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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…
A site for the UK's first unit for addicts to take drugs under supervision has been identified by officials. The proposed Safer Drug Consumption Facility and Heroin Assisted Treatment service in Glasgow would allow the medically-supervised injection and inhalation of drugs. It aims to tackle drug-related deaths, the spread of…
An ad for a gambling charity has been banned for featuring a male character that could be interpreted as predatory and sexually abusive. The cinema ad for the Responsible Gambling Trust showed a young woman sitting on her bed while an older man sits in the corner delivering a monologue…
Further improvement is needed to support people living with alcohol and drug addictions across Scotland to aid effective recovery and protect communities, a new report says. The Care Inspectorate has reviewed the way addiction services across the country are using and applying core recovery ‘Quality Principles’ set out by the…
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