Trump declares opioid crisis ‘a public health emergency’

US president Donald Trump has declared the country’s opioid crisis a ‘nationwide public health emergency’ and said that he is ‘mobilising his entire administration’...

Heroin deaths continue to fall

The number of deaths related to heroin and morphine fell from 41 per cent of total drug-related deaths in 2010 to 32 per cent...

Government expands ‘evidence-based’ drugs education

Public Health England (PHE) has announced a new three-year contract for Mentor UK to expand its ADEPIS education programme to more schools and community...

Going Public

The UK’s public health bodies have added their voices to the call for decriminalisation. Reports advocating the decriminalisation of drugs come along fairly regularly these...

News in brief

Voicing concerns Public Health England (PHE) has not yet ‘found its voice’, developed a clear set of priorities or demonstrated that it is sufficiently independent...

News Focus

Keeping it in the Family How can workers be best equipped to identify and address parental alcohol misuse? DDN reports from Alcohol Concern's recent conference.  Up...

ACMD rejects time-limited substitution treatments

Time limits on heroin substitution treatment such as methadone would ‘not benefit’ drug users’ recovery and would increase the possibility of relapse, according to...

Scots signal drug policy shift

Leading members of the Scottish Government have discussed a potential shift in policy ahead of the country’s new drug strategy, which is due to...

Sustained recovery hugely beneficial for drinkers’ families

The recovery journey of dependent drinkers can ‘markedly improve’ the lives of their family members – as long as the recovery is sustained, says...

On the margins – news focus

Little specialised support exists for women who use drugs and are involved in prostitution, says a new report from DrugScope. ‘I’ve been raped, I’ve been beaten...