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Alcohol Concern’s Annual Conference: ‘Facing our alcohol problem - taking back our health and high streets’ is being held during Alcohol Awareness Week in London on 19 November. We have a packed agenda covering all the major issues of interest in the alcohol field today and a fantastic line up of speakers. Book here.



Young and homeless conference

19 November 2014 | London 

This conference will look at how to prevent youth homelessness alongside approaches to housing, health and employment support that can really make a difference


No return to the streets conference

11 December 2014 | London 

Homeless Link is hosting this national conference that will explore new responses to reducing rough sleeping and supporting move on, alongside innovative practice in a residential setting




Addaction Conference

4th National Recovery Conference

Glasgow, 10-11th November


"An unmissable opportunity to explore better ways to support people through recovery"




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"It's only, 24 days to the conference" (with apologies to Roy Orbison)

This year’s conference is a unique opportunity for a wide-ranging discussion and debate about tackling the treatment access issues of under-represented groups from those in the LGBT community and those using performance-enhancing drugs to military veterans. To what extent will services need to be recalibrated to address the challenges ahead? | DrugScope, UK


UK news

Druglink goes back to the future

The latest edition is the first of a two-part look at the UK drug scene as represented by articles from Druglink going back to the early days of the magazine. Part Two will bring the story up to date. All this is a prelude to Druglink becoming a freely available web-based magazine from January next year. Our free article (PDF) this issue is a simplified overview of the UK drug scene as it developed up to the point where we had, for the first time in 1995, a cross-government strategy for dealing with drugs | DrugScope, UK

Baroness Tyler calls for new national focus on individuals with multiple needs

On 16 October 2014 in the House of Lords, Baroness Tyler of Enfield – chair of the MEAM coalition – led a debate on the government’s Social Justice Strategy. She set out three ways in which the government can support people facing social injustice caused by multiple needs | MEAM, UK

Press release: PHE launches local authority liver disease profiles

Public Health England has launched the Liver Disease Profiles which reveal significant variation in mortality across the country | PHE, UK

Local Stop Smoking Services: Service and delivery guidance 2014

This guidance provides an overview of the latest evidence relating to the commissioning, delivery and monitoring of stop smoking service to support effective local planning and delivery | NCSCT, UK

Rise in liver deaths linked to alcohol

Britain's drinking culture has sparked a "worrying" rise in liver disease deaths, health officials say | BBC, UK

Living with smoker 'as bad as living in polluted city'

Non-smokers who live with a smoker are exposed to three times the officially recommended safe levels of damaging air particles, according to a study | BBC, UK

Teenagers' regular cannabis use 'impairs intelligence'

Teenagers who are regular cannabis users by the age of 15 risk "impairing" their educational ability, suggests a study of young people in the UK | BBC, UK

Effectiveness Bank additions 20 October 2014 

Major public health measures respectively to reduce ill health related to drug use and to drinking, and two reviews with the same message: services must invest in follow-up consultation, supervision or feedback to be confident training counsellors and therapists will pay off for clients | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Addaction and KCA to join forces

Charity merger announcement | Addaction & KCA, UK

Peru drug mule Melissa Reid to be face of anti-smuggling campaign

Cocaine mule Melissa Reid is to be the face of a national campaign to warn people against getting involved in drug smuggling abroad | STV, UK

Girl aged two 'killed after drinking methadone stored in her cartoon cup by heroin addict mum'

Court hears how Sophie Jones drank the liquid that was prescribed to her parents after it was stored it in the youngster's cup and Fruit Shoot bottles | Mirror, UK

No one turned away (PDF)

Eight mystery shoppers visited 16 local authorities across England to examine the quality of assistance single homeless people receive from Housing Options and homelessness services. The report reveals that at the majority of visits mystery shoppers were not adequately assisted | Crisis, UK

English councils failing to help most vulnerable, homelessness charity finds

Undercover investigation finds many councils turning needy people away | Independent, UK

Two-pronged program looks best for helping smokers quit

A combination of counseling and medication greatly increases smokers' chances of quitting, according to new research published in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings | Medical Xpress, UK

Nick Bonnie nightclub death: Four receive suspended sentences

Four friends of a man from Stroud who died after taking drugs at a Manchester nightclub have been given suspended sentences | BBC, UK



International news

Spice – the synthetic drug gaining a grip on Russia

Cannabis substitute smoked in a pipe appears to be a soft drug, but it is addictive and can be lethal | Guardian, UK

Paris bans smoking in park playgrounds

Smoking outlawed in children’s play areas of Paris park, with the move expected to be widened soon to include other outdoor spaces | Telegraph, UK

Parents outraged as Toys ‘R’ Us sells 'crystal meth' Breaking Bad dolls

US toy store Toys 'R' Us sells range including figure of a drug-dealer holding tiny rocks of crystal meth based on the television series Breaking Bad | Telegraph, UK

WHO tobacco treaty makes significant progress despite mounting pressure from tobacco industry

The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded today in Moscow. Several landmark decisions were adopted in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the most successful in the WHO FCTC’s history | WHO, International

For prescription drug addiction treatment, buprenorphine maintenance trumps detoxification

For treating patients with prescription opioid dependence in primary care,buprenorphine maintenance therapy is superior to detoxification, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers | Yale News, USA

Fernando Caudevilla: Spanish doctor advises drug users on the dark web's Silk Road

Family physician and illicit drugs expert Dr Fernando Caudevilla has taken doctor-patient confidence to a whole new level. For the past 18 months, 40-year-old Caudevilla has donated his spare time providing tailored harm-reduction advice to users of the illicit drug markets on the so-called dark web | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

House Of Commons, Drugs Policy Debate. VITAL You Write To Your MP

On Thursday, 30th October 2014, MPs will debate drugs policy in the main chamber of the House of Commons.  This is the first opportunity for years to ask your MP to represent you directly in the House on this subject | Clear, UK

Smoking cessation in the emergency setting

The prevalence of smoking among patients in emergency departments (ED) is reported to be higher than in the general population, so encouraging smoking cessation in these settings has been recommended | Mental Elf, UK

The Role of Heroin Assisted Treatment in Combating Vancouver Overdoses

With overdoses spiking recently in Vancouver due to a dangerous batch of heroin, it's worth considering the vital role that heroin assisted treatment could play in the future combating of these harms | Talking Drugs, UK

The junk ‘science’ behind the marijuana legalization movement

Already, 23 states allow marijuana to be prescribed for medicinal use, making it easy for proponents for broader legalization, such as the Marijuana Policy Project, to brand the drug as “harmless.” | Washington Post Blog, USA

Pot Is the New Normal

Face it: marijuana is legal, crime is down, traffic fatalities are declining and fewer teens are lighting up | TIME, USA