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Reports July 2009


Drug and Alcohol Strategy 2009-2014

This is the fourth Drug and Alcohol Strategy the Department has produced [Department of Corrections, New Zealand Government]

British Crime Survey: Drug Misuse (Wales)

Table 8: Proportion of adults reporting the use of drugs in the last year in Wales, 2004-2009 [Statistics for Wales, UK]

Drug Death Matters - Newsletter (Seventh Edition)

This is the seventh issue of a twice yearly bulletin that will report on progress in relation to the Government's Drug Death Action Plan and the work of the National Forum on Drug-related Deaths. 7-page PDF [Scottish Government, UK]

Drug deaths in Fife 2008

A report on the findings of the Fife Drug Deaths Monitoring and Prevention Group (Fife Drug and Alcohol Action Team) 87-page PDF [NHS Fife, UK]

Refocusing Drug-Related Law Enforcement to Address Harms

This report describes the findings of a project conducted by the UK Drug Policy Commission that seeks to consider how an explicit refocusing of drug law enforcement on the reduction of drug-related harms could deliver a real impact on the drug related harms experienced by individuals and communities. 96-page PDF [UKDPC]

Moving towards Real Impact Drug Enforcement - Briefing

Strategy and policy implications. 16-page PDF [UKDPC]

Reducing Alcohol Harm: health services in England for alcohol misuse

On the basis of a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General,1 we took evidence from the Department on the performance of the National Health Service in addressing alcohol harm; the Department’s influence on local commissioners, and the Department’s work to encourage sensible drinking. 52-page PDF [Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons, UK]

Alcohol in our lives

The Law Commission project to review the law on the sale and supply of liquor aims to examine the whole scene from top-to-toe. 296-page PDF [The Law Commission, New Zealand]

The evidence base to guide development of Tier 4 CAMHS

The purpose of this paper is to present the latest information on these new developments and share with commissioners and providers the evidence base for development of effective services in this area [DoH, UK]

Country overviews

A structured synopsis of the trends and characteristics of national drug problems. They consist of a summary of the national drug situation, key statistics at a glance and a barometer showing the drug use prevalence position of each country - July update [EMCDDA]

Statistical bulletin 2009

The Statistical bulletin is published yearly by the EMCDDA and provides access to the most recent statistical data relating to the drugs situation in Europe [EMCDDA]

ACMD Annual Report 2008-09

This report gives a summary of the main issues the ACMD considered between April 2008 - March 2009 as well as information about its terms of reference, committees and working groups and membership and administrative arrangements. 32-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Latest volatile substance abuse death figures released

VSA Report 22: Trends in deaths associates with abuse of volatile substances 1971-2007, which was compiled for the Department of Health, monitors trends in deaths associated with the misuse of gas fuels, aerosols, glues, anaesthetic agents and other solvent based products [DrugScope, UK]

Bridges and barriers - addressing Indigenous incarceration and health

The strong links between substance misuse and Indigenous incarceration highlight an urgent need for government to address this disturbing problem. 18-page PDF [ADF, Australia]

Harm Reduction in Prison: The Moldova Model

This report focuses on the introduction of harm reduction programmes in Moldovan prisons and describes successes achieved as well as remaining challenges. 70-page PDF [IDPC]

Drug use patterns among Thai illicit drug users amidst increased police presence

Thailand has traditionally pursued an aggressive enforcement-based anti-drug policy in an effort to make the country "drug-free." In light of this ongoing approach, we sought to assess impacts of enforcement on drug use behaviors among a cohort of injection drug users (IDU) in Thailand [Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy]

Smoking, Drinking and Drug use among young people in England in 2008

This survey is the latest in a series designed to monitor smoking, drinking and drug use among secondary school pupils aged 11 to 15. Information was obtained from 7,798 pupils in 264 schools throughout England in the autumn term of 2008 [NHS Information Centre, UK]

Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2008/09 British Crime Survey

