drugs will lead to reduced addiction rates and less crime.
A TOUGH programme to get drug addicts and alcoholics in Edinburgh clean is attracting interest from across the world.
HEARTS stars Ian Black and Robert Ogleby have been charged with possession of drugs after being arrested in a city nightclub.
SCOTLAND striker Garry O'Connor has been detained by police after a suspected drugs bust in the Capital.
After decades of failure when it comes to drug policy, Holyrood candidate Mev Brown looks at what's gone wrong
A HISTORIC golf club and a children's dance school were among premises raided as part of a massive police operation which netted £500,000 worth of cocaine.
A MOTHER-of-three who beat a decades-long drug addiction thanks to a city rehabilitation project is backing a new multi-million-pound scheme to help others facing similar problems.
Don't look for evidence of the widely reported heroin drought in Edinburgh, says Mev Brown