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Reports June 2009


National Forum on Drug Related Deaths in Scotland: Annual Report 2008-09

This is the second report from the National Forum on Drug-related Deaths [Scottish Government, UK]

California Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Treatment Report

This report contains data on admissions to treatment opened and discharges from treatment closed from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. 16-page PDF [California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, USA]

Review of the Scottish Drugs Forum

The overall aim of this review was to establish the effectiveness of SDF in delivering its aims and objectives, in particular the extent to which it provides value for money in respect of funding received from the Scottish Government. 97 page PDF [Scottish Government, UK]

National Education and Prevention Action Plan on Illicit Drugs in Sport

The Australian Government’s $20.1 million Illicit Drugs in Sport - National Education and Prevention Action Plan to help tackle illicit drug use in sport and in the broader community. PDFs [Department of Health, Australia]

Transforming community services: ambition, action, achievement

These best practice guides have a vital role to play in the delivery of the intentions for High Quality Care for All: the Next Stage Review [DoH, UK]

European Drug Policy Survey

This is a report on the results of a public poll survey on drug policy opinions among
the general adult population of 6 European Union member states: Bulgaria, Czech
Republic, Poland, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark. 21-page PDF [Hungarian Civil Liberties Union]

Pseudoephedrine Smurfing Fuels Surge in Large-Scale Methamphetamine Production in California

The National Drug Intelligence Center collected and analyzed data and reporting from 2007-through May 2009 related to methamphetamine production and pseudoephedrine smurfing. This report draws upon data from the National Seizure System, as well as information obtained through interviews with federal, state, and local law enforcement officers [NDIC, USA]

Coca Myths

History has been unjust to the coca leaf, denying it distribution on a global scale despite its proven value as an energy enhancer, and limiting its potential for widespread use as a healthy alternative to all sorts of chemical stimulants currently available on the world market. 24-PAGE PDF [TNI]

Addressing Drugs and Conflicts in Myanmar

Myanmar is now at a critical juncture, as this progress may be reversed if it is not followed up by massive alternative development programmes [SIPRI, Sweden]

World Drug Report 2009

It provides detailed estimates and trends on production, trafficking and consumption in the opium/heroin, coca/cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine-type stimulants markets. This year, for the first time, the World Drug Report includes special feature sections on the quality of drug data available to UNODC, trends in drug use among young people and police-recorded drug offences. It also discusses one the most formidable unintended consequences of drug control - the black market for drugs - and how the international community best can tackle it [UNODC]

Advances in brain research throw light on addiction

How people become addicted to drugs and why they may find it difficult to stop are issues explored by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) today in new material released ahead of International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking (26 June) PDF [EMCDDA]

Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

Assessment Report 1 June 2009.23-page PDF [UK Statistics Authority]

CQC publishes plans on how it will assess health and social care in 2009/10

Building on the work of predecessor regulators, the Commission is introducing an approach that assesses quality across health and social care as it moves towards a single registration system for providers of care in both sectors in 2010. Report download page [Care Quality Commission, UK]

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS)

The latest survey was carried out during the autumn term of 2008 with a sample of over 10,000 pupils from S2 and S4 classes from across Scotland 3.41MB PDF [DMIS, Scotland, UK]

The future of alcohol treatment services

The objective of the Inquiry was to investigate and understand, using a qualitative approach, the current state of alcohol treatment services and their future. 28-page PDF [All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse, via link from Alcohol Concern, UK]

Tackling health inequalities

Targeting routine and manual smokers in support of the Public Service Agreement smoking prevalence and health inequality targets. This guidance supports the achievement of the PSA smoking prevalence and health inequality 2010 targets. 15-page PDF [NHS, UK]

Death of the smoking den

The initial impact of no smoking legislation in psychiatric units in England in 2008. 41-page PDF [Mental Health Foundation, UK]

Massachusetts Bar Association releases Drug Policy Task Force report

Massachusetts must enact meaningful drug reform for nonviolent offenders, focusing on education and treatment instead of incarceration and punishment, according to a 60-page PDF report of the MBA Drug Policy Task Force [Massachusetts Bar Association, USA]

Patterns of mortality amongst individuals in contact with drug treatment services in the North West of England

16-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, John Moores University, UK]

