Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has suffered a series of crises recently

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford 'may enter rehab'

After a string of embarrassing recent revelations involving class A drugs and violent death threats, the Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford is considering entering a rehabilitation program, his lawyer has said.

Top: When gene is not activated. Bottom: Tissue regrowth shown when gene activated

Fountain of youth? Scientists discover why wounds heal quicker for young people

Hopes rise for new drugs and treatments to speed healing process for the elderly

Channel 4's new show will investigate the effects of smoking skunk on the brain

Volunteers to smoke strong skunk for Channel 4 'Drugs Live' show

Volunteers will take skunk, cannabis resin and a placebo in a blind trial

£136m cocaine haul hidden among bananas on ship discovered by UK drugs police

The biggest cocaine haul found by UK drugs officers in more than two years has been discovered hidden among bananas on a ship that sailed from Colombia.

Binge eating treatment is tasty for Shire

News that its binge eating disorder treatment has passed clinical trials sent shares in Shire soaring to an intraday high yesterday.

Pensioner Alvin Ricketts was known for dressing 'flamboyantly'

Pensioner handed jail sentence for selling crack cocaine

Seventy-four-year-old would wear a variety of 'flamboyant' hats, dinner scarves and other outfits that Scotland Yard said "'made him stand out' when offending

Norman Baker is happy to be the odd man out at the Home Office: Immigration, surveillance, drugs... the new minister differs with Theresa May on all of them

Liberal Democrat has brief to 'make sure there is a liberal voice clearly heard' in the government department

Krokodil the flesh-eating drug spreads to Chicago suburbs with three cases in a week

Krokodil, which is considered more addictive that heroin, originated in Russia

Parkinson’s drug may work on MS

A drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease may provide an effective new therapy for multiple sclerosis, research suggests.

Trainer Gerard Butler faces steroid charges

Gerard Butler's disciplinary panel hearing before the British Horseracing Authority over his use of the drug Sungate has been scheduled to take place between 18 and 20 November.

HMP Oakwood : Britain’s biggest jail - run by G4S - is ‘too violent’

Britain’s biggest prison has been criticised by inspectors in another blow to its private operator G4S. HMP Oakwood in Wolverhampton, which can hold 1,600 inmates, had inexperienced staff and high levels of violence and self-harm, HM Inspectorate of Prisons said following a surprise visit.

British military chiefs demand review into continued use of Lariam

Some of Britain’s most respected military commanders are calling on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to review its continued use of an antimalarial drug recently banned by the US Army due to its dangerous side-effects.

“Mum said ‘You’re going to get caught soon. You can’t carry on like this’”

Comment: Joints and all-night benders – Ronnie O'Sullivan’s wasted tales reek of teenage desperation

'Mum said "You’re going to get caught soon. You can’t carry on like this"'

A woman sells coca leaves in La Paz, Bolivia, where the plant has traditionally had medicinal purposes

Lifting ban on cocaine plant can help millions of lives, MPs told

Coca can treat muscle pain and could provide income for impoverished farmers, says study

One person died and five other people were taken to hospital after a night at The Warehouse Project in Trafford, Manchester

Woman in critical condition is seventh victim of 'particularly bad batch of drugs' at Manchester's Warehouse Project club

A 32-year-old woman remains in a critical condition after taking drugs at the same music venue as a man who died in a suspected drug incident last week.

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Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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