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Leeds City Council is reviewing its alcohol and drugs strategy in line with changes to national and local strategies. The review of all commissioned drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services is currently being undertaken to ensure that there is a greater focus on recovery from substance misuse in Leeds…
Addictions to legal and illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco are generally considered to be serious social problems. But what drives addiction? Are our compulsions biologically or socially driven? Are some people inevitable 'addicts'? And, what are the social problems caused by addictions? Our expert panel included Professor Gerda Reith, University…
Tuesday, 21 Jan, 2014

Sobering up

Britain has a complicated relationship with alcohol. Despite the tabloid hysteria, the evidence shows that overall we are drinking less than we were a decade ago. At the same time, it is clear that some communities suffer from severe problems related to underage drinking, the harms of binge drinking and…
The implementation of a Substance Misuse Treatment Framework for Wales is a strategic policy commitment of the Welsh Assembly Government. It reflects the vision contained in Wales: A Better Country The Strategic Agenda of the Welsh Assembly Government of a sustainable future for Wales where action for social, economic and…
Recovery-orientated drug and alcohol treatment centres across England are set to benefit from new government investment of £10 million. The capital funding will be distributed by Public Health England via local authorities to voluntary sector and NHS-based service providers to support needs-led projects that contribute towards helping their clients to…
Professor Jonathan Chick has been appointed as the new medical director of addiction specialist, Castle Craig. Professor Chick is an eminent consultant psychiatrist with a distinguished career in the National Health Service. Professor Chick was a leading researcher in the addiction field for a number of years and has been…
A new book examined the management of substance misuse (including alcohol) and mental health problems in the criminal justice system.
Generally more is known about drug use and demand than about markets and supply, in large part because population survey data are available while market data are not. Although the household population represents a relatively small proportion of users of hard drugs, it represents a large proportion of the population…
Thursday, 24 Jul, 2008

World Drug Report 2008

The World Drug Report presents comprehensive information on the illicit drug situation. It provides detailed estimates and trends on production, trafficking and consumption in the opium/heroin, coca/cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine-type stimulants markets. The drug problem is being contained but there are warning signs that the stabilisation which has occurred over…
Scotland will become the first place in the UK to introduce minimum drink pricing, after MSPs passed new laws this month. The government has set the price of alcohol at 50p per unit, to tackle Scotland's historic alcohol abuse problems but critics have question the legality of the Bill. Under…
The drugs and alcohol field has grown substantially in recent years. While estimates vary, there are generally reckoned to be more than 30,000 people working in specialist drug or alcohol related roles in the UK. And as the field has grown, so have the opportunities for career development within the…
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