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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...

Gambling on credit cards to be banned from April

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Gambling businesses will no longer be allowed to let customers use credit cards to gamble, the Gambling Commission has announced. The ban will apply...

Better collaboration needed to tackle county lines properly

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Efforts to tackle the activities of county lines drug gangs are being hampered by lack of a ‘fully integrated, national response’, according to a...

More action needed to avert US-style fentanyl crisis, says ACMD

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Fentanyl and its analogues present a ‘significant ongoing risk’ to public health in the UK, according to an ACMD report, with more needing to...

Victor Adebowale to leave Turning Point after two decades

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Turning Point chief executive Lord Victor Adebowale has announced that he will be standing down after almost 20 years in the role. Lord Victor,...

Shutting up shop

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The crisis in funding has dominated the sector for years, but with many big names now closing their doors the situation for residential facilities...

Almost 70 per cent of 20-year-olds gamble

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Sixty eight per cent of 20-year-olds had participated in gambling in the last year, according to a study by GambleAware. While this fell slightly...

Drug poisoning admissions continue to rise

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Last year saw more than 18,000 hospital admissions for poisoning by drug misuse in England, according to figures from NHS Digital, an increase of...

Heroin assisted treatment pilot launches in Glasgow

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Scotland’s first heroin-assisted treatment service has been launched in Glasgow, the city council has announced. The Enhanced Drug Treatment Service (EDTS) will treat people...

Parties set out drug and alcohol manifesto pledges

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The SNP is the latest political party to publish its manifesto, which repeats the party’s call for drug policy to be devolved so that...

Impose £2 online slot machine limit, says cross-party report

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There is ‘no justification’ for online slot machine style games to have staking levels above £2, says a report from the Gambling Related Harm...

Scottish Affairs Committee calls for decriminalisation

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The Scottish Affairs Committee has become the latest group of MPs to call for an overhaul of the UK’s drug laws, saying that the...

UK drug policy failing, say MPs

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Drug policy in the UK is ‘clearly failing’ and requires radical change, says a report from the Health and Social Care Committee. With rates...

PHE to produce ‘orange book’ for alcohol treatment

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Public Health England (PHE) is working to produce the first UK-wide set of clinical guidelines for alcohol treatment, the agency has announced. While the...

‘Biggest ever’ drugs importation operation busted

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Thirteen men have been arrested as part of an investigation into what the National Crime Agency (NCA) is calling the largest UK drugs importation...

SNP votes to back decriminalisation 

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The Scottish National Party (SNP) has given ‘overwhelming support’ for the devolution of drug laws to Scotland to allow decriminalisation of drug possession. Delegates at...

Middlesbrough launches heroin-assisted treatment programme

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A pilot heroin-assisted treatment (HAT) programme is being launched in Middlesbrough, the local police and crime commissioner (PCC) has announced. The programme will concentrate...

Two in five homeless deaths now drug-related

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There were an estimated 726 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales registered during 2018, according to the latest figures from the Office...

Nearly 100,000 could be unaware they have hep C

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Up to two thirds of the estimated 143,000 people in the UK living with a chronic hepatitis C infection may be unaware they have...

Millions being prescribed potentially addictive drugs

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Millions of people in England are being prescribed potentially addictive medications, according to the findings of a major review by Public Health England (PHE).  Announced...

Scots drug death taskforce up and running

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The taskforce set up by the Scottish Government to try to address the country’s rising drug death rate will hold its first meeting later...

Drug-related deaths highest since records began

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Registrations of deaths relating to poisoning (overdose) in England and Wales have once again broken previous records, according to figures from the Office for...

More research needed on medicinal cannabis, says NICE

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More research is needed on cannabis-based medicinal products before they can be widely prescribed, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)....

Minimum pricing being implemented ‘effectively’

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Minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is being implemented effectively in Scotland, according to a report from NHS Health Scotland. Levels of compliance among...

World Hepatitis Day 2019 DDN Round Up

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World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is held each year on 28 July to raise awareness of viral hepatitis read our round up of what is happening and how you can get involved.

Services failing vulnerable people with alcohol problems

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Vulnerable adults’ alcohol use is frequently being ‘missed or poorly managed’, says a report from Alcohol Change UK. Mismanaging severe alcohol problems among people...

Scotland’s drug death toll at record high

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Scotland has yet again recorded its highest ever number of drug-related fatalities, with 1,187 registered in 2018. The number, which was described as ‘shocking’ by...

Time to investigate Duterte for crimes against humanity, says Amnesty

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The UN Human Rights Council should immediately open an investigation into Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, states a report from Amnesty International. The Philippine president’s...

County lines gangs recruiting ever-younger children

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Children as young as seven are being exploited by county lines drug gangs, according to a new report from The Children’s Society. While those...

‘Biased’ classification fuelling drug problem, says Global Commission

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Biased historical classification of psychoactive substances has been a significant contribution to the world drug problem, according to a new report from the Global...