This annual statistical bulletin examines the prevalence and trends of illicit drug use among a nationally representative sample of 16 to 59 year olds (with a particular focus on young people aged 16 to 24) resident in households in England and Wales [Home Office UK]

NTA Parliamentary Briefing July 2009

The latest parliamentary briefing from the NTA on developments in drug treatment and the work of the NTA [NTA, UK]

Unforeseen benefits: Addiction treatment reduces health care costs

This paper demonstrates how addiction treatment will contribute to containing costs in reforming America’s health system. Studies show that addiction treatment significantly reduces emergency room, inpatient and total health care costs [Open Society Institute, USA]

Recovery and drug dependency: a new deal families

Drawing on a seminar held by Adfam and DrugScope on the positive role families can play in supporting recovery from drug dependency, this paper considers recovery and the family as mutually reinforcing and suggests ways of moving forward to improve outcomes for problematic drug users, their families and wider society [DrugScope, UK]

Signs for improvementcommissioning interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm

This guidance is designed to direct commissioners in areas where tackling alcohol harm is an identified priority, to the resources and guidance, which will assist them in commissioning interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm in their local community [Department of Health, UK]

Alcohol and homicide in Australia

The current study sought to build on the limited Australian research on alcohol-related homicide by examining solved homicides recorded in the National Homicide Monitoring Program over a six year period [Australian Institute of Criminology]

Extending our reach: A comprehensive approach to tackling serious organised crime

This strategy sets out the reforms we will make to ensure that the government, law enforcement agencies, businesses and the public have the necessary tools to reduce the harm caused by organised crime [Home Office, UK]

Methamphetamine: a European Union perspective in the global context

This study focuses on the supply and use of methamphetamine in Europe, set in a global context. 32-page PDF [EMCDDA]

Strategy and work programme 2010-2012

This work programme ensures that the EMCDDA remains a key resource for Europe — providing high-quality information to underpin effective drug policies and serving as a catalyst for supporting and developing national information systems [EMCDDA]

The Role of DEA in Controlling Drug Abuse

Slide show - American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. 119-page PDF [DEA, USA]

Financing the response to AIDS

Financing the response to AIDS in low- and middle- income countries: International assistance from the G8, European Commission and other donor Governments in 2008 [UNAIDS]

New Roadside Survey Shows Steady Decline in Alcohol Levels, while Driver Drug Use is Detected

The survey found 16.3 percent of nighttime weekend drivers were drug positive. The survey focused on weekend nighttime drivers and found that the drugs used most commonly by drivers were: marijuana (8.6 percent); cocaine (3.9 percent); and over-the-counter and prescription drugs (3.9 percent) [NHTSA, USA]

From Golden Triangle to Rubber Belt ?

The Future of Opium Bans in the Kokang and Wa Regions [TNI, Netherlands]

Alcohol and Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: a Resource for Health Professionals

This resource has been developed to support health professionals to address the issue of alcohol use in pregnancy with women. 36-page PDF [Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Australia]

Delivering effective needle and syringe programmes presentations now available

Presentations and notes from this conference, held on 1 July 2009, are now available [NTA, UK]

Young People’s Development Programme evaluation

Research into the Young People’s Development Programme, which aimed to reduce teenage pregnancy and substance misuse amongst vulnerable young people aged 13-15 [Institute of Education, UK]

Brief interventions for heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital wards

The evidence for brief interventions delivered to heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital is still inconclusive. 51-page PDF [The Cochrane Collaboration]

ADCA Strategic Plan 2009-2012

This Strategic Plan emphasises that ADCA must work in collaboration with a wide range of partners, and build effective partnerships both within and outside the AOD sector. 8-page PDF [ADCA, Australia]

Drugs misuse treatment in offender populations

The first Annual Evidence Update on Drugs focussing on Drugs misuse treatment in offender populations [NHS Evidence, UK]

Counting the homeless 2006 complete set

Counting the homeless 2006 includes eight state and territory reports on the homeless based on information collected from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 Census [AIHW, Australia]

