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)....

Minimum pricing being implemented ‘effectively’

Minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is being implemented effectively in Scotland, according to a report from NHS Health Scotland. Levels of compliance among...

World Hepatitis Day 2019 DDN Round Up

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is held each year on 28 July to raise awareness of viral hepatitis read our round up of what is happening and how you can get involved.

Services failing vulnerable people with alcohol problems

Vulnerable adults’ alcohol use is frequently being ‘missed or poorly managed’, says a report from Alcohol Change UK. Mismanaging severe alcohol problems among people...

Scotland’s drug death toll at record high

Scotland has yet again recorded its highest ever number of drug-related fatalities, with 1,187 registered in 2018. The number, which was described as ‘shocking’ by...

Time to investigate Duterte for crimes against humanity, says Amnesty

The UN Human Rights Council should immediately open an investigation into Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, states a report from Amnesty International. The Philippine president’s...

County lines gangs recruiting ever-younger children

Children as young as seven are being exploited by county lines drug gangs, according to a new report from The Children’s Society. While those...

‘Biased’ classification fuelling drug problem, says Global Commission

Biased historical classification of psychoactive substances has been a significant contribution to the world drug problem, according to a new report from the Global...

NHS to open young persons’ gambling clinic

The country’s first NHS gambling clinic for children is to open this year, NHS England has announced. The move is a response to ‘growing...