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...

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’...

Budget cuts spell more pain for services

Local authorities have been forced to reduce planned public health spending on services including drug and alcohol treatment by £85m as a result of...

Activists out in force for fifth Support Don’t Punish day of...

Thousands of people once again took to the streets to call for an end to the war on drugs as part of the Support...

Alcohol-related deaths more than 50 per cent higher in Scotland

An average of 22 people per week died of an alcohol-related cause in Scotland in 2015, according to an NHS Health Scotland report, a...

Smoking rates hit record low

The proportion of adults in England who smoke has fallen to just over 15 per cent, according to a report from NHS Digital, ONS...