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DrugScope has launched a report on behalf of the Recovery Partnership, It’s about time: tackling substance misuse in older people revealing the extent to which problems among older people remain hidden. Drawing on the results of recent studies and government figures, together with DrugScope’s own consultations with academics and health…
Skills for Health has launched the revised National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Drugs & Alcohol workers. The Standards were developed by Skills for Health as part of a UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) funded project and provide guidance on good practice for those working in substance use services…
A review is being undertaken to decide whether the public health guidance on ‘Interventions to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable young people’ (PH4) should be updated. All registered stakeholders are invited to comment on the provisional review decision via this website during a 2 week consultation with stakeholders. Organsiations not…
Following the declaration of a major incident at the Odyssey Arena, Health Minister Edwin Poots has hosted a multi-agency meeting to look at preventative measures. The Minister called the meeting to look at the circumstances leading up to the incident, the lessons to be learned and to look at what…
Hundreds of people have been admitted to hospital across Scotland after taking so-called legal highs in the past five years, according to new figures. The problem, highlighted in a Scottish Parliament debate last week, may be getting worse, with admissions more than doubling over the last two full years. Only…
The deadly risk of so-called ‘legal highs’ and other designer drugs, such as the notorious ‘meow meow’, has been confirmed by a huge leap in their links to drug-related deaths in the UK. One expert described experimentation with such drugs as ‘dancing in a minefield’. ‘Meow meow’, officially known as…
Drugs-related deaths in Northern Ireland are mostly linked to prescription drugs, unlike other regions of the UK, a study suggests. Whereas the vast majority of drug-related deaths in the UK are linked to opiates such as heroin and morphine, in NI most relate to other drugs. The research was carried…
In light of recent events, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding parents across Northern Ireland about the importance of talking to their children about the risks associated with alcohol and drugs. The PHA is encouraging parents to point out the dangers of intoxication to their children and to encourage…
The Stormont Assembly has been urged to investigate how young children in Northern Ireland are able to access alcohol in the wake of a major incident outside a Belfast concert venue that saw 17 teenagers taken to hospital. The episode unfolded when scores of heavily intoxicated children turned up to…
People living in the Northern area are invited to attend an information event about drugs and alcohol support services available throughout area. The public information event will be held in Coleraine on Friday 21 February and a number of organisations will take part. The event is being organised by the…
A substance misuse officer has been found guilty of possession of cocaine and MDMA following a police raid on his home. Fareham magistrates court heard police raided Michael Joseph-Lester’s house on Friday, September 27 and found five bags of white powder, three tablets and two scales covered in a white…
Saturday, 25 Jan, 2014

Minimising the harms of khat

The Government has announced its decision to control the herbal stimulant khat as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Dugs Act 1971. Earlier this year, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) found insufficient evidence of khat as a cause of harms to justify a ban.…
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