Young people being treated for substance abuse
- 30 Apr
Young people, as young as four, are being referred to specialist drug and alcohol treatment services in the UK.
Freedom of Information requests have revealed hundreds of young people are at risk of becoming addicts or have begun abusing alcohol and substances themselves, leaving many charities requesting improved education in schools.
The referrals either mean the child is vulnerable to drug and alcohol misuse through exposure from a relative or have begun abusing on their own. The most common reason is due to the child's parents, reports Sky News.
According to the most recent statistics from Public Health England, 366 children aged 12 or under were referred for treatment in 2012/13, compared with 433 in 2011/12. More than half of under-13s - 59% - received treatment for cannabis misuse. A third were treated for alcohol misuse, with a small number abusing solvents.
Andrew Brown, director of programmes at charity Mentor UK, which works to protect children from drug and alcohol misuse, said he was shocked at the findings of the Press Association investigation, reports the Telegraph.
Mr Brown said: "We think it is vital that alcohol and drug education improve. Our own survey of teachers suggests that at the moment delivery is inconsistent, and that the norm is to timetable only one or two sessions a year. This may sound sufficient, but evidence would suggest that longer programmes that systematically build skills and values are much more likely to prevent young people from coming to harm than one-off lessons."
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
Image source: http://www.freeimages.com/browse.phtml?f=view&id=1111309
- 24 Jul
Closure of London substance misuse clinic
Over the past two years the clinic has lost around £600,000 a year which renders the service "financially unviable". Trust chief executive Claire Murdoch told the July board meeting that, while she...
- 28 Feb
Legal highs summit to be held by government
Norman Baker, the Home Office minister, has said that the substances were a "very serious issues" for public health. He added that they were dangerous as people buying the hallucinogenic drugs did...
- 21 Nov
OECD: Antidepressant use on the rise
Figures show that doctors in countries with more wealth are writing prescriptions for more than one in ten adults. Iceland, Australia, Canada and other European Nordic countries are leading the way,...
- 30 Sep
NHS could supply drugs to addicts says UK police chief
Mike Barton, one of England's most senior police officers, has called for class-A drugs to be decriminalised and for the policy of outright prohibition to be radically revised, reports the...
- 19 Aug
Chief Medical Officer Says Drug Addiction Is Not A Criminal Issue
She said:"Of course it's a medical problem, I mean addiction is a medical problem, and it becomes a public health problem and then our society is choosing to treat that as a criminal justice...
- 13 Aug
'Smart Drug' Fears Expected As A Result Of Rise In ADHD Prescriptions
Officials at the watchdog said:"Health workers should carefully monitor the drugs because they have a potential for diversion or misuse."There has been a 56% rise in the administered prescriptions...
- 25 Jul
Local resident supports people suffering with drug and alcohol addiction
Dave Guy is a founding member of Marah, a Christian charitable organisation committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised adults in the Stroud District, helping them to move on from their...
- 22 Jul
Substance Misuse Service Raises Awareness
Rotherham's 'Know the Score' provides drug treatment and relapse prevention for children and young people up to the age of 19 who have problematic drug and alcohol use. The service is multi-agency...
- 02 Jul
Salvation Army Plan to Tackle Substace Misuse
The Salvation Army today announced an expansion of their social work, to increase outreach work to support communities with alcohol dependency and its effects on health, families and futures.The...
- 30 May
75% Rise in Prescriptions for Alcohol Dependency
A government report shows that the number of prescriptions given to people for alocohol dependency has risen by 75% in the last 9 years. The Health and Social Care Information Centre study shows...
How to Fund Housing Support and Social Care Sevices Extremely informative, excellent speaker. Alison Halstead - Riverside ECHG