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DDN21sept09

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21 September 2009 www.drinkand drugsnews.com THE CALM WITHINTHE CALM WITHIN Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research ‘People don’t have to ‘People don’t have to go through assessments go through assessments elsewhere, they don’t have elsewhere, they don’t have […]

DDN April2021

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Drink and Drugs News April 2021 ISSN 17bb-6236 EVERYONE IN UNMISSABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE-SAVING HARM REDUCTION IN IT TOGETHER Working with couples HEP C ELIMINATION The last miles will be the ahardest Turning P oint Smithfield  In-P atient Deto x Has Covid pushed you  over the line?   If you are in need of a break  and help with your alcohol  use, we can look after you.  We  off er 7-day stays at our  Smithfield Deto x service in  Manchester . All our  services in the local area  are integr ated, including  Rehab Residential Stay  […]

DDN16nov09

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[…] I am ver y saddened to see its good name dragged through the mud. The council has been involved in some groundbreaking work, such as Hidden harm,Reducing drug related deaths and most recently its challenging repor t on hepatitis C. The issue of cannabis, although it dominated airtime, is of minimal impor tance given the considerable […]

DDN Sept_2022

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DDN19oct09

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HOW CAN FRONTLINE WORKERS DEAL WITH THE LEGACY OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE? ‘ Nobody’s addressing the root cause of why someone’s using drugs... aren’t we just throwing money out the window? ’ GIRLS’ TALK Empowering young Asian women and celebrating identity FIGHTING ADDICTION A journey from alcohol-fuelled violence to service user rep 19 October 200919 […]

DDN060605

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[…] need of clarity and action MIXED MESSAGES MIXED MESSAGES From FDAP in association with WIRED Your fortnightly magazine |jobs|news|views|research 5 June 2006 BEST OF THE BEST Tackling drugs, changing lives awards LION’S BREATH Alcohol initiatives in late-night Cardiff DESPERATE DATS Tough talking on the pooled treatment budget www.drinkanddrugs.net Plus: TREATMENT DIRECTORY – p ull-out […]

DDNjune10

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DRUG-USING SEX WORKERS – FORGOTTEN VICTIMS OF VIO LENCE ‘Decriminalisation – let’s take it out of the back ‘Decriminalisation – let’s take it out of the back streets, let’s have a reasoned, adult debate streets, let’s have a reasoned, adult debate about this. It totally mirrors the drugs debate – about this. It […]

DDN1805

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18 May 200918 May 2009 www.drinkand drugsnews.com www.drinkanddrugsnews.com MONEY MATTERSMONEY MATTERS Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research ‘All the talk of treatment and reintegration into society means nothing if we don’t help former substance users with basic fi […]

DDN2302

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[…] education, particularly for younger prisoners. Gateshead gateway A new online resource for drug users in Gateshead has been launched in response to concern at the number of drug related deaths in the area. The website, which has been designed in consultation with drugs staff and clients, was commissioned by the Gateshead Drug Treatment Par tnership to […]

DDN February issue

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FACING THE FEAR INSIDE Jackie Ballard profile Psychoactives in prison Safe havens for drinkers Supporting women Local roundup MAKING SERVICE USERS FEEL WELCOME, NOT TRAPPED DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS ISSN 1755-6236 FEBRUARY 2015 Join us and have your say: www.drinkanddrugsnews.com THE CHALLENGE: GETTING IT RIGHT FOR EVERYBODY 8th DDN natbonal servbce user conference 19 […]

DDN2801

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[…] groups around the country UNCHARTED WATERS Unregulated alternative therapies – how bad is it? CHANGING RULES Could increasing tax on alcohol really work? 28 January 2008 www.drinkand drugs.net 28 January 2008 CJ Wellings Ltd, FDAP and WIRED do not accept responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by contributors or advertisers. The contents of […]

DDN2june10

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[…] they have left... but support for members after they have left... but many leave with no support whatsoever.’many leave with no support whatsoever.’ 21 June 2010 www.drinkand drugsnews.com WHEN JOHNNY COMES WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOMEMARCHING HOME Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research AROUND THE REGIONS:AROUND THE REGIONS: Welsh […]

