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Ministers are pledging to take an “innovative” approach to tackling drug and alcohol addiction in Scotland, even if it makes some people “uncomfortable”.Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said the Scottish Government is committing an extra £20 million a year through its new strategy.He warned: “This money mustn’t just produce more…
Cuts to smoking cessation services, sexual healthcare and obesity services are "misguided", Labour has said.The party said that reductions in spending on public health in England are "shortsighted" and will put additional strain on the NHS.It comes after it published new analysis on the amount of money spent on public…
A prison once branded dangerous and Dickensian has made immensely encouraging progress, a report said.Maghaberry high-security jail in Co Antrim holds life prisoners convicted of the most serious offences including murder and paramilitaries.Many struggle with substance abuse, self-harm, lack of education and poor mental health and some are extremely vulnerable.In…
New data released by Public Health Wales shows that despite an overall decrease in hospital admissions for illicit drugs, the number of cocaine-related hospital admissions has increased by 114 per cent in the last five years to 2017-18. This increase has been observed in all age groups from young people…
The number of people being treated for crack cocaine problems has increased by 18% since last year and 44% since the year before that, official figures show. There was also a 3% increase in people entering treatment for both crack cocaine and opiate (mainly heroin) problems, which was seen primarily…
A scheme to prevent young people from becoming repeat offenders has been given lottery funding.Police Scotland has been given money to help employ two adult mentors who have first-hand experience of beating the revolving door back to prison.The force’s initiative – which received £84,000 – is among 11 groups sharing…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been accused of putting "party political dogma ahead of people's lives" with his refusal to allow a safe injecting room to be set up in Scotland's largest city. Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewlis begged the Tory Government minister to come to the city and speak…
More than eight out of 10 councils are being forced to reduce their public health budgets this year following £96 million in "devastating" Tory health cuts, the Labour Party has said. In total, local authorities will have to make £800 million of public health cuts over six years, the party…
Applications to study the highly regarded Foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling in September 2019 are now open. The degree is a franchised programme of the University of Bath, delivered by Action on Addiction for Addictions Treatment Studies and accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners.The degree gives…
Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services in Wales, has announced the re-appointment of Caroline Phipps as Chair of the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse. She has been re-appointed as Chair of the Panel from 14 August 2018 to 13 August 2019. The Panel’s remit is to advise…
A charity has called for a Government review of how alcohol marketing is regulated, claiming the current watchdog is inconsistent and operates without scrutiny. The new charity, formed by the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK, said its investigation of 12 years of regulatory decisions by the industry-funded…
Most students have not used drugs during their time at university and more think excessive alcohol consumption is a bigger issue, a new study suggests. The survey also found that a high proportion - 88% - believe drug use can cause long-term mental health problems, with around two thirds stating…
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