NHS to open young persons’ gambling clinic

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The country’s first NHS gambling clinic for children is to open this year, NHS England has announced. The move is a response to ‘growing...

We’ll introduce mandatory alcohol labelling, says Labour

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Alcohol labelling that includes up-to-date drinking guidelines and nutritional information would be mandatory under a Labour government, according to shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth....

Number of over-40s in opiate treatment triples in a decade

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The number of people aged over 40 in treatment for opiate use has tripled in little over a decade, according to a report from...

Don’t release prisoners on a Friday, urges ACMD

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The UK’s prison services should take steps to avoid releasing prisoners with complex needs on Friday afternoons, says a new report from the Advisory...

Addiction Awareness Week: Sixty per cent of Britons know someone with...

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Sixty per cent of British people know someone with an addiction problem, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by Action on Addiction and published...

Seizures of cocaine at ‘record levels’ in Europe

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Europe is seeing record levels of seizures of cocaine, says the latest European drug report from EMCDDA. Availability of the drug is continuing to...

Prison safety under threat from rising NPS use

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The rise in NPS use in prisons has had a serious impact on safety, with increasing rates of violence and self-harm, says the annual...

Scots record highest ever drug-related hospital admissions

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Scotland has seen a fourfold increase in drug-related hospital stays in the last 20 years, according to the latest figures from the Scottish NHS....

Correct methadone dosage vital for people being treated for TB

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Methadone dose optimisation is vital when treating people on opioid substitution programmes for tuberculosis (TB) and other conditions, according to new research. Researchers at Aston...

British ‘get drunk’ more regularly than other nationalities

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British people who drink get drunk more regularly than other nationalities, according to the latest Global drug survey. Respondents in the UK reported getting...

Time for a compulsory tax on the gambling industry, say academics

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A new compulsory levy should be placed on the gambling industry to support people with gambling problems, according to a report published in the...

County Concerns

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The Home Office has produced a series of posters to help staff working in social housing identify potential victims of county lines activity and...

New strategy to tackle ‘gambling harms’

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A NEW THREE-YEAR STRATEGY TO REDUCE GAMBLING HARMS has been launched by the Gambling Commission, the government has announced. The strategy will bring together...

Hep C deaths down 16 per cent

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Deaths from hepatitis C related liver disease fell by 16 per cent between 2015 and 2017, from 380 to 319, according to the latest...

Aggressive marketing and changing attitudes driving increased crack use

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Aggressive marketing by dealers and a change in attitudes towards the drug were among the reasons for increasing levels of crack cocaine use in...

Lack of harm reduction services impeding HIV progress, warns UNAIDS

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Around 99 per cent of people who inject drugs live in countries that are failing to provide adequate harm reduction services, says a new...

Local authorities failing to provide sufficient naloxone

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The amounts of naloxone being provided by local councils and prisons are ‘extremely limited’, warns a new report from Release. While all but three...

CGL and Sova announce full merger

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Change Grow Live (CGL) and its subsidiary Sova are to fully merge, the charities have announced. The merger will mean integration of the infrastructure,...

Home Office gives go-ahead for pilot drug-testing scheme

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The Home Office has granted the UK’s first official licence for a drug checking service. Anyone over the age of 18 can now take...

Welsh Government to press ahead with 50p minimum price

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The Welsh Government has committed to introducing a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol, following the results of a public consultation. ‘Ministers remain of...

Tougher rules to protect children from gambling ads

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New standards to protect children from ‘irresponsible’ gambling adverts have been published by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP). The new guidelines prohibit online...

Government announces drugs and violence review

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The government has appointed Professor Dame Carol Black to lead a wide-ranging review into ‘the ways in which drugs are fuelling serious violence’. Professor...

Alcohol-related hospital admissions up 15 per cent in ten years

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There were 338,000 hospital admissions in 2017-18 where the ‘main cause’ was a result of drinking alcohol, according to the latest figures from NHS...

Huge increase in ‘county lines’ activity, says NCA

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‘County lines’ drug dealing networks are continuing to expand with increasing exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, says a report from the National Crime...

Migrants will not be charged for most drug and alcohol services,...

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Updated government guidance on implementing health charging regulations for overseas visitors has clarified the position on drug and alcohol services. These can be considered...

Alcohol focus for new NHS plan

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Alcohol care teams will offer support to alcohol-dependent patients in more hospitals, as part of the new NHS long-term plan. The teams will be...

Harm reduction worldwide has ‘stalled’, warns HRI

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The number of countries providing harm reduction initiatives has stalled in the last two years, according to Harm Reduction International’s (HRI) Global state of...

Homeless deaths up by a quarter over five years

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There were almost 600 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales in 2017, according to ONS figures, an increase of 24 per cent...

‘Health approach’ for new Scots drugs strategy

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Scotland’s new drugs strategy will take a ‘health approach’ and address wider problems such as housing, mental health, family support and employment, the Scottish...

It’s time to get tested, urges PHE

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Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have launched a nationwide exercise to identify and treat people who have previously been diagnosed with hepatitis...