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Sellers of "hippy crack" for recreational use will face up to seven years in prison under a Government crackdown on legal highs. Peddling nitrous oxide - also known as laughing gas - will be made a criminal offence under new laws published today. The move is one of a string…
A new exhibition highlights how exploring ceramic materials, methods and processes can be a catalyst for positive change for people in recovery from substance abuse. Typecast-Manchester, at the Manchester School of Art, until May 29, features works and works in progress created by a group of local people in the…
Research published in the journal Analyst has demonstrated a new, non-invasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint. For the first time, this new fingerprint method can determine whether cocaine has been ingested, rather than just touched. Led by the University of Surrey, a team of researchers…
Proposed legislation which has the aim of promoting public health and reducing alcohol related offending is being scrutinised by the Health and Sport Committee who has issued a call for views on the proposals. The Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill which was introduced by Dr Richard…
A plan to deal with the growing use and availability of new psychoactive substances in Wales is being developed to combat the harms they cause, Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething said yesterday. Speaking in the National Assembly, the Deputy Minister revealed there has been a gradual change in drugs use…
Offenders enrolled in alcohol treatment programmes as part of their sentence are significantly less likely to be charged or reconvicted in the 12 months following their programme, a study led by Plymouth University has shown. Researchers from the University’s School of Psychology led a project, supported by the European Social…
People should stop taking antidepressants and drugs for dementia and ADHD, as their benefits are exaggerated and they would be healthier in the long-term without them, a leading professor has suggested. Peter Gotzsche said psychiatric drugs are responsible for the deaths of more than half a million people aged 65…
Kendrick Lamar’s major-label debut album good kid m.A.A.d. city, released in October 2012, provides rich narratives relating to important mental health themes, including addiction, depression and stress resilience, according to the co-founders of HIP HOP PSYCH, a new initiative to tackle mental health issues through hip-hop. In an article online…
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…