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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)…
Sheffield will turn the spotlight on tough issues such as human trafficking, recovering from drug addiction and policing during a week of hard-hitting public events. Social Justice Week (April 3-7), organised by Sheffield Hallam University's pioneering centre for human rights, the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, is a week…
A family court judge has warned of the damage drugs can do after ruling that four children whose mother was an addict by the time she turned 20 must go into council care. Judge Stephen Wildblood said impressionable teenagers may think that drug taking was "cool". But he said it…
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…
Britain is facing a "secret scandal" over failings in the care of the country's 2.5 million children of alcoholic parents, a group of MPs and peers have warned. The all-parliamentary group, supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury, said their research uncovered a "shocking picture of support for children of alcoholics",…
A 22-year-old woman born addicted to heroin has lost a family court fight over the care of her two children despite making a "moving" plea to a judge. The woman, whose parents were drug addicts, had written to Mrs Justice Theis asking to be given "one last chance" to care…
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…
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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