Reports November 2018

National Statistics: Substance misuse treatment for adults: statistics 2017 to 2018

Statistics on alcohol and drug misuse treatment for adults from PHE’s national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

Research and analysis: Alcohol dependence prevalence in England

Estimates of the number of alcohol dependent adults in each local authority in England | PHE, UK

Research and analysis - Alcohol treatment inquiry: summary of findings

Report on the findings and recommendations of Public Health England’s inquiry into the fall in numbers of people in treatment for alcohol dependence | PHE, UK

Nitty drugs and broken trust: Young people talk Spice and the Secure Estate (PDF)

This report started as a look into Spice but revealed a shocking theme: a lack of trust. Seventy-five per cent of those surveyed said they didn’t trust any professional involved in their care – a result of broken promises and a lack of confidentiality and transparency. Some said they felt information could be misused. Why do they feel this way? | User voice, UK

Opioid harm in Australia: and comparisons between Australia and Canada

Opioid use and its associated harms is an issue of great public health interest, both within Australia and internationally. This report shows that opioid harms are an issue in both Australia and Canada. Rates of opioid deaths and opioid poisoning hospitalisations in Australia increased in the last 10 years. In 2016, pharmaceutical opioids were involved in more opioid deaths and opioid poisoning hospitalisations than heroin | AIHW, Australia

Seizures of drugs in England and Wales, financial year ending 2018

Contains figures for seizures of drugs made by local police forces and the UK Border Force | Home Office, UK

Afghanistan Opium Survey 2018 Cultivation and Production (PDF)

[Press Release here] The total area under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan remains at very high levels despite a decrease by 20 per cent compared to 2017. The potential production of opium decreased by 29 per cent in 2018 compared to last year, while farm-gate prices hit an all-time low, according to the 2018 Afghanistan Opium Survey released today | UNODC, Switzerland

Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms in the Provinces and Territories (2007–2014) (PDF)

In June 2018, the Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms Scientific Working Group released the results of a significant new study in a comprehensive technical report, Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms (2007–2014). 1 The report presents estimates of the economic costs and harms of substance use in Canada for the years 2007 to 2014 | CCSA, Canada

Guideline scope 4 Cannabis-based products for medicinal use (PDF)

The Department of Health and Social Care in England has asked NICE to develop guidance on prescribing of cannabis-based1 6 products for medicinal 7 use | NICE, UK

Monitoring drug use in recreational settings across Europe: conceptual challenges and methodological innovations

This report explores how data on drug use are captured through surveys of targeted populations in recreational settings. The benefits and challenges of monitoring drug use in recreational settings are identified, as are emergent data sources and methodological innovations. The report draws on cutting-edge debates within social research, sociology and critical drug studies to encourage dialogue between researchers and with monitoring agencies | EMCDDA, Portugal

Exploring new and emerging drug trends and developments in CELAC countries: joint report from the EMCDDA and COPOLAD workshop on trendspotter methodology

This report details the results of a two-day workshop on the EMCDDA’s trendspotter methodology held in Lisbon in November 2017. The workshop involved representatives from national drug observatories based in countries from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), along with experts from European countries and regional and international organisations active in the drugs field | EMCDDA, Portugal

Review of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

This review sought to measure changes in outcomes before and after the implementation of the Act, to provide an indication of whether its aims are being achieved | Home Office, UK

Research and analysis: Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK

Updated - Added Shooting Up November 2018 update report; data tables; briefing; and added link to the slide set and infographic under the Details section | PHE, UK

Research and analysis: Forensic early warning system (FEWS) annual report

Annual report on the Home Office forensic early warning system, which identifies new psychoactive substances in the UK | Home Office, UK

The Alcohol Change Report

New report from the charity Alcohol CHange (formed from the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK) in which we look at alcohol harm in the UK, and make the case for change being not only needed, but possible | Alcohol Change, UK

Alcohol Framework 2108: Preventing Harm - next steps on changing our relationship with alcohol

This updated Alcohol Framework sets out our national prevention aims on alcohol: the activities that will reduce consumption and minimise alcohol-related harm ariring in the first place. It builds on the 2009 Framework, and retains three central themes which are well accepted and understood: reducing consumption; positive attitudes, positive choices; supporting families and communities | Scottish Government, UK

Hepatitis C treatment monitoring in England

This report summarises the content and completeness of data contained within the Hepatitis C patient registry and treatment outcome system at the end of April 2018, enabling a preliminary assessment of HCV treatment and its monitoring in England | PHE, UK

Gambling Commission publishes new report on children and gambling trends

The Gambling Commission has said stronger partnerships are needed to protect children following a new report. The gambling regulator has called for regulators and businesses across industries to work together, but the research also shows the important influence parents can have on children’s gambling behaviour | Gambling Commission, UK

Smoking in the home: New solutions for a Smokefree Generation

This report considers the impact of smoking in the home and what policy measures could be taken across all housing tenures reduce its prevalence, with the aim of protecting children and adults and supporting healthy communities | ASH, UK

Alcohol Related Hospital Statistics Scotland

Alcohol-related hospital statistics (ARHS) provide an annual update to figures on the alcohol-related inpatient and day case activity taking place within general acute hospitals and psychiatric hospitals in Scotland | ISD Scotland, UK

Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017 [PAS]

This survey series provides England’s best source of data on trends in child mental health. [Includes data on alcohol and drug use in the chapter on Behaviours, lifestyles and identities (PDF) ] | NHS Digital, UK

Exploring new and emerging drug trends and developments in CELAC countries: joint report from the EMCDDA and COPOLAD workshop on trendspotter methodology

This report details the results of a two-day workshop on the EMCDDA’s trendspotter methodology held in Lisbon in November 2017. The workshop involved representatives from national drug observatories based in countries from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), along with experts from European countries and regional and international organisations active in the drugs field | EMCDDA, Portugal

Economies of Ale: changes to the pub industry in the UK

Since 2008, nearly a quarter of pubs in the UK have closed – but the turnover of the pub industry is holding up and employment is on the rise. What’s happening? And what about pubs in your area? | ONS, UK

Peterborough male prison – many strengths but must address drugs and violence

Peterborough men’s prison has much good practice to share with the wider service but was found by inspectors to have become less safe over the last three years because of the ravages of drugs and violence | HM Inspectorates of Prisons, UK

National Naloxone Programme Scotland Monitoring Report 2017/18 (PDF)

A total of 8,397 take-home naloxone kits were issued in Scotland in 2017/18, an increase of 3% from the previous year. A total of 46,037 take-home naloxone kits were supplied in Scotland between 2011/12 and 2017/18 | ISD Scotland, UK

Rights, Respect and Recovery (PDF)

Scotland’s strategy to improve health by preventing and reducing alcohol and drug use, harm and related deaths | Scottish Government, UK

How we drink, what we think – 2018

Alcohol continues to be an accepted part of everyday life in the UK, despite being one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death. This report, which is based on a survey carried out by the AHA, gives some insights into what people think about alcohol, how aware they are about the risks associated with alcohol, and what they would like to be done to address the harms caused by alcohol | AHA UK, UK

Drinking behaviour and moderation among UK adults: Findings from Drinkaware Monitor 2018 (PDF)

This report sets out findings from research conducted by YouGov in spring 2018 into UK adults’ behaviour and attitudes in relation to alcohol and drinking moderation. It also explores the issue of drinking within the wider context of healthy lifestyles | DrinkAware, UK

HIV in the United Kingdom

Reports by Public Health England about testing, diagnosis and care HIV in the UK | PHE, UK

 

 

 

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