DDN July_August2021

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Drink and Drugs NeAws July/August 2021 bSSN 1755-6236 Sex and porn addictions are real – it’s time to provide support Carol Black on sector priorities Nature’s healing power TP-Smithfield-Advert-artwork.indd 1 TP-Smithfield-Advert-artwork.indd 1 04/06/2021 11:2304/06/2021 11:23 JULY/AUGUST 2021 • DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS • 3 UPFRONT Drink and Drugs News is publisheb by bJ Wellings […]

Drug-related deaths highest since records began

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[…] continue to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of people every year.’ www.release.org.uk Jay Stewart, Director for Public Health and Substance Misuse at Turning Point ‘ Drug related deaths are preventable deaths. Investment in high quality, free to access, evidence-based treatment services is critical, not only to protect communities from drug related crime and anti-social […]

PDF Version

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[…] HEALTH AGENDA w.drinkkarugsurr nekrcomd uIrimoorr Sdronirn rugdrr NkmnkmuaromIu1117 w.dr dd5r STI r unr-ddNr5kebIr s 5rsocngnor n rugdrsbd 5sr n2rgdsougrs 5r idooSdm brSnsk5I17 At last year’s RCGP conference we heard early warning shots on how localism could affect health priorities.  This year, with Public Health England in place and the NTA swallowed and almost digested, delegates had an opportunity to question public health minister Anna Soubry and confer with each other about the new landscape. In his column last issue ( DDN, May, page 11),  DrugScope’s Marcus Roberts looked at the possible impact of localism on drug and alcohol services; the conference confirmed that the picture is a confusing one, showing huge variation throughout the country. Are commissioners in a spin? Drug services under threat? Service user involvement on the back burner? Well it seems to depend on where you live, and the conference workshops brought out many concerns – as well as opportunities to knit together different services to make best use of resources for ‘whole person’ care. The positive message from the event was that there are many GPs and other health professionals who are passionately committed, not just to their own areas of expertise, but also to liaising with colleagues to make shared care as responsive as it can be. The challenge is to pull together to make sure localism never means exclusion. The conference was one snapshot; please let us know what localism means so far to your area. FEATURES 6 NEWS FOCUS What effect will payment by results have on the probation service? 8 JOINING THE DOTS  – COVER STORb This year’s GPs’ conference had the tricky task of linking primary care to each part of the new public health agenda, while urging colleagues to keep calm and carry on. DDN reports. 12 POSITIVE ACTION Phil Spalding tells Kayleigh Hutchins how the Hep C Positive project has raised awareness  about the virus in Swindon in the face of NHS reforms. 14 DEAD OR ALIVE Can reducing the ‘dead space’ in injecting equipment save lives, asks Jamie bridge. […]

Drug deaths in England and Wales up again

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[…] experiencing as a result of COVID-19 has exposed how structural inequalities have contributed to high deaths rates due the virus, we have seen the same thing in drug related deaths for the last decade. It is no surprise that in areas of deprivation, where austerity has destroyed social safety nets, we are witnessing the highest levels […]

Another record year for England and Wales drug deaths

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There were 4,859 deaths related to drug poisoning registered in England and Wales last year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – the highest since records began almost 20 years ago and 6 per cent higher than in 2020. More than 3,000 of the deaths were recorded as drug misuse deaths. As has […]

DDN June 2020

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[…] might the ‘new normal’ mean for services? ZOOM BOOM Making the most of enforceb online working LET’S IMPROVE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF BENZODIAZEPINES TO SAVE LIVES Drink and Drugs NeSws June 2020 ISSN 1755-b23b THE 2020 RECOVERY STREET FILM FESTIVAL HAS MOVED ONLINE This year we are inviting anyone who is directly or indirectly affected […]

The Government must follow the evidence if they are to save lives, says Release

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Injecting Equipment. Source: Nigel Brunsdon Release has responded to the latest drug-related deaths figures announced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The data released by the ONS shows 4,561 drug poisoning (i.e. ‘overdose’) deaths registered in 2020 in England and Wales, of which two thirds were related to ‘drug misuse’. The rate of […]

Constellations Online Festival of Harm Reduction

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Over nine days in November 2021 we celebrated the harm reduction movement across the themes of science, justice and pleasure. Constellations Online Festival of Drugs and Harm Reduction, hosted by Harm Reduction International, offered a new way to connect on the big issues with the big thinkers around the world, with 1,000 participants from […]

My, how you’ve changed!

