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New guidance on non-medical prescribing in the management of substance misuse

Non-medical prescribing (NMP) – namely, the prescribing of medicines by health professionals who are not doctors – allows for increased availability and responsiveness of prescribing interventions. The non-medical management of substance misuse was revolutionised by 2012’s change to allow non-media prescribers to independently prescribe for the treatment of drug dependence | PHE, UK

Transparency data: Social justice outcomes framework indicators

Including Indicator 5: Improved outcomes for those receiving treatment for drug or alcohol dependency | DWP, UK

Presentations from Alcohol...Medicines: Are we competent

Some of the presentations from the recent Skills Consortium annual conference are now live | Skills Consortium, UK

The funding crisis for harm reduction

Harm Reduction International, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the International Drug Policy Consortium have launched a ground-breaking study highlighting the funding crisis in harm reduction. [infographic here]| Harm Reduction International, UK

Western nations' 'neglect' eroding fight against Aids

Funding for HIV prevention for people who inject drugs is in crisis, experts warn | Guardian, UK

Harm reduction and HIV prevention need among gay men in London using GHB/GBL, crystal methamphetamine and mephedrone during sex

Recreational drug use among gay men in London has historically centred on club drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine. Recent evidence, however, indicates shifting trends in drug use among some gay men, both in terms of the most popular drugs and the way in which they are used | Sigma Research, UK

Guidelines for poppy seed usage

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued new guidelines to producers to reduce the presence of opium in poppy seeds | British Baker, UK

Belfast remembers people who have died through substance addiction

On 21 July each year, people throughout the world come together to remember those who have lost their lives through drugs or alcohol addiction | BBC, UK

NI alcohol sales laws to be changed says Nelson McCausland

Northern Ireland's laws on the sale of alcohol are to be changed, Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has said | BBC, UK

New drugs and alcohol strategy for Guernsey

Guernsey States are calling for fresh views on how to tackle drug and alcohol abuse in the island | ChannelTV, Guernsey

Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial collapses

Singer and TV star Tulisa Contostavlos's trial over drugs allegations has collapsed | BBC, UK

ACT may consider legalising medical marijuana for terminally ill

Greens release discussion paper and draft legislation to allow the use of the drug by people with chronic or terminal illness | Guardian, UK

Aids conference hears why Ghana police chief carries bag of condoms

New report shows how police, sex workers and drugs users can work together to beat HIV | Guardian, UK

Are some people really 'born addicts'?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he “was born an alcoholic and will die an alcoholic”, but is that just a convenient excuse for his behaviour, asks Theo Merz | Telegraph, UK

A Hallucinogenic Treatment for Heroin Addiction Heads for Afghanistan

When a young man from Kabul named Murtaza Majeed learned that the international health organization Doctors of the World planned to open Afghanistan’s first needle-exchange operation, the idea seemed preposterous. The Islamic nation suffers a heroin epidemic of horrific proportions in large part because addicts are treated as utter pariahs | VICE, UK

Is crystal meth replacing moonshine in the States?

On the North Carolina/Tennessee border, a history of bootlegging in its many forms has become somewhat endearingly engrained in the pop cultural perception of the region. Since the age of prohibition-era feuds, illicit producers in the region have proven themselves outstandingly resilient against state and federal regulation | VICE, UK

Montreal is experiencing a rash of fatal overdoses and no one knows why

At least 56 overdoses from street drugs have been reported in Montreal since May – 18 of which were fatal. By comparison, the average number of fatal overdoses per month in the city is 1.3. Early reports show a number of the deaths can be attributed to heroin, but other substances are likely to be involved | VICE, UK

Poll: Would raising alcohol prices in Ireland curtail dangerous drinking?

There have been calls for minimum pricing levels to be raised but do you think that would make any difference? | Journal, Ireland

Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations (PDF)

In this new consolidated guidelines document on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations, the World Health Organization (WHO) brings together all existing guidance relevant to five key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers and transgender people – and updates selected guidance and recommendations | WHO, Switzerland

What's the harm in a huff?

There’s a quiet killer in our communities, almost silent but for the soft spray of an aerosol and the whirl of the ball bearing at the bottom of the can |, New Zealand