Weekly news - 10th July 2009

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Delivering effective needle and syringe programmes presentations now available

Presentations and notes from this conference, held on 1 July 2009, are now available [NTA, UK]

Drug Misusing Offenders: Ensuring the continuity-of-care between prison and community

This document provides specific guidance on managing the continuity-of-care journey that drug misusing offenders follow on entering prison from the community, whilst in prison, and exiting prison [Home Office, UK]

The NTA is working to ensure that reintegration of service users into the workplace is appropriately considered

The NTA is working with the relevant Government departments and the ISA to advise on the specific issues for the substance misuse workforce and service users [NTA, UK]

The Social Construction of ``Evidence-Based'' Drug Prevention Programs

This study explores the possibility that any drug prevention program might be considered ``evidence-based'' given the use of data analysis procedures that optimize the chance of producing statistically significant results by reanalyzing data from a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program evaluation [Evaluation Review Journal]

NTA Annual Accounts 2008/2009

The accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009. 38-page PDF [NTA, UK]

NTA Board meeting and papers

July 2009 [NTA, UK]

The myth of addiction treatment provision

Has pouring £300million a year into methadone helped – or quicksanded the
UK into the worst drug problem in Europe? [Addiction Today, UK]

Clinical Update

For June 2009 [SMMGP, UK]

The Social Construction of ``Evidence-Based'' Drug Prevention Programs

This study explores the possibility that any drug prevention program might be considered ``evidence-based'' given the use of data analysis procedures that optimize the chance of producing statistically significant results by reanalyzing data from a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program evaluation [Evaluation Review Journal]

Young People’s Development Programme evaluation

Research into the Young People’s Development Programme, which aimed to reduce teenage pregnancy and substance misuse amongst vulnerable young people aged 13-15 [Institute of Education, UK]

The 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. 61-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, UK]

Brief interventions for heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital wards

The evidence for brief interventions delivered to heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital is still inconclusive. 51-page PDF [The Cochrane Collaboration]

Hidden markets: sex work in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear

The researchers found a strong association between sex work and issues of drug misuse, mental and physical ill-health, homelessness and violence/abuse [Barefoot Research, UK]

Think child, think parent, think family: a guide to parental mental health and child welfare

A new guide has been published today which promotes the wellbeing of children whose parents have mental health problems [SCIE, UK]

Chemical Dependency and the Physician

Addictive disease is relatively common in the general population and in the physician population. Prompt recognition of addictive disease in a physician is difficult and yet critical because delay could result in morbidity or mortality not only in the addicted physician but also in his or her patients [Mayo Clinic Proceedings]

ADCA Strategic Plan 2009-2012

This Strategic Plan emphasises that ADCA must work in collaboration with a wide range of partners, and build effective partnerships both within and outside the AOD sector. 8-page PDF [ADCA, Australia]

Alcohol and Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: a Resource for Health Professionals

This resource has been developed to support health professionals to address the issue of alcohol use in pregnancy with women. 36-page PDF [Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Australia]