Tag Archive for harm reduction

Prevalence – tobacco

Towards a smoke-free generation: tobacco control plan for England, 2017 Outlining plans to reduce smoking in England, with the aim of creating a smoke-free generation | DoH, UK Cost of smoking to the NHS in England: 2015 Data on the cost…

Naloxone

What is Naloxone? Naloxone is a medicine which can temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose caused by opiates and opioids such as heroin, methadone or morphine. The main life-threatening effect of opiates is to slow down and stop breathing. Naloxone blocks…

Magic mushrooms

What are Magic Mushrooms? Magic mushrooms are hallucinogenic fungi that grow wild in many parts of the world including the UK. The main type used recreationally is the liberty cap (Psilocybe semilanceata) but fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) is also sometimes used. Magic…

LSD

What is LSD? Acid, blotter, cheer, dots, drop, flash, hawk, L, lightning flash, liquid acid, Lucy, micro dot, paper mushrooms, rainbows, smilies, stars, sugar, tab, trips, tripper, window and many other names, some which describe the pictures on the squares…

Harm reduction

What is harm reduction? Harm reduction refers to policies and practices that try to reduce the harm that people do to themselves or others from their drug use. It can be contrasted with primary prevention which tries to prevent people using…

Ecstasy

What is ecstasy? Brownies, dolphins, doves, E, eckies, Edward, fantasy, love doves, M and Ms, New Yorkers, sweeties, tulips, X, XTC,  MDMA (powder) Mandy, Molly The appearance of ecstasy varies considerably with there being a wide range of coloured pills…

Amphetamine

What are amphetamines? Speed, sulph, sulphate, uppers, wake ups, billy whizz, whizz, whites, base…Methylphenidate, Ritalin. Dexamphetamine, Dexedrine. Methamphetamine, crystal meth, meth, yaba, crank, glass, Tina, Christine, ice. Amphetamines are synthetic stimulants. Stimulants are drugs that speed up the body’s processes including…

What types of treatment are there?

People who have problems with drug use can access help and treatment either through the health and welfare system. (via drug advice services or GP referral) or through the criminal justice system if they have committed an offence. Health and welfare…

How effective are media campaigns?

Trying to determine whether people have changed their drug taking because they saw a campaign is near impossible to measure. Many surveys about drugs show that most people’s main source of information about drugs is the popular media. Most media…

Does drug education stop drug use?

In the past many people hoped that drug education would prevent young people from ever using drugs. This led some people to set unrealistic aims for their drug education programmes: ‘We do not wish to raise unrealistic expectations of what…