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Guidance: Five nations health and justice collaboration: psychoactive substances

This statement outlines how the European drug marketplace has become increasingly complex with an increasing number of new substances available alongside more established drugs and diverted medications. The Five Nations Health and Justice Collaboration has been sharing increasing reports of NPS use in prisons across the five nations and their impact, not only on the health of the individual but also the prison regime, which has led to it to make this collective statement | PHE, UK

Case study: Responding to drug related deaths in Newcastle

Review of drug related deaths in Newcastle informed a naloxone scheme, delivery plan and commissioning plan for a complete recovery system | PHE, UK

Case study: A lung health clinic in an addictions service

Screening for lung disease is not common in drug and alcohol treatment services but Lambeth has set up a lung health clinic in its CDAT team | PHE, UK

Splitting the bill: Alcohol's impact on the economy (PDF)

Economic questions are central to the formation of alcohol policies, such as the setting of alcohol taxes, licensing requirements and marketing regulations. In particular, arguments around income, employment and trade are regularly used by the alcohol industry to resist measures to discourage consumption and harm. Such arguments are premised on the assumption that a successful alcohol industry is beneficial to the UK economy. This report critically examines that assumption | IAS, UK

Guidance: Accredited qualification providers: personal licence to sell alcohol

List of accredited organisations that provide courses and exams for a personal licence to sell alcohol | Home Office, UK

Short report HBSC Ireland 2014: young people’s drinking in the North Dublin area (PDF)

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and runs on a four-year cycle | Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI, Ireland

HBSC Ireland 2014: alcohol and cannabis use in school-children in Ireland (updated) (PDF)

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and runs on a four-year cycle | Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI, Ireland

INCB Annual Report and Precursors report 2016

The INCB Annual Report, prepared in accordance with the international drug control treaties, reviews the functioning of the international drug control system, contains an analysis of the global drug control situation, draws attention to weaknesses in national and international drug control, and makes recommendations to Governments and regional and international organizations. The thematic chapter of the INCB Annual Report for 2016 focuses on the topic of women and drugs | INCB, Switzerland

Global SMART update 2017. Fentanyl and its analogues - 50 years on (PDF)

The latest SMART update - number 17, under the theme " Fentanyl and its analogues - 50 years on" - includes information on the growing complexity of the opioid market, in particular the fentanyl group, international controls, evolving patterns of use and associated risks, global developments in manufacture and trafficking of fentanyl analogues and their precursors | UNODC, Switzerland

International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (PDF)

Reporting on Major Illicit Drug Producing and Major Drug-Transit Countries | INCB, USA

Outreach to Chronic Problem Drinkers: The service user view (PDF)

In 2015 we published a report on the impact of the Nottinghamshire Alcohol Long Term Conditions Team which used a Blue Light model to deliver assertive outreach to high impact change resistant drinkers with long-term health conditions.  This report showed the significant return on investment achieved by the team. In 2016 we sat down with the users of that team and asked them about their experience on the receiving end of assertive outreach. This report is provided above | Alcohol Concern, UK

HSE policy on public health information initiatives related to alcohol (PDF)

The purpose of this policy is to provide clarity on the HSE’s position with regard to engaging, directly or indirectly, in any initiatives, partnership or funding arrangements with the alcohol industry. This states that HSE services , divisions or staff do not in the course of their work take part in campaigns, programmes or initiatives that are funded, or co-funded, directly or indirectly, by Alcohol manufacturers and distributors or their Social Aspect Public Relations Organisations (SAPROS) | Health Service Executive, Ireland

Global SMART update 2017. Fentanyl and its analogues - 50 years on (PDF)

The latest SMART update - number 17, under the theme " Fentanyl and its analogues - 50 years on" - includes information on the growing complexity of the opioid market, in particular the fentanyl group, international controls, evolving patterns of use and associated risks, global developments in manufacture and trafficking of fentanyl analogues and their precursors | UNODC, Switzerland

Smoke-free spaces on the island of Ireland (PDF)

Reducing second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure has become a central component of tobacco control policies across the island of Ireland |  Institute of Public Health, Ireland

Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse (APoSM) A Report on: Substance Misuse in an Ageing Population

A new Report into substance misuse among adults over 50 years old has been welcomed by Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans | Welsh Government, UK

Views on Alcohol and Drug Related Issues: Findings from the October 2016 Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey (PDF)

