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NHS Long Term Plan will help problem drinkers and smokers

Problem drinkers and smokers who end up in hospital will be helped by dedicated new services as part of the NHS Long Term Plan | NHS, UK

An update on take-home naloxone knowledge amongst people who inject drugs

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is an ongoing illicit drug monitoring system which has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2000, and forms part of Drug Trends | NDARC, Australia

Prison health inquiry: government response

This command paper sets out the government’s response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry into prison healthcare published in November 2018. [Includes a chapter discussing drug use in prisons] | DHSC, UK

State of the Nation 2018

The Drug Foundation’s State of the Nation report is a snapshot of how New Zealand is dealing with alcohol and other drugs. The report shows while we are doing well in some areas, there is massive room for improvement | NZDF, New Zealand

Review of the new strategic direction for alcohol and drugs – phase 2 (PDF)

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has undertaken a comprehensive review of the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs- Phase 2 (NSD-2), the region’s strategy on reducing alcohol and drug-related harm since 2011 | IPH, UK

Alcohol Related Deaths 2007-2017

The statistics show that 303 of the 16,036 deaths registered in Northern Ireland in 2017 were due to alcohol related causes. This is almost 30 per cent more than was recorded a decade previously (238) and 70 per cent more than 2001 when the time series began (178). However alcohol related deaths continue to account for less than 2% of total deaths registered each year | NISRA, Northern Ireland

Low and No Alcohol Boom Here To Stay: New Figures Show Significant Consumer Support For Alternatives in 2019

One of the first surveys into attitudes towards low alcohol released today by the alcohol social responsibility body the Portman Group highlights an explosion in popularity of low and no alcohol alternatives as a way to drink responsibly, with younger people leading the trend. Figures show that nearly a quarter (24%) of British drinkers have either already switched some of their drinking to low alcohol alternatives or would consider doing so in the next six months | Portman Group, UK

Alcohol Related Deaths 2007-2017

[Northern Ireland] The statistics show that 303 of the 16,036 deaths registered in Northern Ireland in 2017 were due to alcohol related causes. This is almost 30 per cent more than was recorded a decade previously (238) and 70 per cent more than 2001 when the time series began (178). However alcohol related deaths continue to account for less than 2% of total deaths registered each year | NISRA, UK Ireland

Review of the new strategic direction for alcohol and drugs – phase 2 (PDF)

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has undertaken a comprehensive review of the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs- Phase 2 (NSD-2), the region’s strategy on reducing alcohol and drug-related harm since 2011 | IPH, UK

Legitimate use of controlled drugs: research and healthcare - updated

Interim advice to the Home Office regarding the legitimate use of controlled drugs in research and healthcare. This update consists of a further letter from the Policing Minister published, responding to the ACMD's recommendations | ACMD, UK

Alcohol and drug treatment in secure settings: statistics summary 2017 to 2018

This National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) statistics report presents information on specialist treatment interventions for drugs and alcohol misuse in secure settings during 2017 to 2018. The report contains information on adults (aged 18 and over) in contact with treatment services in prisons, including youth offender institutions (YOIs) for 18 to 21 year olds, and immigration removal centres (IRCs) | PHE, UK

Software suppliers for the national drug treatment monitoring system

Software suppliers who have participated in the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) compliance programme and the level of compliance awarded | PHE, UK

Silent Voices: Initiative to study affect of parental alcohol misuse on children (PDF)

A new initiative is being launched today aimed at highlighting the impact parental alcohol misuse has on children. The project called "Silent Voices" will look at promoting an understanding of the issue as well as providing supports for those affected... | Irish Examiner, Ireland