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Addiction News: global opioid policies and treatments during COVID-19

  Global responses to the challenges of COVID-19 have varied from the innovative to the absurd. Many support groups have gone online, resulting in world-wide support networks replacing those that were once very local. Wearable technology for monitoring overdose has been appropriated to help monitor COVID-19 patients. Here is a summary of opioid-related stories that

PhD Blog: Surviving your PhD Upgrade

By Merve Mollaahmetoglu “The upgrade is not there to catch you out, but to help you stay on course” First of all, what is an upgrade? An upgrade is an internal examination process that PhD students are required to go through around 9-18 months into their programme to demonstrate that their research to date matches
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COVID-19 addiction news: global responses to lock-down

In the last month, there has been a huge increase in COVID-19 related addiction news. Although the current situation is unprecedented, many of the policy responses have well-established precedents including forms of prohibition, regulation and outreach treatment. Perhaps the most common policy option has been to ban substances, particularly alcohol.   Alcohol Several countries have
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The view from the trenches: how COVID-19 has affected day-to-day drug treatment operations

Ben Houghton   “As a psychosocial therapist, I am now advising the opposite of everything I have been advocating for the last ten years”   Group work programmes, structured assessments and drop-in support; blood borne virus screening and on-site treatment and recovery options; needle exchange and sexual health services; peer mentor programmes and service forums…

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As an organisation, we continue to function during the developing pandemic.

We are following all government and Charity Commission guidance in respect of staff and reporting issues.

Our funding schemes remain open and we are continuing to programme our conferences planned for November 2020.