A selection of media including, featured video clips, LJMU media, audio and radio, and our selected YouTube playlists.

Featured video clips:

At The Heart of the Response: Reunion of the International Harm Reduction Movement

Watch Drug Reporter's conference movie and learn more about the key issues highlighted at the Harm Reduction International Conference in Montreal, 14-17 May 2017. www.drugreporter.net/hr17

Taking a new line on drugs

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) are calling for measures aimed at moving UK drugs strategy away from a predominantly criminal justice approach towards one based on public health and harm reduction. www.rsph.org.uk

Drug safety testing

Around one in 12 adults took illicit drugs in 2016, with many of these being consumed at summer festivals. However, a drug safety testing pilot at two UK festivals saw almost one in five users dispose of their drugs once they were aware of the content, and the scheme is being rolled out to more festivals in 2017. This video from the RSPH features drug safety testing and harm reduction from The Loop. https://wearetheloop.org/

What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple.

This video is adapted from Johann Hari's New York Times best-selling book 'Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.' For more information, and to take a quiz to see what you know about addiction, go to www.chasingthescream.com

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Liverpool John Moores University:

LJMU’s Public Health Institute, a brief introduction

Helping communities overcome the key public health challenges they are facing today; violence; addictions; sexual health and surveillance. With this brief introductory video you can discover more about LJMU’s Public Health Institute in under a minute: www.ljmu.ac.uk/phi

The work of LJMU’s Public Health Institute

Helping communities overcome the key public health challenges they are facing today; violence; addictions; sexual health and surveillance. Find out more about the work of LJMU’s Public Health Institute: www.ljmu.ac.uk/phi

Study Environmental Health or Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University

Think you have what it takes to be at the frontline health and safety? Hear from students on what it’s like to study Environmental Health and Public Health at LJMU. Field trips to fish markets, housing inspections, food safety hygiene - if you got high standards for the health, safety and well being of the general public and local communities, then discover more at LJMU’s Public Health Institute: www.ljmu.ac.uk/phi

This is Liverpool John Moores University

In 1823 a small institution was founded that was to revolutionise education in Liverpool and provide opportunities for the working people of the city. Today, with a vibrant community of 25,000 students from over 100 countries world-wide, 2,500 staff and 250 degree courses, Liverpool John Moores University is one of the largest, most dynamic and forward-thinking universities in the UK. www.ljmu.ac.uk

MSc International Public Health - Shraddha's story

Moving to a new city can be scary. Recently, LJMU caught up with Shraddha – one of the Public Health Institute students who studied MSc International Public Health – to find out what moving away from home is really like. www.ljmu.ac.uk/campaigns/shradda

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Audio & radio clips:

Fixing violence in London - Glasgow-style

Val McDermid asks if Sadiq Khan’s plan for a Glasgow-style crime reduction unit can have the same transformative effect in London as it did in Scotland.

"If we change the script people live by", writes Val, "then surely we should be able to alter our outcomes".

Recorded for BBC Radio 4's 'A Point of View' programme.
Presenter: Val McDermid, Producer: Adele Armstrong.

The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit has adopted a public health approach, treating violence as an infection which can be cured.

London Mayor sets up Violence Reduction Unit to tackle violent crime:

Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to establish a new Violence Reduction Unit to reduce violence in the capital by taking a public health approach.

A public health approach treats violent crime as a disease – first working to contain it and stop it from spreading, then addressing the root causes. In practice, this often involves intervening at critical moments in a young person’s life; for example, if they have suffered trauma or been excluded from school. www.london.gov.uk/city-hall-blog

Are We Missing a Bigger Opioid Crisis?

Forty-two Americans die every day from an overdose involving painkilling prescription opioids. President Donald Trump recently declared the US opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Yet in the world’s poorest countries, cancer patients and people recovering from major surgery often get no effective pain relief at all. Why is access to prescription painkillers so unequal? And is the shortage of opioids in much of the world getting the attention it deserves?

Recorded for the BBC World Service - The Inquiry programme, last broadcast on Mon 11th Dec 2017.

Also see this related content: Are we missing the real opioid drug crisis? While the US suffers an overdose epidemic, most of the world misses out on painkillers. www.bbc.co.uk/news/health

The Lancet Commission report: Alleviating the access abyss in palliative care and pain relief—an imperative of universal health coverage. www.thelancet.com/commissions/palliative-care

Inside Health: Addiction services

Inside Health reveals the poor state of addiction services in England with heroin and morphine related deaths the highest on record. Professor Colin Drummond raises concerns about a split in care between the NHS and Local Authorities since the 2012 Health and Social Care Act. And personal testimony is heard from Alison Bedford Russell whose son George died of a heroin overdose last year.

The Care Quality Commission, who is responsible for inspections, has found that 2/3 residential drug and alcohol treatment services failed to meet the required standard. Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Investigator of hospitals at the CQC, explains what was discovered.

Recorded for the BBC Radio 4 - Inside Health programme, originally broadcast on Tues 20th Sept 2017.

“Misleading” Information from Drinks’ Industry Over Cancer and Alcohol

Drinking alcohol - particularly in large amounts - increases our risk of developing various conditions including cancer. Alcohol industry websites display information about those risks – but how much can we rely on them? An international team of public health experts has reviewed the information available – and found that it doesn’t always tell the whole story and sometimes key facts are distorted or left out. Their analysis is published in the journal Drug And Alcohol Review, revealing findings the alcohol industry is not happy with. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dar.12596/abstract

Recorded for the BBC World Service - Health Check programme, originally broadcast on Weds 13th Sept 2017.

Understanding Drug Addiction

Hanna Pickard says we need to understand the reasons why desperate people become addicted to drugs, seeing them neither as "victims of a neurobiological disease", nor as "selfish, lazy hedonists".

"Choosing to use drugs, including alcohol, to gain pleasure and escape from life's banality, isn't the same as choosing to use drugs to relieve suffering."

Recorded for BBC Radio 4's 'Four Thought' programme, at the Phoenix Artist Club in London.
Presenter: Helen Zaltzman Producer: Sheila Cook.

Drugs services: ‘something went wrong'

A psychiatrist on leaving addiction treatment.

From the BBC Radio 4 iPM programme, presented by Luke Jones and Eddie Mair.

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YouTube Playlists:

YouTube 'Short Videos' playlist

Our YouTube playlist; this collection of short video clips features various subject matters that you may find interesting. Public Health - short videos

BBC3 Drugsland series

Observational documentary series going deep into the world of drugs, as seen through of the eyes of professionals, users and dealers in Bristol. BBC 3 Drugsland

Public Health Institute; Conferences & seminars

A selection of conference and seminar videos from the PHI team.


Hidden and Homeless

A selection of YouTube video clips exploring homelessness in Liverpool, Manchester, and the UK.


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