News 2021: 10 items (Drugs)

20/08/2021: Increased Focus On Prevention And Early Intervention

In part 2 of her Review of Drugs, Dame Carol Black says we need increased focus on primary prevention and early intervention.

18/08/2021: Probation’s Work With Drug Users Is “Disappointing”

Probation services are responding poorly to drugs misuse and addiction cases, according to a new report published today jointly by HM Inspectorate of Probation and Care Quality Commission. The report highlights one key fact to demonstrate how the probation’s service work with people who use drugs has deteriorated over the last decade.

09/08/2021: Longfield to lead independent commission on gangs and criminal exploitation

Former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield will examine the scale of child criminal exploitation and come up with ways to cut the number of children used by gangs as part of an independent commission due to launch next month.

04/08/2021: Drug-Related Deaths Worst Ever

Following on from the dire news from Scotland last week that 1,339 people died of drug misuse last year, yesterday’s figures for England and Wales were equally depressing. The official data: Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales: 2020 registrations reported that 4,561 deaths related to drug poisoning were registered (equivalent to a rate of 79.5 deaths per million people); this is 3.8% higher than the number of deaths registered in 2019 (4,393 deaths; 76.7 deaths per million). This is the worst number since records began in 1993.

21/07/2021: Government Told To Invest In Drug Treatment

In part 2 of her Review of Drugs, Dame Carol Black argues for a significant increase in funding for drug treatment.

12/07/2021: Review urges ‘age-appropriate’ drug services for young people

The government should invest in “age-appropriate” drug services for young people amid a 40 per cent rise in drug use in 11- to 15-year-olds, a major report finds. The second part of a government-commissioned review of drugs, by Cambridge university professor Dame Carol Black, found that overall funding for drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services has fallen by 17 per cent between from 2014/15 and 2019/20.

09/07/2021: Drug Prevention, Treatment And Recovery “Not Fit For Purpose”

Part 2 of Dame Carol Black’s independent review of drugs concludes that the public provision we currently have for prevention, treatment and recovery is not fit for purpose.

08/07/2021: Boost social worker numbers to address ‘disappearance’ of drugs teams, ministers urged

The number of social workers in drugs services should be boosted as part of moves to reverse a “significant deterioration” in the quality and quantity of the workforce in recent years. That was a key message to ministers from a government-commissioned report into reforming drugs services published today.

01/07/2021: Predicting Risk In Young Drinkers

The drug, alcohol and mental health treatment charity Humankind has just published an interesting new secondary prevention alcohol toolkit aimed mainly at young adults. The toolkit is designed to provide a more sophisticated assessment tool than the current most common alcohol assessment tool – AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test). Humankind recognises the value of AUDIT but says that two people may score the same on the test but their journeys with alcohol may follow different paths.

11/06/2021: ‘Cannabis sweets’: NI schools issue warning to parents

Schools in NI have been asked to warn parents and staff about pupils eating cannabis oil disguised as sweets. The Department of Education (DE) said a young child had to be assessed in hospital after they “inadvertently consumed cannabis” when eating the sweets. The warning came in a letter to all school principals from DE. It said children could suffer hallucinations, nausea or vomiting if they ate the sweets.

Read: BBC

27/05/2021: County lines: 1,100 people arrested in UK crackdown

A crackdown on county lines drug dealing gangs resulted in the arrest of 1,100 people and the seizure of 292 weapons. Forces across the UK boosted activity against county lines gangs in the week from 17 to 23 May. In this week there were 33 guns and 219 knives among the weapons seized and 80 drug dealing phone lines identified. County line gangs are urban drug dealers who sell to customers in more rural areas via dedicated phone lines.

Read: BBC

17/05/2021: Britain’s Teenage Drug Runners (Video)

BBC Three explores how gang members are using teenage drug runners to sell large amounts of crack and heroin miles away from home. With astonishing access the film explores how gang members are using teenage drug runners to sell large amounts of crack and heroin miles away from home. Police, youth workers and the government are all trying to tackle this rising problem.

Read: BBC

17/05/2021: Drug Dealing On Campus

A drug dealer supplying fellow students on his university campus shares his story. He claims he is trying to quit, but pressure from his suppliers is making it dangerous to stop.

Read: BBC

06/05/2021: ‘His death is such a waste’: Mother of boy, 17, who collapsed and died in a car park from an ecstasy and cocaine overdose, warns teenagers to stay away from drugs

A heartbroken mother has warned teenagers to stay away from drugs after her 17-year-old son collapsed and died in a carpark from an overdose. Vicki Jacob’s son Joel was a student at Exeter College when he died after taking cocaine and ecstasy during a night out with friends. An inquest into his death heard he took the drugs before getting on a train from Exeter to Newton Abbot with three friends at 11pm on December 4, 2020.

Read: Daily Mail

15/04/2021: The Impact Of Parental Conflict And Substance Misuse On Children

Literature review for DWP examines links between parental conflict and substance misuse and the impact on children’s outcomes.