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

Improve and Protect; RSPH explores public health challenges across the UK

An excerpt from the programme 'Improve and Protect' produced by RSPH (Royal Society for Public Health) and ITN Productions, this extract features monitoring systems provided by the Public Health Institute (formerly the Centre for Public Health) including IMS.

The full programme and further details about RSPH can be found on here: www.rsph.org.uk

Good Cop Bad War

Ex-undercover drug cop, Neil Woods, speaks with The Huffington Post UK about the failure of the war on drugs. www.neilwoods.net

Neil Woods was one of the guest speakers at our Public Health in Focus Seminar which looked at the relationship between the criminal justice system and public health.

BBC Breakfast; Should drugs be decriminalised?

Public Health Institute Director Jim McVeigh, talking about 'Taking a New Line on Drugs', a publication from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). www.rsph.org.uk

Epidemiology of Use of Novel Psychoactive Substances

Professor Harry Sumnall introduces his chapter in the 'Handbook Psychoactive Substances' (Handbuch Psychoaktive Substanzen, Springer).

He talks about the development of policy around NPS to ensure the potentional harms of NPS use are reduced, and the importance of understanding the prevalence of use to ensure a proportionate and proportional response. https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry

What's so novel about new psychoactive substances?

Harry Sumnall is a Professor in Substance Use at the Public Health Institute. He has research interests in psychopharmacology and addictive behaviours, with a focus upon causes, consequences, and experiences of drug use. He is also interested in the developing field of new psychoactive substances. www.ljmu.ac.uk/phi

Will the new NICE guidance change services for steroid users in the UK?

Martin Chandler a freelance substance use researcher, talks about the possible impact the new NICE guidance for Needle and Syringe Programmes will have on service delivery to people using steroids and other Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs. www.hit.org.uk/martin-chandler

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Liverpool John Moores University:

LJMU celebrating 25 years

Becoming a university in 1992 marked a new age of expansion in student numbers at LJMU, enabling even more people from working class homes, ethnic minorities and other under-represented groups to access all the benefits that a university education can bring. Research and scholarship has flourished over the last 25 years too, as have links with business and industry, and today LJMU is a key anchor institution in the Liverpool City Region with connections stretching far beyond Merseyside and around the globe.

Watch this animation to see how we have evolved since 1823, from the Liverpool Mechanics’ and Apprentices’ Library into today’s award-winning modern civic university. www.ljmu.ac.uk/25

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

Liverpool Moores University

A short video about the student experience at Liverpool John Moores University. www.ljmu.ac.uk

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Audio & radio clips:

BBC World Service The Inquiry

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

BBC Radio 4 Inside Health

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.

BBC World Service Health Check

“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.

BBC Radio 4 Hanna Pickard

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.

BBC Radio 4 iPM

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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