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Volteface Publish New Report ‘Making the Grade’ in Partnership with Mentor

The report considers how the UK’s education system responds to drugs by examining the approaches taken to preventing, identifying and responding to illegal drug use and selling in schools. It looks at the policy frameworks that these responsibilities operate within and considers how efficacious they are in safeguarding children and young people from drug-related harm | Volte Face and Mentor, UK

The drug economy and youth interventions: an exploratory research project on working with young people involved in the illegal drugs trade (PDF)

This study stems from a report produced by Citywide in 2016 on the issue of drug-related intimidation. The report identified the need to look closer at the issue of early intervention with young people who become involved in drug distribution | Citywide, Ireland

Still seldom heard and hard to reach. Still drinking? NEET young people and alcohol consumption in a Northern town

In 2008 the researchers undertook a study exploring the drinking careers of young people who are not in education, employment and training (NEET) in a small post-industrial town in England... This report presents research which repeated the study with the same cohort of young people described as NEET, in the same geographical location, to see if anything has changed over the ensuing 10 years, and to further investigate this under researched group | Alcohol Change UK, UK

NHS smoking cessation services: October to December 2018

3,391 Welsh resident smokers were treated by smoking cessation services | Welsh Government, UK

Guidance: Misuse of illicit drugs and medicines: applying All Our Health

Evidence and guidance to help health professionals identify, prevent or reduce drug-related harm | PHE, UK

Case study: Making substance misuse and mental health support more inclusive

How a service for young people in North Yorkshire works with other agencies to focus on all their emotional wellbeing, substance misuse and mental health needs | PHE, UK

Case study: Mental health and substance misuse: joined-up services

How joining up mental health, alcohol and drug misuse services in a Derby hospital provided better support for people with addiction and mental health problems | PHE, UK

Guidance: NDTMS: accreditation for software suppliers

Updated software supplier accreditation details | PHE, UK

2019 annual alcohol poll confirms ‘decade of deception’ as Australia’s ‘get drunk’ club climbs to six million

In the tenth year of surveying Australians, new polling has found the number of people who drink alcohol to get drunk has edged close to half the drinking population, to around six million people, despite little change in overall alcohol consumption | FARE, Australia

The Road to Recovery Refresh: Views from the Scottish Youth Parliament Justice Committee (PDF)

We asked the Justice Committee to read about the "Icelandic Model". This is an approach, to reduce substance use in young people, which has been implemented in Iceland for 20 years | CREW and SYP, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE)

Updated. The profiles provide information to monitor the services and initiatives that have been put in place to prevent and reduce the harmful impact of alcohol | PHE, UK

The Timpson Review of School Exclusion (PDF)

Includes a look at the role of alcohol and other drugs in school exclusions | Department for Education and Race Disparity Unit, UK

Suicide, drug abuse and alcoholism linked to more middle-aged deaths than heart disease

A leading economist has said the UK faces a sharp rise in self-inflicted deaths as people face increasing economic isolation. He says that among Britons aged 45 -54 the number of deaths of despair per 100,000 people has risen from just over 20 in 1993 to 43 in 2017. See also: Inequalities in the twenty-first century: introducing the IFS Deaton Review | Sky News, UK

Impossible to escape: The need for stronger restrictions on the placement of alcohol marketing in Australia (PDF)

This report highlights the extent of community concern around the placement of alcohol marketing, and calls on Australian governments to introduce stronger restrictions to better protect children and young people from exposure to alcohol marketing | Alcohol Advertising Review Board, Australia

Contemporary Asian Drug Policy

This report describes the illicit drug policy landscape for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) + 3 countries (China, Japan, and South Korea), which account for about 30 percent of the world's population. The authors also present three case studies on the shifting drug policy landscape in Asia | RAND Corporation, USA

Addressing Problematic Opioid Use in OECD Countries

This report presents evidence on the magnitude of problematic opioid use across OECD countries, describes the main drivers, and identifies a set of policy actions to address them. The report highlights the opioid crisis as a complex public health issue that requires a comprehensive approach across all sectors, including health, social services, and law enforcement | OECD, France

Global Drug Survey 2019 (PDF)

Key findings from this year's report into global drug trends | GDS, UK