‘Health approach’ for new Scots drugs strategy

Scotland’s new drugs strategy will take a ‘health approach’ and address wider problems such as housing, mental health, family support and employment, the Scottish...

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 look to ban TV alcohol ads before 9pm

The Scottish Government’s new alcohol strategy includes a range of plans to tighten marketing regulations. The Scots will ‘press the UK Government to protect...

North South Charity Merger

Health and social care charity Humankind and London-based alcohol and drug charity Blenheim CDP have announced they are intending to merge in April 2019...

All change for alcohol charities

A new alcohol charity has been launched following the merger of Alcohol Concern with Alcohol Research UK (DDN, April 2017, page 5). Alcohol Change...

Government reverses controversial FOBT delay

The government has abandoned its plans to delay the reduction in the maximum stake allowed on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The announcement that...

Home Office stands firm on Glasgow consumption room

The government has reiterated its opposition to the opening of a drugs consumption room (DCR) in Glasgow, following a letter to home secretary Sajid...

Numbers seeking treatment for crack up nearly 20 per cent

There was an 18 per cent increase in the number of people seeking treatment for crack problems in 2017-18, according to the latest PHE...

UN drug policy a ‘spectacular failure’, says IDPC

The UN’s ten-year strategy to eradicate the international illegal drugs market has been a ‘spectacular failure of policy’, says a new report from the...

Cannabis becomes legal in Canada

Adults in Canada are now able to legally buy and possess up to 30g of dried cannabis or its equivalent from authorised retailers across...