National News July/August 2016

INTERVENTIONS UP There were nearly 100,000 alcohol brief interventions carried out in Scotland in 2015-16, according to official figures – 59 per cent more than...

Reforming zeal

The Queen’s Speech saw the government announce a major shake-up of the prison system. DDN hears from a former governor about what sort of...

‘New pledges’ announced as part of alcohol deal

A set of new pledges has been announced by the government as part of its ‘responsibility deal’ with the alcohol industry. They include an...

Public health bodies call for decriminalisation of drugs

A report from the UK’s two major public health organisations has called for the personal possession of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised. Published by...

Sharp rise in Scottish drug-related hospital admissions

The rate of drug-related hospital stays in Scotland has increased from 41 per 100,000 population to 124 per 100,000 since 1996/97, according to new...

News in brief

Coca review A report commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform is calling for a review of the illegal status of the...

Fewer young people in treatment

Just over 20,000 under-18s received help for drug and alcohol problems in 2012-13, according to figures from Public Health England (PHE), down more than...

CMO toughens alcohol guidelines

Men should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, according to strict new guidelines from the chief medical officer. The previous...

Government to consider benefit sanctions for refusing treatment

The government has re-ignited the debate over whether benefit entitlement should be linked to accepting treatment, with the publication of a new review by...

Doctors: e-cigarettes ‘no gateway’ to smoking

  E-cigarettes are much safer than smoking, do not result in the normalisation of smoking and do not act as a gateway to smoking, says...