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Andrew Brown dec 2015
Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

The most interesting alcohol and drug facts of 2015

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Interesting round up of key new developments in alcohol and drugs in 2015 from Andrew Brown.

On prison drug use, naloxone and much more

This is the fourth post in a new monthly series reproducing Andrew Brown’s monthly slideshare of interesting new facts about alcohol and other drugs which he has unearthed from a wide range of reports.

Andrew works for MEAM/Making Every Adult Matter, the coalition of three national charities (Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind) who champion the cause of people experiencing multiple needs and who have been kind enough to allow Andrew’s monthly slideshares to be re-published here.

This month’s slides are even more intriguing than usual, since they round up the most interesting new facts of the year.

A number of themes recur including drug use in custody, drug-related deaths and the change in the legislation around and (I hope) availability of naloxone.

Some of the slides I found particularly interesting were:

  • Less than half opioid users’ deaths are from overdoses (Slide #15)
  • The UK has the purest brown heroin in Europe after Turkey (Slide #29)
  • The high risk of death for Scottish drug users discharged from hospital (Slide #26)
  • The jump in the injection of NPS/legal highs in Wales (Slide #23)

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(If this slideshare doesn’t show up on your device, you can see it here.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter @andrewbrown365

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