Icelandic Youth: What the UK can learn from the ‘Youth In Iceland’ model

Today, Volteface launches a mini-report examining the lessons the UK can learn from ‘Youth in Iceland’. Outlining the Icelandic model and how it transformed substance misuse among adolescents, the report examines how unique relationships were created in the Scandinavian nation between young people, parents, schools, academia and the state. While the UK and Iceland differ in … Continued

New UCL Study Seeking Participants

  A new UCL study is looking for participants who either do or don’t smoke Cannabis, and are between the ages of 16-19 and 25-27. The study is seeking to understand more about how Cannabis impacts on adolescents and will be monitoring them over 12 months. The study is paying all participants £240 for their time, and will involve … Continued

Getting Back To Basics

There have been many attempts in the UK to introduce drug consumption rooms but never before has the matter been debated in Westminster. Ronnie Cowan, MP for Inverclyde, secured the debate last Wednesday and introduced it by laying out need and evidence. Drug-related deaths are rising in the UK and Cowan described how drug consumption … Continued

Volteface Publishes First Academic Paper

Abstract Cannabis treatment entries rose significantly from 2004/2005 to 2013/2014, but there has been limited investigation into why this increase has occurred. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the plausibility of different explanations within the English context and identifies gaps in the literature. Explanations have been categorised under: misreporting, increased probability of entering … Continued

The Real Cost of Re-commissioning

  Heroin users are dying when being transferred from one treatment provider to another, new research has found, amid warnings that how drug treatment services are commissioned is putting vulnerable users at risk. A study published in Addiction has revealed that half of people receiving opiate substitution therapy (OST), who died over a five-year period … Continued