Understanding and preventing drug-related deaths: the report of a national expert working group to investigate drug-related deaths in England

Public Health England, September 2016

This report makes recommendations towards addressing the rising number of people dying from drug misuse in England and highlights a number of principles for action by local authorities, drug treatment providers and partner organisations. The national expert working group advocates a whole-system approach to substance abuse treatment and a personalised approach which is tailored to patient needs.

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How can opioid substitution therapy be optimised to maximise recovery outcomes for service users?

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, October 2015

The Inter-ministerial Group on Drugs posed questions to the ACMD Recovery Committee following on-going concerns about the perceived limited progress of heroin users in opioid substitution therapy towards achieving recovery outcomes – especially overcoming dependence on opioids.

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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.

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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.

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‘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 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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