This blog provides a snapshot of the latest edition of Health Matters, which focuses on the range of smoking quitting routes that are available and the evidence for their effectiveness. It also explores perceptions around nicotine and e-cigarette safety.
Rosanna O’Connor is Director, Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco within the Health and Wellbeing Directorate of Public Health England (PHE). PHE was established in April 2013 with a mission to protect and improve the nation’s health and to address inequalities. Rosanna was previously Director of Delivery at the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA). Having joined the NTA in 2003, she quickly assumed responsibility for all the agency’s operational activity. Rosanna was a previous Board member of the Youth Justice Board, chairing the Secure Accommodation Committee.
Rosanna previously held senior positions in two national voluntary sector organisations, building a significant track record of developing and delivering community, residential and prison-based services for a range of disadvantaged and complex groups of people.
Rosanna’s interest in health inequalities of individuals and communities is based on extensive experience of local communities, having been a leading elected member for 14 years, rooted in voluntary work primarily aimed at giving a voice to people marginalised by the system.
The ONS has published the latest figures for drug-related deaths in England and Wales, covering all deaths registered in 2017.
Over the past year, there has been increasing media coverage about alprazolam (typically referred to by the brand name Xanax), highlighting what is being seen as a rise in the number of young people using it.
In England, there are 120,000 parents or carers who are potentially in need of specialist treatment for alcohol dependence.
Following the recent publication of our updated review of e-cigarettes (ECs) and the news headlines that followed about vaping in hospitals, this is a good time to set out the role we think ECs can play in helping create a …
The 2016-17 statistics report for people receiving drug and alcohol treatment in prisons and other secure settings in England shows similar patterns to what we have recently seen in community treatment.
Christmas and the New Year can be a stressful time for everyone with people often at their most vulnerable. This can be even more true for people with drug misuse problems, when a number of things can impact and overwhelm …
PHE has published the 2016-17 statistics report for young people (under 18) in specialist drug and alcohol services. This is based on data from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS), which collects data from alcohol and drug services across …
PHE has published our annual alcohol and drug treatment statistics for 2016-17. These are based on data collected by the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) from alcohol and drug services across England.
There is a well-established and complex link between drugs, alcohol and crime, and in the recent years there has been a particular emphasis on the links between drug misuse and offending.