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Reclassification of Legal Highs

5th November 2012

The Home Office has decided to classify some synthetic Cannabinoids and Methoxetamine as Class B drugs. Sold under names like ‘Mexxy’ and ‘Black Mamba’, these substances have typically been sold on the internet as legal highs.

Reclassifications typically results in Web shops removing these substances from their catalogues.

There is an up to date Glossary on the “TalktoFrank” web site for just about every drug, which now includes ‘Mexxy’ and ‘Black Mamba’.

Alcohol Harm Map Released Today

18th October 2012

Alcohol Concern has developed an online interactive tool that reveals the real cost of alcohol misuse by local authority in England. The Alcohol Harm Map contains data on people drinking at risky levels, alcohol-related healthcare costs, alcohol-related hospital admissions and alcohol-related deaths.

Please visit and view the map and see the cost of alcohol misuse:

Celebrations all round for Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd

20th September 2011

It was celebrations all round for Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd, as they proudly accepted the Queen’s Award, an MBE for voluntary organisations, at an event held at Christ Church, Town Square Woking on 16th September 2011. Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care (SDAC) were also celebrating their 25 year anniversary at the same time, and the event was an opportunity to reflect and commemorate some of their achievements, past and recent.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was presented to SDAC by Richard Stilgoe OBE, who represented the Lord Lieutenant on this occasion. This prestigious award is made annually to groups who have given “outstanding voluntary work in the community”.

Attending the event was Alan Bestic, founder member of what was then known as Surrey Drug Care. Also enjoying the occasion was our octogenarian volunteer who celebrated her 80th birthday whilst still competently taking the help line on night shifts.

45 current volunteers attended and assisted with the day’s events, as well as enjoying the whole event.

VIP’s included, Strategic Director of Woking Borough Council, Chair of Surrey County Council, Mayor of Guildford, Mayor of Surrey Heath, MP Jonathan Lord, Richmond Fellowship, DAAT Team, Surrey Harm Reduction team, Glaxo Smith Klein, High Sheriff Surrey.

Professor Michael Joy gave a speech on alcohol, Narcotics Anonymous gave a talk and SDAC chairman gave an outline of our achievements over the past few years. These included a new free telephone number to land line and mobiles for our callers to use, membership to the Help Line Association, new web site and new marketing materials to get our name into the public arena.

Glaxo Smith Klein attended and were thanked for their donation of £5,000 last year which helped us achieve many of the above for our service.

Presentation of The Queen’s Award to Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd by Richard Stilgoe OBE to Michael Sproule, with Johnathan Lord MP, Wendy Coad, High Sheriff Prof Michael Joy, Lovinia Sealey

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd gain full membership to The Helplines Association

7th June 2011

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd are now full members of The Helpline Assocation, which provides our callers with another level of quality assurance. The THA independently certify that when you call us you will be provided with unbiased support, information and advice and that the person who takes your call is trained and supported.

The Helplines Association provides anyone accessing our services another level of quality assurance: The Helplines Standard. When you contact a helpline which has The Helplines Standard, you know that we have been checked against a list of around 80 criteria, which were developed and agreed by member helplines.

When you contact a helpline which is a member of The Helplines Association, you can be sure that the helpline will meet the following good practice criteria:

  • The helpline will not make a profit from callers.
  • The helpline will provide unbiased support, information or advice.
  • The person who takes your call will be trained and supported.
  • The helpline will have adequate staff to provide a service during all their advertised opening hours. By ‘adequate staff’ we mean at least one person available to take calls with another person (such as a supervisor) available to support them.
  • The helpline will have a clear policy on what information they can share about your call, and when.
  • The helpline will have a policy on making the service accessible.

The helpline will have clear information available to you if you want to complain about their service.

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd Awarded Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

2nd June 2011

Guildford based charity, Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd, has been announced as one of 130 winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others.

This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for
excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd has received the Award for the work it does providing a confidential 24/7 365 day telephone
support-line for anyone concerned about issues relating to substance abuse.


Those receiving this year’s Award were selected from 413 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a group’s work in their community.

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty’s representative in Surrey, Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Goad JP at a special ceremony.

The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer.

Speaking of their success, Mike Sproule, Acting Chairman of Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd said: “this unique National Honour is a tribute to the 50-60 volunteers at SDAC who tirelessly donate their time, energy and compassion to meeting the needs of anyone, including users, families, friends and carers, suffering from drug and alcohol dependency in Surrey. In our 25th year of service to the community, the importance and value of SDAC has never been greater. I hope this award will encourage more people to work with us: the more volunteers we have, the more support we can give back to those in need in our community.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Award Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said, “Volunteer groups make such
an important contribution to their communities, often without praise for the incredible job they do. In these difficult times their efforts are even more valuable. It’s a pleasure to celebrate the achievements of Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and give official recognition for the benefits they bring to others’ lives.”

More than 980 groups around the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man have now received this annual Award since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

For details of all this year’s Award winners and information on how to nominate a group, visit, where a nomination form can be downloaded.