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[…] only when you step back from the day-to-day hubbub that you realise what a chemical carousel we’ve been riding for the past decade in this world of drugs. In 2004, cannabis was regraded from class B to C after three years of wrangling from the first announcement. In 2005 the then Tory leader Michael […]

Highest ever drug death total for England and Wales

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There were 4,907 deaths related to drug poisoning recorded in England and Wales last year, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figure is 1 per cent up on 2021’s total of 4,859 and the highest number since records began 30 years ago.  The age-standardised mortality rate for […]

Government announces ‘largest ever’ increase in treatment funding

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A ‘record’ £780m over three years to ‘rebuild the drug treatment system’ has been announced by the government as part of its much-anticipated new drug strategy. While every local authority in England will receive extra money ‘to combat drug and alcohol misuse’ over the next three years, those with the greatest need will receive […]

Diverted methadone

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[…] (NICE), Technology appraisal guidance 114, Methadone and buprenorphine for the management of opioid dependence 2007 . Available from: www.nice.org.uk/TA114 ONS. Statistical bulletin: Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2012 2013 . Available from: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/subnational-health3/deaths-related-to-drug-poisoning/2012/stb—deaths-related-to-drug-poisoning-2012.html NHS Scotland Information Services Division. The National Drug Related Deaths Database (Scotland) Report 2013. Available from: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Drugs-and-Alcohol-Misuse/Publications/data-tables.asp?id=1386#1386   Dave Marteau

Enough Excuses

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[…] Misuse of Drugs 1971 Act has been used by the Scottish Government as an excuse for not implementing a proposed safe injection facility (SIF). Evidence indicates that drug related deaths are more prevalent in urban communities characterised by deprivation. Therefore the proposed first SIF site, Glasgow city centre, will have little impact on the target group […]

No time to lose

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With the impact of synthetic drugs being realised across the UK, the APPG on Drugs, Alcohol and Justice dedicated its latest meeting to an escalating crisis. DDN reports. Steve Rolles, senior policy analyst at Transform, summarised the situation. The opioid market had been changing rapidly since the Taliban’s ban on opium production and destruction […]

Open market

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How easy is it to have any drug you want delivered to your door with no questions asked? This and other issues raised at HIT’s Hot Topics conference gave a revealing snapshot of changes in the drugs field, as Max Daly reports.  The change that has been buffeting the drugs field for the last […]

Highest number of drug deaths in quarter of a century

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Last year saw 3,744 drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales, according to the latest ONS figures – 2 per cent higher than the previous year (DDN, October 2016, page 4) and the highest number since comparable statistics began in 1993. While the figure relates to both legal and illegal drugs, almost 70 per […]

A different way

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Stopping the rise of drug-related deaths needs an innovative approach – such as paying drug users to stop using, says Neil McKeganey. The recent report of record number of deaths amongst drug users in Scotland (see news, page 4) is likely to lead to a fundamental review of how we are tackling Scotland’s drugs […]

Make or break time?

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[…] decided to canvass opinion on what the new government’s priorities should be. Mike Trace, chief executive, RAPt The first thing an incoming government should do is take drug and alcohol treatment seriously. While the period of top-level political attention and increased investment is over, it is still the case that effective drug and alcohol […]

Record drug deaths for England and Wales

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England and Wales have once again recorded their highest ever number of drug-related deaths, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There were 3,756 deaths related to drug poisoning in 2017, a slight increase on 2016’s figure of 3,744 (DDN, September 2017, page 4) and the highest number since […]

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 the Scottish Government can ‘take all the steps needed’ to tackle drug-related deaths and harm – including the piloting of consumption rooms. The SNP have said drug-related fatalities are a […]

The road less travelled

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[…] more to do with cost than effectiveness. It could be time for a reassessment, say Neil McKeganey, Christopher Russell and Lucy Cockayne Professor Neil McKeganey Within the drug treatment field there are few more controversial subjects than the role of substitute prescribing. For some people, drugs such as methadone and Suboxone represent a lifesaver, […]

