Posts tagged drugs
Broadreach House Detox Centre closes due to severe underfunding.

The closure of this service is very worrying both individually and as part of the wider trend we are seeing in both third-sector services and our NHS Inpatient Detox Units (which are hospital-based and Consultant Psychiatrist led, treating the most complex and vulnerable patients in England). However, we are also incredibly concerned about where this leaves the service users that were in Broadreach House's care. 

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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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Don’t underestimate the role of childhood experiences in the development of substance use issues.

Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day and, this year, the focus is on children and young people’s mental health. According to the World Health Organisation, half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, and, unsurprisingly, the “harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue”. 

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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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NHS Substance Use Inpatient Network, Public Health England & Department for Health and Social Care met to discuss diminishing medically managed detox provision.

Meeting with PHE and DHSC offered an opportunity to examine the specific challenges that NHS detox facilities face within the current economic climate and commissioning arrangements.

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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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