Deaths involving legal highs in Scotland

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Just published (online) in the International Journal of Drugs Policy – some well known researchers behind this: Mortality related to Novel Psychoactive Substances in Scotland, 2012: an exploratory study Abstract Background The growth of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) over the last decade, both in terms of availability and consumption, is of increasing public health concern. Despite recent increases […]

Legal highs and mutual aid

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So-called legal highs (new psychoactive substances) are in the news again. In the final part of my interview with Tom, a doctor in recovery, he explains how mutual aid group Cocaine Anonymous helps with legal highs and looks to the future of the organisation. Are legal highs a problem that CA helps members with? Yes! I […]

Methadone improves mental health; what’s next?

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Good to see some research from Aberdeen focusing on mental health in patients on methadone and other opiate replacement therapy. Academics in Primary Care conducted a systematic review looking at twenty-two studies where mental health had been assessed at baseline and again at follow up. What did they find? “Mental health significantly improved for all groups receiving […]

CA, AA, NA and SMART – differences and similarities

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In the next part of my interview with Tom, a doctor in recovery, he explores the relationships between different sorts of mutual aid. What’s the overlap between CA, AA, NA and SMART? My experience is that there can sometimes be some friction between the different fellowships. I’m not entirely sure why this happens but I […]

Recovery in Scotland – mutual aid at the heart

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In the fifth part of my interview with Tom, a doctor in recovery, he discusses the growth of Cocaine Anonymous in Scotland, its impact on those seeking recovery and what the fellowship has to offer women. How has CA changed in Lothian since you first started going? CA has expanded locally from 3 to 12 […]

Suboxone or Methadone – what do service users want?

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NHS North Lanarkshire asked 90 of their patients to give their viewpoints on what they thought of Suboxone vs. methadone for opioid replacement therapy (ORT). They found that ‘in comparison to methadone, patients receiving buprenorphine–naloxone were highly positive about their treatment experiences and its advantages over methadone, including the “clear-headed response”, improved well-being and concentration, possibility of […]

Recovery in the capital – 3 days to go!

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There are only three days to go now until the Royal Mile sees something it has never seen before – hundreds of recovering people marching from near the Castle to Holyrood Park by the Palace and the Parliament. What a demonstration of hope and it is a visual representation of the recovery revolution happening in […]