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Alasdair Forsyth on benzodiazepine use as a 'constant', and drug use homogenisation
Alasdair examines the part benzodiazipines play in the drugs mix
Betsy Thom on unit pricing and labelling
Betsy says that if the drink industry is putting money into a good cause - Drink Aware - then that's good.
Ruth Runciman DBE on criminal justice and an integrated approach to tackling drug misuse in Prisons
Dame Ruth explains that it was important work for the ACMD to bring conclusions on criminal justice and drug use matters together for the government 
Ruth Runciman DBE - high rates of HIV among IDU's was influential in our thinking
 Dame Ruth says that above all the high rates of transmission influenced the thinking of the ACMD working group, and 'rightly so'
Ruth Runciman DBE on the ACMD reports and government's rigorous implementation of harm reduction
 Dame Ruth describes the government response and their overseeing of the 'rigorous implementation of harm reduction'
Ruth Runciman DBE on the development of national drug strategy
 Dame Ruth says there were services such as needle exchange prior to the report, but it was not a national policy.
Ruth Runciman DBE - The significant reduction of harm is evidence for the success of the policy
 UK Policy, says Dame Ruth, provided some of the lowest HIV rates in Europe
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