PHE to produce ‘orange book’ for alcohol treatment

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)....