Reports January 2019

NHS Long Term Plan will help problem drinkers and smokers

Problem drinkers and smokers who end up in hospital will be helped by dedicated new services as part of the NHS Long Term Plan | NHS, UK

An update on take-home naloxone knowledge amongst people who inject drugs

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is an ongoing illicit drug monitoring system which has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2000, and forms part of Drug Trends | NDARC, Australia

Prison health inquiry: government response

This command paper sets out the government’s response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry into prison healthcare published in November 2018. [Includes a chapter discussing drug use in prisons] | DHSC, UK

State of the Nation 2018

The Drug Foundation’s State of the Nation report is a snapshot of how New Zealand is dealing with alcohol and other drugs. The report shows while we are doing well in some areas, there is massive room for improvement | NZDF, New Zealand

Review of the new strategic direction for alcohol and drugs – phase 2 (PDF)

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has undertaken a comprehensive review of the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs- Phase 2 (NSD-2), the region’s strategy on reducing alcohol and drug-related harm since 2011 | IPH, UK

Alcohol Related Deaths 2007-2017

The statistics show that 303 of the 16,036 deaths registered in Northern Ireland in 2017 were due to alcohol related causes. This is almost 30 per cent more than was recorded a decade previously (238) and 70 per cent more than 2001 when the time series began (178). However alcohol related deaths continue to account for less than 2% of total deaths registered each year | NISRA, Northern Ireland

Low and No Alcohol Boom Here To Stay: New Figures Show Significant Consumer Support For Alternatives in 2019

One of the first surveys into attitudes towards low alcohol released today by the alcohol social responsibility body the Portman Group highlights an explosion in popularity of low and no alcohol alternatives as a way to drink responsibly, with younger people leading the trend. Figures show that nearly a quarter (24%) of British drinkers have either already switched some of their drinking to low alcohol alternatives or would consider doing so in the next six months | Portman Group, UK

Alcohol Related Deaths 2007-2017

[Northern Ireland] The statistics show that 303 of the 16,036 deaths registered in Northern Ireland in 2017 were due to alcohol related causes. This is almost 30 per cent more than was recorded a decade previously (238) and 70 per cent more than 2001 when the time series began (178). However alcohol related deaths continue to account for less than 2% of total deaths registered each year | NISRA, UK Ireland

Review of the new strategic direction for alcohol and drugs – phase 2 (PDF)

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has undertaken a comprehensive review of the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs- Phase 2 (NSD-2), the region’s strategy on reducing alcohol and drug-related harm since 2011 | IPH, UK

Legitimate use of controlled drugs: research and healthcare - updated

Interim advice to the Home Office regarding the legitimate use of controlled drugs in research and healthcare. This update consists of a further letter from the Policing Minister published, responding to the ACMD's recommendations | ACMD, UK

Alcohol and drug treatment in secure settings: statistics summary 2017 to 2018

This National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) statistics report presents information on specialist treatment interventions for drugs and alcohol misuse in secure settings during 2017 to 2018. The report contains information on adults (aged 18 and over) in contact with treatment services in prisons, including youth offender institutions (YOIs) for 18 to 21 year olds, and immigration removal centres (IRCs) | PHE, UK

Software suppliers for the national drug treatment monitoring system

Software suppliers who have participated in the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) compliance programme and the level of compliance awarded | PHE, UK

Silent Voices: Initiative to study affect of parental alcohol misuse on children (PDF)

A new initiative is being launched today aimed at highlighting the impact parental alcohol misuse has on children. The project called "Silent Voices" will look at promoting an understanding of the issue as well as providing supports for those affected... | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Municipal Drug Strategy: Lessons in Taking Drug Policy Reform Local

Municipal Drug Strategy: Lessons in Taking Drug Policy Reform Local lays out a roadmap for how U.S. cities of all sizes can address the harms of both drug use and the failed war on drugs, such as mass incarceration and the overdose crisis | DPA, USA

Crime in England and Wales: year ending September 2018

[Table 3 lists drug offences as numbering 140,399 from Oct 2017 to Sept 2018] | ONS, UK

Chemsex friends & families support

Are you affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use? Is your partner, friend or family member engaged in chemsex? London Friend’s drug and alcohol support service Antidote has worked in partnership with Adfam to develop a resource for families, friends and partners of LGBT people using alcohol, drugs or engaged in chemsex | London Friend and Adfam, UK

Guidelines:  Children and young people exposed prenatally to alcohol

Guidelines to aid healthcare professionals in diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have been published for Scotland. FASD describes a range of harmful effects to a fetus and baby’s development when alcohol is consumed during pregnancy, resulting in brain damage and, in its most severe form, physical issues such as a smaller head and poor growth | Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, UK

Dry January, social embarrassment and the gender split (PDF)

Men are more likely to feel stupid ordering nonalcoholic drinks, while younger consumers are demanding more choice, finds our exclusive consumer research | The Grocer, UK

European cannabis report: 4th edition

This report examines commercial and business opportunities in 33 European markets, changing legislation and new regulatory guidelines across the region and emerging trends, market forecasts and industry insights | Prohibition Partners, UK

SIGN 156: Children and young people exposed prenatally to alcohol
A national clinical guideline (PDF)

This guideline was developed using a combination of standard SIGN methodology, based on a systematic review of the evidence, and adaption of the Canadian guideline for diagnosis of FASD. Further details on the processes used are included in the guideline | Healthcare Improvement Scotland, UK

NCA publishes annual assessment of county lines as over 600 arrested as part of national coordinated activity targeting drug dealing model

The number of lines has increased from 720 (as acknowledged in the 17/18 assessment) to around 2,000. Children aged between 15-17 make up the bulk of the vulnerable people involved in county lines, and we know both girls and boys are groomed and exploited. Download the report here | NCA, UK

NHS Smoking Cessation Services Local Delivery Plan Standard, 2018/19 (Qtr1) (PDF)

In the first quarter of the financial year 2018/19, NHS Scotland contributed 21.8% (1,647 out of 7,568) towards the required annual LDP Standard. If this pattern continued for the remainder of the financial year, NHS Scotland would achieve 87.1% of the required Standard | NHS Scotland, UK

A change in the air: Results of a study of smokefree policy and practice in mental health trusts in England (PDF)

The aim of this study was to describe the progress made by mental health trusts in England in implementing NICE guidance | Smoke Free Action, UK

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

A pilot project carried out between 2014-2016 working with money advice services in Glasgow (see below) found that staff were keen to help clients to save money by stopping smoking, but were concerned about how they could raise this issue in the most sensitive and empathic manner | NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Smokefree Services and ASH Scotland, UK

 

 

 

 

 

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