Reports November 2019

Scottish Affairs Committee calls for decriminalisation and safe drug consumption rooms

Drug-related deaths in Scotland reached an all-time high of 1,187 last year. In what has been one of the most extensive inquiries ever conducted into problem drug use in Scotland the committee heard from agencies, health services, academics, Governments, those with lived experience as well families who have been affected by problem drug use, The committee also visited Portugal, Germany and Canada to examine the evidence from international examples. The report concludes that Government approach to drug use must be substantially reformed | Scottish Affairs Committee, UK

Rights, respect and recovery: action plan

Actions, milestones and timeframes for implementing the 'Rights, respect and recovery' alcohol and drug treatment strategy | Scottish Government, UK

Alcohol dependence prevalence in England

Updated with alcohol dependence estimates for the period 2017 to 2018 | PHE, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: November 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

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2012-2018 drug data

In the seven-year period, 65,216 cases treated for problem drug use were reported to the NDTRS. The number of treated cases recorded increased from 8,005 in 2012 to 10,274 in 2018 | HRB, Ireland

Substance misuse: April to June 2019

Quarterly data are published on StatsWales. These include data on quarterly activity, case closures by reason for closure and the time between referral and start of treatment | Welsh Government, UK

Adult smoking and e-cigarette use (National Survey for Wales): April 2018 to March 2019

Statistics on adults smoking, stopping smoking, e-cigarette use, and exposure to tobacco smoke for April 2018 to March 2019 | Welsh Government, UK

What works. Testing drugs for harm reduction (PDF)

The recent deaths of 6 young people at music festivals in Australia connected to MDMA has led to local calls for the introduction of drug checking services (sometimes called ‘pill testing’ in Australia and drug safety testing in the UK) to assist people who use drugs to make safer decisions about the drugs they intend to consume | 360 edge, Australia

Cannabis-based medicinal products

This guideline covers prescribing of cannabis-based medicinal products for people with intractable nausea and vomiting, chronic pain, spasticity and severe treatment-resistant epilepsy | NICE, UK

Criminal Justice Project: Drug Interventions Programme DIP Activity in Sefton (2018/19) (PDF)

Between April 2018 and March 2019, there were 383 Criminal Justice Intervention Team (CJIT) contacts recorded by the drug and alcohol treatment provider in Sefton. This is a 5% increase when compared to the previous year | PHI, UK

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2012–2018 alcohol data

In this bulletin, trends in treated problem alcohol use are described for the seven-year period from 2012 to 2018. The data are taken from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS), the national surveillance system that records and reports on cases of drug and alcohol treatment in Ireland | HRB, Ireland

My world survey: national study of youth mental health in Ireland (PDF)

Large-scale studies that capture the mental health profile of young people help us to understand their experiences and inform service provision. To date, there is a limited body of research on the prevalence of mental health difficulties among young people aged 12-25, particularly in the Irish context | UCD School of Psychology and Headstrong, Ireland

Crack cocaine use in Ballymun: an evidence base for interventions (PDF)

The primary aim of the research was to explore crack cocaine use experiences in the Ballymun community with a view to informing the establishment of a local policy and practice/intervention evidence base for crack cocaine in Ballymun | Ballymun Youth Action Project, Ireland

Optimal Alcohol Care Teams(ACTs) as part of an effective alcohol treatment system (PDF)

This briefing is intended to support those in the NHS and local authorities involved in planning and commissioning hospital alcohol services and associated community services to secure optimal outcomes from existing services. It will also serve to support the design of new alcohol care teams where these are being introduced. It describes the case for optimising alcohol care teams (ACTs) as recommended for non-specialist acute hospitals in the NHS Long Term Plan | PHE, UK

Hepatitis C (England and Wales): 2019

Laboratory-confirmed cases of hepatitis C reported to Public Health England | PHE, UK

Healthy Ireland survey 2019 summary of findings (PDF)

The prevalence of smoking has dropped from 23% in 2015 to 17% in 2019 which means there are now an estimated 165,000 fewer smokers than there were five years ago. Plain packaging with health warnings, introduced under a new law in 2018, was cited by 25% of smokers as a good motivation to quit. In the last 12 months 40% of smokers have made an attempt to quit, with health concerns being the prime motivator for people wanting to quit. 5% of the population use e-cigarettes and a further 12% have tried them at some point | DoH, Ireland

NHS Smoking Cessation Services Local Delivery Plan Standard, 2019/20 (Quarter 1)

This release by Information Services Division (ISD) presents information on NHS smoking cessation services in Scotland and their progress towards their 2019/20 Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standard. The LDP Standard for NHS Scotland in 2019/20 is to achieve at least 7,026 selfreported successful twelve-week quits (those people still not smoking after 12 weeks) through smoking cessation services in the most deprived areas | ISD Scotland, UK

EU Drug Markets Report 2019

The EU Drug Markets Report 2019 is the third comprehensive overview of illicit drug markets in the European Union by the EMCDDA and Europol. The analysis presented in this report spans numerous topics such as the links between drugs and other crimes, the licit economy and society more generally as well as the processes and players involved in the trade, from production and trafficking to distribution | EMCDDA, Portugal

Estimating the size of the main illicit retail drug markets in Europe: an update

The technical report 'Estimating the size of the main illicit retail drug markets in Europe: an update', will be published shortly. Executive summary below | EMCDDA, Portugal

EMCDDA pilot study of drug-related homicide in Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden

This paper is part of the EMCDDA activity around the development and improvement of drug supply indicators, with a focus on drug-related homicide. It builds upon the 2017 review of the academic research and data sources on drug-related homicide at national and European/international levels by providing a common definition of the phenomenon and a detailed set of guidelines for standardised data collection | EMCDDA, Portugal

Methamphetamine in Europe: EMCDDA-Europol threat assessment

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the methamphetamine market in the European Union. It assesses the current threat situation regarding current trends in production, trafficking and distribution | EMCDDA, Portugal

Drug precursor developments in the European Union

This paper describes the significant developments that have occurred in the last 5 to 10 years in the field of drug precursors related to synthetic stimulant drugs produced in the EU | EMCDDA, Portugal

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): national overview 2018

Overview of findings on alcohol, drug use and smoking from the 2018 wave of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) | Scottish Government, UK

Substance misuse treatment for young people: statistics 2018 to 2019

Alcohol and drug treatment data for under-18s from PHE’s National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS). There were 14,485 young people in contact with alcohol and drug services between April 2018 and March 2019. This is a 7% reduction on the number the previous year (15,583) and a 40% reduction on the number in treatment in the year 2008 to 2009 (24,053) | PHE, UK

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England, Quarter 2, 2019-20

10.4% of mothers were smokers at the time of delivery | NHS Digital, UK

Statistics on Drug Misuse, England, 2019

7,376 hospital admissions for drug related mental and behavioural disorders. 9.4% adults (16 to 59) had taken an illicit drug in the last year. 2,917 deaths related to poisoning by drug misuse. 20.3% of young adults (16-24) had taken an illicit drug in the last year | NHS Digital, UK

“THE ‘INSTAGRAMMABILITY’ OF PINK DRINKS” How alcohol is marketed to women in Australia (PDF)

This report presents commentary from the alcohol industry and examples of alcohol ads to highlight how alcohol is marketed to women in Australia in 2019 | PHAIWA, Australia






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