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Drug-related deaths continue to rise

The number of men whose death was officially caused by drug misuse is approximately the same now as it was 15 years ago, although the last two years have seen a sharp increase. The number of women whose death was officially caused by drug misuse has doubled over the same period.

Doctors mobilise for UN special session on drugs

Originally, the next UN special session on drugs was not scheduled until 2019 but a number of countries, particularly from Central and South America, have lobbied for it to be brought forward three years because they want to see a change in the way the drug problem is tackled globally.

Deaths involving heroin up by two thirds in two years

Heroin use in the UK has been steadily declining over recent years, so to lose more people to this drug is doubly sad. It is to be hoped that the take-up of naloxone has a significant impact and there is a distinct improvement in next year’s figures.

Preventing drug overdoses

00000This is the sixth in a blog series based on the findings of the 2015  annual European Drugs Report published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. In it, I explore new interventions to prevent drug overdose deaths. 70,000 deaths It is estimated that over 70 000 lives were lost to drug overdoses in Europe in the first decade of the 21st Century. Although the annual figure of fatal drug overdoses started to fall between 2009 and 2013, the most …

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Drugs in Prison

Although it is obvious that the main reason that such large quantities of drugs get into prison is to feed the demand of the many dependent drug users inside, it has long been a significant concern that as many as one in five heroin users took the drug for the first time in custody.

How a new smartphone app can save lives

00000Naloxone training app I am writing this post to celebrate the launch of the new @UTurntraining smartphone app which is dedicated to preventing deaths caused by opiate overdoses. The app was launched on 16 January 2012 and is available for download from the Android marketplace for the sum of £1.99. UPDATE: 15 May 2012 – the app is now totally FREE. The iPhone version is already under development. Back in October, I wrote a post …

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