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There should be a national database of patients taking large amounts of opioid painkillers, researchers have said. The call comes after a new study found that opioid prescribing is on the rise across England. The latest study, published in the British Journal Of General Practice, found that long-term opioid prescribing…
The chairman of an inquiry into public services which came into contact with a double killer and his victims before they died said lessons will be learned if mistakes were made. The domestic homicide review led by the Safer West Sussex Partnership will determine whether staff were aware of Robert…
Health chiefs are pressing ahead with plans to deliver a treatment centre for heroin addicts in the hope of tackling a city's drug problems. Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) said it is moving forward with plans for a Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) facility in the city centre.…
The growing problem of prescription drug addiction is to be reviewed by health officials, the Government has announced. Public health minister Steve Brine has commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to examine why one patient in every 11 was prescribed a potentially addictive drug last year. Mr Brine said the issue…
A new European survey aimed at understanding how drug addicts have achieved successful recovery has been launched. The Life in Recovery survey is part of the REC-Path project, which is investigating different types of recovery from drug addiction across four countries in Europe (England, Scotland, Belgium and Netherlands) in order…
Almost three in five adults say they drink alcohol because it helps them cope with the pressures of day-to-day life, a survey has found. Research by Drinkaware looked at the drinking patterns of 18 to 75-year-olds in the UK and found nearly two in five (38%) who had drunk alcohol…
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…
Scotland will become the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Supreme Court justices gave their backing to the controversial measure in what ministers in Edinburgh hailed as an "historic and far-reaching judgment". Seven justices at the UK's highest court dismissed a legal challenge that…
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