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Reports October 2009


Influences on how children and young people learn about and behave towards alcohol

Part one of a review of the literature. 64-page PDF [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Influences on how children and young people learn about and behave towards alcohol

Part two of a review of the literature. 60-page PDF [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Young people and alcohol: meanings, practices and contexts

The reviews focused on the alcohol-related risks facing young people (Templeton, 2009), the reported effects of national and local programmes on problems arising from alcohol use by young people (Tyler, 2009), and the effectiveness of national policies to reduce alcohol-related harm among young people. 45-page PDF [Institute of Education, University of London, UK]

Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales, 2008/09

This publication presents figures for drug seizures made by law enforcement
agencies in England and Wales during 2008/09 [Home Office, UK]

The NSDUH Report - Injection Drug Use and Related Risk Behaviors

Combined 2006 to 2008 data indicate that an annual average of 425,000 persons aged 12 or older (0.17 percent) used a needle to inject heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, or other stimulants during the past year [SAMHSA, USA]

From corrections to the community

A set of indicators of the health of Australia's prisoners [AIHW, Australia]

Provisional alcohol-related hospital admissions data for 2008/09

Excel spreadsheets [LAPE, UK]

Combating HIV/AIDS in the European Union and neighbouring countries, 2009 -2013

A new Commission communciation was approved on 26 October 2009 which sets out priorities to tackle HIV/AIDS across Europe in the coming years [Europa]

Legalizing Marijuana: Issues to Consider Before Reforming California State Law

Testimony presented before the California State Assembly Public Safety Committee [RAND, USA]

Evidence of the efficacy of interventions

Evidence-based information on the effectiveness of interventions attempts to integrate available individual expertise (i.e. expert opinions) with the best available external evidence from systematic research [EMCDDA]

Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - September

Research findings, program activities, congressional affairs, international activities etc. [NIDA, USA]

Shooting Up: Infections among injecting drug users in the United Kingdom 2008

A 32-page PDF update [Health Protection Agency, UK]

Supermarket Scandal

Super-cheap Alcohol Sales in the North West. 2MB PDF [Ourlife, UK]

Breaking the Cycle of Substance Misuseamong Families

The results of a three-year Addaction pilot project [Addaction, UK]

European Organised Crime Threat Assessment 2009

The OCTA is based on a multi-source approach, including law enforcement and non-law enforcement contributions. 68-page PDF [Europa]

Crime in England and Wales

Quarterly Update to June 2009. 18-page PDF [Home office, UK]

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2007-08

Findings from the National Minimum Data Set [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare]

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2007-08

Report on the National Minimum data Set [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare]

Addiction, Crime and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium

The above link is to the interactive version - Read the 152-page PDF version here [UNODC]

Needle & Syringe Program Return on Investment Study

The study seeks to analyse the effectiveness of needle and syringe programs in preventing transmission of HIV, and hepatitis C (HCV) in Australia from 1991 (that is from when NSPs were well established in all jurisdictions except Tasmania) to the end of 2000. 166-page PDF Summary report [Department of Health, Australia]

The state of young people

Male and female teenagers aged 15–19 years had the highest hospitalisation rates for acute intoxication from alcohol among all age groups. 139-page PDF [Australian Government Office for Youth]

An overview of the 2009 IDRS: The Regular Injecting Drug User Survey findings

[IDRS, Australia]

An overview of the 2009 EDRS: The Regular Ecstasy User Survey findings

[EDRS, Australia]

Repertoires of distinction

Exploring patterns of weekend polydrug use within local leisure scenes across the English night time economy. 29-page PDF [Criminology and Criminal Justice, UK]

Communities for Health: unlocking the energy within communities to improve health

These local reports show what can be achieved to make a real difference to peoples’ lives when local partners work together with the communities they serve. 183-page PDF [DoH, UK]

2008/2009 Annual report - The Gathering Effect

A set of 20 recommendations forms the core of this innovative Canada-wide approach to improving treatment, focusing on the individual in need of care. 24-page PDF [CCSA, Canada]

Return on Investment 2

A evaluation report published by Commonwealth Department of Health, conducted by a team of investigators at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 2MB PDF [Australian Government]

The Dawn of a New Era: Transforming our Domestic Response to Hepatitis B & C.

