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Reports May 2009


National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data collection: 2008 report

2008 report presents data on the 41,000 clients accessing pharmacotherapy for the treatment of opioid addiction, the 1,400 prescribers participating in the delivery of pharmacotherapy treatment, and quantitative information about the prescribing sector (AIHW, Australia)

Lowering Expectations

Supply Control and the Resilient Cocaine Market [WOLA]

National Prescription Drug Threat Assessment 2009

This assessment examines current nonmedical use of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs and discusses their distribution, the societal impact of diversion and abuse, and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs that have been established legislatively in many states to stem diversion and abuse [NDIC, USA]

Strengthening our Collective Responses

Strategic Plan 2009-2013. 36-page PDF [Dublin 12 Local Drugs Task Force, Ireland]

A report on Global Illicit Drugs Markets 1998-2007

This Report provides an assessment of how the global market for drugs developed from 1998 to 2007 and describes drug policy around the globe during that period. To the extent data allow, it then assesses how much policy measures, at the national and international levels, have influenced drug problems. 74-page PDF [Europa]

Building on Our Strengths

Canadian Standards for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention. 71-page PDF [Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse]

The Phoney War on Drugs

In The Phoney War on Drugs, published today by the Centre for Policy Studies, author Kathy Gyngell shows that the UK has one of the most liberal drugs policies in Europe, combined with one of the worst enforcement and drug use records. 82-page PDF [Centre for Policy Studies]

A Review of Screening, Assessment and Outcome Measures for Drug and Alcohol Settings

This review provides an overview of some useful standardised tools that can be used to measure treatment outcomes and to screen and assess for mental health symptoms and conditions, drug and alcohol use and disorders and general functioning. 225-page PDF [NADA, Australia]

Evaluation of the Mandatory Drug Testing of Arrestees Pilot

Findings of a process evaluation and cost effectiveness analysis of the three Mandatory Drug Testing of Arrestees pilot schemes in Scotland [Scottish Government, UK]


TextFindings of a process evaluation and cost effectiveness analysis of the three Mandatory Drug Testing of Arrestees pilot schemes in Scotland [Scottish Government, UK]

Drug Use, Sex Work and the Risk Environment in Dublin

The physical, economic and social environments within which drug-using sex workers find themselves impact on their construction of ‘risk’ and ‘harm’. 208-page PDF [NACD, Ireland]

Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales,2007/08

This publication presents figures for drug seizures made by law enforcement agencies in England and Wales during 2007/08. 18-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Internet-based drug treatment interventions

This report provides a comprehensive review of the relatively new phenomenon of Internet-based drug treatment interventions. 96-page PDF [EMCDDA]

Drug use: an overview of general population surveys in Europe

A meta-analysis of 25 population surveys on drug use in Europe [EMCDDA]

Guide to implementing family skills training programmes for drug abuse prevention

A review of family skills training programmes and the evidence of their effectiveness worldwide [UNODC]