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Young People and Substance Use report

young people July 2015The findings from a recent briefing paper produced by Addaction and the Young People’s Health Partnership confirms that “substance misuse cannot be addressed in isolation from the wider issues affecting young people including sexual health, mental health and wellbeing, education and family issues”.  That is why Hope UK developed the 8-session ‘Drugs, Sex and You’ course for youth groups three years ago.  It not only includes drug, alcohol and sexual health education, it also covers life skills and builds young people’s confidence so that they are equipped to resist peer pressure, think for themselves and make their own informed decisions.  Please contact Debbie Devine at if you would like to know more.

Alcohol brands more familiar than McVities to many primary school children

It is an indictment on the alcohol industry that they have so saturated the media with their advertising that many of the 800 primary school children surveyed by Alcohol Concern were more familiar with alcohol brands than the brands of common ‘treat’ foods like McVities or Ben & Jerry’s.  For more on this story, click here.

Importance of prevention

A recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows a strong link between early drug and alcohol use and substance abuse problems in later life.   “Early to late adolescence is considered a critical risk period for the beginning of alcohol and drug use,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde.   Because the teenage brain is still growing, it is particularly vulnerable to damage that can affect key skills like learning, memory, planning, impulse control, critical thinking and the regulation of emotion.

Internet problems now resolved

Please note that Hope UK has been experiencing severe disruption to  e-mail and internet access.  These are now resolved and you can contact us via e-mail and this website.

Medical staff struggle to treat legal high users

According to a BBC Newsbeat article, the United Nations has issued a warning about the difficulty of treating users of legal highs since they are rarely able to identify the substance that is causing the symptoms.  This applies not only to new psychoactive substances but also familiar drugs like Ecstasy which are not always what they claim to be.  For more, read the full article at

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