The Price of Everything, The Value of Nothing

A (Truly) External Review Of BERL’s Study Of Harmful Alcohol and Drug Use. 42-page PDF [Department of Economics and Finance College of Business and Economics University of Canterbury, New Zealand]

Growing up in social housing in Britain: A profile of four generations from 1946 to the present day

This research draws on four British birth cohort studies to examine the role of social housing for four generations of families since the second world war. Summary - Full Report [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry: The Cocaine Trade

This submission will demonstrate how the criminalisation of cocaine is at the root of many of the issues with which HASC is grappling in this inquiry. 7-page PDF [TDPF]

An evaluation of the Young Person’s Alcohol Intervention Programme in the Wirral: an interim report

Researchers have conducted an analysis of the existing data from Police and Response, which is presented in this interim report. 13-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, John Moores University, UK]

The ROSIE Study: Drug Treatment Outcomes in Ireland

The Study recruited 404 opiate users entering treatment. Participants were interviewed at treatment intake, 1-year and 3 years after the baseline interview. This report presents outcomes at 1-year and 3 years for the whole population and the ‘per protocol’ population i.e. participants who completed all three interviews 116-page PDF [NACD, Ireland]

NACD annual report 2008

A 26-page PDF [National Advisory Committee on Drugs]

Overdose Prevention and Response

A Guide for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Staff in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 86-page PDF [Open Society Institute, USA]

Commission on Narcotic Drugs Political Declaration now available

At the fifty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, held in Vienna from 11 to 20 March 2009, Heads of States adopted the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem [UNODC]

Too much too young?

Alcohol misuse among young Londoners. 56-page PDF [London Assembly, UK]

2009 Annual Evidence Update - Drugs misuse treatment in offender populations

As it is the first AEU, the period it covers is wider. Evidence is presented from January 2005 to March 2009 [NHS Evidence , UK]

National Offender Management Service drug strategy 2008-2011

The drug strategy provides staff, delivery partners, service providers and other stakeholders with an overview of the role NOMS will take in addressing drug misuse and the crime it causes. PDFs Strategy - Action plan - Getting the message across [Home Office, UK]

Get e'm Young – Mapping young people’s exposure to alcohol marketing in Ireland

This report is the first of its kind in Ireland as it involves young people recording their experience of alcohol advertising and marketing in their own surroundings. 28-page PDF [National Youth Council of Ireland]

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS specifications: 2009-10

Data dictionary, collection guidelines and validation processes [AIHW, Australia]

Attitudes to mental illness 2009

This report presents the findings of a survey of attitudes towards mental illness
among adults in England. 61-page PDF [TNS UK for the Care Services Improvement Partnership, Department of Health]

Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland

2006/2007 Drug Prevalence Survey: Polydrug Use Results [National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Ireland]

Understanding the Public Health Implications of Prisoner Reentry in California

Examining the demographic and health profiles of the prison population shows that it is disproportionately sicker on average than the U.S. population in general, with substantially higher rates of infectious diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B and C), serious mental illness, and substance abuse disorders. 220-page PDF [RAND, USA]

Illicit Drug Data Report 2007–2008

The Illicit Drug Data Report is produced by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and is recognised as one of the most valuable tools for law enforcement agencies, policy and decision makers, research bodies and other stakeholders in combating illicit drugs [Australian Crime Commission]

Mexico’s Narco-Insurgency and U.S. Counterdrug Policy

This monograph argues that the Merida Initiative - and, by extension, U.S. counternarcotics strategy as a whole - suffers from a basic lack of balance. 67-page PDF [Strategic Studies Institute, USA]

Department of Health: Departmental Report 2009

The report provides a comprehensive overview of spending and investment programmes and of the system reforms accompanying this investment [DoH, UK]

Major Report on U.S. Tobacco Control Policies and Use Finds Stark Contrasts in Progress Among States

The United States is becoming a nation of haves and have-nots when it comes to tobacco control, according to a comprehensive publication (16.34MB) on cigarette smoking prevalence and policies in the U.S. that was released today [University at Buffalo, USA]

Prevention of Homelessness Guidance

New homelessness prevention guidance has been issued to local authorities today as part of the Scottish Government's strategy to meet the 2012 homelessness target [Scottish Government, UK]

Residential drug treatment services: good practice from the field

This report is based on interviews with the local drug partnerships and services that scored highly in the Tier 4 commissioning and provision theme of the 2007-08 Healthcare Commission and NTA service review. 49-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Residential drug treatment services: a summary of good practice

