Reports June 2019


YouGov 2019: Attitudes towards tobacco control in Wales (PDF)

To understand public opinion in Wales relating to tobacco control ASH Wales Cymru conducts an annual opinion poll in conjunction with YouGov. The survey questions were asked of a representative sample of 1,046 adults (aged 18+) in Wales, 50% of respondents had never smoked, 37% used to smoke but have since given up and 13% currently smoked at the time of the survey | ASH Wales, UK

NHS Smoking Cessation Services Local Delivery Plan Standard, 2018/19 (Qtr3) (PDF)

In the first nine months of the financial year 2018/19, NHS Scotland contributed 63.6% (4,810 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 84.8% of the required Standard | NHS Scotland, UK

Calling time for change: A charter to support all older adults in England to live free from the harm caused by alcohol

This charter, co-created by people with lived experience and experts in alcohol and ageing, provides insights and practical solutions to commissioners, service providers and policy makers about how we can support all older adults to live free from the harm caused by alcohol | DrinkWise, AgeWell, UK

Care to Share Report

We analysed UK public social media messages related to drugs and alcohol over a 2 month period, capturing 198,900 public messages from Twitter, forums & blog channels. We were particularly interested in looking at how social media conversations revealed the stigma of addiction and how we can address stigma on-line | Phoenix Futures, UK

Chemsex: A Case Study of Drug-Userphobia

This report focusses on challenging the stigma and discrimination experienced by individuals who engage in chemsex, in order that they can equitably enjoy the full range of human rights afforded to all people | INPUD, UK

One in three men turn to alcohol to ease depression – the 10 warning signs you are at risk

A new survey reveals that nearly two thirds of guys have experienced mental health problems in the last five years | The Sun, UK

More than Half of People who Misuse Prescription Opioids also Binge Drink

More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge drinking, according to a new study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine | CDC, USA

Alcohol’s harm to others

An evidence review of the harm caused by alcohol to the people around those who are drinking | PHE, UK

ACMD report: Custody-community transitions

Report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) on how to reduce drug-related harms that occur when people move between custody and the community | ACMD, UK

Alcohol licensing: data for public health teams

Updated spreadsheet to include additional data items | PHE, UK

Parents’ lenient attitudes towards drinking linked to greater alcohol use among children

Children are more likely to start drinking alcohol, drink more frequently and get drunk if their parents have a lenient attitude towards drinking, finds a study from researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia | University of Cambridge, UK

Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2015

38% of the burden could have been prevented by removing exposure to risk factors such as tobacco use, overweight and obesity, and dietary risks | AIHW, Australia

Exploring pathways through and beyond alcohol treatment among Polish women and men in a London Borough

Most participants in this study sought help for problematic drinking only after experiencing significant health problems or other negative life events (e.g. homelessness) | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide and the Millennial Generation – A Devastating Impact

Increases in alcohol, drug, and suicide deaths have affected all age groups and all communities, but the impact on people in their 20s and early 30s has been particularly pronounced | Trust for America's Health, USA

ACMD report: ageing cohort of drug users

Report from the ACMD providing advice to the government on the changing age profile of people accessing drug treatment and the challenges faced by this cohort in the UK | ACMD, UK

Criminal Justice Project: Class A drug tests in Merseyside Police custody (2016/17 to 2018/19) (PDF)

There were 8,605 attempted drug tests across Merseyside’s custody suites between April 2016 and March 2018. There was a year-on-year increase in the number of drug tests, with a 6% increase between 2016/17 and 2017/18 and a 4% increase between 2017/18 and 2018/19 | PHI, UK

General Report of Activities 2018 – Key achievements and governance: a year in review

The General Report of Activities is an annual publication providing a detailed progress report of the EMCDDA’s activities over a 12-month period. It catalogues the Centre’s achievements in each area of its annual work programme. The report is a useful information source for all those seeking comprehensive information on the Centre and its work | EMCDDA, Portugal

