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The alcohol industry is misleading consumers with distorted and distracting health messages that downplay any related risk of cancer, researchers claim. The industry is using "denying, distortion and distraction" strategies to minimise evidence in activities that have parallels with those of the tobacco industry, according to a study led by…
Drug-related crime, deaths and blood-borne viruses could all surge as a result of funding cuts for substance misuse treatment services, government advisers have warned. In a stark message to ministers, a senior expert described a lack of spending in the area as a "catalyst for disaster". The Advisory Council on…
Substance misuse among baby boomers is a "rapidly growing problem", experts have warned. Researchers warned that risky drinking is in decline, except among those aged 50 and over. Meanwhile, doctors will need extra skills to cope with baby boomers who misuse prescription drugs and cannabis, according to an editorial published…
Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, has announced the appointment of a new Chair to the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse. Caroline Phipps has been appointed as Chair of the Panel from 14 August 2017 to 13 August 2018. The Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse is an…
Drug poisoning deaths have surged to a new record level, driven in part by a jump in fatalities involving cocaine. Official statistics show 3,744 deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs were registered in England and Wales last year - the highest number since comparable records started in 1993. Of…
So-called "chemsex" drugs and former legal highs will be targeted as part of a new government blitz. Ministers will launch a strategy on Friday which aims to reduce illicit drug use and improve dependence recovery rates. Figures show drug misuse has been falling. In 2015/16, 2.7 million - over 8%…
A campaign has been launched in an effort to stop adults buying alcohol for children in North Lanarkshire.You're Asking For It will run throughout the region to tackle underage drinking, antisocial behaviour, crime and violence. It builds on a scheme in Wishaw and Motherwell which saw violence dropping by 30%,…
Alcohol-related death rates were six times higher in the 10% most-deprived areas of Scotland than in the 10% least deprived in 2015, latest figures have shown. The NHS Health Scotland report highlighted inequalities, with alcohol-related stays in hospital nearly nine times higher in the 10% most- deprived areas than in…
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