Reports July 2019


Cannabis Legalisation Poll (PDF)

Momentum is building behind cannabis legalisation but no poll has ever asked what messages would be most likely to sway public opinion. In May 2019, Volteface and the Evening Standard commissioned the polling agency Survation to find out which arguments would incentivise the British public to support the legalisation of cannabis and which would deter them | Volte Face, UK

Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2018

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

Local tobacco control profiles for England: July 2019 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

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England - Quarter 4, 2018-19

Results and trends from the women's smoking status at time of delivery (SATOD) data collection in England. The results provide a measure of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women at Commissioning Region, Region, Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and Clinical Commissioning Group level | NHS Digital, UK

Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis 

The plight of children affected by intractable epilepsy and the efforts of the families of Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell to access to medicinal cannabis led to a change in Government policy. In November 2018 medicinal cannabis was changed from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulation 2001, allowing specialist doctors to prescribe it and for products to be available for further research to be conducted | House of Commons / Health and Social Care Committee, UK

Substance misuse issues in Dublin’s north east inner city. A Community-based needs analysis. Executive summary (PDF)

This report is a community-based analysis informed by the opinions of the people who are experiencing substance misuse issues (who may or may not be engaged in services), families who have (or have had in the past) a member with a substance misuse issue as well as community representatives and those tasked with service provision and overseeing change | North Inner City Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Ireland

Counting lives: Responding to children who are criminally exploited (PDF)

In this report, we find that 14 to 17 year olds are the most likely age group to be exploited by criminal gangs. We uncover alarming evidence of primary school children as young as seven or eight being targeted and exploited. But children of all ages are at risk, and the number of 10 to 17 year olds arrested for intent to supply drugs has gone up by almost 50% outside London | Children's Society, UK

We are victims too: A peer study into repeat victimisation among people who moved from the streets into supported accommodation in London (PDF)

RDA found people who moved from the streets into supported accommodation continue to be targeted because of their experiences with mental ill-health, substance abuse or simply appearing ‘vulnerable’ or ‘homeless’. Many felt ashamed, distressed and isolated in the aftermath of the crime | Revolving Doors, UK

Serbia — Early warning system profile

The profile presents the structure, objectives and working methods of the Serbian national early warning system. It describes functions of the institutions participating in the early warning system and mentions data collection tools. It was prepared within the EMCDDA-IPA6 project ‘Stepwise integration of the IPA beneficiaries in the activities of the EMCDDA and the Reitox Network’ funded by the European Commission | EMCDDA, Portugal

'They just kill’: Ongoing extrajudicial executions and other violations in the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs

This new report shows police operating with total impunity as they murder people from poor neighbourhoods whose names appear on manufactured “drug watch lists” established outside of any legal process | Amnesty International, UK

National income and expenditure 2018

This report includes preliminary estimates of the national accounts for the year 2018 together with revised estimates for the years 2013 to 2018. The tables relate to national income and expenditure, capital formation and savings together with details of transactions of the government sector classified in accordance with national accounting definitions. [Includes exenditure on tobacco and alcohol] | CSO, Ireland

U.S. Adults’ Attitudes Toward Lowering Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

Most adults favor requiring cigarette makers to lower the nicotine levels in cigarettes, including 8 in 10 current cigarette smokers. These findings can help inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent proposal to pursue a nicotine reduction standard for cigarettes | AJPM, USA

Trends in Drug-Induced Deaths in Australia, 1997-2017

Each year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) makes available to Drug Trends in-depth data on drug-induced deaths in Australia. This year, we have produced a suite of products to summarise trends in drug-induced deaths in Australia from 1997 to 2017 | NDARC, Australia

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2011-2017 drug data

Latest figures from the Health Research Board show 63,303 cases* presented for treatment for problem drug use (excluding alcohol) between 2011 and 2017. The number of treated cases increased from 8,361 in 2011 to 9,892 in 2015, and then decreased to 8,922 in 2017 | HRB, Ireland

Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2018

As Scotland’s annual numbers of these deaths are, on average, in low double figures (Volatile Substance Abuse deaths) and in single figures (Helium deaths), they may be subject to large percentage year-to-year fluctuations | National Records of Scotland, UK

Volatile Substance Abuse and Helium Deaths

As Scotland’s annual numbers of these deaths are, on average, in low double figures (Volatile Substance Abuse deaths) and in single figures (Helium deaths), they may be subject to large percentage year-to-year fluctuations | National Records of Scotland, UK

Blueprints for the Treatment and Throughcare of Prisoners with Histories of Drug Dependence (PDF)

The report recommends a “planned pathway” away from drugs and alcohol addiction, with residential rehabilitation and supported housing at its core | EPRA, UK

Drink Free Days 2018: campaign evaluation

Full evaluation report for the Drink Free Days 2018 campaign | PHE, UK

Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s (PDF)

The NHS is aiming to do more on prevention. The Long Term Plan contained a whole chapter on prevention, and set out a package of new measures, including all smokers who are admitted to hospital being offered support to stop smoking and establishing alcohol care teams in more areas | HM Government, UK

Learning from tragedies: an analysis of alcohol-related Safeguarding Adult Reviews published in 2017

In 2017, 5,507 deaths in England were directly attributable to alcohol, an increase of 11% since 2006, while hospital admissions caused primarily by alcohol were 17% higher over the same period | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia

The consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is a major cause of preventable disease and illness in Australia. This report consolidates the most recently available information on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Australia, and includes key trends in the availability, consumption, harms and treatment for vulnerable populations. Further, information on a range of health, social and economic impacts of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are highlighted | AIHW, Australia

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2017–18

In 2017–18, 952 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just under 210,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 130,000 clients. The four most common drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (35% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (27%), cannabis (22%) and heroin (6%). Two-thirds (66%) of all clients receiving treatment were male and the median age of clients was 34 | AIHW, Australia

Offering help to quit tobacco use: WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2019

The report "Offering help to quit tobacco use" tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and interventions to combat it. The report finds that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas. About 5 billion people – 65% of the world’s population – are covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure, which has more than quadrupled since 2007 when only 1 billion people and 15% of the world’s population were covered | WHO, Switzerland

Hepatitis C: models of care for drug services within Europe

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has a high prevalence in people who inject drugs (PWID) in Europe. However, currently HCV infection is both preventable and curable. The importance of targeting PWID as a key population for the elimination of hepatitis C in Europe and promoting their access to testing and all other elements of the cascade of care is highlighted in European and national hepatitis C policies | EMCDDA, Portugal

Latest update on drug-related deaths and mortality in Europe

The EMCDDA has published today its latest update on Drug-related deaths and mortality in Europe. The information provided in the report is collected through the EMCDDA’s expert network on drug-related deaths (DRD) | EMCDDA, Portugal

Dual diagnosis, double stigma: a rapid review of experiences of living with alcohol-related brain damage

This rapid review aimed to explore the experience of living with ARBD and the associated treatment or support offered. The literature was reviewed to find what models of care exist and what professionals and/or patients with ARBD consider best practice | Alcohol Change UK, UK



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