Reports September 2019


Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England April 2018 to March 2019

This annual report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2018 to March 2019. NHS Stop Smoking Services offer support to help people quit smoking. This can include intensive support through group therapy or one-to-one support | NHS Digital, UK

Policy paper - Drugs policy and medicinal cannabis report: government response

The government's response to the Health and Social Care Committee's report | DHSC, UK

Prescribed medicines review: report

Report of the review of the evidence for dependence on, and withdrawal from, prescribed medicines | PHE, UK

Healthy, prosperous lives for all: the European health equity status report (PDF)

This report identifies five essential conditions needed to create and sustain a healthy life for all: good quality and accessible health services; income security and social protection; decent living conditions; social and human capital and decent work and employment conditions. Policy actions are needed to address all five conditions | WHO, Switzerland

DM for Details: Selling Drugs in the Age of Social Media

In this report, Volteface aims to bridge the gap in understanding of how social media is being used as a marketplace for illicit drugs and the impact this is having on young people – social media’s primary user group | Volte Face, UK

Pour Decisions: The case for reforming alcohol duty

This report explores the case for reforming alcohol duty in the United Kingdom, and the principles which should underpin a new, improved alcohol duty regime. This includes consideration of alcohol duty reforms that could be implemented following Brexit | SMF, UK

Smoking and tobacco: applying All Our Health

Updated with advice on tackling the harm from smoking and tobacco | PHE, UK

Taking control of cannabis: A model for responsible regulation (PDF)

Today at Parliament the NZ Drug Foundation released Taking control of cannabis: A model for responsible regulation, a new report that shows how we can take back control of cannabis from organised crime | NZDF, New Zealand

Alcohol guidelines for pregnant women: Barriers and enablers for midwives to deliver advice (PDF)

The aim of this study was to explore knowledge and implementation of the CMO guidelines amongst UK midwives. A mixed-methods design was used to explore implementation barriers and midwives’ beliefs about addressing alcohol during antenatal care with pregnant women | IAS et al, UK

Kosovo country overview 2013

This Country overview provides an overview of the drug situation in Kosovo (designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence) | EMCDDA, Portugal

Public attitudes to drugs in the UK: Is the UK ready for drug policy reform? (PDF)

This report sets out the detailed survey findings and shows the public are ahead of the politicians in their thinking and appetite for reform. The findings of this survey demonstrate the urgent need for policymakers and government to start to reshape policy as part of an open, fully informed and evidence-based debate on the future of drugs policy | CDPRG, UK

Drug misuse: findings from the 2018 to 2019 CSEW (PDF)

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

PHE Strategy 2020 to 2025

This strategy sets out Public Health England's priorities for the next 5 years | PHE, UK

Government Response to Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services Inquiry into the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis) Amendment Bill 2018 Private Members Bill (PDF)

The Government thanks Committee members for the work and thought that has gone into the preparation of the Committee’s final report. The Government appreciated the opportunity to make a submission to the inquiry and provide input through the public hearings |, Australia

New EMCDDA manual and training courses for professionalising drug prevention

Advancing the professionalism of the drug prevention workforce in Europe is at the heart of a new European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) handbook, launched by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA). The manual is designed to train professionals who are involved in shaping prevention decisions, opinions and policies in Europe in the science-based prevention of substance use | EMCDDA, Portugal

National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times - Summary (PDF)

The quarterly trend for Scotland as a whole over the past three years shows little change in performance. Of the 10,325 people who started their first treatment in the most recent quarter, 93.2% waited three weeks or less | ISD Scotland, UK

Exploring patterns of Housing First support: Resident Journeys (PDF)

This report outlines the findings from 16 timeline interviews carried out with Housing First residents across England. It explores how, and why, the nature, intensity and residents’ engagement with support changes over time, and provides insight into the role and importance of Housing First support in positively changing the lives of people who would otherwise be caught in long-term and repeat homelessness | Homeless Link, UK

Kazakhstan country overview 2014

This summary of the national drug situation in Kazakhstan was prepared within the framework of the Central Asia Drug Action Programme — Phase 5 (CADAP 5) in the Component DAMOS (Drug Epidemiology Database Collection and Development) | EMCDDA, Portugal

New report builds on evidence for expanding hepatitis C testing, and offering hepatitis C treatment, in pharmacies

Today the London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C (LJWG) has published the results of ‘phase 2’ of its pharmacy testing pilot showing 38% of needle and syringe programme clients tested at participating pharmacies had chronic hepatitis C infection and 78% of those tested preferred to receive their treatment at their pharmacy if it was an option | LJWG, UK

CCSA Annual Report

​This year, CCSA streamlined its annual report to better illustrate the impact we made with our work. Evidence in Action, our annual report for 2018–2019, emphasizes key results and achievements by the Centre in the last fiscal year | CCSA, Canada

Monitoring the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat among people who inject drugs in Europe

This technical report focuses on an elimination barometer for viral hepatitis to help countries assess progress towards eliminating hepatitis C and B among people who inject drugs (PWID). The barometer is being developed by the EMCDDA together with its expert network on drug-related infectious diseases (DRID), as a follow-up to the first global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2016 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Health matters: rough sleeping

It has been estimated that around 35% of people who die whilst sleeping rough die due to alcohol or drugs, compared to 2% in the general population | PHE, UK

Drug seizures and arrests in Northern Ireland, period ending 31 March 2019

Finalised financial year statistics relating to class A, B and C drug seizure incidents and arrests by PSNI for the period 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019 | Police Service of Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, UK

ONDCP Releases Data on Coca Cultivation and Production in Peru

Today the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the results of the annual U.S. Government estimates measuring coca cultivation and potential cocaine production for the Republic of Peru | ONDCP, USA






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