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Responses to the new drug strategy

A new drug strategy was released by the Home Office on 14 July – here are some responses and we will add more as...

Time for social action

Social action is the way forward in tackling complex needs, hears DDN. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis recently...

Highest number of drug deaths in quarter of a century

Last year saw 3,744 drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales, according to the latest ONS figures – 2 per cent higher than the...

Nine out of ten councils now provide take-home naloxone

Take-home naloxone has been made available by 90 per cent of English local authorities, according to a report from the Local Government Association (LGA)....

A space to listen

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous is a new peer-led resource for people with co-existing mental health and addiction problems, as Dr Raffaella Milani explains. Coexisting substance misuse...

Eighties deprivation blamed for Scots drug deaths

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...

Heavy drinking set to cost NHS £17bn over next five years

Alcohol harm will cost the NHS £17bn over the next five years unless current trends are reversed, according to a report from the Foundation...

Tobacco plan aims for ‘smoke-free generation’

The government has published its new tobacco control plan, outlining that its vision is ‘nothing less than to create a smoke-free generation’. Earlier this...

Recovery focus for updated ‘Orange Book’

The government has published the updated version of its Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management, usually referred to as the Orange...

Becoming free of hepatitis C

To mark World Hepatitis Day, the I’m Worth… campaign is launching a survey – and needs your views. In England, around 160,000 people are infected...

Delayed drug strategy promises ‘national recovery champion’

The government’s long-awaited drug strategy has finally been published, and includes both a new ‘national recovery champion’ role and a cross-government drug strategy board...

Sarah Newton MP comments on the new drug strategy

The new drug strategy represents a 'balanced approach' to enforcement and support, says Sarah Newton, minister for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability. The shocking pictures of people using ‘spice’...