NHS SMPA Conference 2018 Highlights - Dr. Dima Abdulrahim on Classifying Substances

Dr Dima Abdulrahim is the main author of the NEPTUNE clinical guidance for the management of the harms of club drugs and novel psychoactive substances. Listen to what she has to say about how the organisation classifies substances.

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Opioid dependency is on the rise. NHS SMPA’s Vice Chair, Emily Finch, talked to BBC Radio 4 about the prescription of opioid-based medication in the UK

Public Health England has launched a new review on the use of prescription opioid medicines in the UK. NHS SMPA’s Emily Finch was invited onto BBC’s Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday to discuss opioid use in England.

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Understanding, Treating and Eradicating Hepatitis C

NHS England state that hepatitis C currently affects 215,000 people across England and, according to the most recent statistics, an average of 1,974 new cases developed between 2011 and 2015. Despite its prevalence, most people don’t know what hepatitis C is, or why it is important to be tested for it.

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NHS SMPA Conference Highlights 2018 - Dr. Bowden-Jones on Signs of a Problem Gambler

Are you or someone in your life affected by problem gambling? Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones shares how to spot the signs of a problem gambler. Check out this clip from the SMPA Conference we held in September 2018.

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Understanding Alcohol Abuse, Addiction and Dependency

Alcohol-related illness creates a huge cost for the NHS and causes considerable harm not only to the those who are drinking, but also to their family and friends. However, among many, perceptions around the ‘normal’ intake of alcohol are far from the recommended maximum units and there is little understanding of the phrases used to explain alcohol-related illnesses.

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NHS SMPA Conference 2018 - Dr. Bowden-Jones on What Drives Problem Gambling

What are some of the causes of problem gambling? Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic, Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, shared her knowledge on the subject at the NHS SMPA Conference we held in September 2018.

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NHS SMPA 2018 Conference Highlights - Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones on Statistics About Problem Gambling Today

In an address given at our SMPA Conference held in September, Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones spoke about the state of problem gambling in the UK today. Hear what she had to say in this short clip from the conference.

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NHS SMPA Conference Highlights 2018 - Tony Adams on Childhood Pressures and Using Sport as An Escape

At the SMPA Conference we held in September 2018, footballer Tony Adams MBE discussed how the pressures he faced in childhood lead to his use of sport as escape. Check out his story in this clip from the conference.

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Spice: The Ongoing Public Health Emergency

Referred to by one English Police and Crime Commissioner as “the most severe public health issue we have faced in decades”, Spice is one of a group of synthetic cannabinoids whose notoriety is growing by the day.

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NHS SMPA Conference Highlights 2018 - Dr Bowden-Jones on One Patient's Method to Resist Problem Gambling

In this clip from NHS SMPA’s 2018 conference, Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic, Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, shares one patient’s method for addressing problem gambling.

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Don’t underestimate the role of childhood experiences in the development of substance use issues.

Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day and, this year, the focus is on children and young people’s mental health. According to the World Health Organisation, half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, and, unsurprisingly, the “harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue”. 

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NHS SMPA Conference Highlights 2018 - Tony Adams MBE on Comparing One's Relationship With Alcohol To Others

At our 2018 conference, Arsenal and England Footballer Tony Adams talked about how he used to downplay his relationship with alcohol by comparing it to that experienced by others. Hear his story in this clip from the event.

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