Addiction

Council chiefs welcome £300m to tackle drug addiction

14/04/2022

Council leaders have welcomed a Government announcement of additional funding for local areas to tackle drug dependency as an ‘important step forward’.

Council chiefs call for powers to crackdown on gambling

21/02/2022

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to toughen up regulations on the gambling industry to help protect vulnerable people.

Drug users urged to be careful after high number of overdoses

18/08/2021

Drug users have been urged to be extra careful following a high number of likely heroin overdoses.

London’s first detox unit for homeless people announced

09/06/2021

London’s first dedicated detox unit for people who are homeless is set to open on 14 June to help those suffering from addiction off the streets.

Funding for addiction services slashed by £26m

29/03/2021

Doctors have called on the Government to invest £43m into youth addiction services to prevent lifelong addiction.

Council chiefs call for investment to cope with lockdown addictions

15/09/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to increase investment in public health services to help them tackle drug and alcohol addiction.

Thousands miss out on drug services due to cuts, charity finds

29/01/2020

At least 12,000 people experiencing homelessness missed out on vital drug and alcohol services last year, new research has revealed.

Only one in five alcoholics receiving treatment, health experts say

08/11/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the next Government to reverse public health cuts as figures reveal only one in five alcoholics receiving treatment.

Council adopts fingerprint-based drug testing

15/10/2019

Peterborough City Council has brought in fingerprint-based drug testing as part of its family safeguarding social care initiative.

Over 500,000 social housing tenants in poverty due to smoking

27/06/2019

Over half a million social housing tenants are living in poverty due to the cost of smoking, anti-smoking campaigners say.

Service launched to help 55,000 children who are addicted to gambling

24/06/2019

The NHS has announced the launch of the health service’s first young people’s gambling addiction service to help tackle the ‘scourge’ of problem gambling.

Commission launches strategy to reduce ‘gambling harms’

26/04/2019

The commission dedicated to tackling the harmful impacts of gambling has launched a new three-year strategy designed to reduce ‘gambling harms’.

Treatment cut despite ‘soaring’ alcohol-related A&E admissions

11/02/2019

Councils are reducing spending on alcohol and drug treatment services despite ‘soaring’ numbers of hospital admissions due to alcohol misuse, FOI data reveals.

Pilot projects to support rough sleepers launched

09/05/2018

The Government today launched three new pilot projects aimed at helping rough sleepers into ‘stable and affordable accommodation’.

Government launches £4.5m fund to help children with alcoholic parents

23/04/2018

The department for health and social care has launched a new ‘innovation fund’ to help local authorities support children with alcoholic parents.

Think tank calls for 1% levy on gambling industry to help treat addictions

24/01/2018

Funding to help problem gamblers is three times less than funding to treat alcohol or drug abuse, a think tank has highlighted.

Sites of individual placement and support (IPS) trials for addiction named

22/11/2017

Seven council areas have been named as sites for individual placement and support (IPS) trials for drugs or alcohol dependency in community treatment services.

Employment helps tackle addiction, report reveals

06/12/2016

Employment plays an ‘important role’ in improving the self-worth of people with drug and alcohol addictions, report finds.

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