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Reports: September

 

Support and informational needs of ‘at-risk’ groups highlighted in new SDF report

A new report that identifies specific risks and informational needs of certain ‘at-risk’ groups in Scotland has been published. The Scottish Government-funded report (PDF) presents research that was carried out with particular at-risk populations who engage transactional sex, chemsex, or the use of image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs), with the aim of identifying specific risks in terms of drug use and sexual health, treatment and information needs | SDF, UK

Problem drug use in Scotland: Government response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2019

Government responses to the committee's 19 recommendations on ways to address Scotland's drug problem | House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee, UK

Recreational cannabis regulation and harm reduction

In early 2019, BERL was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to support the development of an evidence base to inform the proposed regulations for a legal market for recreational cannabis in New Zealand | BERL, New Zealand

GDS: the world’s largest drug survey

The GDS Special Edition on COVID-19 was developed as part of a global effort to better understand the impact of the pandemic on people’s lives with a specific focus on the use of alcohol and other drugs, mental health and relationships. Over 55,000 people took part. The survey ran for 7 weeks in (May – June 2020) See the GDS COVID-19 Special Edition: Key Findings Report| GDS, UK

Men and Alcohol: Key Issues

The Men and Alcohol: Key Issues report summarises the contributions and key findings and presents recommendations for research, policy and practice from the SHAAP and Institute of Alcohol Studies 2019/2020 'Men and Alcohol' seminar series | SHAAP, UK

‘It’s everywhere’ – alcohol’s public face and private harm: The report of the Commission on Alcohol Harm (2020)

The Commission on Alcohol Harm was established to examine the current evidence on alcohol harm, recent trends in alcohol harm and the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. The Commission’s remit was also to examine the need for a new comprehensive alcohol strategy for England, which takes account of the strategies in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to consider UK-wide priorities in areas where policy is not devolved | AHA UK, UK

Research report YouGov / Portman Group survey on UK alcohol consumption post the COVID-19 lockdown (PDF)

Fears that the hospitality industry reopening would fuel an increase in drinking were unfounded. The vast majority of Brits are continuing to drink moderately and within Government low risk guidelines of 14 units a week | Portman Group, UK

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2019 (PDF)

NSDUH is a comprehensive household interview survey of substance use, substance use disorders, mental health, and the receipt of treatment services for these disorders in the United States. Approximately 67,500 persons are interviewed annually | SAMHSA, USA

Principles for the responsible legal regulation of cannabis

In recent years, discussions on the legal regulation of drugs – and in particular of cannabis – have moved in from the margins of drug policy debates. As of today, over 50 countries have adopted regulatory frameworks for medical cannabis, while a growing number of jurisdictions have regulated adult non-medical use, with many more poised to follow | ICPR, UK

Addiction services not equipped to treat the 8 million people drinking at high risk during pandemic, warns Royal College

Addiction services in England are not equipped to treat the soaring numbers of people drinking at high risk during the pandemic and must receive a multi-million-pound funding boost in the upcoming spending review, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The College’s new analysis of Public Health England’s latest data on the indirect effects of Covid-19 found that over 8.4 million people are now drinking at higher risk, up from just 4.8 million in February | Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK

Monitoring the Future: 2019 Overview Sponsored by The National Institute on Drug Abuse at The National Institutes of Health Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use

Vaping marijuana and vaping nicotine have increased dramatically among 19- 22 year olds, with both more than doubling between 2017 and 2019, according to the University of Michigan’s annual U.S. national Monitoring the Future (MTF) Panel Study [Press release here (PDF)] . In addition, use of marijuana in any form in 2019 among young adults ages 19-22 was at or near the highest levels seen over the past four decades | University of Michigan, USA

Non-Communicable Disease Prevention A manifesto for the next Parliament: Addressing Scotland’s biggest killers through action on societal factors that cause ill-health (PDF)

It has been estimated that almost 14,000 deaths in Scotland are preventable through public health action. That’s why ten charities dedicated to addressing NCDs and the risk factors that impact the nation’s health have come together to set out a series of priorities to improve the health of everyone in Scotland and reduce the burden of noncommunicable disease on Scotland’s NHS | Alcohol Focus Scotland et al, UK

A timeline of alcohol-relevant restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF)

The aim of this report is to provide a resource outlining the implementation, easing and re-introduction of all COVID-19 regulations that might impact alcohol consumption| La Trobe University, Australia