Young People At The Oval

On the 3rd July, Addaction held their first ever National Young Person’s Conference, on the fantastic backdrop of the Oval cricket ground in London. It was organised so that young people and professionals could have the opportunity to feed into how Addaction shape their services and it also gave other organisations, such as Volteface, an … Continued

Prison Reform Needed Now More Than Ever

The Ministry of Justice today released it’s latest Safety in Custody Statistics Bulletin. The key message is clear: those in custody and those working in custodial institutions are not safe. The statistics paint a bleak picture of worryingly unsafe prisons. Assaults have continued to increase, reaching a record high of 26,643 incidents in the 12 … Continued

AlphaBay Takedown

Before last week, the only time you may have heard of AlphaBay was when they were making headlines selling stolen Uber accounts in 2016. Make no mistake – AlphaBay was much more than an identity fraud website. It was also the biggest online drugs marketplace with an estimated 240,000 users, generating between $600,000 and $800,000 … Continued

The Value of Testing Services

Recently there have been comparisons of the relative value of publicly accessible ‘front of house’ drug safety testing with ‘back of house’ lab-based testing only accessible to services working with people who use drugs. We suggest here that rather than competing models, we should aim for a gold standard testing system that includes both, in … Continued

“Its only weed”

Based on a report by Ballymun Youth Action, entitled “It’s only weed”: Rethinking our response to young people’s cannabis use. There has been increasing research attention to various aspects of cannabis and cannabis use in recent years. Concerns have been raised about the longer term impact of regular or significant cannabis use on young people’s … Continued