Interesting things on drugs and alcohol, February 2016

Andrew Brown (@andrewbrown365) offers his monthly round-up of new statistics on drugs and alcohol. Amongst other topics, it features new data on drink and drug-driving, as well as evidence on the link between substance misuse and women’s experiences of violence or abuse. Interesting things about alcohol and other drugs – Feb 2016 from Andrew Brown

Naxolone: a medicine to save lives

Andrew Brown (@andrewbrown365) At the beginning of the month new regulations were introduced which should mean that local authorities and the substance misuse services they commission are better equipped to prevent deaths from opioid overdose. Naloxone, a medicine that reverses the effects of opioid overdose, can now be given to current and former heroin users, […]

Rise in drug related deaths is cause for deep concern

Andrew Brown (@andrewbrown365) New data, published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics, shows that the rate of deaths caused by drug misuse in England and Wales are now at the highest since comparable records began in 1993. Last year 2,248 drug misuse related deaths were recorded, with a further 613 in Scotland and 115 in […]