Drug legalisation

Why Denver decriminalised magic mushrooms

The city voted on it in a referendum, and is the first place in the US to do so
The US city of Denver held a public vote on whether to decriminalise the use of magic mushrooms. The decision passed with a slim majority of 50.6% - and it's now the first city in the US where you can use the drug without being punished. Cindy Sovine is part of Decriminalize Denver group who campaigned for the change.

(Photo: Freshly picked magic mushrooms. Credit: Getty Images)

Figures show number of hard drug users rising

Colin Briggs

Look North

The number of people in the North East using hard drugs such as crack cocaine, heroin and super-strength painkillers has jumped by 2,000 in the last five years.

About 19,000 people in the area are addicted to the drugs, according to new figures from Public Health England - the highest in the country.

Of those, 1,500 are teenagers and young adults under the age of 25.

Simon Stephens, director of casework at Addictions UK, said the figures only represented those receiving some sort of treatment.

He said there were "many more" using drugs who were not showing up in the figures.

Drug use