Record drug deaths for England and Wales

England and Wales have once again recorded their highest ever number of drug-related deaths, according to the latest figures from the Office for National...

Minimum pricing being implemented ‘effectively’

Minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is being implemented effectively in Scotland, according to a report from NHS Health Scotland. Levels of compliance among...

PHE ‘does not recognise’ picture painted in think tank report

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a statement that it does not recognise the portrait of a treatment system ‘unambitious for recovery’ in the...

Time to publish ‘evidence based’ alcohol strategy, government told

A new government alcohol strategy needs to ‘lead the way internationally’ in reducing the damage caused by alcohol misuse, according to a document from...

Number of over-40s in opiate treatment triples in a decade

The number of people aged over 40 in treatment for opiate use has tripled in little over a decade, according to a report from...

News focus

Prescription for change? With addiction to prescription and over-the-counter drugs at epidemic proportions in the US, GPs here are being warned to take care when...

New campaign calls for national focus on preventing drug-related deaths

A new initiative launched at the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF)’s annual conference is calling for a national focus on preventing drug deaths, and reinforces the...

Local authorities ‘not recognising impact’ of alcohol

The impact of alcohol is not being recognised and prioritised by local authorities, according to a report from Alcohol Concern. The document looks at...

Opiates and cocaine ‘bigger global health threat than ever’

Record-high production levels for opiates and cocaine, coupled with expanding drug markets, mean the drugs are now a ‘bigger global threat to public health...

‘No slowdown’ in new psychoactive substances, says EMCDDA

There are ‘no signs of a slowdown’ in the develop­ment and discovery of new psychoactive substances (NPS), according to the European Monitoring Centre for...