The DrugScope conference 2014
DrugScope conference 2014

Access all areas: equality and diversity in drug and alcohol treatment- new challenges for services?
Tuesday 12th November 2014. NCVO HQ 8 All Saints St, London N1 9RL. Book now.


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SMMGP 9th National Primary Care Development Conference:
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23 Oct 2014
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A series of one day training courses at various locations across England and Wales:


Understanding Addiction: causes, effects, recovery


Drugs Now: new psychoactive substances (‘legal highs’), new trends, new issues


‘Stoned Again?’ cannabis training day


‘Getting Hammered’ young people and alcohol


‘Dealing with Drink’ adults and alcohol issues

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DrugScope conference: Access all areas: equality and diversity in drug and alcohol treatment - new challenges for services? Full programme now announced

Wednesday 12th November 2014, NCVO HQ 8 All Saints St, London N1 9RL. 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

What makes one service better than another?

... and how can we tell? By their performance while the patient is under their care - or by what happens when they leave? Latest instalment of Matrix Bites course on addiction treatment explores the profound implications of truly treating addiction as analogous to a chronic disease | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Effectiveness Bank additions 24 July 2014

Confirmation that making drinkers pay more means they drink less and suffer less harm, then three treatment entries: UK guidance on treating under-18s and on using medications to treat dependence, and a comparison of the two best established medications for opiate dependence | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Looking beyond the tip of the iceberg: legal highs an action plan for change - Conference report (PDF)

Findings from the New Psychoactive Substances Conference 2014 | Angelus foundation, Solve it, UK

ASA Adjudication on Diageo Great Britain Ltd

A picture posted by Captain Morgan on their Facebook page showed the pirate Captain Morgan raising a glass and cheering whilst surrounded by his crew. Text at top of the image stated "WEDNESDAY. I'M DECLARING WAR ON MID-WEEK BOREDOM". The Youth Alcohol Advertising Council (YAAC) challenged whether the ad was irresponsible, because it implied that alcohol could overcome boredom and was capable of changing mood | ASA, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Children

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage parents to prevent the consumption of alcohol by children; and what steps are being taken by schools to assist this prevention work | They work for you, UK

Cannabis: A viable medicine?

A multiple sclerosis patient has hit out at a "postcode lottery" in treatments for the condition as she battles to get funding for the UK's first licensed cannabis-based medication |, UK

Peaches Geldof died of heroin overdose, inquest rules

Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, a coroner has ruled | BBC, UK

Legal Highs: A Losing Game - video

The 16-year-old from Lerwick in the Shetland Islands wants young people to understand that these synthetic drugs can be unsafe and is urging others not to take the risk | Fixers, UK

'Fat bloke' becomes English Commonwealth marathon runner

Seven years ago a violent cough woke Steve Way up from another restless night. "I smoked at least 20 cigarettes a day for 15 years, I loved takeaways and I was over 16 stone," he told Newsbeat | BBC Newsbeat, UK

Littlehampton retailers call for 'total street drinking ban'

Retailers have called for a total ban on street drinking in Littlehampton as they say it is ruining businesses | BBC, UK

Part I: Opium Wars, Crown Drug Pushers and Victorian Indulgence

Opium and its derivatives have been in use for thousands of years, administered as far back as the Ancient Egyptian era to "prevent the excessive crying of children," and utilized medicinally by Ancient Greek physicians, among them Hippocrates | Talking Drugs, UK

New study finds more than double hospital admissions for alcohol-related events around birthdays

New research has found that birthday-related drinking is associated with upsurges in hospital admissions among young people. This study of drinking behaviour in Ontario, Canada is published online in the scientific journal Addiction | MNT, USA





And finally...

'The Queen has tested positive for morphine': Hilarious screen grab showing the moment BBC ticker suggested Her Majesty had taken the drug. . . and not her racehorse

It could have been the story of the year - 'The Queen has tested positive for morphine'. Unfortunately, however, it was little more than a well-timed screen grab | Mail Online, UK