Policies, legislation

June 23, 2014: THE ECONOMICS OF CRIME: a discipline to be invented?
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Antonio Maria Costa served an unprecedented two terms as director general of the United Nations Office in Vienna and executive director of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Here he proposes a Nobel Prize for the best understanding...

May 21, 2014: A personal and social model of recovery
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We now have the tools to measure not only personal recovery from addiction, but also recovery readiness in communities – David Best writes from the cutting-edge of research underpinning practice. Print-friendly version: Download Intervene 3 - 149 - Personal &...

May 13, 2014: An education is for life - so what do our children learn about addiction?
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Mary Brett argues that schools should act in loco parentis and prevent their children from starting to use drugs. She is sadly disappointed. Print-friendly version: Download Intervene 3 - 149 - Children's drug education Article 33 of the Convention on...

March 7, 2014: The quarterbacks of the new anti-drugs movement
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A member of the Kennedy political dynasty, Patrick Kennedy was a chief sponsor of the seminal 2008 US Mental Health Parity Act, which required most insurance plans to cover the treatment of mental illnesses on an equitable level to physical...

October 23, 2013: Parliamentary question: benzos
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... and response from prime minister Q4.[Hansard, 900621] Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton) (Lab/Co-op): A total of 1.5million people in the UK are addicted to the benzoates diazepam and “Z drugs”. I know of one individual who has been on...

September 19, 2013: MoJ LAUNCHES REHAB FUNDING COMPETITION
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The Ministry of Justice today launched a "competition to find the future providers of rehabilitation services across England and Wales". This is one of the largest competitions that the Department has run, and today's launch is a "pivotal step" in...

June 26, 2013: GUIDANCE FOR COMMISSIONERS OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES
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The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health has developed guidance for commissioning drug- and alcohol-recovery services. What will local potential purchasers of your services look for? What points will influence spending decisions? We summarise key information, and give a link...

January 21, 2013: CONSULTATION ON COMMISSIONING - CAMPAIGN FOR TIME TO RESPOND
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NALM, the National Association of LINks members, has complained to health minister Jeremy Hunt about the lack of consultation time on specialised service commissioning, which will affect the addiction-treatment field. The NALM letter below explains the facts - join them...

November 20, 2012: THE NTA ANNUAL-REPORT DOSSSIER
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The final annual report from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse paints a colourful picture. Deirdre Boyd translates the wording to bring readers a clearer view of reality so that future decisions are not based on flawed foundations. Print-friendly...

November 16, 2012: SILENT VOICES: SUPPORT CHILDREN
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AFFECTED BY PARENTAL SUBSTANCE MISUSE Children’s commissioner Dr Maggie Atkinson has published a report on how children are affected by their parents’ heavy drinking, and urges that its vital recommendations be acted on before they lose their childhoods. Print-friendly version:...

November 3, 2012: FUTURE POLICY IMPLEMENTATIONS
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AFFECTED BY NTA CLAIMS Payment by results: in a programme planned to affect the whole country, failure can be recorded as success, and there are no drug-free goals. The most ambitious outcome in PbR is “free of drug(s) of dependency”...

September 17, 2012: NTA REHAB REPORT: FIRST 26 QUESTIONS
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... WHICH MUST BE ANSWERED TO STOP BUILDING ON QUICKSAND For government and local authorities to spend taxpayer money wisely, they must have accurate facts on which to base decisions. But Addiction Today has been contacted by providers disagreeing with...

July 24, 2012: CANNABIS IN THE UK -
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IS A PERSISTENT CULTURE OF DENIAL LEAVING TREATMENT NEEDS HIDDEN AND PRIMING A PUBLIC-HEALTH TIME BOMB? The level of public understanding about cannabis risks remains inadequate, states a research analysis by Kathy Gyngell in the Journal of Global Policy &...

July 19, 2012: DRINK GUIDELINES: CUT LIMITS, SAVE LIVES
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In March, the government announced a review of drinking guidelines for the first time in 15 years – since when the BBC and other media highlighted research showing that about 4,600 lives in England could be saved each year by...

July 2, 2012: DRUG STRATEGY 2010: REVIEW 2012
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The government has published a review of the Drug Strategy it launched a year and a half ago. What does it think it has accomplished? And what are its priorities for the next 12 months? We summarise its views for...

