Weekly news - 18th December 2009

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Home Office Research Report 26

The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Qualitative Study [Home Office, UK]

Home Office Research Report 25

The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Cost-effectiveness analysis [Home Office, UK]

Home Office Research Report 24

The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Final Outcomes Report [Home Office, UK]

Home Office Research Report 23

Summary of key findings from the Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS) [Home Office, UK]

Public value drug treatment because its makes their communities safer and reduces crime

Most people value providing treatment for drug addiction because it improves their local community and benefits society as a whole, rather than because it helps addicts become drug free, according to independent research by Ipsos MORI published today by the [National Treatment Agency, UK]

More injecting drug users are being tested for Hepatitis C

More people who inject illegal drugs are being offered and are accepting confidential tests for Hepatitis C through contact with drug treatment services in England [National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK]

Science and Technology - Third Report

The Government's review of the principles applying to the treatment of independent scientific advice provided to government [Parliament, UK]

Lifeline Annual Review 2008 - 2009

At Lifeline we are committed to learning and sharing what we know, and are open to change. We are committed to working with the sector to ensure the lives of those affected by substance use do not suffer as the sector changes [Lifeline Project, UK]

Lifeline - Ian Wardle CEO Report

In times of major transformation, change and uncertainty ... the quality and depth of our discussions right across our field and beyond is critical [Lifeline Project, UK]

Children and Young People in Custody 2008–2009

An analysis of the experiences of 15–18-year-olds in prison. 108 page PDF [HM Inspectorate of Prisons Youth Justice Board, UK]

Report on the government's strategy for diverting women away from crime

The report outlines the continued commitment to bringing about improvements for women offenders in both custody and the community. 22-page PDF [Ministry of Justice, UK]

Drug Treatment Waiting Times July to September 2009

This publication presents data from the Drug Treatment Waiting Times Information
Framework [ISD, Scotland, UK]

Guidance on the consumption of alcohol by children and young people

A 102-page PDF report by the Chief Medical Officer [DoH, UK]

Supplementary report

List of tables. 72-apge PDF [DoH, UK]

European drug prevention quality standards: consultations

The Prevention Standards Partnership, a collaboration of organisations across Europe, is currently developing European quality standards for drug prevention programmes. In spring 2010, consultations will be held with drug professionals to discuss a set of draft standards. Expressions of interest to participate in the consultations are now taken. More details [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]

Teen marijuana use tilts up, while some drugs decline in use

Results of this year’s survey - Data [Monitoring the Future, USA]

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2007-08

Findings from the National Minimum Data Set [AIHW, Australia]

NSW recorded crime statistics quarterly updates

Quarterly update September 2009. 19-page PDF [NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Australia]

Opium Poppy Cultivation in South-East Asia

While focusing on the opium problem (mostly in rural communities), we should not lose sight of rapidly increasing production and use of synthetic drugs (mostly in cities) in the Greater Mekong region. It would be a Pyrrhic victory for drug control if South-East Asia’s appetite for opium was simply replaced by a new craving for ampethamine-type stimulants. 119-page PDF [UNODC]

Afghanistan Opium Survey 2009

The Afghanistan Opium Survey 2009 confirms that market forces are moving against the Afghan drugs trade as prices, revenues and excess production have put a damper on supply. 147-page PDF [UNODC]