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Reports August 2009


Working document for developing a draft global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol

This working document is intended to be the basis for continued collaboration and consultation with Member States during the drafting of the global strategy. 27-page PDF [World Health Organisation]

Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis: Cannabis Use and Driving

This is the third in a series of reports that reviews the effects of cannabis use on various aspects of human functioning and development. In this report, the effects of cannabis use on driving are discussed. 8-page PDF [CCSA, Canada]

Recovery and the UK Drug Treatment System: key dimensions of change

This discussion aims to develop the ongoing debate about the future of the Drug Treatment field in the United Kingdom. It takes up certain themes from the current debates and discussions about the Recovery Orientation in drug treatment and seeks to locate these discussions historically in terms of a paradigm analysis, but also contemporaneously in terms of other key dimensions of current change.. 73-page PDF [Ian Wardle, CEO, Lifeline Project, UK]

The TEDS Report - -Heroin and Other Opiate Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment

On 2007, opiates accounted for almost one fifth (19 percent) of all substance abuse treatment admissions [SAMHSA, USA]

Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2008

The number of deaths related to drug poisoning, which includes deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs, for males was 2,075 in 2008, an increase of 8 per cent compared to 2007 and the highest number since 2001 [Office of National Statistics, UK]

Drug Related Deaths in the UK Annual Report 2009

An annual report which analyses drug-related deaths that have occurred in the preceding calendar year and comments on emerging trends. An executive summary of the annual report is also published [International Centre for Drug Policy St George's, London University, UK]

Mental health services in Australia 2006-07

Mental health services in Australia 2006-07 is the eleventh in the series of AIHW's comprehensive annual reports on the characteristics and activity of Australia's mental health services, and the availability of mental health resources [AIHW, Australia]

National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XIV: Teens and Parents

This 14th annual “back-to-school survey” continues the unique effort of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University to track attitudes of teens and those, like parents, who influence them. 67-page PDF [CASA, USA]

All Wales Review of Substance Misuse Prescribing Services

This first review 129-page PDF has focused on the commissioning and provision of substitute drugs such as methadone which is used to help manage and reduce the use of illegal opiate drugs such as heroin. The review has also established an overview of substance misuse services across Wales and a baseline of provision which will be used to inform future reviews. [Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, UK]

National Forensic Laboratory Information System

Annual report 2008. 32-page PDF [DEA, United States Department of Justice]

The practical guide for preventing and dealing with alcohol related problems

This Practical Guide is the essential reference for all those responsible for, and with an interest in, tackling alcohol-related crime and disorder. 119-page PDF. [Home Office, UK]


The many sides to the Australian opioid pharmacotherapy maintenance system. 108-page PDF [Australian National Council on Drugs]

Modelling pharmacotherapy maintenance in Australia exploring

Exploring affordability, availability, accessibility and quality using system dynamics. 80-page PDF [Australian National Council on Drugs]

Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions for Smoked Substances: 1992 to 2007

This report examines changes in the drug use and demographic characteristics of substance abuse treatment admissions for smoked substances between 1992 and 2007 [SAMHSA, USA]

Guidance on Provider-initiated Voluntary Medical Examination, Testing and Counselling for Infectious Diseases in Injecting Drug Users

This document addresses basic operational guidance on provider-initiated medical examination, testing and counselling with regard to infectious diseases in injecting drug users (IDUs). This is accompanied by a recommended package of prevention and primary care in relation to injecting drug users and infections. 37-page PDF [EMCDDA]

Drug Policy Timeline

The Australian (illicit) drug policy timeline has been updated: 1985-2009. Please feel free to email through any comments or suggested inclusions to caitlin.hughes@unsw.edu.au. 58-page PDF [DPMP, Australia]

Drugs, the law and safer injecting

For injecting drug users who want to know about how the law in Victoria affects them [Victoria Legal Aid, Australia]

Development of a Parents’ Resource Manual Booklet to equip parents/guardians to provide early and appropriate responses to young people’s substance use

