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Reports: November

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Scottish Affairs Committee calls for decriminalisation and safe drug consumption rooms

Drug-related deaths in Scotland reached an all-time high of 1,187 last year. In what has been one of the most extensive inquiries ever conducted into problem drug use in Scotland the committee heard from agencies, health services, academics, Governments, those with lived experience as well families who have been affected by problem drug use, The committee also visited Portugal, Germany and Canada to examine the evidence from international examples. The report concludes that Government approach to drug use must be substantially reformed | Scottish Affairs Committee, UK

Rights, respect and recovery: action plan

Actions, milestones and timeframes for implementing the 'Rights, respect and recovery' alcohol and drug treatment strategy | Scottish Government, UK

Alcohol dependence prevalence in England

Updated with alcohol dependence estimates for the period 2017 to 2018 | PHE, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: November 2019 update

An overview of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm and the measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level in England | PHE, UK

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2012-2018 drug data

In the seven-year period, 65,216 cases treated for problem drug use were reported to the NDTRS. The number of treated cases recorded increased from 8,005 in 2012 to 10,274 in 2018 | HRB, Ireland

Substance misuse: April to June 2019

Quarterly data are published on StatsWales. These include data on quarterly activity, case closures by reason for closure and the time between referral and start of treatment | Welsh Government, UK

Adult smoking and e-cigarette use (National Survey for Wales): April 2018 to March 2019

Statistics on adults smoking, stopping smoking, e-cigarette use, and exposure to tobacco smoke for April 2018 to March 2019 | Welsh Government, UK

What works. Testing drugs for harm reduction (PDF)

The recent deaths of 6 young people at music festivals in Australia connected to MDMA has led to local calls for the introduction of drug checking services (sometimes called ‘pill testing’ in Australia and drug safety testing in the UK) to assist people who use drugs to make safer decisions about the drugs they intend to consume | 360 edge, Australia

Cannabis-based medicinal products

This guideline covers prescribing of cannabis-based medicinal products for people with intractable nausea and vomiting, chronic pain, spasticity and severe treatment-resistant epilepsy | NICE, UK

Criminal Justice Project: Drug Interventions Programme DIP Activity in Sefton (2018/19) (PDF)

Between April 2018 and March 2019, there were 383 Criminal Justice Intervention Team (CJIT) contacts recorded by the drug and alcohol treatment provider in Sefton. This is a 5% increase when compared to the previous year | PHI, UK