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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.


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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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Alcohol Awareness Week: 19th - 25th November


In date order - Monday to Friday

Scottish Government continues push for safe drug consumption room in Glasgow

The news comes as it emerges that next year’s statistics are predicted to show another “significant rise” in drug deaths | National, UK

Scots drugs strategy ten years out of date, say MSPs

Scotland’s failure to tackle problem drug use has come under fire from MSPs today with a warning that the Scottish Government’s current approach is ten years old and out of touch with the current situation | Scotsman, UK

Student alcohol and research prebetion activity SARPA: Pre-intervention report (PDF)

The research has explored student drinking culture in Liverpool, as well as the prevalence of drink promotions and alternative events that are not focused on intoxication. The research has also considered approaches which would encourage students to drink less alcohol on nights out in Liverpool’s City Centre | PHI, UK

Alcohol-free student halls: do they provide safety or seclusion?

Are you going out tonight? A question which echoes around university campuses every evening as students conclude the academic side of their lives for the day and begin to consider another equally important aspect: their social lives | Student newspaper, UK

County Lines: Project launched to tackle drugs gangs

A campaign to tackle drug gangs exploiting young and vulnerable people through "County Lines" in north Wales has been launched | BBC, UK

HCV Action and Public Health England hepatitis C roadshow in Sheffield: Presentations

On 17th October 2018, HCV Action and Public Health England (PHE) staged a hepatitis C good practice roadshow in Sheffield. The event was designed to showcase and share best practice in the prevention, diagnosis, testing and treatment of hepatitis C, and identify specific issues and potential solutions for tackling hepatitis C in Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire area | HCVAction, UK

Alcohol Occasionals: Seminars 2013–2018 (PDF)

All 'Occasionals' reports from lectures 2013 - 2018 in one booklet | SHAAP/SARN, UK

Study links tobacco availability to smoking in pregnancy

Edinburgh University researchers looked at maternity records in tandem with information on all Scottish tobacco outlets | BBC, UK

Smokers who spend time with vapers more likely to attempt to quit – study

A study by University College London (UCL) found that smokers who have frequently spent time with vapers, who smoke e-cigarettes, were around 20% more likely to have made a recent attempt to quit, and reported feeling motivated to stop smoking | ITV, UK

Alfie Dingley: Mum's fresh medicinal cannabis campaign

A mother of a seven-year-old epileptic boy receiving medicinal cannabis oil treatment has launched a fresh campaign after new guidelines restricted the use of the product | BBC, UK

Alcohol poisoning in children on the rise

More than 300 children have been admitted to hospital in Northern Ireland for alcohol poisoning in the last six years, the BBC has learned | BBC, UK

Surge in Buckfast sales blamed on minimum pricing 'trade off' from ciders

An overall surge in alcohol revenues from off-sales in the months immediately after the pricing policy also triggered criticism that the intervention has done nothing to stem the nation's thirst for the 'demon drink' | Herald, UK

Government rules "no change" to descriptors for low and no alcohol products

The Department of Health has ruled there will be no changes to the descriptors for low and no alcohol products | Drinks Retailing News, UK

Hepatitis C: guidance, data and analysis

Updated. Added Hepatitis C: patient re-engagement exercise | PHE, UK

Tayside's annual drug deaths rise by 30%

Drug deaths in Tayside rose by 30% last year from 56 to 73, new figures have revealed | BBC, UK

Monitoring drug use in recreational settings across Europe: conceptual challenges and methodological innovations

This report explores how data on drug use are captured through surveys of targeted populations in recreational settings. The benefits and challenges of monitoring drug use in recreational settings are identified, as are emergent data sources and methodological innovations. The report draws on cutting-edge debates within social research, sociology and critical drug studies to encourage dialogue between researchers and with monitoring agencies | EMCDDA, Portugal

EMCDDA International Cooperation Framework

This document is an update of the International Cooperation Strategy adopted in 2007. It sets priorities in the area of the international cooperation aligned with the Centre’s Strategy 2025 | EMCDDA, Portugal