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National survey of hepatitis C services in prisons in England published >>
23rd July 12 - The first dedicated survey of hepatitis C services in prisons in England shows that diagnosis and treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection is available to prisoners in most prisons in England
Measuring Subjective Wellbeing in the UK, First Annual ONS Experimental Subjective Well-being Results >>
23rd July 12 -  Measuring Subjective Wellbeing in the UK, First Annual ONS Experimental Subjective Well-being Results: This article will present estimates of subjective well-being from the first annual experimental Annual Population Survey (APS) Subjective Well-being dataset for April 2011 to March 2012.
10 steps to an Aids-free generation >>
23rd July 12 - The UK has one of the lowest HIV rates for this group (2.5 per cent of HIV-positive people) because of harm-reduction programmes such as needle exchange. In countries with no or few such initiatives, such as Russia, nearly half of all people living with the virus contract it from injecting drugs.
Active injecting drug users must be provided with adherence support when they start HIV therapy >>
22nd June 12 -  It is well recognised that active injecting drug use is associated with poorer responses to HIV therapy. However, the impact of specific patterns of injecting on the chances of virological suppression is poorly understood.

Therefore, investigators from Vancouver designed a longitudinal study involving 267 people with a history of drug use who started HIV therapy for the first time between 1996 and 2008.

Investigation of the effects of alcohol on sleep using actigraphy >>
12th June 12 -  New studies to investigate the effect of alcohol consumption on the sleep and mood of healthy individuals in a college-based, mixed gender population have been carried out. Forty-seven individuals participated in this study, of whom 33 consumed alcohol and were included in the analysis. Each individual completed a daily sleep diary and bipolar Profile of Mood States Questionnaire, recording the subjective perception of sleep quality and waking mood respectively. 
Charities unite in opposition to government drugs policy >>
24th April 12 - An alliance of influential charities has condemned a key government drugs strategy document, calling it an "ideological attack" on proven addiction treatments and "dangerously and deeply flawed". It warns that ministers will be putting lives at risk if proposed plans to push through "abstinence-based" approaches go ahead.
Live Blog & Daily Coverage of the 55th Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna >>
16th March 12 -  Coverage of the 55th Commission on Narcotic Drugs is available to view online with daily updates covering the last five days of talks. The blog can be viewed in full at the following adress;

www.cndblog.org/2012/03/cnd-day-5-red-cross-side-event-urgent.html
'Safe ketamine' referred to drug expert >>
6th March 12 -  The Home Office has referred methoxetamine (also known as mexxy or MXE), which is being sold as 'safe ketamine', to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) for its views on controlling it 
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Credit Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone with Saving 10,000 Lives >>
17th February 12 - A new report released  in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows that more than 10,000 drug overdoses have been successfully reversed by the generic drug naloxone. The report, “Community-Based Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Providing Naloxone,” indicates that over a period of fifteen years, just under 200 programs across the country have prevented thousands of deaths. 


Drug offences definitive guideline - Sentencing Council >>
28th January 12 -  Following a 12 week consultation the Sentencing Council is publishing its new definitive guideline on drug offences, which has been issued in accordance with section 120 (4) of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.
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Lifeline Project and FEAD
Welcome to Lifeline and FEAD (Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs). This project has been shaped by the wealth of experience, openness, and knowledge of the contributors. You are invited to comment on the clips, which are supported by footnotes to which you can add. FEAD is an ongoing Lifeline Project initiative.

For more details on FEAD see here >>

Lifeline Project: In 1971 the Lifeline Project opened a day centre for drug users in Manchester. Since its foundation Lifeline has grown and developed, and now works in a diverse range of settings across the UK. Our purpose is to relieve poverty, sickness and distress among those persons affected by addiction to drugs of any kind, and to educate the public on matters relating to drug misuse.
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World Drug Report 2014 >>

3rd July 14 -  Drug use prevalence is stable around the world, according to the 2014 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with around 243 million individuals, or 5 per cent of the world’s population aged 15-64, having used an illicit drug in 2012. Problem drug users meanwhile numbered about 27 million, roughly 0.6 per cent of the world’s adult population, or 1 in every 200 people.
The impact of the older generation on England’s healthcare system >>

26th June 14 - The government has produced a report looking at the impact people aged over 65 have on the NHS. This publication provides a compilation of information on older people living in England to give a broad picture of their health, care and wellbeing.
The Condition of Britain: Strategies for Social Renewal >>

19th June 14 - This report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), sets out a comprehensive new agenda for reforming the state and social policy to enable people in Britain to work together to build a stronger society in tough times.
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