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Prescribing heroin to addicts could be cheaper than methadone, an expert on addiction has suggested. Professor Martin Schechter, who has long campaigned on the issue, said the drug substitute did not always prove to be effective while heroin treatments have been shown to get people clean as well as reduce…
The more adolescents witness alcohol consumption in films, the more likely they are to try alcohol and participate in risky drinking behaviour, according to new research from the University of Bristol, published in Pediatrics. The researchers, including Dr Andrea Waylen, studied data on more than 5,000 adolescents with an approximate…
A senior University of Chester lecturer made a major contribution to a broadcast that explored the spiritual dimension of Alcoholics Anonymous’ famous recovery programme. Dr Wendy Dossett, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies and Director of The Higher Power Project, was one…
DrugScope, one of the UK's leading independent centre's of expertise on drugs and drug use is closing it doors today. The charity says its trustees have taken the decision because of a 'worsening financial situation'. DrugScope was founded in 2000 and it's mission was to provide drug information that was…
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…
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