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Health chiefs are pressing ahead with plans to deliver a treatment centre for heroin addicts in the hope of tackling a city's drug problems. Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) said it is moving forward with plans for a Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) facility in the city centre.…
A new European survey aimed at understanding how drug addicts have achieved successful recovery has been launched. The Life in Recovery survey is part of the REC-Path project, which is investigating different types of recovery from drug addiction across four countries in Europe (England, Scotland, Belgium and Netherlands) in order…
Almost three in five adults say they drink alcohol because it helps them cope with the pressures of day-to-day life, a survey has found. Research by Drinkaware looked at the drinking patterns of 18 to 75-year-olds in the UK and found nearly two in five (38%) who had drunk alcohol…
Patients who use private residential detox clinics are being put at risk of harm because a large number of these services are not providing safe care, health inspectors have said. An analysis of inspection reports from 68 independent sector services for people withdrawing from alcohol or drugs found that a…
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers' lives are blighted by the drinking problems of their parents, a charity has warned. The Children's Society has estimated there are 700,000 teenagers across the UK whose lives are being "damaged" by parents' alcohol abuse A survey of 3,000 families with children aged 10 to…
Death rates among 60 to 74-year-old men owing wholly to alcohol abuse have "increased significantly" since 2001, new figures show. The rise is particularly steep among men aged between 70 and 74, where it has surged by around a half from 18.7 per 100,000 population in 2001 to 28.0 per…
Specialist "drying out" centres could be created to hold people who are detained while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a major review suggests. Ministers were urged to look into the viability of such facilities as an alternative to police custody or accident and emergency departments. The concept is…
A new law that will introduce a minimum price for the sale of alcohol in Wales has been unveiled by the Welsh Government. The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill is expected to be introduced before the National Assembly for Wales on Monday by public health minister Rebecca…
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