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Lords back mephedrone ban

A ban on mephedrone and other so-called "legal highs" was backed by the Lords today amid accusations ministers were guilty of a "knee-jerk" response.

Mephedrone ban plans 'unchanged'

Ministers are ploughing on with plans to ban dance drug mephedrone despite the resignation of another government drugs adviser over the issue.

Drug ban chaos after resignation of adviser

Government adviser quits over decision to outlaw mephedrone, as ministers are accused of 'criminalising increasing numbers of young people'

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A Government adviser today became the latest member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to resign, in what he said was a protest in the way mephedrone had been criminalised.

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Using mephedrone can cause impotence, a leading scientist warned today.

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Schools can confiscate mephedrone from pupils

Schools were told today that they do have the power to confiscate mephedrone from pupils - despite it not being banned under the law.

Moves to ban mephedrone 'within weeks'

The Government's drugs advisers could recommend a ban on mephedrone within weeks, it emerged today, following the deaths of two teenagers thought to have taken the drug.

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The police force monitoring serial sex attacker Peter Chapman before he fled to kidnap, rape and murder Ashleigh Hall has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, it said today.

Leading article: There are limits to the public's right to know

No information revealing Jon Venables' new identity should be released

Incompetent nurses allowed to continue treating patients

Incompetent nurses are continuing to treat patients because investigations into their fitness to practise are being closed early and without proper authority, a report has found. Despite allegations that the public was at "serious risk of harm", investigations have been closed prematurely amid failings by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Andrew Buncombe: A happy visa story from the High Commission in Pakistan

Last year when there was a mounting row about the backlog of visas being processed at the British High Commission in Islamabad, I spoke with several Pakistani students about a situation the Home Secretary Alan Johnson would later admit was unacceptable.

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