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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 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…
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…
Workers at a drug and alcohol charity fear they could be out of a job within days because of its collapse into administration. Unite said its members at Lifeline have been "plunged into uncertainty" as the charity officially goes into administration on Thursday. The charity, which employs 1,300 workers, provides…
Facebook posts by the alcohol delivery service Drink Doctor have been banned over complaints that the "irresponsible" ads trivialised addiction. One of the posts for the 24-hour delivery firm read: "People are not addicted to alcohol or drugs, they are addicted to escaping reality," while another said: "According to chemistry,…
Drinking heavily is more harmful to the poorest people in society, who are at greater risk of illness or death because of alcohol consumption, according to a medical study. Published in medical journal The Lancet Public Health on Wednesday, it found there is a marked link between socio-economic status and…
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