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...

Be overdose aware

Yesterday (31 August) marked International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event designed to spread the message that ‘the tragedy of overdose death is preventable’,...

Alcohol death rate remains unchanged

There were 8,416 alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK in 2013, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This represented an...

Local news from the substance misuse field

Duchess of cambridge visits treatment programme The Duchess of Cambridge visited HMP Send this month to see a RAPt addiction service in action. The programme, based...

300m drug users world-wide by ‘end of century’

Opium production in Afghanistan has ‘rebounded’ to its previously high levels, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) 2012 world...

Government launches ‘legal high’ review

The government is to review the laws relating to new psychoactive substances, the Home Office has announced, in a bid to ‘clamp down on...

Decriminalisation would mean global gains, say medics

Drugs should be decriminalised across the globe as existing policies are directly contributing to ‘many of today’s most urgent public health crises’, according to...

News in brief

Talk it over A guide for parents on how to talk to their children about club drugs has been published by Adfam, the Angelus Foundation...

Increase focus on older people, royal college urges

Services should increase their focus on older people because of the sheer number of ‘baby boomers’ needing help for substance misuse issues, says a...

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...