Drugs and alcohol

The Department of Health is responsible for Government health policy on the harmful use of drugs and alcohol.

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Responsibility Deal partners publish first annual updates

The first annual updates from Public Health Responsibility Deal partners, who signed up at the launch of the Deal in March last year, have been published. These updates provide the first … Read more → – Responsibility Deal partners publish first annual updates

‘Get involved’ says Responsibility Deal network chair to all in alcohol industry

Henry Ashworth, Chair of the Public Health Responsibility Deal alcohol network, is urging more businesses to sign up to the Responsibility Deal alcohol pledges. Henry says in his first blog: … Read more → – ‘Get involved’ says Responsibility Deal network chair to all in alcohol industry

Drugs and alcohol recovery launches online bulletin

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Following the launch last month of 8 payment by results pilot sites for drugs and alcohol recovery treatment services, the Payment by Results for Recovery Pilot Programme has now launched … Read more → – Drugs and alcohol recovery launches online bulletin

Voluntary Sector Partnership awards for 2012-13

Care Services Minister Paul Burstow announced that 74 charities will get a share of more than £6.8 million to test and develop innovative approaches to improve health, as part of … Read more → – Voluntary Sector Partnership awards for 2012-13

Government bans methoxetamine or ‘mexxy’

The government has used a temporary class drug order for the first time to ban the ‘legal high’ methoxetamine, also called ‘mexxy’ or MXE. From 5 April 2012 it has … Read more → – Government bans methoxetamine or ‘mexxy’

Building recovery in local communities

The Department of Health, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice have today sent a joint letter to local authority chief executives, chief constables, prison governors and probation trust … Read more → – Building recovery in local communities

Government response to Science and Technology Committee Report on alcohol guidelines published

The Government has published its response to the Science and Technology Committee Report on Alcohol Guidelines. The response sets out the Department of Health’s intention to commission a review, led … Read more → – Government response to Science and Technology Committee Report on alcohol guidelines published