Reports: May

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Impact of COVID-19 on drug markets, use, harms and drug services in the community and prisons

Since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the way we live, with European countries having to introduce unprecedented measures to protect public health. As with all areas of life, drug consumption, related harms and drug markets have been impacted, as have the services established to respond to drug-related problems | EMCDDA, Portugal

The Global Opportunity: How Global Britain can lead on tobacco harm reduction and save millions of lives

While the number of smokers has fallen in recent years the Government is not on track to meet its target of being ‘smoke-free by 2030’, which means having an adult smoking prevalence of 5% or less. Even under optimistic assumptions, the Government will miss its target by a whole percentage point on current trends. This is the warning today by the free market think tank the Adam Smith Institute in a new report | Adam Smith Institute, UK

Alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm and alcohol policy in Ireland (PDF)

Although half of the world’s population does not drink, alcohol use is the seventh leading risk factor for both deaths and disability-adjusted life years globally, and the leading risk factor among those aged 15–49 years | HRB, Ireland

Parents with alcohol and drug problems: guidance for adult treatment and children and family services

This planning and operational guidance is for directors of public health and commissioners and providers of adult alcohol and drug treatment and children and family services. The guidance outlines the main issues for families affected by parental alcohol and drug problems and shows how services can work together to support them | PHE, UK

Parents with alcohol and drug problems: using case studies to estimate the cost-benefit of interventions

This guidance supports local areas, organisations and providers that have collected, or intend to collect, case studies to estimate how much social and economic cost they can avoid by supporting families experiencing alcohol and drug problems | PHE, UK

Exploring drug supply, associated violence and exploitation of vulnerable groups in Denmark

This report provides an analysis of current drug supply models and the related violence and exploitation of vulnerable groups in Denmark. Recent years have seen a growth in criminals’ exploitation of vulnerable groups for drug-related crimes | EMCDDA, Portugal

Drug-related deaths and mortality in Europe: update from the EMCDDA expert network

This report provides an update on drug-related deaths in Europe based primarily on presentations and discussions held at the 2019 meeting of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) expert network on drug-related deaths. The meeting brought together experts and representatives from over 40 countries and provided a platform for discussing new trends in and analyses of drug-induced deaths in Europe and beyond and responses to them | EMCDDA, Portugal

Healthy Ireland strategic action plan 2021-2025 (PDF)

The Healthy Ireland Strategic Action Plan is a cross-Government, cross-sectoral plan that sets out the key actions by theme for the period 2021-2025, the specific implementation actions that will be achieved by end of 2023 and identifies the lead Department for each action | DoH, Ireland

Risk and protective factors in adolescent behaviour: The role of family, school and neighbourhood characteristics in (mis)behaviour among young people (PDF)

New research shows that schools are more important than neighbourhoods in influencing adolescent behaviour. Using data from the Growing Up in Ireland study, the findings show that most 17-year-olds have no behaviour difficulties and few consistently ‘act out’ at home, at school, and in the community | ESRI, Ireland

Crime in England and Wales: year ending December 2020

There was a 15% increase in drug offences, driven by a large increase in April to June 2020, reflecting proactive police activity in crime hotspots | ONS, UK

Hepatitis C elimination initiatives: monitoring and evaluation

A resource guide to support providers, commissioners and other organisations undertake useful evaluations of hepatitis C elimination | PHE, UK

Wastewater analysis and drugs — a European multi-city study

Analysing communal wastewaters for drugs and their metabolic products in order to estimate their consumption in the community is a developing field, involving scientists working in different research areas, including analytical chemistry, physiology and biochemistry, sewage engineering, spatial epidemiology and statistics, and conventional drug epidemiology. This page presents the findings from studies since 2011 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Global standards launched for online sale and delivery of alcohol as e-commerce booms during pandemic

This international initiative is focused on supporting consumers’ increasing demands for greater convenience with enhanced standards of responsibility to prevent sale to those underage and to reduce harmful drinking | IARD, UK

Anti-money laundering implications of investments in cannabis, CBD and other cannabinoids

This guidance has been prepared to alert members to their potential position under the Money Laundering , Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds ...and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”) in relation to clients who have invested in Cannabis in jurisdictions where it has been legalised for medicinal and/or recreational use | ICAEW, UK

Trends in cryptomarkets drug listings January 2020 - January 2021

This bulletin series reports on trends in the availability and type of substances sold on the internet via cryptomarkets over the last 13 months (a new bulletin is released typically every four months). The current bulletin focuses on analysis of listings from 1st January 2020 to 31st January 2021 | NDARC, Australia

Guidance - Serious Violence Duty: strategic needs assessment guidance

The Serious Violence Duty: draft guidance definition of serious violence is the same as the definition used in the government’s Serious Violence Strategy, but with concern about specific types of crime including county lines drug dealing | Public Health England, Department of Health and Social Care, and Home Office, UK

The future of UK music festivals

This inquiry considered Government policy to support music festivals due to take place this year and the economic and cultural contribution that music festivals make to the UK. It includes a look at drug-related harm at festivals and the role of drug checking | UK Parliament, UK