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Barack Obama says marijuana is ‘no more dangerous than alcohol’ and users should not be jailed

US President adds that the substance is actually less damaging ‘in terms of its impact on the individual customer’

HIV rates are rising among gay men in London as more are injecting drugs such as crystal meth

Experts warn of rise in gay ‘slamming’

The number of men using drugs in a sexual context quadrupled in two years and could be linked to a disturbing rise in HIV infection rates

Andy McSmith's Sketch: Ed Miliband stands and delivers… a touch of Blairite magic

Is there still a bit of Tony Blair left inside Ed Miliband? The question bugged me as I listened to the Labour leader doing what he does best – giving a speech to a predominantly sympathetic audience – in London today.

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Serving police officers have been found guilty of nearly 200 crimes in the past three years

Brothel-running, child abuse images, and selling firearms among nearly 200 crimes committed by police in last three years

Brothel-keeping and child porn among police officers’ crimes

Murderer Dennis McGuire took more than 15 minutes to die, according to witnesses in the Ohio prison

Convicted murderer and rapist ‘gasped and took 15 minutes to die’ in Ohio drug trial execution

The new method was adopted after the maker of the state’s previous drug put it off limits for capital punishment

Comedian Russell Brand is determined to spark a

Russell Brand launches fund to raise money for drug and alcohol treatment ‘recovery communities’

The Give it Up Fund, which will be managed by Comic Relief, aims to provide financial aid to help people remain free of substance misuse

PhD student who fell in love with the young man she was mentoring is on trial for handling heroin and crack for her boyfriend - who is himself accused of murder

A PhD student with a Masters in sociology and an in-depth knowledge of crime is accused of helping her boyfriend supply heroin and crack cocaine in the months before he and his friends allegedly murdered a rival drug dealer, a court has heard.

The trend for mephedrone-type drugs is more prevalent among university-age users and older teens

Rejecting the EU plan to regulate legal highs is yet another lost battle in the UK's war on drugs

This proposal would have reduced the income of dealers, and the danger to users

'Everything was funny': CNN Reporter gets high during Colorado marijuana legalisation report

Kaye said she struggled to remember her questions

Lisa Bonchek Adams has over 11,500 followers on Twitter

Fighting talk: Should cancer sufferers describe their illness as a battle?

40-year-old mother-of-three's blog about her breast cancer that has spread to her bones sparks debate on both sides of the Atlantic

Tony Colston-Hayter is credited with helping create the 1990s club scene

Acid house’s former 'Mr Big' admits £1.3m Barclays fraud charges

Guilty plea follows spells as rave organiser and gambler

A new cocktail of drugs will be used to kill Dennis McGuire

Ohio judge rules death row inmate is ‘not entitled to a pain free execution’

Convicted murderer and rapist, Dennis McGuire, will be put to death using a new cocktail of drugs that could leave him writhing in agony

The smart drug capital of Britain? Stressed students at York take three times as many study pills as at Oxford

Stressed students at the University of York take prescription-only study drugs three times more than those at Oxford and almost twice as more than those at Cambridge, according to a new survey.

Real-life Breaking Bad? Drug dealers sell blue crystal meth in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Agents are seeing a rise in a blue coloured version of the drug, similar to that produced by fictional chemist Walter White in Breaking Bad

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