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The Duchess of Cambridge has celebrated the achievements of graduate addiction counsellors during a visit to a centre which trains professionals to work with substance abusers. Kate is patron of the organisation Action on Addiction and toured its centre for addiction treatment studies in Warminster, Wiltshire, to highlight its work.…
Powerful "skunk weed" cannabis causes significant damage to vital nerve fibres linking the two halves of the brain, a study has found. The damage occurs in the corpus callosum, the structure that allows communication between the brain's left and right hemispheres. Higher consumption of the drug caused more harm, according…
Wales Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething has officially launched the refurbished Dyfrig House, in Cardiff, which offers a specialist service for homeless people dealing with drug and alcohol problems. Dyfrig House was originally opened in 1967 to provide drop in advice and support for people who wanted to address problematic…
Scotland is leading the way in alcohol policy in the UK while the Westminster Government "comes out worst" on almost all such measures a new report has found. Academics from Stirling and Sheffield universities examined the different measures adopted across the four parts of the United Kingdom when it comes…
Over the past three years, Pilotlight has brought together commissioners, deliverers and users of services to research and design some of the different pathways to self-directed support. With its new round of funding, the team is keen to explore the opportunities that self-directed support offers to plan creatively for transitions…
The number of drug-related deaths in Wales has fallen by 30% over the last five years, the Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething has confirmed. Deaths from drug misuse in 2014 fell by 16% compared to 2013 and by 30% since 2010. The drug misuse mortality rate in Wales has also…
A two-day conference to be held at the University of Chester next month will examine how addiction and recovery are understood in a range of religious and spiritual traditions, as well as in the spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Steps, and other ‘mutual aid’ programmes. The 2015 ‘Recovery from Addiction’…
Writing in his blog today, Richard Branson has revealed an unreleased statement from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which calls on governments around the world to decriminalise drug use and possession for personal consumption for all drugs... “Greatness comes in simple trappings,” Richard Nixon once said. It…
Scotland's 1980s "Trainspotting generation" has driven drug-related hospital admissions to a record high while illnesses linked to long-term alcohol abuse are also on the rise, official figures show. Hospital stays linked to opioids, of which the main street drug is heroin, have risen fivefold from 791 in 1996/97 to 4,511…
A mobile app that provides resources on the theory, practice and legislation related to drugs and alcohol is now available to download for iPhones and other mobile devices. The app, which was created by substance abuse charity ASCERT in conjunction with Queen’s University Belfast also provides information on services available…
The phrase "everyone has got a cross to bear" could not be more true for former drug addict turned family man Clive Cornish. The 48-year-old has been carrying a heavy one-wheeled 12ft crucifix across Wales's hilly countryside for almost a fortnight. He will have totted up more than 200 miles…
The Duchess of Cambridge has heard the uplifting stories of offenders battling their addictions in a unique unit within a women's prison. Kate sat down and chatted with the female prisoners and ex-offenders during her first trip to a jail - HMP Send near Guildford, Surrey. A group of prisoners…
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