Weekly news - 13th November 2009


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Transform launch new guide to legal regulation of drugs

'After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation' has been launched at an event in the House of Commons on the 12th of November, with simultaneous launches taking place in the US (at the Drug Policy Alliance conference in Albuquerque ), Australia and Mexico. December will see further launch events in Brazil and the EU parliament. PDF - 7.7 MB [TDPF, UK]

A Comparison of the Cost-effectiveness of the Prohibition and Regulation of Drugs

Due to limitations in available data we have restricted this analysis to heroin and cocaine use (the drugs identified by Government as causing the most harm) in England and Wales. 53-page PDF [TDPF, UK]

A return to reason?

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the Home Office have just published the fruits of their meeting yesterday [Mark Easton, BBC, UK]

Ian Wardle on Workforce and workforce diversity

Ian expands on the notion of a migratory workforce as something beyond any one organisational challenge [FEAD, UK]

Ian Wardle on criticism of the Workforce

Ian suggests that attributing shortcomings in drug treatment to individual employees should be challenged against other more powerful forces [FEAD, UK]

Evaluation of Wirral Life Education Centre on the health and wellbeing of primary school children

An evaluation of a national charity working locally with primary schools, parents and carers, and others in the community to help children make healthy choices. 56-pahe PDF [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]

Untold Damage: Children's accounts of living with harmful parental drinking

This report highlights the findings of a collaborative research study undertaken by SHAAP(Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) and the NSPCC's Childline in Scotland service to explore children and young people's experiences of harmful parental drinking and the concerns they express about the impact this is having on their lives. 50-page PDF [SHAAP and Childline, Scotland, UK]

The Orientation and Integration of Local and National Alcohol Policy in England and Wales

The study was multi-dimensional and employed qualitative documentary analysis
and semi-structured interview methods to explore the roles, responsibilities and
viewpoints of a range of stakeholders operating at the national or local level. 13-page PDF [AERC, UK]

Services that Manage the Care Needs of Drunk and Incapable People: A Review of the Literature

Reviews the worldwide literature on services that exist to manage the care needs of drunk and incapable people. Undertaken as part of a larger study on services for drunk and incapable people in Scotland [Scottish Government, UK]

Managing the Needs of Drunk and Incapable People in Scotland: a Literature Review and Needs Assessment

Summary of findings and recommendations from a research study on managing the needs of drunk and incapable people in Scotland [Scottish Government, UK]

Longitudinal analysis of the Offending, Crime and Justice Survey 2003–06

This report presents longitudinal analysis of self reported data on offending, drug use and anti-social behaviour amongst young people (initially aged 10 to 25) from the Offending, Crime and Justice Survey, which was carried out annually between 2003 and 2006. 45-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

How the Department of Health Influences healthy living

The use of behaviour change programmes in public health. 90-page PDF [RAND]

Responsible retailing of alcohol in Ireland

This first Compliance Report is being made to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform in accordance with Section 7 of the Explanatory Memorandum section of the Voluntary Code on the Display and Sale of Alcohol in Mixed Trading Premises. 21-page PDF [Responsible retailing of alcohol in Ireland]

Policies to Prevent Drug Problems

This document focuses primarily on policy research needed to prevent problems associated with illegal drugs in the United States. 36-page PDF [RWJF, USA]

Mentoring Former Prisoners

A Guide for Reentry Programs. 98-page PDF [Private / Public Ventures, USA]

TIP 49: Treating Alcohol Use Disorders with Medication

People with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) now have more options in seeking help. A new resource from SAMHSA provides clinical guidelines for the proper use of medications in the treatment of AUDs. 127-page PDF [SAMHSA, USA]

What Are Peer Recovery Support Services?

In this paper you will be introduced to a new kind of social support services designed to fill the needs of people in or seeking recovery. The services are called peer recovery support services and, as the word peer implies, they are designed and delivered by people who have experienced both substance use disorder and recovery [SAMHSA, USA]

Centers of Excellence (CoE) for Physician Information

First Curriculum Offerings from NIDA Centers of Excellence for Physician Information [NIDA, USA]

Legislative Innovation in Drug Policy

This briefing summarizes good practices in legislative reforms around the world, representing steps away from a repressive zero-tolerance model towards a more evidence-based and humane drug policy. Full 20-page PDF [TNI via IHRA]

National Hepatitis C Needs Assessment 2008

The purpose of the National Hepatitis C Needs Assessment (2008) was to identify the education, information and support needs of Australians living with hepatitis C; to inform the development of improved information, education and support services for people with hepatitis C in Australia [Hepatitis Australia]