Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

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

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Outcome definitions agreed for drugs recovery pilot bids

Detailed definitions that should be used in measuring outcomes from pilots relating to the Drug and Alcohol Payment by Results initiative have been agreed and finalised.  These have resulted from successful … Read more → – Outcome definitions agreed for drugs recovery pilot bids

Cigarette sales from vending machines banned

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The sale of tobacco from vending machines is now prohibited across England. The ban has been introduced to prevent under-age sales to children and to support adults who are trying … Read more → – Cigarette sales from vending machines banned

Distributing quit kits in 2012

Following the success of this year’s Quit Kit campaign, the Department would like to invite pharmacies across England to distribute Quit Kits to smokers between January and March 2012. The … Read more → – Distributing quit kits in 2012

Commissioning young people’s substance misuse services in secure estate

A letter from Richard Bradshaw, Director for DH Offender Health, Ray Hill, Director of Secure Accommodation at Youth Justice Board, and Rosanna O’Connor, Director of Delivery, National Treatment Agency, provides an … Read more → – Commissioning young people’s substance misuse services in secure estate

The health-related harms of drugs

The health harms arising from licit and illicit substance use and misuse are wide-ranging and vary depending on the substance used and the pattern and context of their use, but it … Read more → – The health-related harms of drugs

Statistical releases on breastfeeding, smoking and obesity

The Department today published the latest quarterly national statistics on: Breastfeeding initiation and prevalence at 6 to 8 weeks – Quarter 1, 2011/12 Smoking at delivery – Quarter 1, 2011/12 … Read more → – Statistical releases on breastfeeding, smoking and obesity

Drug and alcohol recovery pilots supporting material published

As details of the approaches to be taken by the payment by results drug and alcohol recovery pilots are being developed, supporting material has today been published. The pilots, which … Read more → – Drug and alcohol recovery pilots supporting material published