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SMMGP Snap Survey: What is going on with primary care based treatment in your area?

(Posted 17 April 2014)
There has been a steady trickle of comments on our online forums regarding the state of primary care based treatment in certain areas of the UK.

In order to provide our service to the best of our abilities, and advocate nationally for best practice in primary care treatment for people who use drugs and/or alcohol problematically, we need to know what is going on.

SMMGP may be able to provide targeted support for primary care based drug treatment in local areas, if we have the information we need.

Please let us hear your thoughts and comments...

NOTE: All responses are collected anonymously.

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World Report: Doctors Criticise UN's Approach to Global Drugs Control

(Posted 03 April 2014)
A high-level UN meeting on international drug policy came to a close last week with doctors lamenting the lack of progress on health issues. Ed Holt reports from Vienna in the following article (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format) from The Lancet Vol 383 March 29, 2014 (www.thelancet.com).

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SMMGP Policy Update March 2014 now online

(Posted 25 March 2014)
The SMMGP Policy Update March 2014 is now available in the SMMGP Clinical & Policy Updates section in both online and downloadable versions.

If you would like to receive these Updates via e-mail as soon as they are released, please join the SMMGP. Membership is completely free, you can join instantly online, and there are lots of benefits - see the Free SMMGP Membership Application page for more details.

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Physicians demand global drug policy reform in UN meeting (Vienna, 17-Mar-2014).

(Posted 18 March 2014)
More than 5 billion people, 83% of the world's population, mostly in the lower and middle income countries, have low or no access to medicines such as morphine and methadone that are tightly controlled under international treaty law. Physicians around the world who have had enough of watching their patients suffer and die in severe pain are finally speaking out. They are now calling on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the UN agency responsible for drug control, to demand better access to pain medicines for their patients.

For the first time, some CND member states are joining with international physician organisations and UN agencies to support this cause. Delegates from Australia, Switzerland, and India highlighted the "tragedy" of inadequate access to essential medicines in their national statements at the plenary session of the CND High Level Review of the world drug problem.

Switzerland said "we need to recognise their suffering as an unintended and unacceptable side-effect of drug control" and Australia cited the "moral imperative" of ensuring that all doctors be able to access medicines for their patients needing pain relief and opioid substitution therapy.

Over-emphasising enforcement and punishment of drug use rather than public health, drives the HIV and Hepatitis C epidemics while leaving millions of cancer and AIDS patients to suffer severe pain.

According to Dr. Judith Yates, Chair of the Board of International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies, "We have a problem of inadequate access to opioid medicines in a significant number of lower income countries. This compromises medical ethics, which requires us, to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always. Physicians without access to essential medicines can't do that. We call on UN agencies to focus on supporting low income countries in order to ensure proper access to drugs for medicinal purposes".

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IDHDP - Attention all doctors!

(Posted 13 March 2014)
March 2016 will see the first UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem since 1998. Leading up to this there will be many opportunities to move health high up on the agenda. International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies (IDHDP) would like your help to ensure that it is.

Please visit the IDHDP web site to find out how you can help.

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SMMGP Clinical Update 2014 #1 now online

(Posted 24 February 2014)
The SMMGP Clinical Update 2014 #1 is now available in the SMMGP Clinical & Policy Updates section in both online and downloadable versions.

If you would like to receive these Updates via e-mail as soon as they are released, please join the SMMGP. Membership is completely free, you can join instantly online, and there are lots of benefits - see the Free SMMGP Membership Application page for more details.

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Network #36 now online

(Posted 18 February 2014)
Issue 36 of "Network", the SMMGP Newsletter, is now available to read online, download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, or browse as a "digital publication" from the Newsletters section in the Resource Library.

For the first time we are bringing Network Newsletter to you in an online format only without a paper copy. For almost 18 years we have provided Network free of charge to anyone who has asked, and we have never used advertising. In the past we have funded the paper copy of network via educational grants but the period of austerity has meant that this has become more difficult.

We know that some people prefer online formats, which include standard web pages, downloadable PDFs and digital publication versions. However, we know that it's difficult to beat the ease-of-reading and convenience of a printed copy. We would like to provide printed copies of future Network editions, but cannot guarantee this at present. We want to continue to provide Network for free. We would also like to avoid having to fill Network with pages of advertising.

So... we would like to ask for help from our readers. If you feel that Network is useful to you now or has been in the past, please consider donating a small amount to help us continue to provide it.

Donations can easily be made via the "Donate to SMMGP" button found at the foot of every web page on our website. Alternatively, please contact us for other ways to pledge support. Please also contribute to the SMMGP Forums or contact us to let us know of your views about us changing to an electronic format.

If you would like to receive copies of Network via post and/or e-mail as soon as they are released, please join the SMMGP. Membership is completely free, you can join instantly online, and there are lots of benefits - see the Free SMMGP Membership Application page for more details.

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Would a Professional Association be beneficial to the Alcohol & Drugs Workforce?

(Posted 5 February 2014)
Skills for Justice is conducting research on the demand for and potential benefits of a Professional Association dedicated to the Alcohol & Drugs Sector. Your opinion would be invaluable to help to assess whether setting up a Professional Association could be valuable to you and the Alcohol & Drugs Sector.

The survey aims to explore...

Following up on previous research on the needs and potential benefits of a Voluntary Professional Register for the Alcohol & Drugs Workforce, research findings highlighted that developing a Professional Association may be the most appropriate long-term instrument to address the challenges faced by the Alcohol & Drugs Workforce. The survey aims to explore this potential solution. Furthermore, establishing a Professional Association could lead to the future development of a high profile and impactful Voluntary Professional Register.

The survey should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete, and can be found via the following link...

Complete the online survey here!

The survey will close on 17 February 2014.

Skills for Justice would welcome the views of those involved in the Alcohol & Drugs Sector such as workers and other professionals, students, volunteers, teachers, policy-makers and commissioners of services.

If you have any difficulties, or would like further details about the work, please contact Sophia Verhaeghe by e-mail at Sophia.verhaeghe@sfjukor by phone on 0114 231 7399.

Thank you for your support.

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Blenheim Community Drug Project - 50 Recovery Stories

(Posted 15 January 2014)
Blenheim CDP is a charity that provides support services for drug and alcohol users, families and carers.

It is celebrating 50 years of social action this year and as part of this they are publishing 50 stories of people's recovery. A new story will be released every Monday at www.blenheim50.wordpress.com by picture, text, audio and video.

Please sign up to their blog or follow them on Twitter to receive notifications of these inspirational journeys of recovery.