Weekly news - 2nd Ocober 2009

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The 2009 World Drug Report

A Response From the [International Drug Policy Consortium]

Effectiveness of community treatments for heroin and crack cocaine addiction in England

The first 6 months of pharmacological or psychosocial treatment is associated with reduced heroin and crack cocaine use, but the effectiveness of pharmacological treatment is less pronounced for users of both drugs [The Lancet, UK]

Alcohol marketing

Does marketing communication impact on the volume and patterns of consumption of alcoholic beverages, especially by young people? - a review of longitudinal studies [Scientific Opinion of the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum]

MEAM at the party conferences blog

Both Ed and David Miliband received a copy of the four-point manifesto report [MEAM, UK]

Seeing double

Meeting the challenge of dual diagnosis [NHS Confederation, UK]

'Spectacular results’ or spectacular spin behind Jack Straw’s call for heroin prescribing?

If Jack Straw thinks this amounts to sufficient evidence for heroin prescribing - the inevitable abuse of which was the start of the country's drug problem in the 1960s - then we have to assume that whatever powers of analysis and critical thought he ever had, have now totally deserted him - Kathy Gyngell [Centre for Policy Studies, UK]

Welsh Health Survey 2008

Including alcohol consumption [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]

The Scottish Health Survey 2008

Including alcohol consumption [Scottish Government, UK]

Statistical Bulletin Crime and Justice Series

Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2008/09 including drug crime [Scottish Government, UK]

National drug treatment waiting times

Period ending April - June 2009 [ISD Scotland, UK]

Young People into 2008

A unique contemporary archive of young people, Young People into 2008 : web edition provides the answers to over 100 health-related behaviour questions including Legal and illicit drugs [SHEU, UK]

Report on minimum pricing and off-trade discount bans in Scotland

Model-Based Appraisal of Alcohol Minimum Pricing and Off-Licensed Trade Discount Bans in Scotland: A Scottish adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 2 [Scottish Government, UK]

UK Recovery March Liverpool 2009

Putting Recovery on the worlds stage - Nearly 1000 people lined the streets of Liverpool to celebrate Recovery for the first time [InexcessTV, UK]

Women & Substance Misuse in Ireland

Overview [Women’s Health Council, Ireland]

Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment

Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) 31: Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs offers guidance on how to integrate evidence-based practices (EBPs)for substance abuse treatment into clinical practice [SAMHSA, USA]

Trends in Methamphetamine Admissions to Treatment: 1997-2007

Admissions to substance abuse treatment for primary methamphetamine abuse were more than twice as likely in 2007 to be aged 40 or older (23 percent) compared with admissions in 1997 (10 percent) [SAMHSA, USA]

Annual Report 2008

The fourth edition of the Office of the Director of Mental Health Annual Report [Office of the Director of Mental Health, Australia]

Trends in estimated alcohol-attributable deaths and hospitalisations in Australia, 1996-2005

Over the last 10 years (1996–2005), an estimated 32,696 Australians aged 15 years and older died from alcoho lattributable injury and disease caused by risky/high risk drinking [NDRI, Australia]