Drugs

Council proposes random drug testing of staff

10/04/2019

West Lothian Council is considering introducing random drug testing for staff in posts defined as ‘safety critical’.

Health experts have revealed a big rise in the use of crack cocaine

26/03/2019

Public Health England says the number of adults starting treatment for crack addiction in the last three years has gone up by 19%.

Pilot project helps a third of youths quit ‘county lines’

14/02/2019

Specialist support helped nearly a third of young people in a pilot project to quit 'county lines' involvement with drugs, according to a review.

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.

Front-line workers ‘must get better’ at tackling child exploitation by drug gangs

30/01/2019

Front-line professionals ‘must get better’ at spotting signs that children are being exploited, a children’s charity has said in response to an annual assessment of county lines drug networks.

Vulnerable offenders increasingly referred to health services rather than prison

10/08/2018

Offenders with mental health, alcohol and drug abuse problems are increasingly being referred to health services as part of community sentences.

Council plans ‘random’ drug tests for employees

25/07/2018

Walsall Council employees may soon be subject to ‘random’ drug testing after drugs paraphernalia was discovered.

Two million children at ‘serious risk’, report reveals

04/07/2018

Over two million children are growing up in families where there are ‘serious risks’, a major new study has revealed.

Council to introduce alcohol and drug tests for staff

10/05/2018

A council in Northern Ireland could soon be introducing a new scheme to test employees for alcohol and drug use.

Increase in drug-related deaths linked to health cuts

27/04/2018

Whitehall should reverse its cuts to local authority public health grants in order to tackle the increase in drug-related deaths, doctors say.

Drug addiction costs West Midlands £1.4bn a year

13/02/2018

The West Midlands PCC has called for a joined up approach to tackling drug addiction after a report found the cost of substance misuse to the area was £1.4bn a year.

Private rehab clinics risk killing patients, regulator warns

30/11/2017

A report saying privately-run rehab clinics risk killing patients by handing out too many drugs is a 'wake-up call', a local government leader has warned.

Life Chances Fund awards first round of investment

18/10/2017

The first round of funding to projects that tackle drug dependency and support children in care has been awarded to ten projects.

Vulnerable women ‘trapped’ due to patchy service

14/09/2017

Patchy services across the country are trapping vulnerable women in ‘cycle of disadvantage’ a new report has warned.

Experts call for public health cuts to be reversed in wake of drug deaths

03/08/2017

Experts have urged the government reverse pubic health budget cuts as official figures show the number of deaths related to drug poisoning are continuing to rise.

Home secretary launches new anti-drug strategy

14/07/2017

The Government has launched a new strategy to reduce illicit drug use and increase the rate of individuals recovering from addiction.

Testing facilities in city centres could reduce drug-related deaths, health experts say

09/06/2017

Festivals and city centres should provide testing facilities where drug users can test ‘substances of concern’ to establish content and strength, say experts.

Heroin-related deaths double after councils take on addiction services

25/05/2017

Deaths involving heroin have more than doubled since addiction services were transferred from NHS control to local authorities in 2012, expert writes.

Expansion of drug and alcohol prevention in schools

13/03/2017

Extra funding has been announced to pay for a new drug and alcohol prevention programme in schools and community settings.

Councils should work with venues to tackle drug abuse, guidelines say

22/02/2017

Local authorities should work with nightclubs, gyms and festivals to prevent the misuse of drugs, new national guidelines recommend.

Charity sees sharp rise in drugs and alcohol being used near children

13/02/2017

The NSPCC has reported more than 20,000 concerns over substance abuse near children to the police and children’s services over the past three years.

Council looks into random drug and alcohol testing

26/07/2016

Council considers implementing a random drug and alcohol testing policy for employees.

Health bodies call for illegal drugs to be decriminalised

16/06/2016

Two public health bodies are calling for the possession and use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised, warning the 'war on drugs' has failed.

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