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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

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

Interesting new facts about alcohol and drugs

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Andrew Brown's latest analysis of new drug & alcohol facts and figures throws up a host of interesting findings about mental health and substance misuse.

Mental health, substance misuse and much more

This is the latest post in a 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 focus particularly on mental health and substance misuse; the links between different types of cannabis and psychiatric inpatient treatment; the links between HIV and injecting drug use and the concentration of cocaine and MDMA in London wastewater.

Among other things I learnt that:

  • There’s twice as much cocaine in London’s wastewater as there was four years ago (slide 13);
  • Last year saw the greatest ever number of take home naloxone kits issued in Scotland (slide 14);
  • That over 10% of English young men aged 16-24 years show signs of dependence on cannabis (slide 19); and
  • The number of suicides in patients in touch with mental health services with a history of alcohol or drug dependence has increased (slide 2).

 

You can follow Andrew on Twitter @andrewbrown365

If you’re looking for work in the alcohol and drugs field, check out my new jobs board with plenty of current substance misuse vacancies.
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