Reports February 2017


The ‘Men and Masculinities’ Programme (PDF)

Working with perpetrators of domestic abuse in a substance abuse treatment context | Cranstoun and DVIP, UK

APPG Inquiry into key issues and priorities for local control – January 2017

Following an evidence session on Tuesday 10th January 2017, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health published the report Burning Injustice – reducing tobacco driven harm and inequality (PDF download). The report provides recommendations to the government, local authorities and the NHS for effective action to further reduce smoking prevalence at a time of austerity | ASH, UK

Faulty by design. The state of public-service commissioning

How public services are commissioned underpins their success in healthcare, criminal justice, employment services and beyond. In theory, designing contracts for services delivered by third-party providers stokes competition for service delivery, driving down prices and incentivising expert providers to deliver the best services to meet users’ needs | Reform, UK

If you are poor you are killed (PDF)

President Rodrigo Duterte has made no secret of how he views people linked to drugs or crime; for him, they are less than human and deserving of death. Since taking office in the Philippines on 30 June 2016, his administration’s “war on drugs” has borne that out to a devastating degree. Statistics from the Philippine National Police indicate that police officers and unknown armed persons collectively carried out 7,025 drug-related killings between 1 July 2016 and 21 January 2017, roughly an average of 34 per day | Amnesty, UK

Drugs, Alcohol, and Suicide Represent Growing Share of U.S. Mortality

Americans are killing themselves at an alarming rate. Nationwide, the mortality rate1, from drug poisoning, alcohol poisoning, and suicide increased by 52 percent between 2000 and 2014. Most of this increase was driven by a surge in prescription opioid and heroin overdoses, but overdoses from other drugs, suicides by means other than drugs, and alcohol-induced deaths also increased over this period | UNH, USA

Marijuana use trends and health effects

A report from reviewing scientific literature on the health effects of marijuana and Colorado-specific health outcome and use pattern |, USA

Reported road casualties in Great Britain, accidents involving illegal alcohol levels: 2015 (second provisional)

Personal injury drink drive accident statistics in Great Britain for 2015 | Department for Transport, UK

Highways and buyways (PDF)

A new survey of the street drug market in the UK by DrugWise has concluded that the primary aims of the PSA which came into force in May 2016 have been achieved. Firstly to close down retail outlets for so-called ‘legal highs’ and second to stop the legal cat and mouse game whereby a drug would be banned only for the chemists to render the drug legal once more by slightly changing the formula.  However, of the new drugs, synthetic cannabinoids collectively known as spice in particular, have become street drugs alongside heroin and crack causing continuing problems for vulnerable groups including the rough sleeping and homeless communities and those in prison.


Other key findings include: Unprecedented purity levels for heroin, cocaine, crack and ecstasy. Confirmation of the changing nature of drug distribution  networks. Significant non-medical use of prescription and over-the counter drugs [ Press release (PDF) ] | DrugWise, UK

Volteface Launch New Report: Black Sheep

The report argues that legally regulating cannabis consumption would better help those most at risk | Volte Face, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: February 2017 data update

The Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England quarterly data update for February 2017 | PHE, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE): February 2017 data update

The Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) data update for February 2017 | PHE, UK

Alcohol-related deaths in the UK: registered in 2015

Deaths caused by diseases known to be related to alcohol consumption, such as cirrhosis of the liver | ONS, UK

Measuring and evidencing the social value of the Mersey Care People Participation Programme

There are cultural changes occurring in the use of volunteering, with the literature highlighting that volunteers are integral (rather than an add-on) to health and social care organisations. Since the 1990s, policy has been reflecting this growing change in the roles and responsibilities of volunteers in the provision of health and social care services and volunteers having an active role in communities | PHI, UK

An evaluation of the Mersey Care Professional Advice Area

In April 2015, Mersey Care obtained funding for one year to set up an Enterprise and Employment (EE) Hub. This hub aimed to help service users on their path to employment and to help link up Mersey Care services with local employment support services and recruiting businesses | PHI, UK

Cannabis for Medical Use - A Scientific Review (PDF)

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) convened an expert working group to assist with its review of the potential medical use of cannabis, as requested by the Minister for Health | Health Products Regulatory Authority, Ireland

Criminal Justice Project – Impact of targeted drug testing on drug using offenders coming into treatment in Liverpool

This report explores the impact of targeted drug testing on drug using offenders coming into treatment in Liverpool. It compares the numbers of drug tests, Required Assessments and criminal justice assessments prior to and following the implementation of targeted testing in Liverpool’s custody suite | PHI, UK

