Reports August 2018

Families First: An evidence-based approach to protecting UK families from alcohol-related harm (PDF)

Many people in the UK have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol; it is estimated that there are 595,000 adults with alcohol dependence in England. As well as harming individuals, this can also harm children and families | Alcohol and Families Alliance, UK

Failure by Design and Disinvestment: the Critical State of Custody-Community Transitions (PDF)

Prisons are failing to provide opiate dependent prisoners with lifesaving drug on release despite clear recommendations from the government and Public Health England. This report points to the high mortality rates of opiate dependent prisoners in the immediate post-release period, coupled with high dropout rates in community treatment services as symptomatic of critical failures in the system. Press release here | Blenheim, UK

Home Office Counting Rules for Recorded Crime - With effect from April 2018 (PDF)

Including new rules for counting Drug Offences, Trafficking in Controlled Drugs and Possession of Drugs | Home Office, UK

Effect of cannabis use in people with chronic non-cancer pain prescribed opioids: findings from a 4-year prospective cohort study (PDF)

Interest in the use of cannabis and cannabinoids to treat chronic non-cancer pain is increasing, because of their potential to reduce opioid dose requirements. We aimed to investigate cannabis use in people living with chronic non-cancer pain who had been prescribed opioids, including their reasons for use and perceived effectiveness of cannabis; associations between amount of cannabis use and pain, mental health, and opioid use; the effect of cannabis use on pain severity and interference over time; and potential opioid-sparing effects of cannabis | Lancet, Australia

934 drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2017

There were 934 drug-related deaths registered in Scotland in 2017, 66 (8 per cent) more than in 2016, according to figures released today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) | National Records of Scotland, UK

Commission to the ACMD: scheduling under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has been asked to consider the appropriate scheduling of cannabis-related products | Home Office and Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, UK

Medicinal cannabis review part 2 commissioned

Home Secretary to receive advice on cannabis-related medicinal products | Home Office, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, and The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, UK

Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2017

Cigarette smoking among adults including the proportion of people who smoke, their demographic breakdowns, changes over time, and e-cigarettes | ONS, UK

Around 1.6 million fewer adult smokers in England in six years

The number of adult smokers in England has dropped by around 1.6m between 2011 and 20172, official figures released by NHS Digital, Public Health England and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show | ONS, UK

Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England: July 2018 update

An overview of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm and the measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level in England | PHE, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: July 2018

Update of Indicators in the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) interactive tool | PHE, UK

Over two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks, major study from Children’s Commissioner reveals

The report, “The Children’s Commissioner’s 2018 Report into Childhood Vulnerability”, estimates 825,000 children are living in a family with domestic violence and that over 100,000 children are living in a family with the so-called ‘toxic trio’ of domestic violence, mental health and alcohol or substance abuse | Children's Commissioner for England, UK

Over two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks, major study from Children’s Commissioner reveals

The report, “The Children’s Commissioner’s 2018 Report into Childhood Vulnerability”, estimates 825,000 children are living in a family with domestic violence and that over 100,000 children are living in a family with the so-called ‘toxic trio’ of domestic violence, mental health and alcohol or substance abuse | Children's Commissioner for England, UK

Drug health harms: national intelligence

Briefings based on presentations and discussion from the meeting of the national intelligence network on the health harms associated with drug use | PHE, UK

Fit for purpose? An analysis of the role of the Portman Group in alcohol industry self-regulation (PDF)

In a new report a leading alcohol charity is calling on the UK Government to undertake a thorough review of how alcohol marketing is regulated. Following a detailed analysis of the industry-funded regulator, the Portman Group, the report highlights inconsistent decision-making, lack of scrutiny, and an apparent failure to address how modern alcohol marketing works | Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK, UK

Impact Report 2017-18 (PDF)

On 2 June this year I celebrated my one year birthday with Scottish Families – the year has flown past and it’s great to read through this Impact Report 2017-18, to take a breath and reflect on everything we have achieved! | SFAD, UK

Smoking in pregnancy challenge group, Review of the Challenge 2018

The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group released a report on the 4th July 2018 calling for Government action to tackle smoking in pregnancy. The new report shines light on the progress towards the Government’s ambition to reduce the smoking in pregnancy rate to less than 6% by 2022 and warns that unless more is done this ambition is unlikely to be met | Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group, UK

Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children

This report examines the multi-agency response to older children who are living with neglect following 6 inspections of local authority areas | Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, UK

NDARC 2017 Annual Report

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of the research undertaken at the Centre in 2017 | NDARC, Australia

Policy Briefing: HIV Outbreak in Glasgow - more needs to be done (PDF)

[Updated] There is currently an ongoing and extensive outbreak of HIV amongst people who inject drugs (PWIDs) in Glasgow. Over 100 cases have been linked to this outbreak | NAT, UK

