Posts tagged Drug Related Deaths
Get Involved in Overdose Awareness Day 2019

International Overdose Awareness Day takes place on 31st August. The day aims to raise awareness of overdosing and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death, as well as share information and advice: teaching people how to help reduce the harm caused by overdoses. Find out how you can get involved

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Commissioners and Providers must work together to find innovative solutions: Richard Roberts on key points from #EXCO2018.

The needs of long-term heroin users are increasingly complex. Additionally, trends showing a rise in the prevalence of crack, the use of new Psychoactive Substances (NPS) (particularly in the prison and homelessness populations), and the threat of Fentanyl provide significant challenges for commissioners. It is crucial that in future, commissioners procure services that are able to respond effectively.

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Market Failure and the Funding Crisis in Substance Misuse Treatment: NHS SMPA’s Dr David Manley comments on key points made at InterAction 2018

While cuts are reportedly at 30%, they are as high as 45% in some local areas. This has led to diminishing support for people with complex multiple needs associated with their substance use, and a shift from systemic (integrated) provision to simple service provision in many areas of the UK.

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Inspiring evidence-led approach in Derby reduces service users’ risk of accidental overdose.

The establishment of the HIT Team has had a significant impact on reducing the numbers of drug-related deaths locally, and shows the value (both qualitatively and financially) of innovative, joined-up, evidence-based approaches to substance misuse services.

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Preventing Drug Related Deaths - NHS SMPA Conference 2017

In Manchester today we see the culmination of a number of months work where the NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance (NHSSMPA) formally launches itself as a collective of NHS drug and treatment providers working together in an effort to share the expertise and innovation we have to the broader sector.

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Improving Clinical Responses to Drug-Related Deaths – A Collective Voice and NHS Substance Misuse Providers Collaboration (NHS SMPA)

For the last three years drug related deaths in the UK have increased. They are now at the highest levels since records began in 1993, meaning more lives are cut short and denied the opportunity to realise a brighter future. Every effort has to be made by all stakeholders to do all they can to change this statistic, and this will involve action in all contexts in which drugs are used and among all drug users.

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A thought provoking letter…

I am sure you know the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Two weavers promise him a new suit that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When he parades before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dares to say that they don’t see any suit of clothes on him for fear that this is how they will be seen. Arguably this is how the treatment field has been treating recovery.

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