This report is based on interviews with the local drug partnerships and services that scored highly in the Tier 4 commissioning and provision theme of the 2007-08 Healthcare Commission and NTA service review. 11-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Indications of Public Health in the English Regions 10: Drug Use

A new report for the Chief Medical Officer released today by the (National) Association of Public Health Observatories reveals the full extent of illicit drug use in England. 204-page PDF [North West Public Health Observatory, UK]

Cocaine trade and use in the UK

First oral evidence session (9th June): Professor John Strang (Director, National Addiction Centre) and DrugScope (Martin Barnes, Chief Executive and Harry Shapiro, Director of Information and Communications). DrugScope session starts at 31.50 [UK Parliament]

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. 60 Pge PDF with References [Ian Wardle, Lifeline, UK]

Ensuring U.S. Health Reform Includes Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders

A Framework for Discussion. 23-page PDF [SAMHSA, USA]

A national physician survey on prescribing syringes as an HIV prevention

Physicians within their medical practice have an important opportunity to intervene in substance abuse behavior on an individual level. Prescribing syringes to IDUs should figure among such interventions because it can help prevent the transmission of bloodborne disease and enhance overall IDU care27-page PDF [Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, USA]

The Effects of Substance Use on Workplace Injuries

This paper describes associations between substance use and occupational injuries and proposes reasons that substance use may be linked to work-related accidents. 55-page PDF [RAND, USA]

Clean Switch: The Case for Prison Needle and Syringe Programs in Canada

This paper outlines the available evidence and the legal rationale, under federal Canadian and international human rights law, for Canada to implement PNSPs without delay. 44-page PDF [Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network]

Drug control - Report to the Co-Chairman, Caucus on International Narcotics Control, U.S. Senate

Better Coordination with the Department of Homeland Security and an Updated Accountability Framework Can Further Enhance DEA’s Efforts to Meet Post-9/11 Responsibilities. 80-page PDF [GAO, USA]

Submission to the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions

This submission provided advice to the Ontario Legislature’s Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions. 38-page PDF [Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada]

Drug Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

This examination looked at all the main publicly-funded treatment and rehabilitation services provided for persons with addiction to illegal drugs. In particular, it looked at the extent to which the demand for treatment and rehabilitation services is met, and the timeliness of access to treatment. It also looked at the extent to which the effectiveness of treatment and rehabilitation services are evaluated, and the effectiveness of the arrangements for coordination of treatment and rehabilitation at an individual case level, and nationally. 96-page PDF [Comptroller and Auditor General, Ireland]

Measuring the harm from illegal drugs

A summary of the Drug Harm Index 2006 [Home Office, UK]

Minimum Alcohol Pricing: A targeted measure?

This review identifies significant concerns with the evidence base behind the case for minimum alcohol pricing, and shows that the economic case for the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing in the United Kingdom appears to be weak. 71-page PDF [Centre for Economics and Business Research, UK]

Alcohol and pregnancy message

The documents and emails released to the applicant on 4 June 2009, relate to the policy process, in 2006/7, by which the UK Chief Medical Officers decided to have a single message on alcohol and pregnancy, and what that message should be [DoH, UK]

Practice sharing project update

This document features the first set of practice example case studies collated
by DrugScope. Submissions 2 [Home Office, UK]

Practice Sharing Project Submissions 2

This document features the second set of practice example case studies collated by DrugScope. 35-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Wales 2009

This study reviews ten-year trends in Welsh low-income statistics [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Australian Guidelines: To reduce health risks from drinking alcohol

These 2009 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines aim to establish the evidence base for future policies and community materials on reducing the health risks that arise from drinking alcohol. 179-pagePDF [NHMRC, Australia]

TAP 30 Buprenorphine: A Guide for Nurses

This guide is intended to provide nurses (including Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Nurse Practitioners (NPs)) with general information about buprenorphine products—Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone) and Subutex® (buprenorphine)—for the pharmacological treatment of opioid addiction [SAMHSA, USA]

TIP 49: Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice

Many health problems or mental disorders that healthcare practitioners
(particularly those in primary care) encounter in their everyday practices derive from or are complicated by alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Consequently, healthcare practitioners are in key positions to manage the care of large numbers of individuals with AUDs [SAMHSA, USA]