Reports February 2019

 

 

Punishing Poverty: How the failed 'war on drugs' harms vulnerable communities

The failed ‘war on drugs’ causes a vicious cycle of poverty around the world, which targets the most marginalised and vulnerable in society. The people most affected are not those in charge of the drugs trade – instead, it’s those caught up at the lowest levels of the trade – a trade that is destroying their lives and communities, particularly in the global south | Health Poverty Action, UK

Statistics on Alcohol, England 2019 [PAS]

This statistical report presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources for England unless otherwise stated | NHS Digital, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE)

Updated.The profiles provide information to monitor the services and initiatives that have been put in place to prevent and reduce the harmful impact of alcohol | PHE, UK

Drug-related deaths in England: ocal authorities and how they are responding (PDF)

Drug-related deaths (DRDs) are at their highest level since records began in 1993 with 3,756 DRDs in England and Wales last year, 53% of which related to opiate use. Almost a third of all deaths from overdose in 2016 in Europe happened in the UK. This constitutes a public health and humanitarian crisis which must be addressed urgently | NAT, UK

Statistics on Alcohol, England 2019 [PAS]

This statistical report presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources for England unless otherwise stated | NHS Digital, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE)

Updated. The profiles provide information to monitor the services and initiatives that have been put in place to prevent and reduce the harmful impact of alcohol | PHE, UK

Drug-related deaths in England: local authorities and how they are responding (PDF)

Drug-related deaths (DRDs) are at their highest level since records began in 1993 with 3,756 DRDs in England and Wales last year, 53% of which related to opiate use. Almost a third of all deaths from overdose in 2016 in Europe happened in the UK. This constitutes a public health and humanitarian crisis which must be addressed urgently | NAT, UK

Hand in hand: Survivors of Multiple Disadvantage Discuss Service & Support (PDF)

This report considers the links between domestic & sexual abuse and severe multiple disadvantage, looking particularly at mental health and substance use issues | Agenda / AVA / Lloyds Bank, UK

Tobacco Use By Youth Is Rising: E-cigarettes are the main reason

More than 1 in 4 high school students and about 1 in 14 middle school students in 2018 had used a tobacco product in the past 30 days. This was a considerable increase from 2017, which was driven by an increase in e-cigarette use. E-cigarette use increased from 11.7% to 20.8% among high school students and from 3.3% to 4.9% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018 | CDC, USA

Widening the availability of naloxone

Updated guidance to include use of nasal naloxone | Department of Health and Social Care, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, and Public Health England, UK

Advice on 2,4-Dinitrophenol

Letter to the Home Office about the appropriate control mechanism for 2, 4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) | ACMD, UK

National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program

For this sixth report, wastewater samples were collected during weeks of June and August 2018.  Wastewater analysis was conducted at 58 sites (22 capital city and 36 regional) across all Australian states and territories, covering 13 substances, providing a detailed picture of national drug consumption. The report covers 56 per cent of the population, which is around 13 million Australians | ACIC, Australia

A Study of the Contents of Cannabis Joints 2019 (PDF)

This study aims to give guidance in relation to the amount of cannabis in a joint | Unpublished - via Pete Collins, Force Drug Expert Lead, Avon and Somerset Police, UK

Increased Methamphetamine, Injection Drug, and Heroin Use Among Women and Heterosexual Men with Primary and Secondary Syphilis — United States, 2013–2017

During 2013–2017, the national annual rate of reported primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases in the United States increased 72.7%, from 5.5 to 9.5 cases per 100,000 population | CDC, USA

Mindful drinking: the role of low and no alcohol drinks?

A new report from Drinks Retailer News, the 'Buyer's guide to mindful drinking', says the mindful drinking movement is gathering pace which could be seen as an 'impending disaster' for the drinks industry who 'cannot ignore the growing trend for moderation' Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Street drinking in Barking & Dagenham: a research report

A new research report detailing the experiences of street drinkers in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham highlights the lack of published research on the subject, as well as the complexity of the issue and possible responses | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Heroin Compassion Clubs (PDF)

A cooperative model to reduce opioid overdose deaths & disrupt organized crime’s role in fentanyl, money laundering & housing unaffordability | BCCSU, Canada

Strategies to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Canada: A Review of Provincial and Territorial Policies (PDF)

This report provides a systematic and comparative review of the implementation of provincial and territorial policies proven to reduce the considerable health and social harms from alcohol. Results from a 2013 policy review of the 10 provinces are shown alongside the latest findings collected for 2017. The overall objective is to encourage greater uptake of effective alcohol control policies and programs to reduce the harms of alcohol in Canada | UVIC, Canada

Strategies to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Canada: A Review of Federal Policies (PDF)

The annual economic costs of alcohol use in Canada for 2014 are estimated to be $14.6 billion, mostly as a result of impacts on health services, law enforcement and workplace productivity... A substantial body of research is available on the effectiveness of different policies to reduce these harms and costs. In this report, we provide detailed assessments of the extent to which the federal government is implementing evidence-based policies that may reduce alcohol-related harm in Canada | UVIC, Canada

The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2018

Since Harm Reduction International began monitoring the use of this abhorrent practice in 2007, annual implementation of the death penalty for drug offences has fluctuated markedly. Over 4,000 people were executed globally for these offences between 2008 and 2018, with executions hitting a peak above 750 in 2015 | HRI, UK

Prevalence of Drug Use and Gambling in Ireland and Drug use in Northern Ireland 2014/15 Drug Prevalence Survey: Gambling Results (PDF)

For the purpose of this survey, gambling includes the following activities: Buying a lottery ticket or scratch card, playing lottery games online, gambling in a bookmaker’s shop, gambling online or by telephone, placing a bet at a horse or dog race meeting, playing games at a casino, playing a gaming/slot machine, playing card games for money with friends/family and playing bingo | National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol, Ireland

Drug treatment systems in the Western Balkans: outcomes of a joint EMCDDA-UNODC survey of drug treatment facilities

This report presents a summary of the key findings from drug treatment facility surveys carried out in 2017 in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and the territory of Kosovo. The results provide insight into the characteristics and capacity of the treatment systems, as well as the availability and provision of treatment interventions. The report also considers the implications for practice and policy | EMCDDA, Portugal

Alcohol and older people (PDF)

The report addresses the elderly’s increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol which, in combination with the ageing process, may increase the risk of disease and accidents, even at relatively low consumption levels. It describes the relationship between alcohol and various diseases and problems from which the elderly may suffer, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and cancer | IOGT-NTO et al, Sweden

Alcohol-Related Hospital Statistics Scotland 2017/18 (PDF)

In 2017/18 there were 35,499 alcohol-related hospital admissions (stays) in general acute hospitals in Scotland. These relate to 23,494 Scottish residents who had at least one admission to hospital with an alcohol-related condition. Of these people, around half (11,566) were admitted for an alcohol-related admission for the first time or had not been admitted to hospital for an alcohol-related admission in the previous 10 years | ISD Scotland, UK

Alcohol and older people (PDF)

The report addresses the elderly’s increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol which, in combination with the ageing process, may increase the risk of disease and accidents, even at relatively low consumption levels. It describes the relationship between alcohol and various diseases and problems from which the elderly may suffer, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and cancer | IOGT-NTO et al, Sweden

 

 

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