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An EU-backed programme to help 6,000 people recovering from substance misuse and mental health conditions into work has been launched by Welsh Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans. The £7.2 million ‘Out of Work Service’, which has received more than £4.8 million from the European Social Fund,…
Latest figures show a 8.5% rise in people dying from drug misuse. The recommendations, from the independent expert group convened by Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Government Association, published 9 September 2016, aims to address England’s rising number of people dying from drug misuse. While overall drug use…
A unique health module at Robert Gordon University (RGU) is now open for applications for those who wish to advance their professional knowledge and skills in the field of addiction and substance misuse. Developed by a diverse group of health and social care professionals, the postgraduate module is suitable for…
The Welsh Government have announced an action plan to tackle substance misuse across the country. The three year 'Substance Misuse Delivery Plan', launched today, sets out how the Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and other partner organisations will tackle the impact of substance misuse, including work to reduce the number…
The number of drug-related deaths has jumped by 15% in a year to the highest figure ever recorded. A total of 706 people died as a result of drug abuse in Scotland last year, 93 more than the 613 recorded in 2014. The 2015 figure was also more than double…
Northern Ireland Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has praised progress in tackling the serious harm caused by alcohol and drug misuse, but said more needs to be done. The Minister was speaking as she published the fourth annual report on progress against the cross-departmental strategy to prevent and address the harm…
The Amy Winehouse Foundation - the charity set up following the singer's death - is opening a home for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Called Amy's Place, the women-only recovery house will be located in east London and opens its doors next month. The announcement comes five years…
Cocaine and ecstasy use has jumped among people from wealthier households in England and Wales, new figures indicate. In 2015/16, 3% of those aged 16 to 59 from households with incomes of at least £50,000 reported taking powder cocaine in the previous year - up from 2.2% in 2014/15. The…
An initiative known as RAPID (Remove All Prescription and Illegal Drugs), which is helping to remove illegal and prescription drugs by providing drug disposal bins, is to be rolled out across Northern Ireland after a successful pilot. There are currently 14 bins in existence, sited mainly in the Belfast, South…
The "war on drugs" has failed in terms of public health and drug use should be decriminalised, two leading organisations have said. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) said the personal possession and use of all illegal drugs should no longer be…
Cannabis users seeking treatment often have an expertise about the drug which is leaving those trying to help them lagging behind, a conference has been told. A group of national experts was told about the "inverted expertise" seen in users at a meeting at York University to exchange ideas on…
Experts from all over the world will gather for a major European conference on mental health and addictions at the University of St Andrews tomorrow (Friday 3 June 2016). ‘Emerging priorities in mental health and addiction: The Virtual World, Ageing and Migration’ will explore key emerging issues facing researchers, practitioners…
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