Reports April 2018

 

Drug misuse prevention

This quality standard covers the prevention or delay of harmful use of drugs by children, young people and adults most likely to start using drugs, or already experimenting or using drugs occasionally. This includes illegal psychoactive substances, solvents, volatile substances, image- and performance-enhancing drugs, prescription-only medicines and over-the-counter medicines. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement | NICE, UK

Half of heroin/morphine misuse death hotspots in England and Wales are seaside locations

Some of England and Wales's favourite seaside resort areas are now among the towns with the highest rates of deaths from the misuse of heroin/morphine | NICE, UK

National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report - March 2018

The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program provides leading-edge, coordinated national research and intelligence on illicit drugs and licit drugs that can be abused, with a specific focus on methylamphetamine and other substances | ACIC, Australia

National opioid pharmacotherapy statistics annual data (NOPSAD) 2017

On a snapshot day in 2017, almost 50,000 clients received pharmacotherapy treatment for their opioid dependence at 2,732 dosing points around Australia | AIHW, Australia

Needle and Syringe Programs in Australia: Peer-led Best Practice

The Needle and Syringe Programs in Australia: Peer-led Best Practice report outlines recommendations for peer-led best practice for needle and syringe program (NSP) service delivery in Australia | AIVL, Australia

United Kingdom drug situation: Focal Point annual report

Annual report and data tables from the UK Focal Point on Drugs on the national prevalence, impact, prevention and treatment of drug use | PHE, UK

Home Secretary launches Serious Violence Strategy

Home Secretary Amber Rudd today sets out a multi-million pound commitment to steering young people away from crime and tackling violent drug-dealing gangs through the government’s first Serious Violence Strategy (PDF) | Home Office and The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, UK

The role of stopping smoking in money advice – putting health and economic benefits together (PDF)

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and ASH Scotland worked together on a pilot to evaluate the potential role that money advice services can play in raising the issue of smoking | NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Smokefree Services and ASH Scotland, UK

The economic impact of changes in alcohol consumption in the UK (PDF)

The alcohol industry (both manufacturing and sales) is important to the UK Economy as it supports thousands of jobs (IAS, 2017a; Oxford Economics, 2016). However, there are many well documented adverse effects of high alcohol consumption, most notably on public health | Fraser of Allander Institute, UK

Is it all smoke without fire? (PDF)

Welsh Primary School Children’s Perceptions of Electronic Cigarettes | PHI, UK

Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599,912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies

Low-risk limits recommended for alcohol consumption vary substantially across different national guidelines. To define thresholds associated with lowest risk for all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease, we studied individual-participant data from 599,912 current drinkers without previous cardiovascular disease | Lancet, UK

Hepatitis B: explaining the screening result

Important information for women with hepatitis B, to help explain their screening result | PHE, UK

Cannabis and the Drug Law in Tunisia: A Reform Rooted in Social Justice Claims (PDF)

Drug control policies in Tunisia are guided by the 1992 Narcotics Act (Act 92-52) adopted under the dictatorship following the 1987 Coup d’Etat. Until April 2017, the Act was one of the most punitive drug control laws in the world, sentencing people convicted of drug use or possession of small amounts to a mandatory minimum of one year in prison, and a monetary fine of 1000 Tunisian Dinars | GDPO, UK

Alcohol & other drugs stigma

Experiences of stigma and discrimination are a common occurrence in the everyday lives of people living with problematic alcohol and other drug use, causing significant harm and creating major barriers to seeking help and support | Queensland Mental Health Commission, Australia

The untold story: harms experienced in the Irish population due to others’ drinking (PDF)

Harms that are prominent throughout the report include: feeling unsafe, being harassed or insulted verbally, physical harassment, stress, having less money for household expenses, sleep disturbances, being a passenger with a drunk driver, ruined belongings and having to leave home due for safety | Health Service Executive, Ireland

Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force strategic plan 2018 – 2025. Reclaiming community development as an effective response to drug harms, policy harms, poverty and inequality (PDF)

Consultation with those working in community based programmes and services and those accessing these services provided some detail on the implications of these ongoing challenges | Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Ireland

The untold story: harms experienced in the Irish population due to others’ drinking (PDF)

Harms that are prominent throughout the report include: feeling unsafe, being harassed or insulted verbally, physical harassment, stress, having less money for household expenses, sleep disturbances, being a passenger with a drunk driver, ruined belongings and having to leave home due for safety | Health Service Executive, Ireland

Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force strategic plan 2018 – 2025. Reclaiming community development as an effective response to drug harms, policy harms, poverty and inequality (PDF)

Consultation with those working in community based programmes and services and those accessing these services provided some detail on the implications of these ongoing challenges | Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Ireland

Tobacco and smoking: policy, regulation and guidance

These documents support local healthcare systems dealing with the harm of tobacco and provide guidance for manufacturers and importers on UK regulation | PHE, UK

E-cigarettes and vaping: policy, regulation and guidance

Evidence on the impact of e-cigarettes, information on government policy and regulation, and guidance for organisations on vaping policies | PHE, UK

The untold story: Harms experienced in the Irish population due to others’ drinking (PDF)

What has been missing from the picture is the burden that occasional or regular heavy drinking imposes directly on others at the interpersonal level – whether in regular relationships such as in the family, at work, or among friends, or in chance encounters in public places | HSE, Ireland

Drug seizures and offending: Social Indicators page

In year ending March 2017, police recorded 136,352 drug offences in England and Wales, a decrease of 8% on the previous year. Around 83% of all drug offences recorded by the police were for drug possession. Just under 76% of total drug offences recorded were for the possession of cannabis | Parliament.uk, UK

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2016–17: key findings

In 2016–17, 836 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just over 200,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 127,000 clients | AIHW, Australia

Our life, our voice, our say: applying a public sector equality and human rights duty approach to the human rights and equality issues identified by service users of opioid treatment services (PDF)

Service Users' Rights in Action is a coalition of opioid treatment service users, service user representatives and community activists, facilitated by Community Action Network (CAN). For some years now we have been concerned about human rights violations in relation to the treatment of people in Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) | Community Action Network, Ireland

Bulletin on Narcotics: Alternative development: practices and reflections (PDF)

We are pleased to introduce this special issue of the Bulletin on Narcotics, which is devoted to the theme of alternative development. In addition to this introduction, it consists of five academic articles that provide important insights and experiences regarding the current state and future directions of this development-driven strategy | UNODC, Austria

Taking a new line on drugs

Based on our recent report (PDF) of the same name, this video calls for a rethinking of the government's drugs policy to take a more public health-led approach | Royal Society for Public Health, UK

Taking the Hit: Student drug use and how Institutions respond (PDF)

The findings in this report paint a complex picture of student drug use, one that has both positive and negative impacts on students’ lives. In doing so, it contrasts with some university, college and students’ union drug policies, which see student drug use wholly as a problem to be eradicated through suspensions, evictions and surveillance | NUS, Release UK

Alcohol and mental health: policy and practice in England (PDF)

The Institute of Alcohol Studies and Centre for Mental Health jointly surveyed people working in alcohol and mental health services to understand current provision and the barriers to effective help. We also co-hosted a seminar for experts in both fields and reviewed current policies and guidance in each | IAS, UK

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England April 2017 to December 2017

Results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England | NHS Digital, UK

Guidance on the Implementation of Minimum Pricing for Alcohol: For sellers of alcohol and enforcement authorities in Scotland (PDF)

Minimum pricing is a key measure in the Scottish Government’s alcohol strategy, and will set a price below which alcohol cannot be sold. Alcoholic drinks which are priced at less than the minimum price per unit at the date of implementation (1st May 2018) will need to increase | Scottish Government, UK