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

Cannabis In The UK  —  A Call For Partner Support

Around sixty years ago, cannabis effectively arrived in the UK when new migrants from former British colonies brought with them a habit for using it recreationally and for its therapeutic benefits.   Despite often heavy handed enforcement by the police, cannabis use increased among the population in the 1960s and 1970s. Estimates vary and available … 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

Anyone’s Child Mexico i-doc Review

Launched in April 2017, Transform’s ‘Anyone’s Child Mexico’ campaign enables victims of the country’s devastating drug war to tell personal stories via a free telephone line. Voices of pain, anger, fear and courage pervade the poignant anecdotes. The innovative way in which campaign coordinator Jane Slater has collated audio, visual, and textual content (in the … Continued

Was ‘Hot Topic’s’ a HIT?

  Now in its seventh year, the HIT ‘Hot Topics’ Conference on harm reduction took place on November 10th at Lutyens Crypt in Liverpool. In the context of rising drug related deaths, treatment cuts, novel psychoactive drugs and rising chemsex population harm reduction is more important than ever. From my experience of working in treatment … Continued