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Annette Dale-Perera-Strategic Director Addiction Care Services PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 July 2012 15:48
Annette Dale-Perera is Strategic Director: Addictions and Offender Care, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. In 2010 CNWL addiction services provided treatment for around 10,000 people with drug and alcohol dependency in the community and in prisons.
Annette is also a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Her background is in psychology and her previous jobs include: a research fellow for Imperial College and Director of Quality at the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.
Annette presented to the group on drug and alcohol misuse in  Britain today. She outlined how drug use is mainly an adolescent and young adult phemonena - with a significant minority of young adults - especially young men, having a period of time experimention and using drugs, especially cannabis. She outlined a range of drug and alcohol related harm individuals and communities are facing - including the burden on A&E departments due to drunkeness on Friday and Saturdays nights. The trends in drug and alcohol dependency were discussed together with a discussion about what `dependence' is - and how difficult it is to overcome. Finally substance misuse treatment options were outlined together with some key factors in recovery from dependence. Finally the new trends in cannabis and new psychoactive drugs (such as legal highs) were talked about. A lively Q&A discussion ensued.
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written by Doreen Elizabeth Nicholls, July 03, 2012
I work in Hospital and community Pharmacies and I have been serving these addicts who came in regularly for their packets of the Metatone, Vitamin C sachets, needles, and alcohol whips for their protection and safety. I have seen some of them come in with infected arms and it is so sad to see that they are in a world of their own. The Hospital had arranged programes for them to attend and also gave them money and food but they just did not want to attend. I think the Medical society need to treat the cause first and urgently so that there will be a start to their precious lives which is alarmingly and ending so early.
written by MKA, July 05, 2012
This is shocking but I never knew the extent of the problem. I suppose it is easy to blame the family and lack of supervision, but the children are under pressure from their peers. Also the drug pushers are waiting outside the schools and meeting places for the children. The internet is no help either and there is no way of controlling what the children look at when all this is available on their mobile phones. The family is the best bet for looking out for the children and for instilling values into them but once they go to school, a lot of family values disappear unless the parents keep a keen watch on behaviour for any tell-tale signs of drift and deal with it with caution, tact and diplomacy. Strong arm tactics can only make the situation worse. As the Beatles sang, Love is all you need. Good luck. M

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