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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…
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…
The Regional Service User Network (RSUN), with support from Council for the Homeless Northern Ireland (CHNI) and the Public Health Agency (PHA), hosted a conference last week to look at service user involvement and harm reduction. People who use substance misuse services had an opportunity to share their experiences to…
A special issue of Drugs and Alcohol Today hopes to critically examine international developments in addiction recovery policy and practice. This edition welcomes literature reviews and empirical research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods in any area of addiction. You are encouraged to contribute manuscripts that critically discuss the implications of…
Two new projects which will focus on how people can recover from addiction, especially after returning from careers in the Armed Forces, have been launched in Sheffield. Sheffield Hallam University will spearhead a new Sheffield Addiction and Recovery Research Group (SARRG), a peer-led group which aims to support user-focused groups…
Drug use is common, drug addiction is rare. About one adult in three will use an illegal drug in their lifetime and just under 3m people will do so this year in England and Wales alone. Most will suffer no long-term harm. There are immediate risks from overdose and intoxication,…
New book is first to examine theory behind recovery capital and contagion through personal accounts of those in recovery. Strength, Support, Setbacks and Solutions is a new handbook from Pavilion Publishing to empower and support anyone whose life is touched by addiction, professionally or personally. Using personal stories of recovery…
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 Lurgan woman is the first in Northern Ireland to take up a new post to tackle alcohol misuse among pregnant women. Dr Esther Reid has been appointed as alcohol liaison midwife by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Dr Reid, who has worked as a registered midwife, health…
PLANS to transform a block of flats in Drumry into supported living accommodation for ex-drug addicts have been given the green-light by planning chiefs.
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