Government denies imminent end to rough sleeper funding

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has denied claims that it will no longer be funding the scheme to provide emergency accommodation...

New helpline for prisoners released during pandemic

A new free-phone helpline has opened for men and women in the North East who are being released from prison during the coronavirus crisis. The...

Scots widen availability of naloxone

The Scottish Government has widened the availability of naloxone as part of a package of support for people affected by drug use during the...

Gambling firms suspend TV ads during lockdown

British betting firms will voluntarily remove their TV and radio advertising during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced. Existing advertising...

Online COVID-19 support tool launched in Scotland

An online tool has been launched to update on changes to treatment and pharmacy services during COVID-19

Substance misuse staff eligible for testing

People working in drug and alcohol treatment are among those now eligible for coronavirus testing if they develop symptoms, the government has announced. While testing...

Coronavirus guidance issued for providers and commissioners

New guidance for commissioners and treatment providers during the COVID-19 outbreak has been issued by Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Health...

Regular drinkers consuming more during lockdown

Almost 20 per cent of daily drinkers are consuming more alcohol during the coronavirus lockdown, according to research commissioned by Alcohol Change UK. However,...

London rough sleepers housed in hotels

More than 1,000 homeless people in London are now self-isolating in hotels and other locations during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the mayor’s office....

Pharmacists allowed to dispense methadone without prescription

Pharmacists are to be allowed to give out methadone, buprenorphine and other medicines containing controlled substances such as opioids or barbiturates without a prescription...