“So-called legal highs and chemsex drugs will be targeted in a government move aimed at cutting illicit drug use… The strategy will target psychoactive substances, performance-enhancing drugs and the misuse of prescribed medicines.
Drugs charities praised the strategy’s focus on recovery, but raised concerns that budget cuts could affect delivery.”
Read the full article article on the BBC website here
Frontline newsletter Spring 2017 – Click here to read
This edition contains: Never Forgotten, The hope project, Superstar pets, Black History Month, Hep C Peer Support Project, Frontline trips over the last 7 years, Poems and Countries with the harshest drug penalties.
Smokers in recovery from illicit drug use disorders are at greater risk of relapsing three years later compared with those who do not smoke cigarettes. Results of the study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York appear online in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
Check out the full article at the following link: http://www.psypost.org/2017/03/giving-cigarettes-linked-recovery-illicit-substance-use-disorders-48099
You may not know that your local authority is responsible for funding drug and alcohol treatment. And unless you, a friend or family member have been personally touched by addiction you might not think that these services should be a funding priority for cash-strapped councils.
“Drug addiction isn’t going away so why are treatment centres being slashed?” Check out this interesting article in the Guardian:
Research at the University of London is looking at treating alcoholism with ketamine. Read report here.
Remember to keep safe over the Christmas period. Stock up on any equipment you may need from your local Needle and Syringe programme. Some operate from local pharmacies others from drug services. Also remember to get a naloxone kit from your local drug service, it could save your life or somebody else’s.
Here’s a link to chemists open on the Christmas bank holidays.
The local Crisis centre is at Westminster Kingsway College 211 Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8RA. More information can be found here.
As soon as we get a list of opening times of drug and alcohol services over christmas and the new year we’ll get theme posted.
The December issue of Drink and Drug News can be found online here.
The UK Recovery Federation whom Frontline used to be aligned with has ceased operation and a new national recovery organisation has emerged called Faces and Voices of Recovery UK. Faces and Voices of Recovery initially started in the US and supports a wide definition of recovery which includes abstinence models and medically assisted recovery. It also supports those in recovery from alcohol dependency. Frontline can become part of the Association of Recovery Community Organizations if members wish it to be. I’ll pass details onto John May to discuss at the forum in the new year.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs have responded to the increase in opioid related deaths in the UK in the last set of recorded figures in 2015 with some recommendations for the Home Secretary. A new Drug Strategy was expected this year but this has been delayed and is expected early next year. Some of the key points made by the ACMD are as follows:
- Central and local governments continue to invest in high-quality Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST = methadone, buprenorphine etc) of optimal dosage and duration, delivered together with interventions to help people achieve wider recovery outcomes including health and well-being, in order to continue to reduce rates of Drug Related Deaths (DRD)
- Drug treatment services should follow national clinical guidelines on OST and provide tailored treatment for individuals for as long as required.
- Central government funding should be provided to support heroin-assisted treatment for patients for whom other forms of OST have not been effective.
- That naloxone is made available routinely, cheaply and easily to people who use opioids, and to their families and friends.
The full report can be read here.
VolteFace, a policy innovation hub that explores alternatives to current public policies relating to drugs, have just published a report into the scale of drug use in English prisons.
The report can be read online here.