Reports April 2017

 

Estimates of alcohol dependence in England, including estimates of children living in a household with an adult with alcohol dependence

This is the first time estimates of the number of alcohol dependent adults at upper tier local authority level have been available. These will be followed later this year with local treatment access rates. The full report, including a detailed technical description of the methodology used, is available here | PHE, University of Sheffield, UK

Estimates of the Prevalence of Opiate Use and/or Crack Cocaine Use, 2011/12

The full report, including methodology and findings, is available here | PHE, UK

Improving lives: Helping Workless Families - evidence base

Part 1 describes the evidence behind some of the issues associated with worklessness, how these disadvantages are often interrelated, and how they impact on children’s outcomes. Part 2 sets out the 9 national indicators (7 non-statutory and 2 statutory) which we are using to track progress in tackling the disadvantages that affect families and children’s outcomes, as shown in our evidence and analysis. These will replace the indicators reported on in the former social justice outcomes framework | DWP, UK

Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families Analysis and Research Pack

| DWP, UK

Policy paper: Improving lives: Helping Workless Families

| DWP, UK

Licensing Act fundamentally flawed says Committee

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 publishes its report 'The Licensing Act 2003: post-legislative scrutiny'. In the eleven years since the Act has been in force hardly a year has gone by without major piecemeal amendments to the Act. The Lords Committee, set up to scrutinise the Act, has concluded that it is fundamentally flawed and needs a radical overhaul, including the abolition of local authority licensing committees | Parliament.UK, UK

EMCDDA Strategy 2025

This strategy sets out an ambitious course of travel for the agency to 2025. It presents a vision to contribute to a healthier and more secure Europe, through better informed drug policy and action. Adopted unanimously by the agency’s key stakeholders in 2016, the strategy is the result of a year-long, in-depth analysis of the environment in which the EMCDDA operates. This analysis focused, in particular, on customer needs and a critical review of our internal capacity to meet them | EMCDDA, Portugal

Drug and alcohol addiction, and obesity: effects on employment outcomes: claimants' views

Research with claimants to inform Dame Carol Black's report 'Drug and alcohol addiction, and obesity: effects on employment outcomes' | DWP, UK

SPICe Briefing (PDF)

This briefing explores the issue of drug misuse in Scotland. It begins with an overview of the Scottish Government’s National Drugs Strategy before providing a summary of the prevalence and trends in drug misuse from the latest available data. It then covers approaches to the treatment of people with a drug problem and drugs services in Scotland. Current policy issues are discussed in the final section | Scottish Parliament, UK

Waterpipe smoking (shisha) in England The public health challenge (PDF)

This document provides a summary of the current evidence of the health effects of waterpipe smoking, an overview of the prevalence of waterpipe smoking in Britain, two case studies of local authority approaches to addressing local public health and regulatory challenges, and suggested actions for Local Authorities (LAs) to consider in relation to waterpipe smoking. [From Feb 2017] | PHE, UK

Scottish Drug Misuse Database (PDF)

This report from Information Services Division on the Scottish Drug Misuse Database presents the available information on individuals presenting for initial assessment at specialist drug treatment services in 2015/16 | ISD, UK

United Kingdom Drug Situation 2016 EDITION UK Focal Point on Drugs

Annual Report on new developments and trends in policy, prevalence, treatment and criminal justice issues to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) | UK Focal Point, PHE, Home Office, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, Department of Health Northern Ireland

Health technology assessment (HTA) of smoking cessation interventions

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) carried out a health technology assessment (HTA) of smoking cessation interventions in Ireland to examine the clinical effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions, as well as the organisational, societal and ethical implications of potential changes to the mix of treatments that people use to help them stop smoking | HRB, Ireland

Health technology assessment (HTA) of smoking cessation interventions

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) carried out a health technology assessment (HTA) of smoking cessation interventions in Ireland to examine the clinical effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions, as well as the organisational, societal and ethical implications of potential changes to the mix of treatments that people use to help them stop smoking | HRB, Ireland

Changing Scotland’s relationship with alcohol (PDF)

This report is intended to inform the next phase of the Scottish Government’s alcohol strategy. It has been produced collaboratively by Alcohol Focus Scotland, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and the British Medical Association Scotland. It has been informed by the findings and recommendations from the evaluation of Scotland’s current alcohol strategy, MESAS | Alcohol Focus Scotland, UK

Blue Light Project: Year 1 (PDF)

The focus of this project is the ‘Blue Light’ clients those higher risk and dependent drinkers who are not only treatment resistant but are also placing a significant burden on emergency services such as the Police, EMAS and A&E | Lincolnshire County Council, UK

Weed and the American family

In an unprecedented project undertaken by Yahoo News and The Marist Poll, “Weed & the American Family” takes a look at Americans’ attitudes about marijuana use | Yahoo/Marist, USA

Children in pubs

This Library Briefing Paper and report looks at alcohol licensing and children | Parliament.uk, UK

New issues and age-old challenges: a review of young people’s relationship with tobacco (PDF)

This report reflects our ongoing commitment to prevent future lung cancer. Whilst progress has been made to reduce smoking rates, tobacco remains a legally available, socially tolerated, health hazard. We are facing the stigmatisation of smokers in communities where social and economic disadvantages are compounded with added health burdens | Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, UK

Global hepatitis report 2017 (PDF)

In May 2016, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on viral hepatitis 2016–2021. The GHSS calls for the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 (reducing new infections by 90% and mortality by 65%) | WHO, Switzerland

The Effects of Psychoactive Prescription Drugs on Driving (PDF)

The current review explores the extent to which psychoactive prescription drugs can adversely affect the cognitive and motor functions essential for the safe operation of a motor vehicle and thereby increase the risk of crash involvement | CCSA, Canada

Green Screen

Volteface are delighted to announce the UK launch of the Green Screen report by author Mike Power (Drugs 2.0). The Green Screen – a new policy report that outlines the benefits of an online regulated market for legal cannabis | Volte Face, UK

TIIG Lancashire – Alcohol-related violence across Lancashire April 2013 to March 2016

This TIIG Lancashire report presents data and analyses relating to alcohol-related violence; where data were recorded, alcohol was consumed prior to an assault attendance in 44% of incidents | PHI, UK

Harm reduction investment in the European Union

urope is the birthplace of harm reduction, and the region where the successes of this approach in averting epidemics can be most plainly seen. It includes harm reduction champion countries, that have long invested in their national harm reduction programmes and implement a wide array of interventions | HRI, UK

New alcohol marketing report suspects foul play

The Arsenal Emirates Stadium saw the launch of a new report, Foul Play? Alcohol marketing during UEFA Euro 2016 (PDF), which highlighted how alcohol producers worked to circumvent legislation designed to protect children during the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament | IAS, UK

 

 

 

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