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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Drug seizures and offending: Social Indicators page
Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02619
A summary of statistics on drug use, drug seizures and drug offences.
The human and financial costs of drug addiction
Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0230
This debate pack is produced for the Westminster Hall on Wednesday 22 November 2017 from 2.30-4pm on the human and financial costs of drug addiction. The debate will be opened by Craig Mackinlay MP.
Drugs policy
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0149
This pack has been prepared ahead of the general debate on drugs policy to be held in the Commons Chamber on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Topics: Crime, Drugs misuse

Hepatitis C: Statistics and Developments
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0033
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a summary of recent statistics and developments in tackling the spread of hepatitis C virus in the UK, and globally.
Sources of Statistics: Vital Statistics (Population, Demography and Health)
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07125
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on Vital Statistics (population, demography and health).
Sources of Statistics: Health
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03843
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on UK public health services.
The Psychoactive Substances Bill 2015
Published Thursday, October 15, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7334
This briefing paper is prepared for the Second Reading of the Psychoactive Substances Bill on 19 October 2015.
New Psychoactive Substances
Published Thursday, June 4, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7215
This briefing paper has been withdrawn. It has been replaced by the Library briefing on the Psychoactive Substance Bill 2015.
The darknet and online anonymity
Published Monday, March 9, 2015 | POSTnotes POST-PN-488
A very small proportion of websites use sophisticated anonymity systems, which allow their operators to conceal their identity if they wish to. This part of the web is commonly referred to as the darknet. The darknet helps citizens to protect their security and privacy and to circumvent censorship. It also facilitate organised crime, such as the billion dollar drug market known as Silk Road. This POSTnote discusses the challenge of preventing such crimes without compromising the other uses of anonymity technologies.
Minimising the harms of khat
Published Thursday, November 21, 2013 | POSTnotes POST-PN-449
This POSTnote summarises the evidence on the impact of khat on health and possible social harms in the UK and comparable international experiences of legislation and control.
Debate on 17 October: Drugs Policy
Published Monday, October 14, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-026
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on 17 October on drugs policy.
Drug-driving
Published Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | POSTnotes POST-PN-440
This POSTnote examines the drug screening devices available for detecting drug drivers and options for the setting of drug limits for the new offence.
Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (HL Bill 62 of 2010-11)
Published Thursday, April 7, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-013
This Library Note provides background reading for the second reading debate of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.
Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill Committee Stage Report [Bill 151 of 2010-11]
Published Thursday, March 24, 2011 | Commons Briefing papers RP11-28
During the Committee stage, several Government amendments were made to the provisions on police reform. Some (for example, on police complaints, police and crime plans and disqualifying people convicted of imprisonable offences from becoming or being police and crime commissioners) were on matters of substance. By contrast, there were only minor amendments to the provisions of the misuse of drugs and no substantive amendments to the parts of the Bill covering licensing, protests in Parliament Square or universal jurisdiction.
Treatments for heroin and cocaine dependency, June 2009
Published Monday, June 1, 2009 | POSTnotes POST-PN-337
This note looks at the treatments currently available for heroin and cocaine dependency, assesses the prospects for new treatments, and examines the issues these raise.

Topic: Drugs misuse

Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill (Bill 21 of 2004/05)
Published Wednesday, February 23, 2005 | Commons Briefing papers RP05-16
The Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill. (Bill 21 of 2004/05). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/16.
Drugs Bill (Bill 17 of 2004/05)
Published Thursday, January 13, 2005 | Commons Briefing papers RP05-07
The Drugs Bill (Bill 17 of 2004/05). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/07.
Cannabis
Published Thursday, August 3, 2000 | Commons Briefing papers RP00-74
Cannabis. House of Commons Library Reasearch Paper 00/74.
Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill: drug testing (Bill 91 1999/2000)
Published Monday, March 27, 2000 | Commons Briefing papers RP00-37
Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill: drug testing (Bill 91 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/37.

Topic: Drugs misuse

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