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...

Public health directors voice cuts concerns

More than 70 per cent of directors of public health say that drug and alcohol services in their area are likely to be reduced...

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...

Time to change direction on drugs policy, say economists

The pursuit of a ‘militarised and enforcement-led’ global drugs strategy has resulted in ‘enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage’, according to a new report...

Consultation

CQC consults on new inspection regime The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is holding a consultation on its planned changes to the way substance misuse services...

England and Wales see sharp rise in drug deaths

Nearly, 2,000 drug misuse deaths were registered in England and Wales in 2013, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  Male...

Increase in drug related deaths for older Scots

The proportion of drug-related deaths in Scotland among people aged 45 and above increased from 14 per cent in 2011 to 26 per cent...

MPs demand ‘urgent action’ on liver disease

The government, NHS and Public Health England (PHE) need to take ‘urgent action’ to address the growing problem of liver disease, according to 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...

Public health bodies call for decriminalisation of drugs

A report from the UK’s two major public health organisations has called for the personal possession of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised. Published by...