The 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. 61-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, UK]

Global economic crisis and HIV

While the results of the survey are worrying, the report does give recommendations on interventions that could help to address the crisis [UNAIDS]

Survey of Alcohol Use & Consequences in Melbourne's Vietnamese Community

10-page PDF [Alcohol Education & Rehabilitation Foundation, Australia]

Diversity: learning from good practice in the field

This report highlights good practice in diversity, based on interviews with local drug partnerships that performed well in a related service review. 28-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Equality and diversity

This is the first detailed investigation into knowledge of drugs and drug services among a range of black and minority ethnic groups in England: South Asian, Black African, Black Caribbean, Kurdish, Turkish Cypriot and Turkish, Chinese and Vietnamese [NTA, UK]

Do Better Do Less: The report of the Commission on English Prisons Today

The final report of the Commission on English Prisons Today takes a radical look at the purposes and limits of a penal system and how it should sit alongside other social policies [Howard League for Penal Reform, UK]

Towards a Popular, Preventative Youth Justice System

It includes proposals for early intervention for preventative purposes, as well as for the extension of the system to some of those in the 18-21 age group [Institute for Public Policy Research, UK]

Recognising complexity: Commissioning guidance for personality disorder services

Guidance for commissioners in the NHS, criminal justice system, local authorities and others, which provides information and suggestions on best practice when considering services and systems for people with personality disorders. 69-page PDF [DoH, UK]

Alcohol and Offenders Project Report, Yorkshire and Humber Region

This study was commissioned by the Home Office Government Office for Yorkshire and Humber, in collaboration with YHIP, DH, NTA and [Lifeline, UK]

Peer-based Addiction Recovery Support

History, Theory, Practice, and Scientific Evaluation. 265-page PDF [William L. White, MA. Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center, USA]

The Seeds of Exclusion 2009

The study is based on in-depth interviews and validated questionnaires involving 967 homeless people2 at Salvation Army centres within the UK and Ireland conducted by the University of Kent and Cardiff University. 4-page PDF [Salvation Army, UK]

Poverty and Inequalities in Scotland

Conference report 14-page PDF [Scotland's Futures Forum, UK]

Practice Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Behavioral Health Care

The document that you are about to read is an extraordinary one in its origins, its content, and its value as another step toward achieving and maintaining a recovery-oriented health care service system in Connecticut.. 110-page PDF [Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, USA]

Alcohol attributable mortality and morbidity: alcohol population attributable fractions for Scotland

The aim of this study was to calculate alcohol population attributable fractions for Scotland, using the best possible estimates based on the current evidence available in the epidemiological literature and specific estimates of population drinking in Scotland. 56-page PDF [ScotPHO, UK]

Provision of Injecting Equipment in Scotland, 2007/08

This report presents the findings of a survey, carried out by Information Services Division (ISD), on injecting equipment provision (IEP) to injecting drug users in Scotland in 2007/08 72-page PDF [ISD, Scotland]

A guide to improving practice in housing for drug users

Offering fresh insight into the development, planning and delivery of housing and related support services for drug users, it introduces new ways of joined-up working that will help to improve practice. 16-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Moving up a Gear –the Next Steps for DIP

A review of the Drug Intervention Programme A review of the Drug Intervention Programme. 31-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Are short term prison sentences an efficient and effective use of public resources?

Two sets of analyses are presented in this paper. First, brand new analysis is presented for the first time that estimates the economic impact expected from diverting offenders from short-term prison sentences to community sentences. Second, the paper summarises the analysis of the costs and benefits of alternative sentences. 22-page PDF [Make Justice Work, UK]

Outpatient alcoholism treatment - 24-month outcome and predictors of outcome

Matching patients to different types of treatment by means of empirically based characteristics may help to improve outcome but research has failed to establish reliable predictors in that area. Data from this follow-up study confirm the role of certain clinical outcome predictors. 26-page PDF [Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy]