Posts tagged Substance Misuse
Conference 2019 slides

View the presentation slides from our 2019 conference on the theme of ‘Alcohol Treatment: Reduced Demand or Hidden Harm?’, including slides from: Dr Lloyd Humphreys, Prof. Colin Drummond, Kate Halliday, James Morris, Greg Fell, Josh Connolly and Suzie Roscoe.

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NHS SMPA Conference 2018 Highlights - Dr. Dima Abdulrahim on Classifying Substances

Dr Dima Abdulrahim is the main author of the NEPTUNE clinical guidance for the management of the harms of club drugs and novel psychoactive substances. Listen to what she has to say about how the organisation classifies substances.

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Conference 2018 slides

View the presentation slides from our 2018 conference on the theme of creating lasting behaviour change, including slides from: Dr Henrietta Bowden Jones, Danny Hames, Dr Luke Mitcheson, Dr Dima Abdulrahim, Viv Evans OBE and Rob Eyers.

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On publication of ONS’ data showing drug-poisoning-related deaths in England and Wales highest in 24 years of study, NHS SMPA’s Emily Finch talked to BBC Radio 4 about the challenges facing services.

“The first thing we have to remember is that every death represents a huge loss for a family, loss of a son or daughter, parent or sibling, so this is really affecting people.”

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How can we provide strong, effective and relevant services to crack cocaine users?

Leaving aside the debates in the media regarding Police numbers and budgets, I was drawn to growing concerns regarding the prevalence and purity of crack cocaine in UK markets, and consequently its link to increasing levels of serious violence across the country.

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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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Justifying The Effectiveness and Quality of Substance Misuse Services Has Never Been More Necessary.

There is currently a very prominent debate regarding the reduction in funding for substance misuse services and rightly so. The emphasis on ensuring we are competent and thoughtful guardians of funding, and that we properly benefit service users has never been more important.

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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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