Smoking rates hit record low

The proportion of adults in England who smoke has fallen to just over 15 per cent, according to a report from NHS Digital, ONS...

A third of services report funding decrease

More than a third (35 per cent) of drug and alcohol services reported a decrease in funding last year, according to a report from...

Cannabis legalisation could see use rise but potency fall

It is likely that overall cannabis consumption would rise ‘significantly’ if the drug were legalised and prices dropped as a result, according to a...

Most UK cannabis now ‘high potency’ 

Almost 95 per cent of cannabis seized by police in 2016 was of a high potency variety, according to a report from King’s College,...

NPS to be subject to ‘landmark’ blanket ban

The government is to introduce a blanket ban on ‘legal highs’, as announced in last month’s Queen’s Speech. The Psychoactive Substances Bill will ‘prohibit...

Sustained budget cuts having severe impact on treatment system

The treatment sector’s ability to absorb funding cuts through efficiency savings and service redesign has been ‘exhausted’, according to the latest State of the...

Afghanistan sees record opium crop

Afghanistan’s opium poppy cultivation rose by 36 per cent this year, a record high, according to the UN, while opium produc­tion was up almost...

A grand new website!

Welcome to our new website! We're very excited that we can now share DDN with you in a more dynamic, interactive format. When we set...

Government announces roll out of family drug and alcohol courts

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) scheme is to be extended, the government has announced. Currently operating in London, Buckinghamshire and Gloucestershire, the...

Figures reveal worrying increase in number of rough sleepers

The number of people sleeping rough in England has increased by 16 per cent in a year, according to government figures. The autumn 2016...