Weekly news - 31st July 2009


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ACMD Annual Report 2008-09

This report gives a summary of the main issues the ACMD considered between April 2008 - March 2009 as well as information about its terms of reference, committees and working groups and membership and administrative arrangements. 32-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Refocusing Drug-Related Law Enforcement to Address Harms

This report describes the findings of a project conducted by the UK Drug Policy Commission that seeks to consider how an explicit refocusing of drug law enforcement on the reduction of drug-related harms could deliver a real impact on the drug related harms experienced by individuals and communities. 96-page PDF [UKDPC]

Moving towards Real Impact Drug Enforcement - Briefing

Strategy and policy implications. 16-page PDF [UKDPC]

NDTMS Core Data Set G consultation

We are asking stakeholders to review the proposals presented here and comment back to us. The consultation will last for 12 weeks and will close on 23 October 2009. However, we are keen to give providers of NDTMS software as much notice as possible of any changes and so early responses would be appreciated [NTA, UK]

Putting science and engineering at the heart of government policy

This memorandum provides a brief description of the use of scientific evidence within drug policy and reaches some conclusions about how this can be improved [UKDPC]

Latest volatile substance abuse death figures released

VSA Report 22: Trends in deaths associates with abuse of volatile substances 1971-2007, which was compiled for the Department of Health, monitors trends in deaths associated with the misuse of gas fuels, aerosols, glues, anaesthetic agents and other solvent based products [DrugScope, UK]

Drug Death Matters - Newsletter (Seventh Edition)

This is the seventh issue of a twice yearly bulletin that will report on progress in relation to the Government's Drug Death Action Plan and the work of the National Forum on Drug-related Deaths. 7-page PDF [Scottish Government, UK]

Drug deaths in Fife 2008

A report on the findings of the Fife Drug Deaths Monitoring and Prevention Group (Fife Drug and Alcohol Action Team) 87-page PDF [NHS Fife, UK]

British Crime Survey: Drug Misuse (Wales)

Table 8: Proportion of adults reporting the use of drugs in the last year in Wales, 2004-2009 [Statistics for Wales, UK]

Changing Habits

Changing Habits, is a "must read " introduction to drug treatment. 21-page PDF [Addaction, UK]

Reducing Alcohol Harm: health services in England for alcohol misuse

On the basis of a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General,1 we took evidence from the Department on the performance of the National Health Service in addressing alcohol harm; the Department’s influence on local commissioners, and the Department’s work to encourage sensible drinking. 52-page PDF [Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons, UK]

Consultation on children, young people and alcohol: summary of responses

On 29 January 2009, Children, Schools and Families Secretary Ed Balls, Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, and the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, launched a three month public consultation on Children, Young People and Alcohol. The consultation covered the content and tone of the CMO Guidance and of our initial supporting Advice and Information to parents and young people. This England only consultation ran until  23 April 2009. This document summarises the responses to 8 specific consultation questions. [DCSF, UK]

Impact of alcohol consumption on young people: a review of reviews

This review of reviews relating to the impact of alcohol consumption on young people was undertaken between May and October 2008 by a research team based at the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University. The work was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). [DCSF, UK]

The evidence base to guide development of Tier 4 CAMHS

The purpose of this paper is to present the latest information on these new developments and share with commissioners and providers the evidence base for development of effective services in this area [DoH, UK]

Country overviews

A structured synopsis of the trends and characteristics of national drug problems. They consist of a summary of the national drug situation, key statistics at a glance and a barometer showing the drug use prevalence position of each country - July update [EMCDDA]

Statistical bulletin 2009

The Statistical bulletin is published yearly by the EMCDDA and provides access to the most recent statistical data relating to the drugs situation in Europe [EMCDDA]

Drugnet Europe 67

In this issue: Brain research throws light on addiction; European action on drugs; Associations between HIV-prevention measures and HIV infection; globalisation and harm reduction; World drug report 2009; European Commission conference on drug-related research [EMCDDA]

Harm Reduction in Prison: The Moldova Model

This report focuses on the introduction of harm reduction programmes in Moldovan prisons and describes successes achieved as well as remaining challenges. 70-page PDF [IDPC]

Drug and Alcohol Strategy 2009-2014

This is the fourth Drug and Alcohol Strategy the Department has produced [Department of Corrections, New Zealand Government]

Alcohol in our lives

The Law Commission project to review the law on the sale and supply of liquor aims to examine the whole scene from top-to-toe. 296-page PDF [The Law Commission, New Zealand]

Bridges and barriers - addressing Indigenous incarceration and health

The strong links between substance misuse and Indigenous incarceration highlight an urgent need for government to address this disturbing problem. 18-page PDF [ADF, Australia]