Weekly news - 23rd December 2011

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Recovery Partnership presentation to the Inter-Ministerial Group on Drugs (23rd November 2011

There are many aspects to supporting recovery but looking not too far ahead, the introduction of the new public health service and the establishment of Public Health England is the most important opportunity but also potentially the biggest challenge, perhaps for a generation … A combination of the removal of the nominal ring fence for drug treatment, a new commissioning environment and competing demands for an ambitious public health agenda create the potential for disinvestment in drug treatment | DrugScope, UK

Letter to the Recovery Partnership from Gus Jaspert, Head of Drugs and Alcohol, the Home Office (December 2011)

"As agreed at the [inter-Ministerial Group on Drugs] meeting I want to provide you with some feedback on the impact of the Recovery Partnership’s input to Ministerial discussions and decisions. IMG discussions are restricted so I cannot repeat these in great detail. I have however, outlined key points of the discussions and summarised outcomes to ensure that those that are helping you with your work get a sense of the collective Ministerial ambition and direction of travel." | DrugScope, UK

Consideration of the use of foil as an intervention, to reduce the harms of heroin and cocaine

The ACMD believe that foil, as an intervention, can support an individual‟s treatment journey towards recovery. In addressing these further questions, the ACMD consider that there is a strong case that foil is exempted under Section 9A of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Foil report) | ACMD, UK

Homelessness: A silent killer

A research briefing on mortality amongst homeless people - Download | Crisis, UK

Dead at 47: homeless people are exposed to much worse than cold

Comment by Rosanna O’Connor, Director of Delivery, National Treatment Agency: The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) would not dispute the links between homelessness and drug addiction, but does challenge your claim that “waiting lists for help with addiction are frustratingly lengthy”? The Crisis report calls for more help for homeless people with drug and alcohol problems but does not actually provide any evidence that there is a shortfall in treatment services| Guardian, UK

Recovery innovations in Yorkshire and Humberside

As part of the 'Models of Recovery' Project, Dr David Best evaluated eight examples of innovation and best practice across Yorkshire & the Humber – this report details his work and outlines his findings. Full report via | NTA, UK

SALSUS National Report 2010

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) - National Report 2010 | ISD Scotland, UK

SALSUS - Local reports 2010

These documents present survey information at ADP local level on the Smoking, Drinking And Drug Use Among 13 And 15 Year Olds | Drug Misuse in Scotland, UK

National drug and alcohol treatment waiting times

Period ending July - Sept 2011 | Drug Misuse in Scotland, UK

Substance Misuse Skills Consortium Conference

Building recovery in the workforce: developing an inspirational, recovery-orientated drug and alcohol workforce. Tuesday 14th February 2012 9.30am - 4.30pm at Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH

A partnership approach: supporting families with multiple needs

This briefing identifies and analyses the common themes and questions which emerged from the regional events, setting out the key questions which local areas will need to address in order to provide an effective service for families affected by drugs and alcohol | Adfam, UK

Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics, 2010-11

Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics. Includes data on Drug Treatment Testing Orders | Scottish Government, UK

New public health system takes shape as more details published

More details on the design of the new public health system, including the role and responsibilities of local government in public health, the operating model for the new executive agency Public Health England and an overview of how the whole system will work, are published today | Department of Health, UK

Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99): country overview 2010

This country overview provides a structured synopsis of the trends and characteristics of national drug problems in Kosovo - Download | EMCDDA

Building Capacity in Non-government Alcohol and Drug Services - The Queensland Experience

The report documents the cultural change processes use by 11 alcohol and drug agencies in Queensland provided with capacity building grants from the Department of Health and Ageing to reorient their services to better meet the needs of people with substance misuse and mental health issues | Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies, Australia

Intensive Judicial Supervision and Drug Court Outcomes

These interim findings provide strong evidence that intensively supervising drug court participants in the early phases reduces early-phase substance use and sanctioning rates | NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Australia