Step up testing to meet hep C target, say MPs

‘Significantly greater’ numbers of people need to be tested, diagnosed and treated in order to eliminate hepatitis C, according to a report from the...

Trump calls for death penalty for drug dealers

US president Donald Trump has said that his Department of Justice intends to seek the death penalty against drug traffickers ‘where appropriate under current...

PHE updates on hepatitis B vaccine shortage

Since mid-2017 the UK has experienced a shortage of hepatitis B vaccine due to global manufacturing issues. In response to the shortage, Public Health...

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...

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...

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,...

Scotland confirms alcohol minimum unit price at 50p

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will recommend the country’s minimum price per unit of alcohol be set at 50p, following the results...

West Midlands PCC proposes consumption rooms and prescribed heroin

A range of proposed harm reduction measures to cut drug-related crime and deaths, and reduce costs to public services, has been set out by...

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...

Record number of drug-related mental health admissions

There were 82,135 hospital admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis of drug-related mental and behavioural disorders in 2016-17, according to figures from NHS...