This bulletin draws on findings from the October 2016 Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey and updates the findings of September 2015. Respondents were asked a number of questions on their views on alcohol and drug related issues. The findings provide information to assist in measuring progress with two Northern Ireland Executive strategies: (i) Building Safer, Shared and Confident Communities – A Community Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland 2012-2017 and (ii) the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs Phase 2 2011-2016 | Deparartment of Justice, Ireland

Report regarding the mandatory labelling of the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration of alcoholic beverages (PDF)

This report responds to the obligation set for the Commission by Article 16(4) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/20111 on the provision of food information to consumers (the Regulation). This provision exempts alcoholic beverages containing more than 1,2 % by volume of alcohol from the mandatory list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration and states that the Commission shall produce a report addressing whether alcoholic beverages should in future be covered, in particular, by the requirement to provide the information on the energy value, and the reasons justifying possible exemptions, taking into account the need to ensure coherence with other relevant Union policies and considering in this context the need to propose a definition of 'alcopops' | European Commission, Belgium

No one judges you here (PDF)

Voices of older people affected by a loved one’s substance use | Adfam, UK

Housing First: Housing-led Solutions to Rough Sleeping and Homelessness

Housing-led solutions to rough sleeping and homelessness | Centre for Social Justice, UK

Communities That Care (CTC): a comprehensive prevention approach for communities

Community coalitions are a strategy to coordinate activities and resources to prevent adolescent substance use and delinquent behaviour. They can help mobilise communities in prevention and health promotion initiatives | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of methyl 2-[[1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indole-3-carbonyl]amino]-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (MDMB-CHMICA) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on methyl 2-[[1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indole-3-carbonyl]amino]-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (MDMB-CHMICA), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 22 July 2016. MDMB-CHMICA is the first synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonist to be risk-assessed by the EMCDDA. On the basis of the Risk Assessment Report — and on the initiative of the European Commission — on 27 February 2017, the Council decided that MDMB-CHMICA should be subject to control measures across the Member States | EMCDDA, Portugal

An exploration of the role of alcohol in relation to living situation and significant life events for the homeless population in Merseyside, UK

This Alcohol Research UK funded project explored alcohol consumption patterns of the homeless population. The research aimed to provide further context and understanding to changes in consumption patterns for the homeless population in Merseyside. Co-productive research methods were adopted for this study | PHI, UK

A review of 2014 RTC fatalities with a positive toxicology for alcohol (PDF)

The Health Research Board (HRB) collected information on 2014 road traffic fatalities from closed coronial files on behalf of the RSA in the context of the National Drug-Related Death Index (NDRDI). The National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) is an epidemiological database which records all deaths due to drug and alcohol poisoning, and all deaths among drug users and those who are alcohol dependent | RSA, Ireland

Can Australia respond to drugs more effectively and safely?

Free PDF. This is the report of a day-long roundtable of 17 experts and practitioners held at the University of Sydney in September 2015 to consider drug law reform in Australia. Participants included retired judges, prosecutors, senior  police, prison and parole administrators, drug law researchers and advocates. Discussion focused on ways Australia could develop safer and more effective illicit drugs policies | Australia21, Australia

Substance Use Commissioning Forum – Commissioning for Recovery (PDF)

This event was facilitated and organised by Adfam in cooperation with Collective Voice, on behalf of the Recovery Partnership. It brought together a group of substance misuse commissioners from across the country to share good practice, challenges and concerns. The focus of the day was commissioning for recovery – how holistic services can be commissioned to facilitate the recovery of those with drug and alcohol issues, and their communities and families | Recovery Partnership / Adfam / Collective Voice, UK

The core components of a gender sensitive service for women experiencing multiple disadvantage (PDF)

The report ‘Women and Girls at risk: evidence across the life course’ (McNeish & Scott 2014) was pivotal in shining the spotlight on the vast range of harms faced by many women over the course of their lifetimes | AVA / Agenda, UK

Cannabis legislation in Europe: an overview

At a time of increased debate on the laws controlling the use of cannabis in the European Union, this report answers some of the questions most often asked about cannabis legislation. Using a question and answer format, basic definitions and the obligations of countries under international law are set out in a section on ‘What is cannabis and what are countries’ obligations to control it?‘ | EMCDDA, Portugal