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A 22-year-old woman born addicted to heroin has lost a family court fight over the care of her two children despite making a "moving" plea to a judge. The woman, whose parents were drug addicts, had written to Mrs Justice Theis asking to be given "one last chance" to care…
Calls are being made to a charity helpline every hour by adults concerned about alcohol or drug use around children. Figures from the NSPCC show 8,500 people from across the UK contacted the charity last year to describe potential substance misuse amongst adults when children and young people were in…
Opening a unit where addicts can inject drugs under supervision would save the NHS millions and provide a safer environment for heroin users, according to researchers. Analysis by Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (GHSCP) found public injecting places considerable financial costs on health, social care and criminal justice systems.…
A rapid mixed methods evidence review of current provision and key principles for commissioning. Public Health England (PHE) commissioned The Children’s Society to undertake scoping research in early 2016, to understand some of the opportunities and challenges currently facing those now responsible for commissioning and delivering young people’s specialist substance…
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been urged by Government advisers to consider creating units where addicts can take drugs under supervision. Experts called on ministers to examine the potential to reduce drug-related deaths by providing medically-supervised drug consumption clinics - or so-called "fix rooms". The centres are facilities where people…
Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern have announced plans to merge the activities of the two charities by April 2017. While both organisations share a clear mission to reduce the harm caused by alcohol, Alcohol Research UK has a long record of research excellence and impact, while Alcohol Concern brings…
The Duchess of Cambridge has congratulated recovering addicts on their "inspiring" movies about the long path to sobriety at a film preview in central London. Kate, who is patron of charity Action on Addiction, met the movie-makers from the Recovery Street Film Festival and heard stories about their battles. The…
Health professionals must do more to tackle problem drinking among women, experts have said. Alcohol use and related disorders have historically been "viewed as a male phenomenon", researchers said. But a new study says women are catching up with men in terms of alcohol consumption. The research, published in the…
A 24-hour helpline should be introduced for patients who are addicted to prescription drugs, the British Medical Association has said. The organisation believes it could help tackle problems created when strong tranquillisers prescribed for short-term use, to treat issues such as anxiety and insomnia, are issued for longer periods. Dr…
The number of drug-related hospital stays rose by almost 500 in the last year, according to official figures. There were 7,537 hospital admissions with a diagnosis of drug misuse in 2015/16, up from 7,054 in the previous year. The number of patients involved increased from 5,404 to 5,922 over the…
A new initiative has been launched in Northern Ireland to highlight the support that is available for family members who are affected by a loved one’s drinking and/or drug misuse and encourage them to get help in their own right. ‘Break the silence, reach for help’ includes eight short films…
According to popular wisdom death is the great leveller, affirming our common humanity whatever our status in life. But our recent study of people bereaved by a drug or alcohol-related death found it can also marginalise and stigmatise both those who have died and those left behind. Our 2012-15 ESRC…
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