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Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, has announced appointments to the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse. Richard Ives has been appointed as Chair of the Panel for an interim period of three months, running from 1st March 2017 to 31st May 2017. Meanwhile, Professor Simon Moore (pictured)…
Pilotlight was a five year programme funded by the Scottish Government, and developed by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss), as part of the implementation of self-directed support. Pilotlight has co-designed seven pathways to self-directed support focusing on mental health, risk, self-employment, young people in transition,…
A new Report into substance misuse among adults over 50 years old has been welcomed by Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans. The independent Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse (APoSM) was asked by the Welsh Government to provide advice on the additional actions needed to tackle the…
Soaring numbers of people are ending up in hospital for illicit drug poisoning, new figures indicate. There were rises in admissions across all age groups, including for patients aged 75 and over, which more than doubled in 10 years. In 2015/16, there were 15,074 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis…
Queens University Belfast are to host an open morning on their Post Qualifying courses offering pathways in Child Care, Mental Health, Strategy and Leadership, Systemic Practice and Family Therapy and Dual Diagnosis (Substance Misuse and Mental Health) and the Cognitive Behavioural Programme. The morning will take place on Wednesday 22…
Calls are being made to a charity helpline every hour by adults concerned about alcohol or drug use around children. Figures from the NSPCC show 8,500 people from across the UK contacted the charity last year to describe potential substance misuse amongst adults when children and young people were in…
Any call for drug policy reform in the UK is usually met with a standard response from the Home Office. It goes something like this: “Drug misuse among adults and young people has fallen in the last ten years and we are working to educate young people about the risks,…
Opening a unit where addicts can inject drugs under supervision would save the NHS millions and provide a safer environment for heroin users, according to researchers. Analysis by Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (GHSCP) found public injecting places considerable financial costs on health, social care and criminal justice systems.…
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