Reports January 2017


Precursor chemical import and export authorisation wallchart

This chart outlines the authorisation requirements for importing chemicals into the UK and the requirements for exporting them to different countries across the world | Home Office, UK

High Impact Complex Drinkers Pilot 2016 (PDF) and

High Impact Complex Drinkers Pilot 2016, Key Messages and Future Directions (PDF)

Surrey County Council's public health team were one of the early partners to the Blue Light project.   Over the subsequent two years they have been working with partners and providers to develop their approach to potential Blue Light clients. In 2014/15 they delivered a one year pilot titled High Impact Complex Drinkers.   They report a potential return on investment of £4 for every £1 invested as well as reductions in drinking and other health improvements.  Surrey is now rolling out a second phase of the project | Alcohol Concern, UK

Statistics from the NI Drug Misuse Database: 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016

The bulletin summarises information on people presenting to services with problem drug misuse and relates to the 12-month period ending 31 March 2016 | Northern Ireland Executive, UK

The 2016 Hep-CORE Report (PDF)

Monitoring the implementation of hepatitis B and C policy recommendations in Europe | European Liver Patients Association, Belgium

HIQA announces public consultation on first EU HTA to include e-cigarettes as an intervention for quitting smoking

This independent analysis by HIQA identifies what improvements could be made in the mix of interventions offered by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland to increase overall quit rates at an acceptable cost. The findings will inform the development of a national clinical guideline to guide healthcare professionals and smokers on how best to quit smoking successfully | HIQA, Ireland

NCI Tobacco Control Monograph Series 21 - The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control

This monograph, a collaboration between the National Cancer Institute and WHO, examines the current research and evidence base surrounding the economics of tobacco control—including tobacco use, tobacco growing, manufacturing and trade, tobacco product taxes and prices, and tobacco control policies and other interventions to reduce tobacco use and its consequence | WHO, Switzerland

Rebalancing Act

This resource is structured around the themes of policy; prevalence; and partnership and governance. In adopting this approach, we have tried to provide an introduction to the context, the need for action, and to highlight some of the activity being undertaken now in local areas to try to address some of the challenges outlined here | Revolving Doors, UK

Young people’s statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS): financial year ending March 2016

Results from the NDTMS on the number of young problem drug and alcohol users in contact with specialist treatment agencies and general practitioners between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016 | PHE, UK

Specialist substance misuse services for young people

Public Health England (PHE) commissioned The Children’s Society to undertake scoping research in early 2016, to understand some of the opportunities and challenges currently facing those now responsible for commissioning and delivering young people’s specialist substance misuse services and to outline some critical good practice principles | PHE, UK

New advice on reducing health inequalities in the criminal justice system

Local bodies can use new advice to close the shocking health gap between people in the criminal justice system and the wider population | PHE, UK

The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research

In one of the most comprehensive studies of recent research on the health effects of recreational and therapeutic cannabis use, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of relevant scientific research published since 1999. This report summarizes the current state of evidence regarding what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products, including effects related to therapeutic uses of cannabis and potential health risks related to certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries | National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, USA

Drug trafficking penalties across the European Union: a survey of expert opinion

The results of a study on national drug trafficking laws and their application in the Member States of the European Union are presented in this report. It is based on an analysis of the national laws and on the opinions of legal practitioners — judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers — from 26 countries. The penalties set out in national laws for trafficking cannabis, amphetamine, cocaine and heroin are compared with the sentencing outcomes expected by the legal practitioners, including penalties imposed and the estimated time likely to be spent in prison | EMCDDA, Portugal

Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force: Strategic Plan for 2017 - 2019, Consultation

The Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF) is developing its Strategic Plan for 2017 - 2019. A public consultation process is underway and the Task Force is working in partnership with PPNs in the Region (Galway, Mayo & Roscommon) to ensure meaningful engagement at local level | Active Link, Ireland

Tackling tuberculosis in under-served populations

Guidance for TB Control Boards and partners outlines ways to design and deliver programmes to reduce TB in under-served populations (USPs) [Press release] | PHE, UK

Crime in England and Wales: year ending Sept 2016

Crime statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crim. [See Section 7, table 2 for drug offences] | ONS, UK

Police recorded crime and outcomes open data tables

[Updated January 19th] Police recorded crime and outcomes detailed figures and supplementary material including a user guide | Home Office, UK

Responsible thinking (PDF)

This report documents proceedings from the British Sociological Association (BSA) supported by Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) interdisciplinary symposium ‘How do different disciplines talk about alcohol and how can we work better together?’ held in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on Friday 22nd April 2016 | SHAAP, UK

Alcohol/Drug-Involved Family Violence in Australia (ADIVA) (PDF)

Alcohol is involved in about half of all police-reported FDV incidents in Australia (FARE 2015; Grech & Burgess 2011), and is likely to be involved in a substantially greater proportion of all FDV. Evidence from police report and hospital data indicates that the probability of any family violence is increased on days when perpetrators consume alcohol | NDLERF, Australia







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