Straight to the point – NNEF conference

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[…] ‘The work of the NNEF is more vital than ever.’ ‘A 29-year-old kid dying of sepsis in 2018 in the UK’s second city.’ This was just one drug-related death of many, said National Needle Exchange Forum chair Philippe Bonnet, and reinforced why the focus on harm reduction must not waver and why the work […]

Testing the limits

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In 2023, our Stayin’ Alive campaign stated that drugs are changing, and this is even more true in 2024. A range of drugs across the UK continues to be contaminated with nitazenes, synthetic cannabinoids, novel benzodiazepines and occasionally xylazine. The risk of overdose leading to death or other adverse consequences remains very high. Nitazenes […]

Market forces

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Drug-related deaths: A strong message from Addaction’s Mortality Matters conference was that treatment services need to put competition to one side and challenge the conditions that are allowing drug-related deaths to rise. DDN reports. How should we tackle the alarming increase in drug-related deaths head on, asked Addaction’s medical director, Dr Kostas Agath, […]

Drug deaths are everyone’s business

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Turning Point’s latest Safer Lives Conference took place at a time of worrying changes in the UK drug market. The way we work will need to change too, says Deb Hussey. Deb Hussey, safer lives lead at Turning Point November saw us return to Birmingham for our second Turning Point Safer Lives Conference. A […]

Most of Northern Ireland’s drug deaths among young people 

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[…] prioritise this issue,’ said Professor Anne Campbell of Queen’s University, who led the research. ‘This work will provide the evidence base for the nature and type of drug related deaths in Northern Ireland, the numbers admitted to hospital for overdose, the number of deaths that could have been avoided, and the number of young people and […]

Bucking the trend

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Unlike in England, drug deaths in Wales have been falling since 2010 – a result that can be traced to Welsh public health policy and harm reduction practice, say Josie Smith and Chris Emmerson    As previously reported in DDN (October, page 4), according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a […]

Final destination?

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[…] this year’s RCGP and SMMGP primary care conference. DDN reports. ‘None of us need reminding about shrinking budgets and decommissioned services,’ said clinical lead for alcohol and drug misuse at NHS Nottingham, Dr Stephen Willott. Issues like the rising cost of buprenorphine were making matters worse, he said, and ‘while we’re told there’s an […]

Scots record highest ever drug deaths

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More drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland in 2011 than in any previous year, according to figures released by National Records for Scotland. There were 584 deaths, says Drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2011, an increase of 20 per cent on the previous year.  Six of the past ten years have seen increases, with […]

Welsh drug deaths up by almost half 

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More than 320 drug poisoning deaths were registered in Wales last year, an increase of 44 per cent on 2020’s figure, according to new statistics from Public Health Wales. Sixty-five per cent of these were classed as drug misuse deaths.  Two thirds of the drug deaths involved a combination of drugs, including prescription medications […]

Harm Reduction International Conference

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[…] are reports that were not featured in the July 2013 issue of DDN magazine. ‘Our policies are not our own’  Corruption and weak institutions are driving forward drug problems in Africa Weak institutions and high levels of corruption were exacerbating the drug problem in Africa, Isidore Obot of the Centre for Research and Information […]

No time to lose

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The ‘substantial upward trend’ in drug-related deaths was explored at the latest meeting of the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group, as DDN reports.   The greatest increase in drug-related deaths was seen in the most deprived areas, explained Dr Ben Windsor-Shellard of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with the North East […]

Rough Justice

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The time was long overdue for looking at alternatives to a criminal justice-based approach to drugs, heard delegates at the Royal College of GPs and Addiction Professionals online conference. ‘We’d all much prefer to be wise before the event,’ chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAPDC), Juliet Lyon, told the […]

Confidentiality key in drug-checking services, says study

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The main potential barriers to the successful operation of drug-checking services are concerns over confidentiality and criminalisation, according to a study by the University of Stirling.  Photo from The Loop who are providing a drug testing service in Bristol. wearetheloop.org The policing response and trust in frontline staff would be crucial considerations, said participants […]

‘Bold policies’ needed to tackle drug deaths crisis, says royal college

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Bold policies such as decriminalisation and consumption rooms are needed to help reduce Scotland’s record rates of drug-related deaths, says a new report from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. While the country’s drug deaths crisis is ‘complex’, it says, much more could be done to address the issue. Consider the evidence base, […]

