International Overdose Awareness Day

31st August marked International Overdose Awareness Day. Accidental overdose is a growing problem. In 2017, 3,756 people in England and Wales lost their lives to drug overdose – the highest figure since comparative records began in 1993. The Office for National Statistics estimates that of that number, almost 80% of deaths due to drug misuse […]

Spectrum hosts third Recovery College

On Thursday 30th August, Spectrum was pleased to host the third Recovery College event in Wakefield. Held in Wakefield Town Hall, “A Celebration of Recovery” was a learning and networking event aiming to showcase the best of recovery services across Yorkshire and the North East. Spectrum welcomed over 50 guests to Wakefield Town Hall, as […]

Spectrum celebrates at the Recovery Games 2018

Over the past 12 months, Spectrum has been developing our expertise in substance misuse across the North of England. As well as providing clinical services for people struggling with drugs and alcohol, we’re passionate about celebrating visible recovery – including in secure environments, where we provide non-clinical Recovery services. Our commitment to Recovery led us […]

We’re supporting Karen’s North Yorkshire Relay!

Staff from North Yorkshire Horizons, the county’s integrated substance misuse service, are taking part in an ambitious 180-mile fundraising challenge to raise money for York Hospital’s Magnolia Centre. The North Yorkshire Relay was organised by the service in support of Karen Jordan, (pictured left), Clinical Team Leader within North Yorkshire Horizons, who was diagnosed with […]

The risk of potential exposure to Hepatitis C through sex

In January 2018, NHS England announced it would aim to eliminate hepatitis C by 2025, 5 years ahead of the WHO target. Numbers of patients receiving new oral treatments for the virus are already increasing year on year which has reduced the number of deaths by 10% and halved the number of patients needing a […]

Government debate discusses progress in eliminating hepatitis C

A government debate on the elimination of Hepatitis C will take place in Parliament today. The debate will discuss the UK’s progress towards global targets set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to eliminate hepatitis C as a major public health threat by 2030. NHS England is on track meet the target by 2025; five […]

New alert raises awareness of “Purple Drank” trend

The addiction support charity Addaction has issued an alert regarding a dangerous drinking trend which has been reported among some young people, known as “Purple Drank”. “Purple Drank” (sometimes known as ‘Lean’, ‘dirty Sprite’ or ‘Sizzurp’) is a potent mixture of legal over-the-counter medications (usually cough syrups) which some young people are combining with soft […]

Airedale students lead the way in a new project tackling under-age drinking

Students from Airedale Academy have taken part in a new community initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of “proxy sales”, in which adults buy alcohol for under-18s. On Friday 23rd February, students from Airedale were joined by teachers, local police and community traders as they donned high-visibility jackets and approached adults in the Magnet […]

New Alcohol Studies report finds that breath tests have fallen almost a quarter in five years

A new report published by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) reveals that numbers of breath tests for drink-driving have fallen almost a quarter in the past five years. Running on empty: Drink-driving law enforcement in England’ assesses nationally published breath test figures from police data, alongside Freedom of Information (FoI) responses from 35 police […]

Partnership launch for York Drug and Alcohol Service

York Drug and Alcohol Service held a launch event on Wednesday 26th July to mark the start of how local agencies can shape services that further helps people struggling with substance misuse. Commissioned by City of York Council, the service is now being delivered under a new partnership between Changing Lives and Spectrum Community Health […]