National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program

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

Argentina Struggles to Kick Cocaine Habit: Report

A new report on drug consumption in the Americas once again lists Argentina as the second largest cocaine market in the hemisphere, just behind the United States | Insight Crime, USA

Young Adults Who Live Near Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Use Marijuana More Often, Have More-Positive Views

Young adults who live in neighborhoods with more medical marijuana dispensaries use marijuana more frequently than their peers and have more-positive views about the drug, according to a new RAND Corporation study | RAND Corporation, USA

ACMD report: drug-related harms in homeless populations

ACMD report providing advice to the government on the factors that make the homeless population vulnerable to substance misuse harms and how these can reduced | ACMD, UK

MESAS monitoring report 2019

The Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) monitoring report 2019 presents all the latest available data on key alcohol indicators in Scotland | NHS Scotland, UK

UK Drug Gangs Recruit in Albania’s Remote North

Albanian crime gangs have come to dominate the cocaine market in Britain, drawing on illegal immigrants from the country’s remote, mountainous north where poverty is rife | Balkan Insight, UK

The Clondalkin Model: a Community of Practice (PDF)

The Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force (CDATF) have co-delivered a number of initiatives in recent times in partnership with local voluntary and statutory organisations that have produced significant positive outcomes for service users, families and the community | Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Ireland

Financial headache: The cost of workplace hangovers and intoxication to the UK economy

As many as 89,000 people may be turning up to work hungover or under the influence of alcohol every day, costing the economy up to £1.4 billion a year, according to new research from the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) | IAS, UK

Classification of Psychoactive Substances: when science was left behind

In Classification of Drugs: when science was left behind, the Global Commission on Drug Policy explains how the biased historical classification of psychoactive substances has contributed to the "world drug problem". It is the first-ever comprehensive report providing a political reading of the current evaluation and classification, or "scheduling" of drugs according to their harms | GCDP, Switzerland

New EMCDDA report highlights greater diversity of cannabis products, increasing potency and the need for close monitoring of health effects

Cannabis products have become increasingly diverse in Europe and close monitoring of their potency and potential health effects is essential. These are among the conclusions of a new report published today by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) ahead of International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking (26 June). The report — Developments in the European cannabis market — provides an overview of emerging and established cannabis products in Europe | EMCDDA, Portugal

World Drug Report 2019: 35 million people worldwide suffer from drug use disorders while only 1 in 7 people receive treatment

Improved research and more precise data have revealed that the adverse health consequences of drug use are more severe and widespread than previously thought. Globally, some 35 million people are estimated to suffer from drug use disorders and who require treatment services, according to the latest World Drug Report | UNODC, Switzerland

CBD in the UK: Towards a responsible, innovative and high-quality cannabidiol industry (PDF)

Market research commissioned by the CMC estimates that the CBD market is currently one of the fastest growing wellbeing product categories in the UK. At the current rate it will be worth almost £1B per annum by 2025, equivalent in size to the current entire UK herbal supplement market | CMC, UK

Breaking the Embargo: A proposal to break UK public health medicinal cannabis impasse - Full report (PDF)

Through the creation of a new government authority, this policy intends to: Offer rapid clinical data and insight regarding the use of CBMPs; Provide two routes of access to safe, regulated CBMPs through trials rather than prescriptions | CMC, UK

Drug-related infectious diseases in Europe: update from the EMCDDA expert network

This report presents an overview of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs in Europe, both in the community and in prison settings, covering disease surveillance, outbreak investigations, and prevention and control, for the period up to the end of February 2019 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Action Plan on Youth Drinking and on Heavy Episodic Drinking (Binge Drinking) (2014–2016) (PDF)

This report documents progress made in the activities that took place during the first period of the Action Plan, i.e. 2014– 2016. It focuses on the 20 operational objectives that make up the plan’s six action areas, using nine different data sources | WHO, Switzerland








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