The Crime Survey Figures for England and Wales (CSEW) were released yesterday and showed good indications of big falls in NPS use.
The Department of Health published its new Tobacco Control Plan on Tuesday 18 July, outlining the government's ambitious plans to create a "smokefree generation".
As we approach the first anniversary of the passing into law of the Psychoactive Substances Act, Mentor's Director of Policy and Communications Jeremy Sare reflects on the Act's effectiveness and how much harm to young people has been prevented.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for New Psychoactive Substances and Volatile Substance Abuse has launched its website.
The UK's leading public health bodies have issued a report recommending, among other measures, that all children and young people learn about drugs in school through personal, social, health and economic (PHSE) education.
Mentor responds to an informed debate in the House of Lords on Monday 11 April on the issue of drug misuse, education and prevention. The debate highlighted the growing importance of drug policy to members of both Houses, and of evidence-based education and prevention measures.
As we wait on the Commons Committee report on Psychoactive Substances Bill, Mentor is hopeful not only about the role that prevention and education will play in the government’s response to NPS, but also about the increasing importance of prevention within the Government’s wider drug strategy.
The government’s headline Psychoactive Substances Bill attracted criticism earlier this week when it was debated in the House of Lords. Mentor believes that evidence-based drug prevention and education represent the most effective means of ensuring that our children and young people grow up free from the harms of drugs – including NPS. Although the Bill suggests the government share this overall aim, the focus on legislation will likely lead to more resources being channelled into enforcement at a time when we need to improve prevention at a national level.
DrugScope, the PSHE Association and Mentor have come together to welcome the publication of the briefing paper, Prevention of drug and alcohol dependence, by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) Recovery Committee. The paper calls for quality drug education in schools.