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Drug-related crime, deaths and blood-borne viruses could all surge as a result of funding cuts for substance misuse treatment services, government advisers have warned. In a stark message to ministers, a senior expert described a lack of spending in the area as a "catalyst for disaster". The Advisory Council on…
Substance misuse among baby boomers is a "rapidly growing problem", experts have warned. Researchers warned that risky drinking is in decline, except among those aged 50 and over. Meanwhile, doctors will need extra skills to cope with baby boomers who misuse prescription drugs and cannabis, according to an editorial published…
Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, has announced the appointment of a new Chair to the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse. Caroline Phipps has been appointed as Chair of the Panel from 14 August 2017 to 13 August 2018. The Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse is an…
Drug poisoning deaths have surged to a new record level, driven in part by a jump in fatalities involving cocaine. Official statistics show 3,744 deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs were registered in England and Wales last year - the highest number since comparable records started in 1993. Of…
So-called "chemsex" drugs and former legal highs will be targeted as part of a new government blitz. Ministers will launch a strategy on Friday which aims to reduce illicit drug use and improve dependence recovery rates. Figures show drug misuse has been falling. In 2015/16, 2.7 million - over 8%…
Drugs previously known as "legal highs" have been linked to the deaths of at least 79 prisoners, a watchdog has revealed. New psychoactive substances (NPS), which mimic the effects of drugs such as cannabis, have been identified as a major factor behind the surge in violence and self-harm across jails…
A site for the UK's first unit for addicts to take drugs under supervision has been identified by officials. The proposed Safer Drug Consumption Facility and Heroin Assisted Treatment service in Glasgow would allow the medically-supervised injection and inhalation of drugs. It aims to tackle drug-related deaths, the spread of…
Further improvement is needed to support people living with alcohol and drug addictions across Scotland to aid effective recovery and protect communities, a new report says. The Care Inspectorate has reviewed the way addiction services across the country are using and applying core recovery ‘Quality Principles’ set out by the…
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