Homeless people dying of preventable substance problems

At least 12,000 people experiencing homelessness went without drug and alcohol treatment in 2018, according to research by St Mungo’s – a year that...

Scottish off-sales down almost 4 per cent since MUP

The volume of off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland dropped by 3.6 per cent in the year following the introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP),...

Almost 30 countries now have some form of decriminalisation

Twenty-nine countries – or 49 jurisdictions – worldwide have now adopted some form of decriminalisation for drug use or possession for personal use, according to...

Proportion of prisoners developing drug problem doubles in five years

The proportion of prisoners who say they have developed a drug problem while in custody has doubled to almost 15 per cent since 2013-14,...

Northern Ireland records highest drug death total

Northern Ireland has recorded its highest level of drug-related deaths, according to figures published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). There...

Gambling on credit cards to be banned from April

Gambling businesses will no longer be allowed to let customers use credit cards to gamble, the Gambling Commission has announced. The ban will apply...

Better collaboration needed to tackle county lines properly

Efforts to tackle the activities of county lines drug gangs are being hampered by lack of a ‘fully integrated, national response’, according to a...

More action needed to avert US-style fentanyl crisis, says ACMD

Fentanyl and its analogues present a ‘significant ongoing risk’ to public health in the UK, according to an ACMD report, with more needing to...

Victor Adebowale to leave Turning Point after two decades

Turning Point chief executive Lord Victor Adebowale has announced that he will be standing down after almost 20 years in the role. Lord Victor,...

Shutting up shop

The crisis in funding has dominated the sector for years, but with many big names now closing their doors the situation for residential facilities...