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Alcohol & Drugs

The latest intelligence on drug health harms

Very helpful update from the national intelligence network on the health harms associated with drug use with a focus on drug-related deaths and peer harm reduction.

Alcohol & Drugs

What should we expect of drug treatment?

Public Health England report celebrates English drug treatment system but avoids question of why our long-term recovery rates remain so low.

Alcohol & Drugs

The burden of alcohol on our health

Public Health England report details the impact of alcohol on our health service and society generally and argues for the introduction of a minimum unit price.

Alcohol & Drugs

Service user involvement in drug and alcohol treatment services

The growth of service users’ involvement in the design and delivery of drug and alcohol services has made a big contribution to the evolution of those services so that they are more user-friendly and more likely to result in significant positive change for the people who use them.

Alcohol & Drugs

Reducing smoking in prison

The PHE report summarises our understanding of smoking in prison. On the one hand, limited access to tobacco can reduce how much and how often prisoners smoke as can the cost of tobacco for those surviving on a prison income.

Conversely, smoking is often seen as a coping strategy to manage the stress of imprisonment and helps to alleviate boredom. Not smoking in a culture where a large majority of people smoke can also be socially isolating. And, of course “Burn” remains one of the principal prison currencies.

Alcohol & Drugs

Funding uncertain for residential drug & alcohol treatment

One third of commissioners expected to reduce spending on residential treatment and it’s hard not to think that this would be a much higher figure if the survey had been done after the Chancellor’s recent statement about unprecedented cuts in public services. It seems that the future of drug and alcohol residential treatment is at best uncertain and at worst likely to shrink considerably.

Alcohol & Drugs

Funding cuts for drug and alcohol treatment

In its response to the review, DrugScope, representing service providers, expressed a concern about the current volatility of funding. Drugscope highlighted PHE ADPH drugs alcohol commissioning 2014 the continuous drive to reassess and retender services, and the need for commissioners to understand the impact frequent tendering processes have on providers (see this post for an alternative model).

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