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

Volteface launch their latest report ‘Back Yard’

Volteface publish ‘Back Yard’, a report commissioned by the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group, identifying that existing policies are failing communities and society’s most vulnerable people. This can be seen through rising drug-related deaths and litter in the UK cities. ‘Back Yard’ examines the feasibility of establishing drug consumption rooms in the UK by … Continued

‘Hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the UK damaged by their parents’ alcohol abuse’, new research finds

The worrying scale of parental alcohol abuse and its effect on children has been revealed in a new report by The Children’s Society. As part of its 2017 Good Childhood Report, the charity surveyed 3,000 families with children aged between 10 and 17. National estimates were then established using the ONS mid-population statistics for this age … Continued

French Study Suggests Legalisation Of Cannabis Increases Consumption If Regulation Is Not Handled Properly

Last week I attended Cannalex in Paris, a conference presenting the results of a study conducted by French academics comparing regulation experiences of cannabis in the States of Washington, Colorado, and Uruguay. The results show that reforming cannabis is no easy task. This study focused on the context in which the reforms took place and … Continued

A Case Against Complacency

Fentanyls are creeping into the UK drug supply and the risks they pose to people who use drugs have become one of the major public health concerns of 2017. Fentanyls are a synthetic opiate in the same family as heroin, but are far more potent on a weight for weight basis. Fentanyl can be 25 … Continued