Reports: July

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Scottish schools Adoledscent lifestyle and substance use survey (SALSUS) 2018: Mental Wellbeing Summary Report (PDF)

Almost two thirds (63%) of all pupils surveyed had a normal overall score on the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), while 18% had a borderline score, and a fifth (20%) had an abnormal score. Since 2010, the proportion of pupils with borderline or abnormal scores has continually risen, while the proportion of pupils with normal scores has fallen | Scottish Government, UK

Saving Lives in the time of COVID-19 Case Study of Harm Reduction, Homelessness and Drug Use in Dublin, Ireland (PDF)

Dublin has outperformed even best-case scenarios for COVID-19 mortality among homeless and drug using populations.... The overarching lesson is that when government policy is well coordinated and underpinned by a science-driven and fundamentally pragmatic approach, lives are saved. Within this, the importance of strategic clarity and delivery, housing, lowered thresholds to methadone provision, Benzodiazepine (BZD) provision and Naloxone availability were key determinants of policy success | LSE, UK

HSC publishes independent report on the interaction between the Health and Justice Systems with respect to drug use

In early March 2020, the Committee for Health & Social Care announced that work on the development of a combined substance strategy had been paused to enable Public Health Services to concentrate on Guernsey's response to coronavirus | Government of Guernsey, Guernsey

Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms (2015-2017) [report]

This report provides a summary of key findings about the costs and harms of substance use in Canada from 2015 to 2017. Data include the costs of various substances such as alcohol, tobacco, opioids and cannabis. The data are also broken down into four categories: healthcare costs, lost productivity costs, criminal justice costs and other direct costs | CCSA, Canada

Local alcohol treatment and recovery service commissioning practices and their perceived outcomes for service provision: an in-depth exploration

The aim of this project was... to examine recent experience of alcohol service commissioning processes at a local authority level in five diverse localities | Alcohol Change UK, UK

Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2019

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 2020 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

Smoking prevalence in adults aged 18 years and over: quarterly rolling annual estimates

Detailed ad-hoc quarterly rolling analysis of smoking prevalence, calculated from the Annual Population Survey | PHE, UK

Drug treatment in Ireland 2013 to 2019

This is the annually updated bulletin from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) on cases of treated problem drug use (excluding alcohol) in Ireland. It covers the period 2013 to 2019.  In this seven-year period, 67,875 cases were treated for drug use as a main problem | HRB, Ireland

Youth Violence Commission Final Report (PDF)

Serious violence has a devastating impact on the lives of countless young people across the UK, leaving deep and enduring scars on the families, friends and communities affected. While the magnitude of the effort needed to protect young people from serious violence cannot be underestimated, we believe there is cause for cautious optimism | Youth Violence Commission et al, UK

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019

The 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report showed that: 1) fewer Australians are smoking tobacco daily, while the use of e-cigarettes is increasing, 2) more Australians are giving up or reducing their alcohol intake, driven by health concerns, 3) rates of substance use are falling among younger generations (less likely to smoke, drink and use illicit drugs) and 4) non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in the use of pain-killers | AIHW, Australia

Medicinal Use of Psilocybin: Reducing restrictions on research and treatment

This new report outlined the medical potential of psilocybin and the need to reduce restrictions on research and treatment | Adam Smith Institute, in conjunction with the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (CDPRG), UK

Care for Veterans with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders Requires Improvement

Veterans who have served in the U.S. military since the 9/11 attacks have a high level of need for both substance use treatment and mental health care, yet many do not receive appropriate help for their co-occurring disorders, according to a new RAND Corporation report | RAND, USA

‘Government funded trap houses‘? Unregulated care homes and County Lines

Amid concerns about untrained staff, unclear responsibilities and cases of violence, exploitation and abuse, the Government are currently considering changes to the rules on looked after children (LAC) being placed in independent and semi-independent settings | Crest Advisory, UK

United Kingdom drug situation: Focal Point annual report

Annual report and data tables from the UK Focal Point on Drugs on the national prevalence, impact, prevention and treatment of drug use | Public Health England, Home Office, Welsh Government, The Scottish Government, Public Health Wales, and Department of Health (Northern Ireland), UK