Driving Change

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[…] conference was ‘The Road Ahead’. As each speaker began to explore the theme, it became obvious that we needed to talk about the obstacles in our way. Drug law enforcement was bound to be at the top of the agenda for a conference that cares passionately about harm reduction. While drug use was ‘ubiquitous, […]

Life and death issues

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[…] left, so more and more will be relying on peer support. I think their role in aftercare is essential. ‘I have sat in too many meetings where drug related deaths are discussed, he added. ‘They always end with an acknowledge­ment that the figures will continue to rise. It’s almost as if we are resigned to a […]

Heroin deaths double in just four years

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[…] heroin-related deaths in England and Wales has doubled since 2012, from 579 to 1,201, according to the latest ONS figures. Last year saw the highest number of drug-related fatalities ever recorded with 3,674 poisoning deaths, of which 2,479 exclusively involved illegal drugs. Scotland also recorded its highest drug death toll in 2015, at 706 […]

Heroin deaths double in just four years

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[…] heroin-related deaths in England and Wales has doubled since 2012, from 579 to 1,201, according to the latest ONS figures. Last year saw the highest number of drug-related fatalities ever recorded with 3,674 poisoning deaths, of which 2,479 exclusively involved illegal drugs. Scotland also recorded its highest drug death toll in 2015, at 706 […]

Filling the prescription

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[…] triggered a reflection of its journey, and with the recent introduction of long-acting injectable buprenorphine Dr Georges Petitjean and Deanne Burch question what its future is within drug treatment services. Skip to part two ‘Weighing up the benefits’ where Dr Georges Petitjean and Deanne Burch explore different buprenorphine preparations, its use during the COVID-19 […]

Eighties deprivation blamed for Scots drug deaths

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Rising rates of drug-related deaths in Scotland can be explained by the impact of political decisions and social deprivation in the 1980s, according to a report from NHS Scotland and the University of Glasgow. Drug-related deaths have been increasing among those born between 1960 and 1980, which is likely the result of ‘exposure to […]

Rising tide

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The ‘tough on drugs’ approach is impractical, outdated and costly in every sense, according to a meeting of the APPG for Drug Policy Reform. Considering pieces of evidence from home and abroad – including Germany, Portugal and the Czech Republic, where legislation had decriminalised drug consumption – the group discussed how the lack of […]

On borrowed time

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The delayed drug strategy – and lack of plan for an alcohol strategy – is pulling the lifeline from a sector in crisis, hears DDN The new drug strategy is in limbo. Delayed for months without explanation, the questions are mounting against a backdrop of the highest number of drug-related deaths ever recorded. In […]

Danish lessons

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Denmark’s initiatives to tackle drug-related deaths could give valuable pointers to reshaping drug policy in the UK, says Blaine Stothard As part of his programme of international visits looking at drug policy, Home Office minister Norman Baker visited Copenhagen in February 2014. This visit, one of many from the UK, included a roundtable discussion at the […]

Scotland records highest ever drug deaths  

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Scotland has yet again recorded its highest ever number of drug-related deaths, at 934. The 2017 figure is 8 per cent up on the previous year (DDN, September 2017, page 4) and more than double the number from a decade ago. Scotland’s drug-death rate remains the highest of any EU country, and is around […]

Behind the data

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[…] and inequalities that they experienced pre-COVID would have intensified throughout 2020-22. As we all see a rise in the cost of living as always it is those with the least that will be most affected.   beyond the data o drug related deaths drug related death causes Martin Smith is recovery lead at Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Another increase in suspected Scottish drug deaths

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There was an increase in suspected drug deaths in Scotland between October and November last year, according to the latest quarterly Rapid Action Drug Alerts and Response (RADAR) quarterly ​report from Public Health Scotland (PHS). ‘Synthetic opioids have entered the illegal drug markets in other countries and have been associated with an immediate rise […]

Another record year for Scottish drug deaths 

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Scotland has once again recorded its highest ever level of drug-related deaths, according to the latest figures from National Records of Scotland. The people behind the statistics are highlighted by the ‘You Keep Talking, We Keep Dying’ vigils. Read more about the campaign here There were 1,339 deaths recorded in 2020, a further 5 […]