A comprehensive review of international and national research and literature in order to: Identify and document best practice with regard to primary and secondary prevention of substance use (completed in part 1) - Identify and document the range and levels of current programmes, strategies, interventions and resources available for parents in this regard (completed in part 2). 50-page PDF [Crosscare, Ireland]

Inquiry Into Strategies To Prevent High Volume Offending And Recidivism By Young

In this Report we have tried to focus on this group of offenders, namely repeat offenders, and have attempted to develop strategies that will assist these young people, firstly to try to stop them from ever getting into the juvenile justice system, and secondly, if this is unsuccessful, to outline strategies that will reduce or eliminate further offences. 397-page PDF [Drugs and crime prevention committee, Victoria Parliament, Australia]

Drug policy reform in practice

This article provides an overview of European drug policy practices regarding harm reduction, decriminalization of consumption and possession, and more tolerant policies towards cannabis, particularly in The Netherlands and several states in the US. 19-page PDF [TNI, Netherlands & Nueva Sociedad]

Annual Report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales 1999 - 2000

As this, my fifth report, also marks the end of my five year contract, I am taking the opportunity to reflect on that period, draw some conclusions, and, as in all my prison and thematic review reports, highlight both good and bad practice and make recommendations for future development. 136-page PDF [Sir David Ramsbotham, GCB, CBE Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, UK]

Effective weed control

A guide for people trying to cut down or stop using cannabis. 53-page PDF [Turning Point, Australia]

NTA Business Plan 2009/10

The role of the NTA, Action for 2009-10, Risk management, NTA resources, NTA budget. 25-page PDF [NTA, UK]

ACMD report on the major cannabinoid agonists

This report draws on much of the evidence cited in the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) recent assessment of the synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, based on an expert meeting held in Lisbon on 6th March 2009. 29-page PDF [ACND, UK]

Drug Related Deaths in Scotland in 2008

Statistics of drug-related deaths in 2008 and earlier years, broken down by cause of death, selected drugs reported, age and sex [General Register Office for Scotland, UK]

SCDEA - Annual Report 2008-09

A year of success. 1.1 MB PDF [Scottish Crime & Drugs Enforcement Agency, UK]

Towards a strategy to support volunteering in health and social care: consultation

This response document is in response to 'Towards a strategy to support volunteering in health and social care' consultation. It sets out messages heard during the consultation process through nine regional workshops held around England, an on-line questionnaire. 34-page PDF [DoH, UK]

Young Adults Today: Key Data

For the first time ever – comprehensive data on the lives of young adults aged 16-25 [Young People in Focus, UK]

How Opium Profits the Taliban

This report illustrates how—for more than three decades of conflict in Afghanistan—the opium trade has become deeply embedded in the politics of the region. 44-page PDF [United States Institute of Peace]

Breaking the Link

The role of drug treatment in tackling crime 24-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2008 estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels

This release includes provisional statistics on accidents involving drinking and driving in Great Britain in 2008, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority [Department of Transport, UK]

Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders

This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) describes basic knowledge about the nature and treatment of stimulant use disorders. More specifically, it reviews what is currently known about treating the medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse/dependence problems associated with the use of two high-profile stimulants: cocaine and MA [SAMHSA, USA]

Improving access to child and adolescent mental health services

This guide has been produced to help providers and commissioners of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) improve access and waiting times for children and young people. 36-page PDF [Department of Health, Department for Children, Schools and Families, UK]

Towards successful treatment completion

A good practice guide. 76-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Clinical governance in drug treatment

A good practice guide for providers and commissioners. 76-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Routes to recovery

New resources for clinicians and key workers helping clients on their journeys to recovery [NTA, UK]

BTEI: getting motivated to change

Routes to Recovery part 7. 44-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Putting science and engineering at the heart of government policy

This memorandum provides a brief description of the use of scientific evidence within drug policy and reaches some conclusions about how this can be improved [UKDPC]