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Reports September 2009


MEAM at the party conferences blog

Both Ed and David Miliband received a copy of the four-point manifesto report [MEAM, UK]

Welsh Health Survey 2008

Including alcohol consumption [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]

The Scottish Health Survey 2008

Including alcohol consumption [Scottish Government, UK]

Statistical Bulletin Crime and Justice Series

Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2008/09 including drug crime [Scottish Government, UK]

National drug treatment waiting times

Period ending April - June 2009 [ISD Scotland, UK]

Young People into 2008

A unique contemporary archive of young people, Young People into 2008 : web edition provides the answers to over 100 health-related behaviour questions including Legal and illicit drugs [SHEU, UK]

Annual Report 2008

The fourth edition of the Office of the Director of Mental Health
Annual Report [Office of the Director of Mental Health, Australia]

Reducing child imprisonment in England and Wales

Lessons from abroad. 72-page PDF [Prison Reform Trust, UK]

Report on minimum pricing and off-trade discount bans in Scotland

Model-Based Appraisal of Alcohol Minimum Pricing and Off-Licensed Trade Discount Bans in Scotland: A Scottish adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 2 [Scottish Government, UK]

Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment

Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) 31: Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs offers guidance on howto integrate evidence-based practices (EBPs)for substance abuse treatment into clinical practice [SAMHSA, USA]

LDAN Briefing on Domestic Violence and Substance Misuse

It is important to address the underlying complexities of both the substance misuse and violent behaviour to fully support and protect the families and individuals involved [LDAN, UK]

Alcohol use disorders - clinical management: draft guideline consultation

Consultation dates: 17 September 2009 – 12 November 2009. Full guideline - NICE guideline [NICE, UK]

Mental health survey findings published

Our survey of people’s experiences of acute mental health inpatient services reveals that too great a proportion felt let down in some important aspects of the care they received [Care Quality Commission, UK]

National Drug Research Institute Annual Report 2008: Preventing harmful drug use in Australia

During 2008, NDRI researchers were involved in over 110 projects, many of which are expected to result in a direct influence on policy, practice and the community [NDRI, Australia]

Progress Report on the Implementation of the EU Alcohol Strategy

The first EU Alcohol Strategy was adopted by the European Commission in October 2006 in response to the growing recognition of the health impact of harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption in the EU. This is the first report to review progress against strategy implementation [Europa]

Comparing the drug situation across countries: Problems, Pitfalls and Possibilities

Problems, Pitfalls and Possibilities - Briefing Number 19 [Beckley Foundation]

Evidence for the effectiveness and cost–effectiveness of interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm

The WHO European Region has the highest proportion of total ill health and premature death caused by alcohol in the world. The effectiveness of alcohol policies in reducing this harm has been evaluated mainly in North America and northern Europe, but the general principles are applicable across societies and countries 2MB PDF [WHO]

Handbook for action to reduce alcohol-related harm

Every country in the WHO European Region has some form of alcohol action plan. This handbook helps them review, adjust or strengthen their plans to further reduce the harm caused by alcohol 538KB PDF [WHO]

IHRA Release Position Statement Defining Harm Reduction

After months of discussion and consultation with partners, the Board of Directors and staff have released a detailed position statement defining the term ‘harm reduction’ [International Harm Reduction Association]

New IHRA Report: From Evidence to Action

Among the many notable events happening in and around Harm Reduction 2009: IHRA’s 20th International Conference in Bangkok were the highly publicised keynote speeches by Professor Michel Kazatchkine (Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria) and Craig McClure (Executive Director of the International AIDS Society) [International Harm Reduction Association]

EMCDDA policy briefing underlines need for enforceable and evidence-based laws

Alcohol alone is estimated to account for up to 10 000 road deaths a year in the EU, one quarter of all road deaths. But there are no comparable figures are available for road accidents relating to illcit drugs and psychoactive medicines. Theme sheet - Fact sheet [EMCDDA]

HMP Wandsworth

Annual Report - more reports here [Independent Monitoring Board, UK]

Backing the Future: Why investing in children is good for us all

Backing the Future provides the economic and social case for transforming the way we invest in the future of society through our children. The report makes clear the need for a comprehensive investment programme in preventative services for children and young people that would both save spending on dealing with the impact of problems later, and deliver wider benefits to society. Registration required [New Economics Foundation, UK]

The Victorian Drug Statistics Handbook

Patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2006 to June 2007. 288-page PDF [Mental Health and Drugs Division Department of Human Services (Victoria), Australia]

Information Sharing and Mental Health

This guidance sets out some of the issues relating to the exchange of information between mental health trusts and outside organisations and individuals. 27-page PDF [DoH, UK]

National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings 2008

The survey is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older [SAMHSA, UK]

Under the influence - the damaging effect of alcohol marketing on young people

This report examines the damaging effect of alcohol marketing on young people. It aims to identify effective ways of protecting young people from the influence of alcohol promotion and marketing, thereby redressing the excessively pro-alcohol social norms to which they are exposed. 58-page PDF [BMA, UK]

A Standard Drink in Ireland:What strength?

The purpose of the study was to examine the different alcoholic beverages currently available in Ireland, in terms of beverage categories, the alcohol content and serving size of typical drinks and other relevant information. 20-page PDF [HSE, Ireland]

School System Referrals to Substance Abuse Treatment

Schools were more likely than the criminal justice system to refer children and adolescents to substance abuse treatment for the first time (88 vs. 68 percent) [SAMHSA, USA]

Shining a Light on a Hidden Epidemic

Why and How Civil Society Advocates Can Support the Expansion of Hepatitis C Treatment in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 52-page PDF [Open Society Institute, USA]

Blueprint drugs education: the response of pupils and parents to the programme

This executive summary (which comes from the final report), focuses on the second stage of the Blueprint evaluation. It sets out to assess how pupils and parents responded to the programme, pupils’ awareness and knowledge of drug use, their perception of drug use and acceptability of drug use among same-age peers, and the quality and frequency of parent-child communication on drugs [Home Office, UK]

Trends in treated opiate and cocaine use across Ireland

Latest figures from the HRB show that the number of people presenting for treatment for opiate (mainly heroin) and cocaine use is continuing to rise [HRB, Ireland]

Prisoners with mental health problems should not be excluded from help to find work

Prisoners with mental health problems are not getting the support they need to gain employment when they are released, according to a policy paper published today by [Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, UK]

Scottish Audit of Surgical Mortality Annual Report on 2008 data

Alcohol abuse was a factor in 1 in 15 reported deaths. 26-page PDF [NHS Scotland, UK]

National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm annual report 2008

Drug overdose was the most common method of self harm in 2008, involved in 72% of cases, more often used by women (79%) than men (64%). 54-page PDF [National Suicide Research Foundation, Ireland]

Afghan Opium Survey

Summary of findings. 42-page PDF [UNODC]

Carers and supporting recovery

This unique report was commissioned by the Scottish Recovery Network and is the result of a long-standing project to investigate carers' perspectives of recovery and experiences supporting recovery. 47-page PDF [Scottish Recovery Network, UK]

Doing Better for Children

Drawing on a wide range of data sources, this book constructs and analyses different indicators of child well-being across the OECD covering six key areas: material well being; housing and environment; education; health and safety; risk behaviours; and quality of school life [OECD]

Pathway to Home

The Way Home 2008-2013 and realising the 2010 Vision of the Homeless
Agency Partnership’s action plan on homelessness in Dublin. 140-page PDF [Homeless Agency via drugsandalcohol.ie, Ireland]