North Dublin regional drug & alcohol task force 2016 annual report to drugs programme unit (PDF)

2016 began with renewed energy for the North Dublin Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force with a series of changes to further enhance our Frontline Service provision | North Dublin regional drug & alcohol task force, Ireland

Secure setting drug and alcohol treatment business definitions

Business definitions for secure setting drug and alcohol treatment providers to input data onto the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

Tackling gambling related harm – a whole council approach

Harmful gambling is increasingly cited as a public health issue which requires a broad response; that is to say, traditional approaches that focus on single interventions do not tend to work at a population level | LGA, UK

North Dublin regional drug & alcohol task force 2016 annual report to drugs programme unit (PDF)

2016 began with renewed energy for the North Dublin Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force with a series of changes to further enhance our Frontline Service provision | North Dublin regional drug & alcohol task force, Ireland

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons annual report: 2017 to 2018

The annual report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, drawing on 77 individual inspection reports of prisons, young offender institutions, secure training centres, immigration detention, police and court custody and other custodial establishments, and thematic reports, published between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 | MoJ, UK

1 in 3 young people under youth justice supervision receive treatment for alcohol and other drug use

The report, Overlap between youth justice supervision and alcohol and other drug treatment services, shows 1 in 3 young people aged 10–17 under youth justice supervision during the 4 years to June 2016 also received alcohol and other drug treatment services at some point during the same period | AIHW, Australia

Guidance for drug and alcohol treatment providers and clients

Guidelines for drug and alcohol treatment providers on sharing client's information with the National Drug and alcohol Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

The dynamic predictors of reconviction for women (PDF)

This research was driven by a policy question about the extent to which rehabilitative services for women in prison or on probation need to be different to those provided for men: Do women and men have different risk factors for criminal behaviour that will demand different interventions? | HM Prison & Probation Service, UK

The effectiveness of rehabilitative services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people: a rapid evidence assessment (PDF)

A rapid evidence assessment (REA) was conducted to explore the research evidence looking at the effectiveness of rehabilitative correctional interventions in reducing reoffending or substance misuse, among BAME people | HM Prison & Probation Service, UK

What does the research evidence tell us about what Australians think about the legal status of drugs? A 2018 update

This bulletin summarises data from a nationally representative survey of Australians (The National Drug Strategy Household Survey) which asks people their opinions about the legal status of drug in 2016. We differentiate what Australians think about “legalisation” versus “decriminalisation” for four different types of drugs (cannabis, ecstasy, heroin and meth/amphetamine)... We also explore how the Australian public think money should be directed in responding to illicit drugs | NDARC, Australia

Report on the risk assessment of methyl 1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-[phenyl(propanoyl)amino]piperidine-4-carboxylate (carfentanil) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on methyl 1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-[phenyl(propanoyl)amino]piperidine-4-carboxylate (carfentanil), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place carfentanil in Schedule I and Schedule IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of N-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-methyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]propanamide (4F-iBF) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on N-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-methyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]propanamide (4F-iBF), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place 4F-iBF in Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of methyl 2-{[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazole-3-carbonyl]amino}-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (5F-MDMB-PINACA) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on methyl 2-{[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazole-3-carbonyl]amino}-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (5F-MDMB-PINACA), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place 5F-MDMB-PINACA in Schedule II of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-CHMINACA) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-CHMINACA), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place AB-CHMINACA in Schedule II of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4- yl]oxolane-2-carboxamide (THF-F) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]oxolane-2-carboxamide (THF-F), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place tetrahydrofuranylfentanyl in Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

All night long: Social media marketing to young people by alcohol brands and venues (PDF)

New research shows the significant role that drinking venues and alcohol brands play in marketing alcohol products to young people on social media. The report highlights how the regulatory system for alcohol marketing (under the UK advertising Codes of Practice regulated by the Advertising Standards Authority) is struggling to keep up with the pace and nature of technological change and needs to be strengthened – taking particular account of marketing by venues as well as brands – to reflect the central role of social media activity in young people’s drinking occasions | University of Bath and University of Birmingham, UK

The European Cannabis Report. 3rd edition

Europe could be the largest dealer of cannabis in the world by 2028, according to a new study | Prohibition Partners, UK

Public Health England: Health and Justice Annual Review 2017/18 (PDF)

People in prison have multiple complex needs with higher levels of physical health, mental health and substance misuse needs than their peers in the community. These issues are often complicated by homelessness, joblessness, indebtedness or social isolation and poor access to health services appropriate to their needs | PHE, UK

Social media, SRE, and sensible drinking: Understanding the dramatic decline in teenage pregnancy (PDF)

The UK has traditionally had the highest rate of teen pregnancy in Western Europe. Over the last two decades, teenage conception rates have fallen across countries in this region, yet the UK has experienced a particularly rapid decline, and rates now stand at a record low, a decline that has been described as "the success story of our time" | BPAS, UK

