Fatal anthrax case in England confirmed

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed that an injecting drug user with an anthrax infection has died in hospital in Blackpool. The case...

Scots record highest ever drug deaths

More drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland in 2011 than in any previous year, according to figures released by National Records for Scotland. There...

Heavy cannabis use can cause lasting cognitive problems in young

Persistent cannabis use is associated with ‘neuropsychological decline’ among those whose use began in adolescence, says a new study.  The findings are ‘suggestive of a...

Expert group calls for focus on abstinence

Substitute prescribing ‘not an end in itself’, says group chaired by Prof John Strang. Service users should not be ‘parked indefinitely’ on substitute medication and...

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...

Unions criticise services handover to third sector

Public service union Unison and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have criticised plans for Manchester’s drug services to be handed over from the...

News in brief

A round up of news from the field. Heavy toll Two million patients a year are presenting to hospital emergency departments with alcohol-related illness or injury,...

Scots pass ‘landmark’ alcohol minimum pricing bill

The Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill has been passed by the Scottish Parliament, 18 months after the previous Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill had its provisions...

Turning Point responds to ‘race to the bottom’ claims

Third sector treatment provider Turning Point has issued a statement in response to the Unite trade union’s claims that the charity is planning to...