Europe: ‘new era’ of declining heroin use and complex stimulant market

Europe could be moving into a ‘new era’ in which heroin will play a ‘less central role’ in the continent’s drug problem, according the...

Ex-drug users in battle for business title

This week will see the grand final of business awards for budding entrepreneurs from marginalised backgrounds, with four businesses competing in a live showdown...

Scots consider methadone evidence

The Scottish Government has commissioned an independent expert group to ‘objectively consider the evidence’ supporting the role of opiate replacement therapy in treating problematic...

Budget cuts could reverse falling drug use rates among young people

Ongoing budget cuts and restructuring in the public sector are putting young people’s services at risk and could threaten progress in reducing levels of...

Time for a ‘fresh approach’ to policy, says UKDPC

There should be a wholesale review of both the Misuse of Drugs Act and the drugs classification system, according to a report from the...

Young adults seeking heroin or crack treatment at ‘all-time low’

The number of young adults entering treatment for heroin or crack is at its lowest recorded level, according to figures released by the NTA. There...

Fifth anthrax case for UK

An injecting drug user in Oxford has been diagnosed with an anthrax infection, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA). The patient is said...

Scots hit treatment targets early

Ninety per cent of people in Scotland who start treatment for a drug or alcohol problem are waiting three weeks or less, according to...

North West tops alcohol-related liver deaths table

Rates of premature death from liver disease are higher in the North West than anywhere else in England and are also increasing at a...

Blackpool sees second fatal anthrax case

A person who injected heroin has died in hospital in Blackpool from anthrax infection, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed. The death comes...