Weekly news - 9th March 2012


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Response to the NICE consultation on the outcomes framework for Clinical Commissioning Groups

We are concerned that the specification, definition and development of the COF indicators should make appropriate reference to drug and alcohol issues. While we recognise that the primary responsibility will rest with public health, it appears to us incongruous to have no reference at all to drug or alcohol issues in the COF given the high incidence of drug and alcohol-related health conditions among the patient populations for which CCGs will be commissioning | DrugScope, UK

General Lifestyle Survey, 2010

Adults aged 45 and over were three times as likely as those aged under 45 to drink almost every day - Download | Office for National Statistics, UK

Evaluation of Alcohol Arrest Referral Pilot Schemes (Phase 1)

Overall, the intervention did not appear to reduce re-arrests for this client group. Two schemes saw a statistically significant reduction in alcohol consumption but it was not possible to assess how much this reduction was attributable to the intervention as there was no control group - Download | Home Office, UK

Evaluation of Alcohol Arrest Referral Pilot Schemes (Phase 2)

Overall, the intervention appeared to be ineffective for this client group in terms of reducing re-arrest but there was some limited evidence of reduced alcohol consumption among the intervention group - Download | Home Office, UK

Summary of findings from two evaluations of Home Office Alcohol Arrest Referral pilot schemes

Home Office Research Report 60 summarises the evaluation findings of two phases of Alcohol Arrest Referral (AAR) pilots operating between 2007 and 2010 in twelve police forces. Brief interventions to attempt to tackle alcohol-related offending were offered to adults, arrested and deemed by a police officer to be under the influence of alcohol - Download | Home Office, UK

Increasing capacity in alcohol screening and brief interventions

A role for community pharmacy? | NHS Health Scotland

A minimum price for alcohol?

Commons Library Standard Note | Parliament, UK

Statutory Homelessness

October - December Quarter 2011, England | Communities and Local Government, UK

EMCDDA Budget 2012

Each year, a preliminary draft budget is presented by the Centre's Director to the Management Board, which may modify the draft before adopting it and submitting it to the European Commission - Download | EMCDDA

National Drugs Strategy 2009-16: Implementation of Actions

Progress Report End 2011 | Department of Health, Ireland

HIV Infection and HIV-Associated Behaviors Among Injecting Drug Users

20 Cities, United States, 2009 | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA

Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults

A Report of the | Surgeon General, USA

Whole of Victorian Government Alcohol & Drug Strategy

Community engagement: key themes report february 2012 | VAADA, Australia

Australian crime

Facts & figures: 2011 | Australian Institute of Criminology