A Rational Approach to Alcohol Taxation

IEA calls for 9p flat rate of tax on alcohol to fix illogical system | IEA, UK

The first ever manifesto for the children of alcoholics

The hard-hitting manifesto, published to coincide with International Children of Alcoholics Week, sets out a 10-point plan to help Britain’s 2.6 million innocent victims of drink – the children of hard-drinking parents | Liam Byrne MP, UK

Case for lower alcohol taxes 'overstated'

Industry claims of alcohol’s economic benefits to the UK have been overstated, claims a new report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies. ‘Splitting the Bill: Alcohol’s Impact on the UK Economy’ (PDF) challenges the assertion often made by industry groups that economic growth is hampered by policy measures aimed at reducing alcohol-related health and social harms, therefore undermining the case for cutting duty in next month’s Budget | IAS, UK

Suicide prevention A guide for local authorities (PDF)

From the early 1980s onwards there was a pretty consistent downwards trend in suicide rates in England, but that began to change a decade ago. Since then the numbers have risen. It is hard to pinpoint exactly why this has happened, although many believe the economic downturn has been a key factor | LGA, UK

Afghanistan Synthetic Drugs Situation Assessment (PDF)

The phenomenon of synthetic drugs cannot be understood by focussing on Afghanistan alone. Rather, this report situates the dynamics of synthetic drugs in the country within the wider context of South-Western and Central Asia in order to understand the recent emergence and origins of synthetic drugs in Afghanistan | UNODC, Switzerland

Drug misuse prevention: targeted interventions

This guideline covers targeted interventions to prevent misuse of drugs, including illegal drugs, ‘legal highs’ and prescription-only medicines. It aims to prevent or delay harmful use of drugs in children, young people and adults who are most likely to start using drugs or who are already experimenting or using drugs occasionally | NICE, UK

Design of optimal corrective taxes in the alcohol market (PDF)

Alcohol consumption is associated with costs to society due to its impact on crime and health. Tax can lead consumers to internalise these externalities. We study optimal corrective taxation in the alcohol market. We allow for the fact that the externality generating commodity (ethanol) is available in many differentiated products, over which consumers might have heterogeneous preferences, and that there may also be heterogeneity in marginal externalities across consumers | IFS, UK

Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999–2015

Deaths from drug overdose have been identified as a significant public health burden in the United States in recent years . This report uses data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to highlight recent trends in drug overdose deaths, describing demographic and geographic patterns as well as the types of drugs involved | CDC, USA

Prevalence of drug use and gambling in Ireland and drug use in Northern Ireland 2014/15: regional drug and alcohol task force (Ireland) and health and social care trust (Northern Ireland) results. Bulletin 2

Results have been released today by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol and the Public Health Information and Research Branch of the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.  Full Report Here. This bulletin provides a breakdown of prevalence rates by region for use of illegal drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, sedatives, tranquillisers and anti-depressants | NACDA, Ireland

Scottish Government urged to curb alcohol marketing

In a report published today - Promoting good health from childhood (PDF) - by Alcohol Focus Scotland, leading academics and health experts outline how the Scottish Government can reduce the unacceptably high levels of alcohol marketing that children and young people are exposed to | Alcohol Focus Scotland, UK

MDMB-CHMICA to be placed under control across the EU

Today, the EU reacted to serious concerns over the use of the synthetic cannabinoid MDMB-CHMICA by deciding to subject it to ‘control measures’ throughout the Union | EMCDDA, Portugal

Programming document 2017–19

The EMCDDA Single Programming Document (SPD) for the period 2017–19, which includes the 2017 work programme, is the first work programme to be implemented under the new EMCDDA Strategy 2025. Priority in 2017 will be given to improving core monitoring tasks and to operating the EU Early Warning System under a new regulation on new psychoactive substances, which is expected to enter into force in the course of the year | EMCDDA, Portugal

Statistics on Drugs Misuse: England, 2017 

This statistical report presents a range of information on drug use by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources. It focuses on England only where possible although some statistics are only readily available at GB or UK level or for England and Wales combined | NHS Digital, UK

E-Cigarettes Ignite The Smoking Cessation Market

Once quitting smoking was simply a matter of a patch, gum or tablet, but new research from Mintel sees smokers in the UK increasingly turning to E-cigarettes to beat the habit. Indeed, latest research from Mintel finds that today, while sales of smoking cessation aids have slowed, the market for E-cigarettes in the UK is booming, increasing an impressive 340% over the past year from an estimated £44 million in 2012 to reach an estimated £193 million in 2013 | Mintel, UK






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