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GHB should be reclassified, says ACMD

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GHB, GBL and related compound 1,4-BD should be reclassified as class B substances, the ACMD has stated in a letter to home secretary Priti...

More than half of over 50s drinking at risky levels

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More than 50 per cent of over 50s are drinking at levels that ‘could cause health problems now or in the future’, according to...

A week’s units ‘for the price of a coffee’

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Drinkers in England can consume their entire weekly guideline amount of alcohol for the price of a coffee, according to new research from the...

Middlesbrough HAT pilot has ‘dramatic impact’

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The Middlesbrough heroin assisted treatment (HAT) pilot launched last year (DDN, November 2019, page 5) has had a ‘dramatic impact’, according to the programme’s...

Campaigners hail ‘monumental’ victory for US drug policy reform

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The divisive and controversial American presidential election has also seen Oregon become the first US state to vote in favour of decriminalising possession of...

CAP consults on tightening gambling ad codes

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The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has launched a public consultation on strengthening the UK Advertising Codes related to gambling. In particular, the CAP...

Another record high for England and Wales drug deaths

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There were 4,393 deaths related to drug poisoning registered in England and Wales last year, according to the latest figures from the Office for...

Government announces £12m winter payments for rough sleepers

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Local authorities will receive £10m in cold weather payments to help keep rough sleepers safe over the winter, the government has announced, with an...

Treatment services risk being overwhelmed, warns royal college

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England’s addiction services are not equipped to deal with the ‘soaring numbers’ of people drinking at high risk levels during the pandemic, warns the...

New alcohol strategy needed ‘urgently’

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A new UK-wide alcohol strategy is now ‘required urgently’, according to a report from the Commission on Alcohol Harm. It should be evidence-based and...

Government to scrap PHE

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The government is to abolish Public Health England (PHE), it has announced. A new organisation, The National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP), will instead...

Home secretary ‘minded to’ explicitly exempt poppers from Psychoactive Substances Act

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The home secretary, Priti Patel, has written to the ACMD seeking its advice on formally exempting alkyl nitrates – or ‘poppers’ – from the...

Northern Ireland to consult on minimum pricing

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Northern Ireland is to launch a ‘full consultation’ on minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol, its health minister Robin Swann has announced. The decision...

Tayside achieves world first in effectively eliminating hep C

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NHS Tayside in Scotland has become the first region in the world to effectively eliminate hepatitis C, with 90 per cent of patients diagnosed...

Government to consult on calorie labelling for alcohol

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The government will launch a consultation on plans to provide calorie labelling for alcohol, it has announced. The consultation, which will be launched before...

A million have quit smoking since lockdown

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More than a million people in the UK have stopped smoking since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research by ASH and...

A quarter of drinkers consuming more during lockdown

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More than a quarter of people who have ever drunk alcohol think they have been drinking more during lockdown, according to research commissioned by...

Government launches second phase of Carol Black review

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The second part of Professor Dame Carol Black’s independent review into illegal drug use in England has now been launched, the government has announced....

More than 120 children slain in Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’

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More than 120 killings of children and young people were carried out in the Philippines between July 2016 and December 2019, according to a...

Gambling oversight ‘complacent’ and ‘weak’, says Commons committee

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The bodies overseeing gambling are failing to protect people who are vulnerable to gambling harms, says a report from the House of Commons Public...

Urgent action needed to address lockdown ‘time bomb’, warns Adfam

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People coping with a loved one’s drug use, drinking or gambling have been hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdown, according to a new survey...

Government announces interim housing plans for rough sleepers

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New funding from the Treasury will provide ‘interim support’ for 15,000 vulnerable people placed in temporary accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has...

Time to ban all gambling ads, say MPs

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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gambling Related Harm has called for a ban on all gambling advertising as well as a complete...

Scottish off-sales down 5 per cent in year after MUP

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Sales of alcohol from supermarkets and off-licences in Scotland fell between 4 and 5 per cent in the year after minimum unit pricing (MUP)...

‘Resilient’ organised crime groups adapting to pandemic conditions

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‘Active and resilient’ organised crime groups have been successfully adapting their drug trafficking routes, transportation models and concealment methods during the COVID-19 pandemic, according...

Don’t squander chance to end rough sleeping, urge parliamentarians

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The government needs to establish a £100m housing support fund to avoid losing a ‘golden opportunity’ to put an end to rough sleeping, says...

Early Day Motion salutes vital role of treatment services

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An Early Day Motion has been tabled to recognise the essential role of treatment services and thank the 'unsung heroes' on the frontline of...

Half of people with gambling disorders have not accessed support

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Just under half of people with a gambling disorder have not accessed treatment or support, according to a study by GambleAware. Of those scoring...

Government denies imminent end to rough sleeper funding

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has denied claims that it will no longer be funding the scheme to provide emergency accommodation...

New helpline for prisoners released during pandemic

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A new free-phone helpline has opened for men and women in the North East who are being released from prison during the coronavirus crisis. The...

