Policy

New Government Stats Show Use of New Psychoactive Substances “Significantly” Reduced

The Crime Survey Figures for England and Wales (CSEW) were released yesterday and showed good indications of big falls in NPS use.

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Policy

New Tobacco Control Plan puts ‘Prevention First’ to achieve “smokefree generation”

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".

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NPS

Policy blog: The Psychoactive Substances Act one year on

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.

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NPS

NPS & VSA All-Party Parliamentary Group website launched

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for New Psychoactive Substances and Volatile Substance Abuse has launched its website.

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Policy

Public health bodies call for new approach to drugs

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.

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Policy

House of Lords debate highlights continued need for drug education & prevention

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.

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Policy

Mentor welcomes new crime prevention strategy

Mentor welcomes the Home Office's new Crime Prevention Strategy, which encourages an evidence-based approach to alcohol and drug education and quality PSHE education as preventive measures against criminal activity.

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Policy

Positive signs of growing political consensus on life-skills approach to prevention

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.

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Policy

Dealing with ‘legal highs’ requires more than legislation

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.

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Policy

Experts welcome ACMD Recovery Committee briefing paper

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.

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