April 27, 2012: REHABILITATING DRUG POLICY: CIVITAS REPORT
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WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER TO REDUCE OFFENDING BY DRUG ADDICTS? The Civitas think tank has published its report on Rehabilitating Drug Policy. It includes sections on challenges and opportunities, methods and approaches. The interventions section covers pharmacological interventions, detox,...

April 23, 2012: VITAL CHANGES NEEDED TO NDTMS DISCHARGE CODES
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CONCORDAT RECOMMENDATIONS RE OUTCOME DATA Easter Monday was not the most convenient deadline for rehabs to submit suggested changes which could affect their survival – and that of their vulnerable clients – to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse....

April 23, 2012: AUDIT BY UNIVERSITY SHOWS COMMUNITY CARE FAILING TO DELIVER RECOVERY
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“Addicts in part of West Yorkshire spend years in treatment schemes with limited chance of recovery,” stated the BBC. An audit of Calderdale Substance Misuse Services by Huddersfield University proves what we knew anecdotally: the lack of services leading to...

March 7, 2012: NDTMS: STILL FAILING TO MEASURE UP
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The National Treatment Agency states that pooled treatment budgets have a revised formula “to ensure funding goes to those areas successfully treating more people” – but how can this be done on an equitable or effective basis when the system...

March 6, 2012: PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND: ANY RECOVERY?
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For the first time, public health will be measured against a framework which sets out 66 health measures, so councils and government can compare progress against them. From April 2013, councils will be given a ringfenced budget – a share...

January 21, 2012: DRUG STRATEGY PROGRESS, AND MOVING FORWARD – THE HOME OFFICE VIEW
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It is one year since the Drug Strategy was launched. Gus Jaspert, head of drugs and alcohol in the Home Office, recaps progress to date – and identifies some of the challenges to be faced in the year to come*....

January 4, 2012: DEFINITIONS OF RECOVERY
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Scottish government definition of recovery: “Recovery is a process through which an individual is enabled to move-on from their problem drug use towards a drug-free life and become an active and contributing member of society.” (The Road To Recovery). US...

October 31, 2011: LIES, DAMN LIES AND STATISTICS:
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TREATING PEOPLE AS PAWNS Everyone involved in the treatment of addiction must know what works and what does not so that they can follow the best course of action for themselves, their patients, families, community and society. We all deserve...

October 30, 2011: COMMISSIONING RECOVERY:
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PIECE TOGETHER A COHERENT PICTURE "We cannot overcommunicate with commissioners” – getting addicts into rehab nowadays means many organisations, people and processes all contributing to the jigsaw that makes up a complete person in recovery. Huseyin Djemil has guided both...

August 1, 2011: WHO IS RIGHT? MITCH WINEHOUSE OR PAUL HAYES?
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Still grieving for his daughter Amy, Mitch Winehouse is today meeting politicians and the media to urge that waiting times for rehab be cut – and Keith Vaz MP has called for a formal review of waiting times. “But these...

July 24, 2011: PAYMENT by RESULTS PILOTS: RESISTING REFORM
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"Drugs Recovery PbR is to be tested out through eight pilot areas to run for one year from 11 October 2011. Problems are inherent from the start," stated a report by the Centre for Policy Studies's Kathy Gyngell. The PbR...

July 20, 2011: BENZO REPORTS 2011: CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
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Related story on National Addiction Centre and National Treatment Agency reports on Addiction to Medicine. Professor John Strang was lead author of the NAC report. Parliamentary question by Eric Ollerenshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what interests...

July 20, 2011: ADDICTION TO OTC AND PRESCRIBED MEDICINES: UP A PRIMROSE PATH*
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Two reports on addiction to prescription and over-the-counter medicines have been created to help government develop policy and services – but they are fatally flawed, omitting critical drugs, ignoring treatment providers they were tasked to contact and hiding possibly 1.5million...

July 3, 2011: BLUE-SKY THINKING
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Half a year after the Drug Strategy was launched, stating that “supporting people to live a drug-free is at the heart of our recovery ambition”, what highlights and pitfalls have arisen? David Burrowes MP gives a personal and political overview....

June 19, 2011: BREAKING THE HABIT:
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STOP PUSHING DRUGS AND START PUSHING REHABS A paper by the Centre for Policy Studies grabbed headlines on TV, radio and press at the end of June – revealing a £3.6billion cost to taxpayers of keeping addicts dependent on drugs...