Weekly news - 4th December 2009


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Drugs in Wales, 2008-09

The latest National Statistics on Drugs in Wales produced by the [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]

Rise in number of cocaine-dependent women entering treatment

Cocaine has emerged as the fastest growing treatment need among women drug users of child-bearing age in England. Data sheet [NTA, UK]

High-potency cannabis and the risk of psychosis

The finding that people with a first episode of psychosis had smoked higher-potency cannabis, for longer and with greater frequency, than a healthy control group is consistent with the hypothesis that (Delta)9-THC is the active ingredient increasing risk of psychosis [British Journal of Psychiatry]

Escape to recovery

How a caring regime can offer real freedom. Editorial - Claire Brown plus other magazine features [Drink and Drugs News, UK]

Road to Recovery

A panel of experts and people with personal experience of recovery are among members of the new Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission which held its first meeting today [Scottish Government, UK]

Road Safety

Based on the evidence to date, I think there may be a case for reforming the current legal framework covering drink and drug driving. However both topics raise complex legal and practical issues, and I have decided that before I publish a new road safety strategy I should seek further advice on both these topics from an independent expert [Department for Transport, UK]

Study into the legislative regime for drink and drug driving

Scope and detailed terms of reference [Department for Transport, UK]

Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving, 2008

Statistics on Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2008. 17-page PDF [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]

Tender for a new website for the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse

15 chapters including "The communications context" [NTA, UK]

Down and Out?

Rough sleeping should be tackled as a public health issue, with the Department of Health taking a lead on improving mental health services for vulnerable people, concludes a new report published today by homelessness charity [St Mungo's, UK]

No One Left Out - communities ending rough sleeping

An annual progress report: November 2008 - November 2009 [Communities and Local Government, UK]

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2009

The annual report on the state of poverty and social exclusion in the United Kingdom from the [Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the New Policy Institute, UK]

Statistical bulletin showing information on the Scottish prison population

Including by main crime/offence [Scottish Government, UK]

Alcohol Arrest Referral guide

This document has been produced to help commissioners of services e.g. Drug and Alcohol Action teams (DAATs) and project teams who are considering establishing or further developing Alcohol Arrest Referral (AAR) schemes. Full report 62-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

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

Understanding College Students' Alcohol-Related Social Norms in Sefton: Interim Findings

This report builds on previous research conducted in schools in Sefton into social drinking norms in young people. 24-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, UK]

Lancashire: Brief Intervention Online Training Evaluation

Severe, chronic or hazardous alcohol use, as well as binge drinking has numerous harmful effects, on health mortality and offending. 40-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, UK]

NDAREC Khat Report

Khat: current views from the community around the UK [NDAREC]

Annual rate of newly diagnosed HIV infections in Europe more than doubled between 2000 and 2008

Injecting drug use is still the main mode of transmission in the eastern part of the WHO European Region [World Health Organisation]

HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2008

Joint WHO/Europe and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) surveillance report on HIV/AIDS in the WHO European Region. 5MB PDF [WHO/ECDC]

The TEDS Report - Characteristics of Adolescent Heroin Admissions

On average, adolescent heroin admissions were 14.8 years old when they first used heroin and 16.3 years old at admission to treatment, indicating approximately 18 months of use before entering treatment [SAMHSA, USA]