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Featured News

Media Release: Scottish Families launches national Bereavement Counselling Service

Posted: 25-06-2015

Today Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (Scottish Families) launches the first national Bereavement Counselling Service dedicated to families impacted by a drug-related death. 

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Release: National Forum on Drug-Related Deaths Annual Report 2014

Posted: 12-05-2015

The National Forum on Drug-Related Deaths  releases Annual Report containing recommendations for 2014 and Scottish Government responses to the Forum 2013 recommendations.

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European Drug Report 2015

Posted: 04-06-2015

The European Drug Report Trends and Developments 2015 published today

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15 non-fatal intoxications associated with tablets containing ADB-FUBINACA in Hungary

Posted: 15-05-2015

The Hungarian National Focal Point has informed us that 15 persons were hospitalised between Monday and Thursday this week at the Toxicology Department of the Péterfy Hospital in Budapest after consuming tablets called 'Facebook' or 'Like'. The users either swallowed the tablets or crushed them and then sniffed the powder.

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Continuing Outbreak of Botulism in People Who Inject Drugs

Posted: 15-04-2015

There is a continuing outbreak of botulism amongst people who inject heroin in Scotland. To date there have been 37 cases (13 confirmed, 22 probable, and 2 possible) and three deaths. To date there have been no cases in Grampian. 

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Engaging with the Licensing Process - A blog by John Holleran

Posted: 14-04-2015

The main piece of legislation that controls the sale of alcohol is the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act balances the rights of the majority who drink responsibly with the need to protect local communities from nuisance and crime associated with alcohol misuse. 

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European Parliament’s Public Health committee calls for better drinks labeling as part of a new Alcohol Strategy to reduce harm

Posted: 01-04-2015

The European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety supported a resolution calling for a new EU strategy to tackle health harm from alcohol to be put into action for 2016-2022. The Resolution also emphasizes the importance of better labeling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information.

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Fatal Accident Inquiries

Posted: 30-03-2015

The Justice Committee is calling for evidence on the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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Brewers of Europe acknowledge that consumers have the right to know what is in their drink

Posted: 27-03-2015

European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) welcomes the initiative from the Brewers of Europe to provide ingredients and nutritional information for their products. Eurocare has been calling for this since 2008.

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