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The Regional Service User Network (RSUN), with support from Council for the Homeless Northern Ireland (CHNI) and the Public Health Agency (PHA), hosted a conference last week to look at service user involvement and harm reduction. People who use substance misuse services had an opportunity to share their experiences to…
A special issue of Drugs and Alcohol Today hopes to critically examine international developments in addiction recovery policy and practice. This edition welcomes literature reviews and empirical research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods in any area of addiction. You are encouraged to contribute manuscripts that critically discuss the implications of…
Two new projects which will focus on how people can recover from addiction, especially after returning from careers in the Armed Forces, have been launched in Sheffield. Sheffield Hallam University will spearhead a new Sheffield Addiction and Recovery Research Group (SARRG), a peer-led group which aims to support user-focused groups…
New guidance to ensure people with both a mental health and substance misuse problem receive the treatment they need has been published for consultation by the Welsh Government. Having both a mental health problem and a substance misuse problem - whether severe or moderate – can cause people and their…
The first-ever national document to outline how social workers should respond when working with someone with alcohol and drugs problems has been launched. Leading social work and health organisations have joined forces with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to launch the document on the roles and capabilities for social workers when…
More than £50m will be invested in programmes to tackle drug and alcohol misuse by the Welsh Government over the next year, Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced today. The Deputy Minister made the announcement during a visit to the Footsteps to Recovery Service, a unique substance misuse service in…
Anti-drugs campaigns can increase the risk of drug use, a report to Home Secretary Theresa May has found. Some preventative work, including drug education in schools and mass-media publicity campaigns, has "little impact on preventing substance abuse" when used in isolation, according to scientists. The Advisory Council on the Misuse…
New regulations to crack down on motorists driving under the influence of drugs take effect from today. Drivers will be prosecuted if they are caught exceeding new legal limits which have, for the first time, been laid down for eight illegal drugs and eight prescription drugs. The levels for the…
There is a virtual "supermarket" for legal high drugs where abusers in Northern Ireland can access whatever they want, the head of Belfast's effort to stamp out the threat has claimed. Some young people are binging on a range of substances and increasing the risk of death or serious harm,…
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety have published a new statistical bulletin summarising information from the Census of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services in Northern Ireland. The Census summarises information collected from statutory and non-statutory drug and alcohol treatment services to establish the number of people in…
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is asking people for their views on proposed plans for inspecting and rating substance misuse services across England. Specialist substance misuse services for people who misuse alcohol and drugs offer treatment in inpatient, community and residential settings. The CQC has been developing a new approach…
Misuse of two prescription drugs typically used to treat epilepsy, pain or anxiety has been significantly increased, a survey has shown. Pregabalin and gabapentin, which are being commonly used alongside other drugs, including alcohol and opiates such as heroin, are easily available on the illicit market in 25mg to 800mg…
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