Service user involvement: A guide for drug and alcohol commissioners, providers and service users

Public Health England, September 2015

Public Health England have published a report on service user involvement in drug and alcohol treatment programmes, designed to help commissioners, service providers and service users explore and develop service user involvement in their area. It also includes a series of ‘inspirational’ case studies outlining how different organisations have approached service user involvement.

Click here to view the full report.


Recovering alcohol and drug users leading service planning

Public Health England, September 2015

Public Health England has launched a new guide showing the benefits of involving recovering alcohol and drug users in the design and development of their own, and others treatment and recovery.

PHE’s Service User Involvement guide describes 4 different levels of service user involvement, from co-developing one’s own care plan through to initiating and running recovery-focused enterprises. The guide showcases a number of examples of unique services from across the country that have been set-up by, or run by, former alcohol and drug users.

Click here for further information and to download the guide.

‘Skunk-like cannabis’ increases risk of psychosis, study suggests

BBC News, 16 February 2015

Smoking potent cannabis was linked to 24% of new psychosis cases analysed in a study by King’s College London.  The research suggests the risk of psychosis is three times higher for users of potent “skunk-like” cannabis than for non-users….

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One New Drug a Week: Why novel psychoactive substances and club drugs need a different response from UK treatment providers

Royal College of Pscyhiatrists, September 2014

This report gives an overview of how drug use in the UK is changing and outlines the changes in services required to meet the needs of drug users.

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Ambitious for recovery: Tackling drug & alcohol addiction in the UK

The Centre for Social Justice, August 2014

This report from the Centre for Social Justice lays out a programme for whoever next enters government, to tackle addiction and reduce its costs to society. They argue that priorities for the next Parliament should include: a small treatment tax of a penny on a unit is introduced by the end of the next Parliament to provide proper rehabilitation; reform to the welfare, criminal justice and health services to address the addiction problems which drain resources; and, a proper response to ‘legal highs’.

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Ambitious for recovery: tackling drug and alcohol addiction in the UK

The King’s Fund Blog, 21 August 2014

Centre for Social Justice – This report outlines and forecasts addiction problems in the UK and warns that deaths linked to ‘legal highs’ could overtake those linked to heroin by 2016. Amongst some of the recommendations suggested is a ‘treatment tax’ which should be added to the cost of alcohol in shops to fund a new generation of rehabilitation centres…

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Deaths Related to Drug Poisoning in England and Wales, 2012

Office of National Statistics, August 2014

The ONS have published a statistical bulletin for deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales.

Key findings:

  • There were 1,706 male drug poisoning deaths (involving both legal and illegal drugs) registered in 2012, a 4% decrease since 2011.
  • Female drug poisoning deaths have increased every year since 2009, reaching 891 in 2012.
  • The number of male drug misuse deaths (involving illegal drugs) decreased by 9% from 1,192 in 2011 to 1,086 in 2012; female deaths decreased by 1% from 413 in 2011 to 410 in 2012.
  • The highest mortality rate from drug misuse was in 30 to 39-year-olds, at 97.8 and 28.9 deaths per million population for males and females respectively in 2012.
  • The number of deaths involving heroin/morphine fell slightly in 2012 to 579 deaths, but these remain the substances most commonly involved in drug poisoning deaths.
  • The number of deaths involving tramadol have continued to rise, with 175 deaths in 2012 – more than double the number seen in 2008 (83 deaths).
  • Mortality rates from drug misuse were significantly higher in Wales than in England in 2012, at 45.8 and 25.4 deaths per million population respectively.
  • In England, the North West had the highest mortality rate from drug misuse in 2012 (41.0 deaths per million population).
  • All figures presented in this bulletin are based on deaths registered in a particular calendar year, and out of the 2,597 drug-related deaths registered in 2012, 1,358 (just over half) occurred in years prior to 2012.

Click here for the full publication and data tables.