The Environmental Impacts of the Legalization of Cannabis in California (PDF)

In November 2016, Proposition 64 was passed in California allowing for the legalization of recreational cannabis use. The measure came into effect on January 1, 2018 with California joining 28 other US states that have legislated for the medical and/or recreational use of cannabis | GDPO, UK

Police & Harm Reduction: How law enforcement can advance public safety, public health, and public confidence (PDF)

This is a briefing for law enforcement personnel around the world on how to incorporate, support, and create space for approaches that aim to increase public safety and health, reduce harm to people who use drugs, and provide law enforcement alternatives to common punitive models | OSF, UK

Naloxone-on-Release Guidelines for naloxone provision upon release from prison and other custodial settings (PDF)

A hands-on toolkit for policy makers and practitioners on how to set up and run naloxone programmes for overdose prevention upon release from prison and other custodial settings | ISFF, Germany

Hepatitis C: tools for estimating disease burden

This tool provides ODN-level estimates of hepatitis C prevalence, diagnoses, treatment and severe hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related liver disease. This new tool is intended to support prevention, testing and diagnosis, and treatment activities at ODN level | PHE, UK

The lost decade: Neglect for harm reduction funding and the health crisis among people who use drugs (PDF)

Despite the potential for these interventions to contribute to healthier communities, funding for harm reduction in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has flat-lined over the past decade. Harm Reduction International's report, found that in 2016, US$188 million was allocated for harm reduction – the same amount as in 2007 and just 13% of the US$1.5 billion that UNAIDS estimates is required annually by 2020 for an effective response in LMICs | HRI, UK

Public health guidance on prevention and control of blood-borne viruses in prison settings

This evidence-based guidance aims to support the planning and implementation of effective programmes to prevent and control the transmission of infectious diseases in prison settings in the European region. It focuses on three high-burden blood-borne viruses (BBV) in the prison population, namely hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodefciency virus (HIV) | ECDC and EMCDDA, Portugal

The Budgetary Effects of Ending Drug Prohibition

In the past several years, the national movement to end drug prohibition has accelerated. Nine states and Washington, DC, have legalized recreational marijuana, with at least three more states (Connecticut, Michigan, and Ohio) likely to vote on legalization by the end of 2018 | CATO Institute, USA

Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill

Final report of the Health Committee | New Zealand Parliament, New Zealand

Cannabis-derived medicinal products recommended to be available on prescription

The ACMD has recommended that cannabis-derived medicinal products should be placed in Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 | ACMD, UK

Criminal Justice Project: Impact of Restriction on Bail on offenders who use Class A drugs in Liverpool (PDF)

The aim of this report is to gain an understanding of the RoB processes in Liverpool, and to provide an overview on the number of offenders eligible for Restriction on Bail well as assess the impact RoB has on re-offending following a court appearance (using drug testing activity as a proxy measure) | PHI, UK

Drug misuse: findings from the 2017 to 2018 CSEW

Examines the extent and trends in illicit drug use among a sample of 16 to 59 year old residents in households in England and Wales | Home Office, UK

Tobacco Free Ireland: Annual Report 2017 (PDF)

Considerable progress has been made and the action plan is being implemented as published | Doh, Ireland

People who inject drugs: HIV and viral hepatitis monitoring

Data tables and commentary for the unlinked anonymous monitoring surveys of infections and risk among people who inject drugs (PWID) | PHE, UK

Alcohol treatment in the prison system: fit for purpose?

A new Ministry of Justice (MoJ) analysis raises further questions over alcohol treatment options for prisoners. The MoJ 'Data Lab report [pdf]assesses the outcomes of 435 offenders engaged with the Forward Trust Alcohol Dependence Treatment Programme (ADTP) but found no improvement in outcomes compared with a comparison group | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) in Australia (PDF)

Harm Reduction Australia and ScriptWise are calling for improvements in opioid treatment due to the current lack of availability, acceptability and affordability of treatment for affected Australians | Harm Reduction Australia, Australia

Guidelines for the care and treatment of persons diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C virus infection (PDF)

These guidelines aim to provide evidence-based recommendations on the care and treatment of persons diagnosed with chronic HCV infection. They update the care and treatment section of the WHO Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection issued in April 2016. The 2017 Guidelines on hepatitis B and C testing update the screening section | WHO, Switzerland

The public health burden of alcohol: evidence review

[Updated] This review looks at the impact of alcohol on the public health and the effectiveness of alcohol control policies | PHE, UK

National alcohol strategy: Analysis of alcohol industry submissions (PDF)

After being without a national alcohol strategy since 2011, there is a unified desire amongst medical and public health bodies to see the adoption of an effective strategy that will guide Australia in its efforts to stop alcohol harm | FARE, Austra

 

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