This national forum focusing on viral hepatitis was held in in Washington, DC, on 10-11 September 2009. The multi-stakeholder forum aimed to develop a coordinated national response to chronic viral hepatitis through improved prevention, detection and patient care. 1MB PDF [Via Hep C org, Australia]

A national responsible gambling strategy

Initial recommendations on priorities for research, education and treatment (RET) to support a national responsible gambling strategy. 30-page PDF [Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, UK]

Needle and syringe programmes

Needle and syringe programmes: providing people who inject drugs with injecting equipment [NICE, UK]

Alcohol Use in New Zealand

Key Results of the 2007/08 New Zealand Alcohol and Drug Use Survey. 278-page PDF [Ministry of Health, New Zealand]

Consultation on proposed tobacco control regulations in England

The consultation document includes four sets of proposed regulations, covering: tobacco displays, tobacco price lists, specialist tobacconists, tobacco vending machines. Consultation document 83-page PDF [DoH, UK]

Medical marijuana

Review and analysis of federal and state policies. 50-page PDF [Congressional Research Service, USA]

NTA Annual report

Recovery begins here - The year in numbers - Sustaining recovery - Changing behaviour - Joined-up thinking for better outcomes - Information value - The grass-roots response - NTA board and staff. 16-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

Annual NDTMS report. 1 April 2008 - 31 March 2009 [NTA, UK]

Substance Misuse, 2008-09

The latest statistics for Substance Misuse in Wales 76-page PDF [Welsh Assembly Government Department for Social Justice and Local Government, UK]

Estimating the National and Local Prevalence of Problem Drug Misuse in Scotland

This report outlines the results of research funded by the Scottish Government and the University of Glasgow, commissioned by the Information and Statistics Division of the NHS in Scotland. The research was carried out jointly by the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow and Health Protection Scotland to provide national and local estimates of the prevalence of problem drug misuse within Scotland for the year 2006. 58-page PDF [ISD Scotland, UK]

Assessing the Scale and Impact of Illicit Drug Markets in Scotland

This report provides initial estimates of the size and value of the illicit drugs market, and estimates of the social and economic cost of illicit drug use in Scotland for the year 2006 [Scottish Government, UK]

NTA board meeting - 6 October 2009

Papers are now available [NTA, UK]

Guidance for the pharmacological management of substance misuse among young people

Until now there has been no formal guidance to help clinicians to manage substance dependence among young people. This has left practitioners concerned that their practice may not accord with the developing evidence base. This guidance document describes good practice on the best ways to manage a clinically complex condition. 99-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Guidance for the pharmacological management of substance misuse among young people in secure environments

This guidance document describes good practice on the best ways to manage a clinically complex condition. 111-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Cocaine Trafficking to Europe

Options of Supply Control. 37-page PDF [German Institute for International and Security Affairs]

The Substance Abuse Policy Research Program Releases 5-Year Research Roadmap

On October 2, 2009, SAPRP released research agendas on tobacco, drug and alcohol abuse and treatment to identify proven policies and highlight the major outstanding questions that must be explored during the next five years [SAPRP, USA]

Effectiveness of community treatments for heroin and crack cocaine addiction in England

The first 6 months of pharmacological or psychosocial treatment is associated with reduced heroin and crack cocaine use, but the effectiveness of pharmacological treatment is less pronounced for users of both drugs [The Lancet, UK]

The 2009 World Drug Report

A Response From the [International Drug Policy Consortium]

Alcohol marketing

Does marketing communication impact on the volume and patterns of consumption of alcoholic beverages, especially by young people? - a review of longitudinal studies [Scientific Opinion of the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum]

Trends in Methamphetamine Admissions to Treatment: 1997-2007

Admissions to substance abuse treatment for primary methamphetamine abuse were more than twice as likely in 2007 to be aged 40 or older (23 percent) compared with admissions in 1997 (10 percent) [SAMHSA, USA]

Women & Substance Misuse in Ireland

Overview [Women’s Health Council, Ireland]