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Concerns about drug-related infections

New publications from EMCDDA and Public Health England show high rates of hepatitis c (frequently undiagnosed) among injecting drug users.

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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.

Alcohol/Drugs/Gambling

Heroin users stuck in the treatment system

Less than one quarter (24%) of the 273,898 opiate clients who have been in contact with treatment services since 2005/6 had completed treatment and not returned by 31 March 2015.

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No health without justice, no justice without health

The reason for targeting health interventions at offenders is that poor health is often interlinked with offending. Offenders are known to suffer disproportionately from multiple and complex health issues which are often exacerbated by the difficulties they experience in accessing health and social care services in the local community.

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It’s all change in commissioning drug treatment

Many readers will have first hand experience of commissioners seeking to achieve economies of scale by integrating drug and alcohol treatment and moving to one contract for a local area with the aim of delivering a co-ordinated treatment system led by a single provider.

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