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Patients who use private residential detox clinics are being put at risk of harm because a large number of these services are not providing safe care, health inspectors have said. An analysis of inspection reports from 68 independent sector services for people withdrawing from alcohol or drugs found that a…
Specialist "drying out" centres could be created to hold people who are detained while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a major review suggests. Ministers were urged to look into the viability of such facilities as an alternative to police custody or accident and emergency departments. The concept is…
Louis Theroux reduced viewers to tears with his "harrowing" new programme about drug addiction. The documentary maker travelled to Huntington, West Virginia, to explore the impact of heroin use as part of Dark States, his new series on drugs, sex trafficking and murder. The programme saw Theroux spend time with…
A new report warns that drug recovery work in prison is largely futile unless suitable accommodation and support are available to prisoners after release. Research led by the University of York found that many prisoners experienced a ‘cliff edge’, receiving little or no professional support in the weeks preceding or…
Researchers from City, University of London have launched The Drug Recovery Game, a new board game designed to help frontline health, social and community care staff understand the realities of drug recovery. Staff working with people who have an addiction aren’t always addiction specialists. They may not have a full…
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…
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