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Weekly news - 19th June 2009

Patterns of mortality amongst individuals in contact with drug treatment services in the North West of England

This report details the causes of death of those identified, via the National Drug TreatmentMonitoring System(NDTMS), as having died whilst in contact with structured drug treatment services in the North West of England between 2003/04-2007/08. 16-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, John Moores University, UK]

Factors associated with mortality in Scottish patients receiving methadone in primary care

A retrospective cohort study [BMJ, UK]

National Offender Management Service drug strategy 2008-2011

The drug strategy provides staff, delivery partners, service providers and other stakeholders with an overview of the role NOMS will take in addressing drug misuse and the crime it causes. PDFs Strategy - Action plan - Getting the message across [Home Office, UK]

2009 Annual Evidence Update - Drugs misuse treatment in offender populations

As it is the first AEU, the period it covers is wider. Evidence is presented from January 2005 to March 2009 [NHS Evidence, UK]

Submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry: The Cocaine Trade

This submission will demonstrate how the criminalisation of cocaine is at the root of many of the issues with which HASC is grappling in this inquiry. 7-page PDF [TDPF, UK]

An evaluation of the Young Person’s Alcohol Intervention Programme in the Wirral: an interim report

Researchers have conducted an analysis of the existing data from Police and Response, which is presented in this interim report. 13-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, John Moores University, UK]

Reducing Harm in Drinking Environments

Fact sheet prepared as part of the Focus on Alcohol Safe Environments (FASE) project co-financed by the European Commission [Centre for Public Health, John Moores University, UK]

Too much too young?

Alcohol misuse among young Londoners. 56-page PDF [London Assembly, UK]

Get e'm Young – Mapping young people’s exposure to alcohol marketing in Ireland

This report is the first of its kind in Ireland as it involves young people recording their experience of alcohol advertising and marketing in their own surroundings. 28-page PDF [National Youth Council of Ireland]

A call for a ban on the advertising of alcohol sold on promotion

A coalition of leading UK public health organisations have joined forces to call for a ban on the advertising of alcohol sold on promotion [Alcohol Concern, UK]

Child Poverty Bill published

Government publishes a landmark child poverty bill that enshrines in law a duty to eradicate child poverty by 2020 - so that all children have the best start in life and have the opportunities to flourish [Department for Children, Schools and Families, UK]

Growing up in social housing in Britain: A profile of four generations from 1946 to the present day

This research draws on four British birth cohort studies to examine the role of social housing for four generations of families since the second world war. Summary - Full Report [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Attitudes to mental illness 2009

This report presents the findings of a survey of attitudes towards mental illness
among adults in England. 61-page PDF [TNS UK for the Care Services Improvement Partnership, Department of Health]

The ROSIE Study: Drug Treatment Outcomes in Ireland

The Study recruited 404 opiate users entering treatment. Participants were interviewed at treatment intake, 1-year and 3 years after the baseline interview. This report presents outcomes at 1-year and 3 years for the whole population and the ‘per protocol’ population i.e. participants who completed all three interviews 116-page PDF [NACD, Ireland]

Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland

2006/2007 Drug Prevalence Survey: Polydrug Use Results [National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Ireland]

NACD annual report 2008

A 26-page PDF [National Advisory Committee on Drugs]

Overdose Prevention and Response

A Guide for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Staff in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 86-page PDF [Open Society Institute, USA]

Preventing Overdose, Saving Lives

By expanding the availability of low-risk, low-cost overdose interventions and improving education and outreach for people at high risk of overdose, policymakers can help to prevent the tragic and unnecessary loss of life. 24-page PDF [DPA, USA]

Emerging Issues in the Use of Methadone Spring 2009

This Advisory presents information on the increase in deaths related to methadone, particularly in combination with other drugs or substances, but stresses that methadone is effective and safe in the treatment of opioid addiction and chronic pain when it is used appropriately [SAMHSA, USA]

Global State of Harm Reduction

The ‘Global State of Harm Reduction’ e-tool is an online resource containing up-to-date information on harm reduction policy and programming around the world [IHRA]

The Price of Everything, The Value of Nothing

A (Truly) External Review Of BERL’s Study Of Harmful Alcohol and Drug Use. 42-page PDF [Department of Economics and Finance College of Business and Economics University of Canterbury, New Zealand]