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Recovery Plus News: stories symbolising trends to watch This year’s challenges Catch up with the addiction field! Each of the news items below crystallises a major nuance in the drug and alcohol prevention and treatment field: challenges we will be facing in 2016 and for years to come. PRESCRIBED DRUGS associated with dependence and withdrawal – building a consensus for action... was published by the British Medical Association last October. Read CEP summary and link to the 44-page report at http://cepuk.org/2015/10/13/cep-welcomes-reportbma prescribed-drug-dependence. Campaigners have been fighting for recognition for over 30 years. E-CIGARETTES... with opinion still sharply divided as to whether e-cigarettes help stop tobacco smoking or instead cause harm, the NHS spends taxpayer money prescribing them: see overview at www.telegraph.co.uk/ news/science/science-news/12037518/E-cigarettes-containflavouring chemical-linked-to-deadly-popcorn-lung.html. FUNDING CUTS... Turn to page 76 of this issue. GIGANTISM... The latest merger/takeover is US Acadia paying £1.28billion in cash for the UK Priory group, including £925million of debt (www.reuters.com/article/uspriorygroup m-a-acadia-health-idUSKBN0UI16B20160104). Also, the ‘Big 8’ alcohol/drug agencies, which turnover £380million of taxpayer funds between them annually, united to form Collective Voice to lobby for more. ADDICTED BABIES, NAS & FASD... More pregnant women who drink alcohol or use drugs are giving birth to babies who “suffer more at the beginning of their lives than many people do in an entire lifetime” – the Cradle Act in the US aims to ameliorate this. 5-year drug strategy comes out in March “With deaths from illegal drugs in England and Wales at the highest rate ever recorded, we might imagine that the Home Office would be desperate for a robust and effective strategy,” writes BBC Home Affairs editor Mark Easton. “So it comes as a surprise to discover that ministers have quietly abandoned the idea of a formal consultation process in advance of a new drugs strategy this March. Traditionally, these five-year plans are put together after weeks of discussions and submissions from experts and the general public. In 2010, for example, there were 1,850 responses to the drug strategy consultation, including from health professionals, charities, lobby groups, local authorities, government advisors, police and service providers as well as interested individuals. Not this time. You won’t find any details on the Home Office website.” Others posit the reason is merely not much change: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35696804. Parliamentary moves PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES ACT – Designed to tackle ‘legal highs’, this bill courted more amendments than any other bill we monitored, but will come into force on 6 April 2016. DrugWatch offers a simple(ish) guide at: www.drugwise.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Psychoactive-SubstancesAct.pdf. CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS – Liam Byrne MP, who recently became patron of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, has spoken publicly this year about his own experiences and has submitted an Early Day Motion for these children to be safeguarded; read details on page 34 of this issue of Recovery Plus. WELFARE REFORM AND WORK BILL – covering, among other things, welfare payments to people diagnosed as alcohol or drug dependent, you can catch up at www.parliament.uk/business/news/2015/november/lords-debates-welfare-reform-and-work-bill. BENZOS – Massachusetts is passing Bill HD.4554 189th, relative to benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepine hypnotics: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/HD4554. your library’s essential reference Feb 2016 7


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