Training key to boosting alcohol brief interventions

Targeted training leads to a ‘significant increase’ in the delivery of alcohol brief interventions in primary care, according to new research. Specifically trained nurse...

Overdose deaths up across Europe

The total number of drug overdose deaths in Europe has risen for the third consecutive year, according to EMCDDA’s European drug report 2017. There...

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Agonisisng Statistics Almost 18m people died ‘in unnecessary pain’ in 2012 as a result of inadequate access to painkillers like morphine, says the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, with...

It’s time to get tested, urges PHE

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have launched a nationwide exercise to identify and treat people who have previously been diagnosed with hepatitis...

Scots record second-highest number of drug deaths

Scotland recorded its second-highest number of drug deaths in 2012, although the number of deaths in under-25s was down by a fifth, according to...

Introduce cigarette-style labelling for alcohol, says public health body

It should be ‘mandatory’ to include the government’s low-risk drinking guidelines of 14 units per week on alcohol labels, says the Royal Society for...

Government announces tougher powers to seize cutting agents

Plans to strengthen powers to seize substances used as ‘cutting agents’ for illegal drugs have been announced by the Home Office. Under the plans,...

Impose £2 online slot machine limit, says cross-party report

There is ‘no justification’ for online slot machine style games to have staking levels above £2, says a report from the Gambling Related Harm...

UN drug statement ‘an embarrassment’, say harm reduction groups

The joint ministerial statement issued at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna represents a capitulation to hardline states, 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...