News / UK and world by Press Association October 11, 2018, 1:03 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The scourge of synthetic drugs in prisons is “completely out of control”, a watchdog has warned. An epidemic of psychoactive substance use in jails has become “the new normal”, according to the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. Signs are also emerging that the impact of the drugs is spreading to the immigration detention estate and bail hostels. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman found inmates are dying preventable deaths, particularly as a result of alarming levels of drug misuse behind bars. Publishing her annual report for 2017-18, acting PPO Elizabeth Moody highlighted the impact of psychoactive substances (PS). These are drugs formerly known as “legal highs” such as Spice, which have been identified as a major factor behind the safety crisis that has hit much of the prisons estate in … [Read more...] about Psychoactive substances completely out of control in prisons, watchdog warns
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NITROUS oxide, laughing gas or 'hippy crack' is among the latest illicit substances to hit the streets of Britain. But what is nitrous oxide, how dangerous is it and where did it get its nickname? Here's everything you need to know. What is nitrous oxide? Nitrous oxide is a colourless gas that when inhaled can make people feel euphoric and relaxed. The effects of the gas have seen it nicknamed "laughing gas", but it can also cause some people to have hallucinations. The effects are caused by the drug slowing down the brain. Nitrous oxide is normally bought in pressurised canisters. It is then transferred to a container such as a balloon to be inhaled. Is nitrous oxide illegal? There are legitimate uses for nitrous oxide, including numbing pain during medical procedures, use in catering aerosol cans and in engines. But it is illegal to sell or import the drug for human consumption. The law that bans these kind of drugs will be reviewed after two separate trials collapsed under the … [Read more...] about What are nitrous oxide canisters, what are the side effects of laughing gas and are ‘hippy crack’ highs illegal?
DEADLY liquid “Spice” vapes are being widely sold by drug dealers on social media, The Sun can reveal. The vape oil drugs have boomed on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram due to the difficulty police have detecting the substances. They can be made odourless or fruit-flavoured which masks their potentially fatal potency and is an emerging crisis according to experts. Our investigators found dealers selling the drugs containing psychoactive chemicals linked to a string of deaths in recent months. They brazenly advertise on social media pages and typically under names such as “canna vapes” – meaning cannabis - or “THC oils”. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main, natural psychoactive substance in cannabis but can be more potent as an isolated chemical. Dealers are flogging the vape liquids to Facebook and Instagram users before simply sending them by recorded delivery in the post. We were able to buy three vape cartridges for … [Read more...] about Drug dealers on Facebook and Instagram are openly selling deadly liquid Spice vapes
JUSTICE Secretary David Gauke has admitted he is to blame for the parole shambles which has rocked public confidence in law and order. But he vowed to work tirelessly to fix the shattered system — and will carry the can if he fails. In an exclusive interview, Mr Gauke said he accepts full responsibility for a decision which almost let black cab rapist John Worboys go free. He told The Sun on Sunday: “Clearly, things didn’t go as they should have gone. “Look, I made the decision. I accept responsibility, so I’m not hiding behind my advisers. It’s my responsibility entirely.” After “a lot of hard thinking” Mr Gauke is determined to stay and make the criminal justice system fully fit for purpose. He insists he has learned many lessons from the Worboys case. But after just 90 bruising days in the job, he is under no illusion about the daunting scale of the task. His mounting list of problems includes: Dad-of-three Mr … [Read more...] about Justice Secretary David Gauke admits he was to blame for the John Worboys parole shambles which almost saw the rapist walked free
POLICE have launched a campaign warning of the dangers of ‘lethal highs’. They are targeting people tempted to take psychoactive substances – so-called ‘lethal highs’ which were formerly known as ‘legal highs’. They have been illegal since May. There were 114 recorded deaths in England and Wales in 2015 as a result of taking such substances, up from 82 the previous year. In the West Midlands there were 15 deaths in 2014 and six in 2015. Det Ch Insp Ally Wright said: “These potentially lethal substances may have a harmless sounding name, or come in eye-catching packaging, but it certainly doesn’t mean they are safe. As with other drugs, their effects can be devastating and as the figures show fatal. “We would urge people to never even consider taking them or other illegal drugs. There is no way of you knowing exactly what is in what you are taking, or the impact it will have on you or your friends. “I want to personally … [Read more...] about Police warn against dangers of ‘lethal highs’