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Addiction services in England: in need of an intervention

With change comes both opportunity and chaos: an assertion nowhere more true than with England's addiction services. Over the past 5 years, government initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness have opened up bidding for local services to third-party providers. With increased competition, the thinking went, bloated NHS trusts would sharpen their edges and the quality of care would be improved.

Published
10 November 2014
From
The Lancet Psychiatry
Michelle Thornber-Dunwell, the Mother of Vauxhall

She took in lost boys when she owned her Tanning Shop, and now she writes to educate doctors on drugs.

Published
31 October 2014
From
QX
No link between tough penalties and drug use - UK government report

There is "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use, a government report has found. Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker said the report, comparing the UK with other countries, should end "mindless rhetoric" on drugs policy. He accused the Conservatives of "suppressing" the findings for months.

Published
31 October 2014
From
BBC News
The mind-bending politics of drugs

Perhaps the only thing more mind-bending than drugs is the politics of drugs. Politically, there are a number of factors at play.

Published
31 October 2014
From
Conservative Home
UK: Funding cuts for drug and alcohol treatment

Earlier this month (October 2014) Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health published a joint review of drug and alcohol commissioning in England and Wales. This Department of Health funded review was based on a series of interviews with Directors of Public Health (94% of the 152 Upper Tier authorities participated) and Drugscope and looked at current and future commissioning plans for drug and alcohol treatment.

Published
17 October 2014
From
Russell Webster (blog)
Antiretroviral therapy benefits HIV-infected stimulant users, UCSF study shows

Patients with HIV who use stimulants and other substances often experience difficulties with accessing antiretroviral therapy, partially due to the concerns of healthcare providers that they will not be able take their medications as directed. Findings from this study demonstrate that many stimulant users take their antiretroviral therapy at levels sufficient to avoid negative clinical outcomes. When we look at overall mortality, antiretroviral therapy leads to similar clinical benefits for both stimulant users and non-users.'

Published
10 October 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Drug use strongly associated with sex, condomless sex and STIs in gay men living with HIV in England

A large survey of gay and bisexual men living with HIV and attending eight sexual health clinics in England has found that half of them had used

Published
16 September 2014
By
Gus Cairns
The more drugs gay men have taken, the more likely they are to have unprotected sex

The probability of gay men in England having unprotected anal intercourse is strongly associated with the number of recreational drugs they have taken at the time, according

Published
25 July 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Poppers maculopathy

A case report of irreversible visual damage in a 30-year old man, one of an increasing number linked to use of poppers (isobutyl nitrite).

Published
10 July 2014
From
The Lancet
Complex needs and overlapping vulnerabilities frequently reported by 'high-risk' gay men in Scotland

A quarter of Scottish gay men who are newly diagnosed with HIV or a rectal sexually transmitted infection (STI) report two or more vulnerabilities such as problematic

Published
07 July 2014
By
Roger Pebody
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