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Sheila Bird and Lawrence Sherman :: Thu, 29/10/2009 - 12:48

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Today, restorative evidence, and restorative justice

Radio 4's Today programme this morning interviewed Professor Nutt, chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, about politicians’ undermining, and thereby undervaluing, the evidence on the harm done by drugs. 

Sheila Bird :: Thu, 08/10/2009 - 10:37

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Drug treatment in prison: what the data show

Thanks to staff at the House of Commons Library, and the diligence of many parliamentarians, it has proved possible to investigate how well the prison’s Integrated Drug Treatment System is wo

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 07/10/2009 - 10:11

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Drug tests in prison: how intelligently are they being used?

How smart have prisons in England and Wales been in using the information gained from mandatory drug testing? And which prisons have done better than others?

Sheila Bird :: Tue, 06/10/2009 - 13:32

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What random Mandatory Drug Testing reveals about methadone prescribing for prisoners

Recent parliamentary answers to astute questions from Andrew Pelling MP have provided a means of assessing the progress of the Prison Service’s Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS). 

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 05/10/2009 - 14:40

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Drug testing in prisons, and prescribed methadone for heroin-dependent prisoners

The Government’s drug testing programme in prisons is distorted by perverse incentives, and fails to make the best use of the data collected.

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 21/09/2009 - 15:17

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£6 million Blueprint down the drain

In Saturday’s Guardian, Ben Goldacre dismembered a Home Office study designed to evaluate a drug education project in schools.

Nigel Hawkes :: Sat, 05/09/2009 - 13:14

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Drug blunders or headline blunders?

Patients alarmed by headlines in some papers proclaiming that drug errors by hospitals had doubled since 2006 no doubt wondered what was going on. Careless reporting is the simple answer.

Leo Henghes :: Thu, 06/08/2009 - 17:12

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Fewer kids drinking - but don't hold the front page

A string of newspapers lamented the excesses of the young in response to an NHS report detailing their illicit activities.