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Spectrum Learn & Develop courses accredited by RCGP


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Spectrum Learn & Develop are now the sole provider of four existing RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) accredited courses in Substance Misuse and Associated Health (SMAH).

We have spaces available for Winter 2018 in London, (14 Nov) Birmingham, (5 Dec) and Wakefield (11 Dec). Book through our website here>>>




The 6th International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS)


8-9 April 2019, Maastricht University, Netherlands.


VI International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Invitation for presentation


Abstract submission is open until Saturday, 1st December 2018.


The main objectives are to share evidence-based information on NPS and latest trends of use; improve the understanding of clinical treatment and management of NPS use; explore policy and legislative responses to NPS; develop innovative prevention measures for vulnerable individuals; identify public health implications of NPS and explore motivations and socio-cultural factors underlying NPS use. Register here




The 23rd Managing Drug and Alcohol Problems in Primary Care Conference 2018




29 and 30 November, RCGP HQ, 30 Euston Square, London.


This joint RCGP and SMMGP conference is the largest event in the UK for GPs, shared care workers, nurses and other primary care staff, specialists, commissioners and researchers interested in, and involved with the management of drug and alcohol users in primary care. Confirmed speakers include Professor David Nutt, Professor Colin Drummond and Sir John Strang.




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National Statistics: Substance misuse treatment for adults: statistics 2017 to 2018

Statistics on alcohol and drug misuse treatment for adults from PHE’s national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

Research and analysis: Alcohol dependence prevalence in England

Estimates of the number of alcohol dependent adults in each local authority in England | PHE, UK

Research and analysis - Alcohol treatment inquiry: summary of findings

Report on the findings and recommendations of Public Health England’s inquiry into the fall in numbers of people in treatment for alcohol dependence | PHE, UK

Nitty drugs and broken trust: Young people talk Spice and the Secure Estate (PDF)

This report started as a look into Spice but revealed a shocking theme: a lack of trust. Seventy-five per cent of those surveyed said they didn’t trust any professional involved in their care – a result of broken promises and a lack of confidentiality and transparency. Some said they felt information could be misused. Why do they feel this way? | User voice, UK

Opioid harm in Australia: and comparisons between Australia and Canada

Opioid use and its associated harms is an issue of great public health interest, both within Australia and internationally. This report shows that opioid harms are an issue in both Australia and Canada. Rates of opioid deaths and opioid poisoning hospitalisations in Australia increased in the last 10 years. In 2016, pharmaceutical opioids were involved in more opioid deaths and opioid poisoning hospitalisations than heroin | AIHW, Australia

Seizures of drugs in England and Wales, financial year ending 2018

Contains figures for seizures of drugs made by local police forces and the UK Border Force | Home Office, UK