Reports December 2009


Substance misuse among young people

Data for 2008-09 [National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK]

Misleading and Misguided: Mandatory Prison Sentences for Drug Offences

Brief to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Bill C-15, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. 19-page PDF [Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network]

Status of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Counternarcotics Programs in Afghanistan

Full Status report. 67-page PDF [United States Department of State, Office of Inspector General]

Does bingeing affect earnings?

Using unit-record data from the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey, this paper examines the impact of drinking patterns on individuals’ earnings, controlling for selectivity bias driven by the endogenous relationship between drinking and earnings. 38-page PDF [Centre for Health Economics, Australia]

Development First

A More Promising Approach to Reducing Cultivation of Crops for Illicit Markets [WOLA]

Redefining Targets

Towards a Realistic Afghan Drug Control Strategy [Transnational Institute]

Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings

The Guidelines are based on the best available evidence and draw upon the experience and knowledge of clinicians, researchers, consumers and carers [National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre - UNSW - Faculty of Medicine, Australia]

Off Measure: How we underestimate the amount we drink

A new analysis carried out by Liverpool John Moores University finds that the discrepancy between alcohol surveys calculating consumption and actual alcohol sales equals 430 million units a week. 12-page PDF [Alcohol Concern, UK]

HIV & AIDS in the North West of England

Mid year 2009 statistics from HIV treatment and care centres in the North West of England. 42-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]

Mentally disordered offenders

A Joint Inspection on work prior to sentence. 56-page PDF [HM Inspectorate of Probation, UK]

Afghanistan Opium Survey 2009

The Afghanistan Opium Survey 2009 confirms that market forces are moving against the Afghan drugs trade as prices, revenues and excess production have put a damper on supply. 147-page PDF [UNODC]

Science and Technology - Third Report

The Government's review of the principles applying to the treatment of independent scientific advice provided to government [Parliament, UK]

Drug Treatment Waiting Times July to September 2009

This publication presents data from the Drug Treatment Waiting Times Information
Framework [ISD, Scotland, UK]

Home Office Research Report 26

The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Qualitative Study [Home Office, UK]

Home Office Research Report 25

The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Cost-effectiveness analysis [Home Office, UK]

Home Office Research Report 24

The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Final Outcomes Report [Home Office, UK]

Home Office Research Report 23

Summary of key findings from the Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS) [Home Office, UK]

Board meetings and papers

December 2009 [National Treatment Agency, UK]

Children and Young People in Custody 2008–2009

An analysis of the experiences of 15–18-year-olds in prison. 108 page PDF [HM Inspectorate of Prisons Youth Justice Board, UK]

Report on the government's strategy for diverting women away from crime

The report outlines the continued commitment to bringing about improvements for women offenders in both custody and the community. 22-page PDF [Ministry of Justice, UK]

Teen marijuana use tilts up, while some drugs decline in use

Results of this year’s survey - Data [Monitoring the Future, USA]

Opium Poppy Cultivation in South-East Asia

While focusing on the opium problem (mostly in rural communities), we should not lose sight of rapidly increasing production and use of synthetic drugs (mostly in cities) in the Greater Mekong region. It would be a Pyrrhic victory for drug control if South-East Asia’s appetite for opium was simply replaced by a new craving for ampethamine-type stimulants. 119-page PDF [UNODC]

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2007-08

Findings from the National Minimum Data Set [AIHW, Australia]


July to September 2009 [Communities and Local Government, UK]

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2009

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the evidence base for protecting people from the harms of second-hand tobacco smoke through legislation and enforcement [World Health Organisation]

Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol

Draft global strategy. 25-page PDF. Follow the progress here [World Health Organisation]

Consultation: Australia's National Drug Strategy beyond 2009

The Consultation Paper has been prepared on behalf of the MCDS by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs National Drug Strategy Development Working Group. The MCDS invites feedback on the paper [NDS, Australia]

SCDEA Annual Plan 2009 - 2010

This Plan describes our strategic priorities set by Scottish Government Ministers, together with the funding available to the Agency and the manner in which I propose to allocate this funding [Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, UK]

Future proof

Can we afford the cost of drinking too much? Mortality, morbidity and drink driving in the UK. 35-page PDF [Alcohol Concern, UK]

NHS Stop Smoking Services

This document provides best practice guidance relevant to the provision of all NHS stop smoking interventions and sets out fundamental quality principles for the delivery of services which can be used to inform the development of local commissioning arrangements. 112-page PDF [DoH, UK]

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2009

The annual report on the state of poverty and social exclusion in the United Kingdom from the [Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the New Policy Institute, UK]

Down and Out?

The full report [St Mungo's, UK]

The TEDS Report - Characteristics of Adolescent Heroin Admissions

On average, adolescent heroin admissions were 14.8 years old when they first used heroin and 16.3 years old at admission to treatment, indicating approximately 18 months of use before entering treatment [SAMHSA, USA]

HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2008

Joint WHO/Europe and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) surveillance report on HIV/AIDS in the WHO European Region. 5MB PDF [WHO/ECDC]

Alcohol Arrest Referral guide

This document has been produced to help commissioners of services e.g. Drug and Alcohol Action teams (DAATs) and project teams who are considering establishing or further developing Alcohol Arrest Referral (AAR) schemes. Full report 62-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Building a safe, confident future

The final report of the Social Work Task Force. 71-page PDF. The Government response [Department for Children, Schools and Families, UK]

Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving, 2008

Statistics on Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2008. 17-page PDF [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]

Drugs in Wales, 2008-09

The latest National Statistics on Drugs in Wales produced by the [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]

Impact of Alcohol in Greater Manchester

This report identifies available alcohol intelligence from across Greater Manchester. The data are separated into six categories: consumption, health related impacts of alcohol, crime, young people, and examples of interventions to tackle excessive alcohol consumption. 64-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, UK]

Understanding College Students' Alcohol-Related Social Norms in Sefton: Interim Findings

This report builds on previous research conducted in schools in Sefton into social drinking norms in young people. 24-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, UK]

Lancashire: Brief Intervention Online Training Evaluation

Severe, chronic or hazardous alcohol use, as well as binge drinking has numerous harmful effects, on health mortality and offending. 40-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, UK]