Scots widen availability of naloxone

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The Scottish Government has widened the availability of naloxone as part of a package of support for people affected by drug use during the...

Gambling firms suspend TV ads during lockdown

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British betting firms will voluntarily remove their TV and radio advertising during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced. Existing advertising...

Online COVID-19 support tool launched in Scotland

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An online tool has been launched to update on changes to treatment and pharmacy services during COVID-19

Substance misuse staff eligible for testing

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People working in drug and alcohol treatment are among those now eligible for coronavirus testing if they develop symptoms, the government has announced. While testing...

Coronavirus guidance issued for providers and commissioners

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New guidance for commissioners and treatment providers during the COVID-19 outbreak has been issued by Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Health...

Regular drinkers consuming more during lockdown

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Almost 20 per cent of daily drinkers are consuming more alcohol during the coronavirus lockdown, according to research commissioned by Alcohol Change UK. However,...

London rough sleepers housed in hotels

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More than 1,000 homeless people in London are now self-isolating in hotels and other locations during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the mayor’s office....

Pharmacists allowed to dispense methadone without prescription

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Pharmacists are to be allowed to give out methadone, buprenorphine and other medicines containing controlled substances such as opioids or barbiturates without a prescription...

‘Aspirational’ treatment standards published by WHO and UNODC

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A revised edition of the International standards for the treatment of drug use disorders has been published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and...

We’ll get through this, pledge activists

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A comprehensive advice sheet for people who use drugs during the coronavirus outbreak has been prepared by EuroNPUD, INPUD and Respect Drug User Rights....

Categorise people dependent on drugs as high-risk population, government urged

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People who are dependent on drugs – including alcohol – should be categorised as a high-risk population for COVID-19, says a submission from Release and...

Children of treatment staff can continue to attend school, PHE confirms

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Drug and alcohol treatment staff are included in the government definition of key workers whose children can still attend school during the coronavirus outbreak,...

Cautious welcome for increase in public health grant

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The public health grant 2020-21 has been set at £3.279bn, the government has announced – an increase of £145m on the 2019-20 figure. Health...

Government announces £3.2m emergency funds for rough sleepers

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Emergency funding totalling £3.2m to help rough sleepers to self-isolate has been announced by communities secretary Robert Jenrick. Homelessness organisations have been highly critical...

Government’s coronavirus advice on protecting rough sleepers ‘inadequate’, says Crisis

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The government’s new COVID-19 guidance for hostels or day centres for people rough sleeping is inadequate and fails to include measures that would allow...

Sales of low-alcohol beers up 30 per cent

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Sales of no-alcohol and low-alcohol – or ‘nolo’ – beers have increased by 30 per cent since 2016, according to a report from the...

Disappointment for campaigners looking for alcohol duty increase

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Duty rates for for beer, cider and spirits have been frozen in the 2020 budget, disappointing health campaigners who had been urging the government...

Betway hit with record £11m fine for failing ‘VIP’ customers

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Online gambling company Betway will have to pay £11.6m for failings relating to a number of high-spending customers as well as its money-laundering responsibilities,...

Government speeds up access to cannabis-based medicines

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Import restrictions on cannabis-based products for medicinal use have been revised to ensure that people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis or serious forms...

Drugs market has ‘never caused greater harm’, says Carol Black review

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The illegal drugs market ‘has long existed but has never caused greater harm to society than now’, according to the first phase of Professor...

‘Loneliness epidemic’ pushing people towards alcohol

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More than one in ten people who experience loneliness are turning to alcohol to cope, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by Turning Point....

Addiction psychiatry facing oblivion, royal college warns

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Addiction psychiatry could be ‘wiped out in the next ten years’ without urgent action, warns a report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych)....

Cannabis legalisation a mental health risk, says Rethink

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Moves to legalise cannabis risk ‘fuelling the nation’s mental health crisis’, the charity Rethink Mental Illness has warned. While it recognises the ‘strong arguments’ for...

Alcohol-related hospital admissions up 20 per cent in a decade

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Alcohol was the main reason for almost 360,000 hospital admissions in 2018-19, according to new figures from NHS Digital – a 6 per cent...

Have your say on alcohol harm

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A new Commission on Alcohol Harm has been launched with a call for written evidence. The commission has been established in the absence of...

Homeless people dying of preventable substance problems

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At least 12,000 people experiencing homelessness went without drug and alcohol treatment in 2018, according to research by St Mungo’s – a year that...

Scottish off-sales down almost 4 per cent since MUP

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The volume of off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland dropped by 3.6 per cent in the year following the introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP),...

Almost 30 countries now have some form of decriminalisation

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Twenty-nine countries – or 49 jurisdictions – worldwide have now adopted some form of decriminalisation for drug use or possession for personal use, according to...

Proportion of prisoners developing drug problem doubles in five years

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The proportion of prisoners who say they have developed a drug problem while in custody has doubled to almost 15 per cent since 2013-14,...

Northern Ireland records highest drug death total

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Northern Ireland has recorded its highest level of drug-related deaths, according to figures published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). There...